Fightback in vain as Saints slip up again
WEST LANCS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION VICKERSTOWN ........... 4 HAS ST MARY’S .......... 2 STEVE BAYES ANOTHER match slipped away from Haslingden St Mary’s as they came back from two goals down only to concede two second half penalties in a 4-2 defeat.
Playing their first match for a month St Mary’s made the long trip to Cumbria for a match against bottom side Vickerstown.
St Mary’s started well with a shot at goal in the first minute, but further chances were rare.
They played well going forward but were met by a big stubborn Vickerstown defence that kept them at bay.
After the good start St Mary’s fell behind on 14 mins when Vickerstown broke away from a St Mary’s corner with the ball falling kindly for the forward who tucked the ball into the corner to open the scoring.
Worse was to come from St Mary’s 8 minutes later when a bad challenge went unpunished and Vickerstown doubled their lead.
St Mary’s continued to push forward but couldn’t get back into the game and a frustrating first half ended with St Mary’s 2 goals behind.
The second half started well for St Mary’s with the wind at their backs they pushed Vickerstown back and they were rewarded on 49 minutes when captain Mickey Saunders burst into the area and was brought down, Scott Wylie sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot to reduce the arrears.
And five minutes later they were level as Wylie played a great ball across the area the ball was only partially cleared and Tom Hulme following up fired the ball home to level the scores.
St Mary’s were now in the ascendancy and poured forward, on 60 minutes Saunders got clear and lobbed the ●● Mickey Saunders ball over the advancing keeper but it just cleared the bar onto the roof of the net.
A minute later a vicious Wylie effort was scrambled away to safety, and at this stage St Mary’s were so strong going forward it seemed they would surely get a third and go on to win the game, but then the sucker punch came when a Vickerstown ball into St Mary’s area was missed and a clumsy challenge brought a penalty on 65 minutes to the home side which they converted.
Still St Mary’s pushed forward but another clumsy challenge on 83 minutes brought Vickerstown their second penalty of the half and they put the game out of sight from St Mary’s.
St Mary’s slipped to the bottom of the table as they swap places with their hosts, more concentration in keeping the opposition out will surely see them rise up the table.
The only bright spot on the day was a welcome 20 minute return to first team football for central defender Dave Snape returning from a broken leg suffered in March.
St Mary’s will hopefully return to South Shore Street on Saturday with a home fixture against league leaders Blackpool Wren Rovers with a 2pm kick off.
Whilst the reserves travel to Milnthorpe reserves also with a 2pm kick off.