Pontefract Collieries enjoyed their most emphatic victory of the season so far as they hammered Rossington Main 6-1 in Division One of the Toolsation NCE League.
Colls had been showing signs of improvement after an up and down start to the campaign and found their goal touch and some quality finishing on home soil on Saturday.
Striker Liam Radford gave Ponte a good start with the opening goal on 10 minutes after he latched onto Brent Leister’s inch perfect pass.
Rossington looked to hit back with two long range strikes that did not trouble keeper Craig Parry and the hosts made it two when player-manager Nick Handley came up from the back to head home Andy Catton’s corner.
With Josh Corbett pulling the strings in midfield in his best game since joining the club Ponte remained on top and they added a third goal on 35 minutes. A deep cross from Corbett found Catton lurking at the far post and he dispatched a header into the net for his first goal despite a claim from Steve Lyon that had the final contact.
It was Catton again on target early in the second half from Radford’s fine pass and the game was effectively over as a contest.
Colls did have to make a change at half-time with keeper Parry taking a knock to be replaced by Nathan Perks, who is usually a striker.
He was to let one goal in when Rossington, who started the day on the same number of points as the Pontefract side, were awarded a penalty for handball and Jonathan Cook scored from the spot.
But the goal only served to fire Colls up again and they made sure of their victory with two goals in five minutes from substitute Kingsley Wetherald with a top quality chip and Radford with a volley from Wetherald’s cross.
They saw out the remainder comfortably with their best display of the campaign contradicting claims they were not up to the mark this year. Despite the convincing win Pontefract still remain in 12th place in the first division table, but they are only five points behind Cleethorpes Town in third.
League issues take a back seat this Saturday with Colls up against Winsford Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase. The away tie kicks off at 3pm and will bring a big test of the side’s recently found resolve. Ponte return to league action next Wednesday when at home to Dinnington Town (7.45pm).