THE third El Glassico of the season came in the form of a Macron Cup fixture on an unseasonably cold Wednesday evening.

The borough's biggest football rivals, Pilkington and St Helens Town went to battle at their shared home of Ruskin Drive. After both earlier league fixtures ended in defeat for Town, this was an opportunity for the blue side of town to prove themselves to their promotion chasing rivals.

Town looked much improved from previous games and dominated the play. The Blue's defensive frailties that have dogged their season seemed to have been remedied as they looked more confident in possession.

The improved Town team were eventually rewarded on the 42nd minute when the ever reliable Lewis Hassan put them a goal up before half time.

The second half carried on the same way as Town played the better football, it's hard to believe the Blues find themselves rock bottom of the North West Counties.

Holding midfielder Ben Cartwright bagged Town's second goal on 65 minutes, much to the delight of the vocal bunch of Town supporters huddled together behind the goal in their preferred Swinbourne Road end.

Pilks would eventually score on the 90th minute when Robert Ablewhite found the back of the net, but any nerves for Town were quickly remedied by an injury time third goal scored by Hal McHugh.

The cup fixture ended 3-1 in Town's favour, setting up a fixture away at high flying Skelmersdale United.

Pilkington travel to Daisy Hill, Saturday 2nd April as they look to clinch a playoff position.