Stockport Town returned to winnings ways as they eased past Chadderton 4-2 on Monday evening at Stockport Sports Village.
The Lions made it yet another Monday night win following similar high scoring wins over New Mills and Maine Road. Ben Halfacre bagged a brace either side of Daryll Grant’s strike, with Ceorge Blackwell rounding off a fine performance.
Chadderton arrived at SSV with their tails up as they came up against a Dave Wild side that had not won in their last four outings. However David Fish’s squad could do little to stop the Lions despite Bradley Kay’s brace.
The win pushes Stockport right back into the playoff chasing pack as they move up to 8th in the Division One standings, and face an away trip to AFC Blackpool this weekend, another outfit on the hunt for a playoff place.
Monday night’s encounter got off to a fast start and Town almost took the lead after two minutes when Aaron Dwyer crossed for Halfacre, but his shot was saved at point blank range.
With 20 minutes on the clock and Stockport’s early possession finally paid off as Halfacre slotted home a cross from Ezequiel Miranda from the left hand side.
Just three minutes later and Wild’s Lions had doubled their advantage with a counter attack. Dwyer led the charge down the right channel before finding right-back Grant inside the box, who duly placed his shot passed Chadderton’s keeper.
On the stroke of half-time Halfacre went close to grabbing his second of the game but was denied yet again, just seconds later from the resulting corner, Halfacre was denied a second time as Town maintained their two-goal advantage at the break.
The second half got off to the worst start for the home side as Chadderton, who had failed to make an impact in the first 45 minutes, grabbed a goal back through substitute Kay, slotting home from a cross.
However Stockport regrouped and took the game to the visitors, and shortly restored their two-goal advantage as Andrew Fitzgerald played in Lee Constantine, before the midfielder squared the ball to Halfacre who doubled his goal tally for the evening.
With 15 minutes remaining in the game, Dave Wild’s side were out of sight as a sublime 25- yard strike from winger Blackwell made it 4-1 to the hosts.