Skem Utd produced a scintillating display of football on Wednesday night as they saw of Top 3 side Northwich Victoria 3-1 and it could have been more.
It took United all of 5 minutes to open the scoring as a long cross ball by Mike Howard found Elliott Morris who cool as a cucumber slotted home for his 5th goal of the season.
Morris nearly added to his tally 10 minutes later as his shot flashed by the outside of the post. Northwich were not out of the running but headers from Wynder & Allen both failed to trouble Barnes in the United goal.
Morris did add to his tally and growing reputation just before half time as a wonderful through ball from Tom Croughan found the winger who ran at the Vics defence with purpose and fired home for his and United’s second.
The game was effectively over 10 minutes after the re-start, the ever-industrious Croughan had a long range effort that cannoned of the post and into the back of the net, 3 up.
It could have been 4 as Mitchley was pulled back in the area and referee pointed to the spot, Mikey Howard stepped up but was denied by a save from former Skem keeper Chris Cheetham.
Vics had four ex United players in the line up, along with keeper Cheetham, Jack Fleming, Ashley Dunn and Chad Whyte, it was the latter who cut the deficit to 2 as a header evaded Barnes.
Danny Mitchley went close as did new boy Omar Ibrahim with a rasping drive that sailed just above the crossbar.
It had been a comfortable evening for Skem, Manager Paul McNally said “for 70 minutes we put in one of our best performances, it could easily have been 6 or 7, we will have our ups and down along the way but when we play like last night no one can live with us, we were outstanding”.