TODMORDEN Borough are right back in the mix at the top of West Lancashire League Division Two after a convincing win to continue their unbeaten run.
It sees them move into fourth place with a game in hand.
But manager John Gilford knows they must show the same sort of form in the coming weeks to stay near the top.
“It was a decent win. I’m quietly satisfied with the result. We’re still undefeated. The problem is we’ve drawn games we should have won,” he said.
He is steadily establishing a good squad, with pressure for places, and was especially pleased with his side’s display in the second half after a goalless first period.
Most of the attacking in thefirst half was done by Borough with Chris Kay and Dean Farry both going close, while Lee McGrath was untroubled in the Borough goal.
Ten minutes after the break they took the lead when a free kick from the edge of the box on the right was rifled home on his second appearance by Stephen Senior.
Ryan Baxter came on for Lee Earnshaw, who had worked tirelessly throughout, and it immediately paid dividends.
He started linking well with Danny Welsh and brought Farry more into the game.
Several corners were forced and from one of them Welsh rose to head in from close range..
Baxter, Welsh and Farry again combined and the latter’s cross was volleyed in by Elliott Gilford to make it 3 - 0.
Borough were completely dominant and it was no surprise when they increased their lead. Daniel Lively played ball through from fullback to Oliver Wood, who ran on, dummied his way past a defender and fired the ball home.
The visitors did not give up, however, and McGrath was called upon to save near the end to keep a clean sheet.
On Saturday Borough have a long journey to GSK Ulverston Rangers.
It promises to be another tough test for Borough against the 10th placed side, but they have a strong enough squad to come away with the points, which will keep in contention near the top.