A Sam Jordan hat-trick helped Macclesfield Town hit Winsford United for six earlier today, as they moved within touching distance of claiming the Mid Cheshire League Division One title.
With four games to go, The Silkmen are nine points clear at the division's summit and provided to be in devastating form against their closest challengers.
The game began in a rather cagey manner, as both sides acclimatised themselves to the conditions, in addition to a heavily slanted pitch which proved tricky for both sides.
Joe Cobey proved to be a nuisance to the home defence right from the off and just ten minutes in, he was unlucky to see his penalty appeal waved away by the referee after he had appeared to be brought down in the area.
It was Cobey who opened the scoring just before the half hour mark however, as he latched onto Jake Hall's tantalising free-kick into the box before cooly finishing from close range.
Tom Kerr then performed heroics at the other end of the field, as he launched a magnificent goal line interception to deny Joe Duckworth an equaliser five minutes later and this was followed by Jay Ellis blazing over for the hosts from fifteen yards out.
Cobey then rattled the Winsford crossbar with an exquisite attempt from the edge of the area, before Max Phillips rifled home from twenty yards to double our lead in first half injury time.
Sam Jordan and Shaun Holden both entered the fray for the second period and just five minutes into the half, the former blitzed through the home defence before emphatically finishing into the far corner.
The two substitutes combined for our fourth goal on 70 minutes, as Holden's deep free-kick from the left was headed in at the back post by the advancing Jordan.
With nine minutes left on the clock, the exciting forward claimed his deserved hat-trick and arguably left his best strike for last. Picking up the ball in the centre of the pitch, Jordan surged into the penalty area and despite battling against the Winsford defence, managed to fire an unstoppable drive into the far corner of the net.
Jordan then turned provider, as he pulled the ball back for Phillips to grab his second on 82 minutes and despite the hosts claiming a late consolation goal, Jim Hall's side were never under any real pressure as the contest petered during the final exchanges.
Here are Jim's post-match thoughts -
Macclesfield Town Starting XI: Parkinson, Nolan, Kerr, Dolling, Richardson, Hall, Cobey, Sass, Kabbani, Box, Phillips.
Subs: Jordan, Holden.