ST Helens Town travelled to Garstang on Wednesday in the Macron Cup hoping to put league woes behind them and did it in style.

The home side bossed the first ten minutes before the visitors started to take control. Prolific striker Elliott Hughes opened the scoring on 26 minutes with a trademark finish before adding a second 11 minutes later to put Town in control.

Town started the 2nd half as the ended the 1st as skipper Colyfa Kamara bundled home a 3rd to put the game pretty much out of reach. The game petered out somewhat before Jamie Apperley scored the visitor’s fourth on 84 minutes.

Frustratingly, Town came within seconds of a first clean sheet of the season, but a clumsy penalty was awarded and Zach Clarke scored with the last kick of the game.

The win sets up a next round derby with Pilkington at Ruskin on 30 March, and sent the side into Saturday’s home game against Chadderton full of confidence.

The side started brightly, but an inability to nail down a regular goalkeeper this season was exposed brutally when a string of errors at the back saw Town 0-3 down after 36 minutes.

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An injury to captain, and centre-back Colyfa Kamara saw a half-time shuffle at the back, but Town managed to get themselves back in the game through yet another goal from Elliott Hughes.

The comeback was not to be though, and a rather lacklustre performance was made worse as Chadderton added two more to their tally late on.

Town managed to grab a late consolation when substitute Carmel Tulomba smashed a spectacular long-range effort in with the last kick of the game, to make the final result 5-2 to the visitors.

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If Town are to add to their points tally and improve their chances of avoiding relegation, then they couldn’t have asked for a tougher task, as the final league game of the season is this Sunday away to league leaders and favourites Bury AFC.