A CONNOR Hughes goal 13 minutes from time clinched a 3-2 win for Daisy Hill against St Helens Town at a rain-drenched New Sirs on Saturday.

It was Daisy’s first home win of the season in the North West Counties League First Division North, although they had to recover from the loss of an early goal after Elliot Hughes gave St Helens Town the lead.

Goals from Hughes and Harrison Masuamba then put Daisy ahead at half time, before St Helens levelled just before the hour when Tom Douglas converted a penalty.

But Hughes struck his second of the afternoon and his 12th of the season to seal victory for Daisy.

Daisy Hill manager Leighton Mills said afterwards he was happy with the result, although there was room for improvement on the performance.

“All round, it wasn’t the best we have played this season, but we will play better than that and lose”, said Mills.

“We lost an early goal yet again, but I am getting used to that now, and at least now it doesn’t affect us.

“After about 20 minutes we started playing and were the better team up to half time. We played the pitch and conditions well, played percentage football.

“I thought we were unlucky with the penalty award, I didn’t think that was a penalty. From where I was standing it looked like their player kicked the ball out of the goalkeeper’s hands.

“We didn’t really threaten their goal until the last 15-20 minutes, although I always felt there were goals in the game for us.

“As it turned out one was enough, and it was a great finish by Connor Hughes.

“Connor is absolutely flying right now, another two goals for him today, and we just need more goals from other areas in the team.

“What we need to be looking at now is building on this and putting a run together.

“If we can go on a run of four five games without losing, and get to the turn of the year, let’s see where that takes us”.