After a recent run of defeats, the Macron Cup provided the Stockport Town with the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways.
With on-loan duo Adam Etches and Szymon Czubik ineligible to play and Kieran O'Connell out through suspension, Tom Whitty, Liam Mottram and Jordan Peach were given the opportunity to impress. Jesurun Uchegbulam also returned to the starting line-up replacing Festus Arthur.
Stockport Town saw more of the ball in the first 10 minutes but it was Ellesmere Rangers who had the first chance, although the free-kick, taken from a dangerous area, came to nothing. After 22 minutes Tom Whitty came close, his half-volley drifting just over. Following a good spell of possession, Mottram was able to get a shot away but it was comfortably fielded by Cowderoy in the Ellesmere goal.
It was the 38th minute before Ellesmere had their first shot on a target, a 25-yarder that was comfortably collected by Gorst in the Lions' goal. Moments later the home team took the lead, Mottram reacting the quickest to slot home from close range. The young marksman getting his second goal of the season..
The goal spurred the away team into action as Bloor's flick on found Hunter through on goal but Gorst saved well to take the lions into half-time 1-0 up.
Ellesmere started the second half well and were back on level terms almost immediately as Imlach played in Jamie Hyne who converted with ease. 1-1
It didn't take long for the lions to restore their lead as Mottram picked the ball up on the edge of the area and fired high into the roof of the net to grab his second of the game.
Moments later it was almost 3 as Salmon came close from a corner, and then Mottram came even closer, clattering the post with a free-kick from 22 yards.
Mottram would be denied his hat-trick once again, this time hauled down by Fletcher when through on goal. Fletcher was given his marching orders, leaving the away side with a mountain to climb.
With 9 minutes to go, the game was all but wrapped up when substitute Elhassan latched on to a Salmon pass, beat two men before lashing home to make it 3-1. There was time for a consolation goal for the Ellesmere as Guilford finished following a Udoh cross, but it wasn't enough to deny Stockport Town.
Mottram was named man-of-the-match and rightly so. The youngster, who had stepped up from the U21s squad last season took advantage of a rare start through the middle, and could so easily have scored a hat-trick.
The lions get their first cup win of the season and will now host Garstang in the second round on 10th November.
Next up for the lions is an away trip to Wythenshawe Town on Thursday 25th November, 7.45pm kick-off.