A CROWD of more than 2000 saw Town step out at the home of the Saints for the first time since the Knowsley Road days on Friday night as part of the St Helens Festival of Football.

Wigan Town were the visitors from over Billinge hill and by their own admission they had come to spoil the party.

But St Helens Town were not having any of that on their big night and ran out 3-0 victors.

Ethan Danku, Liam Diggle and Matthew Rochford netted their goals.

Wigan went close in the third minute with a header over the bar from a corner.

Town grew into the game and it was two youngsters who led the way.

The Saints ground staff had done a fantastic job with the pitch following the previous week's England versus Tonga Test match and the surface suited the dribbling skills of Danku and Alfie Stott, who both at times seemed to glide across the surface.

However it was from a set piece that Town finally broke the deadlock.

In first-half injury time, a Dylan Hart corner was flicked on by Diggle and Rochford deftly steered the ball inside the back post to settle Town's nerves and give the Town fans what they had come to see.

The crowd expected more of the same in the second half but Wigan defended bravely to stay in the game and it was not until the 80th minute that Town could breathe a little easier.

Talisman Diggle calmly dispatched a penalty much to the delight of the many youngsters gathered in the south stand chanting his name.

Four minutes later Stott brought the crowd to their feet by beating three defenders before neatly laying the ball off to Danku who fired the ball into the top corner and put the result beyond doubt.

The effort that was shown by all 18 Town players on duty, epitomised by the display of captain Ian Roby who covered every blade of grass at the Totally Wicked Stadium to take the player of the match award – not the first time somebody named Roby has done that!

This was a special night and one that will live long in the memory for Town fans as the iconic blue Town shirts seemed to glisten under the stadium lights, adding to the atmosphere.

With some exciting young talent in the squad, Town fans may even have left the stadium optimistic that there are good times ahead.