Litherland REMYCA climbed into the top half of the NWCFL Premier Division after extending their unbeaten run to seven games with a 1-0 win over Congleton Town.
The Bears’ had lost just one of their previous sixteen games, but Nathan Corness’ fourth goal in five games halted that momentum to ensure Colin McDonald’s side continued their excellent form.
There looked to be instant drama in the game when the referee penalised Congleton goalkeeper David Parton for handling outside the area after just three minutes, but he was punished with a yellow card despite many expecting an early dismissal.
REMY had the first big chance of the game after 10 minutes when left-back Benni Wilkinson floated an inch-perfect ball over the top for Tom Lawless to meet, but the striker couldn’t make the connection he wanted and Parton was able to collect comfortably.
The visitors fought to establish themselves in the game without seriously troubling Jack Reynolds, but the REMY frontline had the beating of the Congleton defence for pace and that proved to be their undoing seven minutes before the break.
Plucking a long pass from Reynolds out of the sky and taking it under his control, Lawless turned and slid Corness through on goal as the forward outpaced the chasing defenders before lifting the ball over Parton to give REMY the lead.
Richard Duffy’s men had their brightest spell of the afternoon in the early stages of the second half, applying pressure with a barrage of set-pieces into the box - but REMY stood firm to defend their lead and ride out the onslaught.
REMY had the better chances in the later stages of the game despite Congleton ringing the changes in search of an equaliser, with Corness firing over the bar after a sharp turn from Elliot Taylor allowed him to play the ball through.
Taylor had the next big chance to put the game out of sight after controlling Will Dunne’s cross and cutting inside, but the forward was denied by a superb save from Parton as he looked to squeeze it in at the near post.
REMY withstood the final moments of pressure as Congleton tried in vein to get back into the contest, seeing out the result to make it seven games unbeaten in the league.