Slyne stymie St Mary’s win­ning run

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport -

WEST LANCS LEAGUE PRE­MIER DI­VI­SION HAS ST MARY’S .......... 1 SLYNE WITH HEST ..... 2 STEVE BAYES HASLINGDEN St Mary’s saw their three-game win­ning run come to an end when they went down to a 2-1 home de­feat to a very good, slick pass­ing Slyne with Hest team.

Slyne nearly got off to the per­fect start when they had the ball in the net from a 1st minute cor­ner, but the ref­eree dis­al­lowed it for push­ing.

On 15 min­utes a great point blank save from St Mary’s keeper Joe Sipocz kept the scores level.

But St Mary’s grad­u­ally got a foothold in the game as shots from Tom Hulme Lewis Han­ley and Scott Wylie went just wide of the Slyne goal.

Good and at times des­per­ate de­fend­ing kept Slyne at bay and on 35 min­utes at the other end St Mary’s opened the scor­ing with a great ball over the Slyne de­fence from Johnny Welch.

He found Alex White who fired the ball in off the far post.

How­ever, straight from the kick off Slyne went up field and lev­elled the scores.

De­spite ef­forts from both sides the scores re­mained level up to the break.

The sec­ond half started well for Slyne as their slick pass­ing foot­ball brought more chances, and on 63 min­utes they made one count when a Slyne player found space eight yards out to give Slyne the lead.

St Mary’s went for­ward in search of an equaliser with ef­forts go­ing nar­rowly wide.

A great chance to level fell to Dar­ryl Hol­land but his goal bound ef­fort was saved by the keeper’s legs to pre­serve Slyne’s lead, which they held to the end.

A spir­ited per­for­mance from St Mary’s sees them re­main four points from safety and although they are still bot­tom of the ta­ble the games in hand could prove valu­able in their fight against rel­e­ga­tion.

St Mary’s put the league to one side on Satur­day when they travel to Black­pool Wren Rovers ground to play Eux­ton Villa in the Semi Fi­nal of the Richard­son Cup the match kicks off at 3pm.

The semi fi­nal will be quickly fol­lowed on Tues­day night with a trip to play new league lead­ers Garstang with a 7pm kick off.

Haslingden St Mary’s re­serves had a bril­liant 5-2 away win over Hes­keth Bank Re­serves.

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