The Saints gave a great performance against 4th place Abbey Hulton to secure three points away from home for the second Saturday on the bounce and move themselves up to fourth place.
After Tuesday’s disappointing performance, dropping points at home, the Saints needed a reaction but Hulton where going to be no easy game, having won three of their opening four games.
Straight from kick off it was apparent that both teams where looking to attack, the opening 15 minutes where shaded by the Saints where Easthope and Bailey particularly looking sharp. On 16 minutes, the first talking point came, the midfield won the ball and released Price into the box and the defender came through Price to try win the ball and the referee pointed to the spot.
Melusi, after his last minute penalty winner last week, stepped up but the keeper was equal to it and saved.
Hulton’s clean sheet was taken 6 minutes later. Josh Parker, who has started the season in fantastic form, hit a 70 yard cross field pass on a 6 pence and Bailey’s first Touch was expertly taken on the chest to put him in on goal, the keeper come charging on but he lost the 50/50 with Bailey and Karl was up to tap the ball home.
The Saints where firmly in control now and Price was starting to influence the game more, and on 38 minutes, scored his second of the season when Melusi played an excellent through ball. The game should of been finished just before half time when Bailey pressed the centre half, nicked the ball and was in on goal but somehow the keeper got fingertips to the ball to stop it going bottom corner.
Half time 0-2 to the Saints.
Hulton come out second half as expected, trying to get back in the game and straight away Calum Bennett cleared off the line from a corner.
The Saints weathered the storm and started growing back into the game and where having a few chances of there own. On 66 there was a contentious decision when Hulton broke and Easthope caught the attacker on the edge of the box but luckily the referee didnt view him as last man and it was just yellow. The last five minutes showed an excellent chance for Hulton but it went over the bar, but the goal did come shortly after, a fantastic curling effort from the number 11 but Saints will kick themselves as they could have dealt with it better prior to the shot.
The last kick of the game gave Hulton the chance of an equaliser as the ball was headed back across but it was volleyed over the bar.
All in all it was a deserved three points for the Saints, could and should of been 4-0 up at half time and would of been no complaints from anyone, but Hulton fought hard but left it too late to get back in the game!
Fantastic performance from Players and Management which we can take on to Monday where we face Maine Road on bank holiday Monday.
Photo courtesy of: Andy Easthope