Saints alive! What a match

Two-goal Scott Harries rounds the keeper but fires into the side-netting on this occasion.
Two-goal Scott Harries rounds the keeper but fires into the side-netting on this occasion.
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St Helens Town 3 Squires Gate FC 5. Scott Harries and Louis Mayers both scored twice as Gate won at all-action thriller in the NWC premier division.

Gate made the brighter start but it was Daniel Hand who gave St Helens the lead after 14 minutes.

Weekend hat-trick hero Chris Bennett, Scott Harries and Louis Mayers were all shooting wide in the early stages but the visitors found the target on 22 minutes, when Tom Benfield flicked on a corner and Harries netted.

It launched an amazing goal rush as the home side were back in front within a minute through Arjoms Butorins.

Less that 60 seconds later, Gate were back on terms as Sam Farrow’s shot rebounded for Harries to net his second.

The Game swung from end to end, with both keepers called seeing plenty of action.

But it wasn’t until the 42nd minute that Mayers put Gate in front for the first time, scoring from the penalty spot after Bennet had been brought down.

The second period continued in the same all-action vein, with Town levelling seven minutes after the restart through Andrew Gillespie.

Bennett shot over on the hour but quickly made amends by finding the bottom corner to edge Gate back in front.

Joe Shelmerdine replaced Gate skipper Benfield, and caused plenty of problems down the left, and one of his bursts into the box resulted in a second penlaty which Mayers converted with eight minutes left.

Manager Russ McKenna said: “ It was a difficult game. We played well and worked hard. It was a physical game and it is good to win two league games back to back.”

Gate: Beesley; Richards; Horn; Monckton; Benfield; Farrow; McKendrick; Fishwick; Bennett; Bennett; Mayers; Harries; subs: Shelmerdine; Taylor; Cragg; McKenna.

n AFC Blackpool suffered their second home defeat in four days in the premier division as Ramsbottom won 3-0 at Common Edge.

The high flyers scored all three goals in the space of 13 minutes before half-time, with two Jon Robinson strikes in the 27th and 40th minutes separated by Lee Gaskell’s penalty.

n HOLDERS AFC Fylde have been drawn at home to Kendal Town in the quarter-finals of the Lancashire FA Co-operative Trophy.

Draw: Bamber Bridge v Chorley, Radcliffe Borough v Barrow, Wigan Robin Park v Lancaster City , AFC Fylde v Kendal Town. Ties to be played week commencing December 5.