ST HELENS Town returned to Ruskin after the Festival of Football and the two youngsters who made such a big impression on 2000 fans at Saints would also have a big impact on this Liverpool County Cup game against Parklands of Widnes.

Ethan Danku and Alfie Stott would score the first and last goals respectively in this lively 6-4 win for Town as the Marksmen got over their cup hoodoo of last season.

Danku was a live wire from the off and he was rewarded for his hard work on 20 minutes when his cross shot from the right looped into the Parklands goal.

The youthful Widnes outfit fought back though and equalised almost immediately before a Tom Jackson brace had Town 3 - 1 up at half time.

Jackson's second included a nifty dribble and finish in the Parklands' box that had delighted the Town faithful.

Town then seemed to take the foot off the gas early in the second half and were punished by three Parklands goals in a high action 10 minute spell that had the Widnes boys on the verge of an upset.

It could have been even worse but for the poise of MOM Luke Diggle at the the back.

But stand-in coach Danny Hughes then made some changes that would put Town back in the ascendency.

Town Talisman Liam Diggle came off the bench and remarkably scored two goals inside a minute to put Town 4-3 up, then debutant substitute Brad Coy who had scored a hat trick versus a Town XI a fortnight ago at Saints hit the bar as Town dominated the final quarter.

The game then seemed to mirror the start when as the lights came on it was another young winger Alfie Stott who would round off the proceedings in the 81st minute when he cut in from the left and unleashed a rocket like shot inside the far post to put Town into the next round.