Atherton LR v St Helens Town,NWCL Div 1.Saturday 27th February 2016

LR may stand for Laburnum Rovers but it could also mean Losing Regularly as the yellow and blue half of the town crashed to their ninth consecutive defeat following a fairly comfortable win from the nomadic St Helens Town on a crisp winter afternoon at Crilly Park. 


Making their presence felt

The visitors got off to a perfect start when hitting the back of the net in their first attack on goal before the big hand reached 60 as a cross from the left by Edward Peglar fell to captain Andy Gillespie whose shot hit an LR player to go 1-0 up, the second followed on eight minutes after another LR defender headed the ball into his own net following a cross into the six yard box. 

After this and much bewilderment from the home team,Town quickly popped a third goal when striker George Lomax who joined from Barnton netted on 13 minutes to effectively get the points into the bag. 

LR did begin to dust themselves down and began to play some ok football after a couple of substitutions from the shock of  the early goals and finished the first half with some purpose going down the slope to the railway end,sadly only more trains were spotted going to Wigan and Manchester than goals from the home side. 


Choo Choo!


The second half was much better for LR although St Helens were unlucky not to add a fourth with Gillespie missing a couple of golden chances some 60 minutes in, with the job done by this stage it could be forgivable. 

LR finally hit the scoresheet though when Nial Callaghan struck a real beauty of a shot on 65 minutes when around 35 yards out he shot high and dipped the ball under Matthew Hodge to bring it back to 3-1 in the away aides favour. 

It took just ten minutes for St Helens to restore the three goal lead when Sam Sheen scored from a direct free kick after Andy Gillespie was fouled and from here it was happy sailing for St Helens Town as the quest for the play offs for them began to pick up momentum. 

For LR this is a tough time of things and managers Adam & Craig Jones do have a rough ride with eleven games to be rescheduled into the current run in after the abandonments due to the poor weather. 

St Helens Town  move into 9th spot and are nine points off the play offs,they are good value at the moment and have a more than useful side. 


Atherton LR

Whittle,Sopel,Hatton (C),Carty,Halligan,Davies,Gallaghan,Fitton,Evans,Crossley,Owens

Subs, Johnson,Smith,Atkinson,Cocking,Green

St Helens Town

Hodge,Morris,Presho,Lawrence,Whelan,Blayney,Greene,Sheen,Andy Gillespie (C),Lomax,Preglar

Subs, Alex Gillespie,Rigby,Smith,Davidson


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