FC St Helens defeated Holker Old Boys to secure another massive three points in the rain to help them towards their title ambitions, writes Liam Grice.

They can now clinch the title tomorrow (Good Friday) when they play Runcorn Town at Windleshaw Sports, 12.30pm.

On a day of jubilation, it was a nightmare start for the Stripes as within five minutes Tom Stephenson’s low cross was turned into the FC net after a nasty deflection left goalkeeper Joe Mason helpless.

It didn’t take long for Mike Smiths side to get back into it however as in the 17th minute full back Ethan Van-Aston struck a beautiful overhead kick after some wonderful work on the wing from the Stripes.

The visitors once again found themselves with a scoring opportunity but Joe Mason was on hand this time to deny the on rushing attack. FC then had their own chance as Joe Barker’s volley found its way into the net, but the goal was chalked off for a high foot.

Barker would get his goal eventually though. A free kick that was taken deep in the Holker half was whipped in and Barker was on hand to guide the ball past the helpless Matthew Bailey.

The Stripes started the second half as they ended the first, within five minutes usual suspect Josh Hall struck a first time ball into the opposition area, which found its way into the top right hand corner of the goal.

As the conditions worsened the Stripes performance did not. The Stripes continued to press every pass as they saw out the result and secured a deserved 3-1 victory. Which now means they become champions tomorrow.