WINSFORD United finally got back to winning ways on Saturday after seven Vodkat Premier games without a victory.
The Blues had Michael Owens to thank after his 33rd-minute strike sealed the points for Joe Gibiliru’s men at Formby, in front of just 42 supporters. It was Owens’ first goal after 40 matches in a United shirt.
The win followed last Wednesday’s comprehensive 4-0 defeat at Glossop North End.
On Saturday, new signings Mischa Showers and Stephen Siddell played starring roles and boss Gibiliru was quick to praise the duo.
He said: “It was nice to get back to winning ways and to see the back of October really.
“With Mischa Showers and Stephen Siddell in the side we are looking a bit livelier and we need to take it on for the rest of the month.”
United were forced to hang on but almost added to their single-goal winning margin when David Nolan’s shot was cleared off the line with two minutes to go.
Ninth-placed Blues do not play until next Tuesday, November 11, when they host Irlam in the second round of the Vodkat League Challenge Cup (7.45pm ko).
Gilbiliru is hoping that John Bluck and Chris Sheppard will be among those returning to the side from injury.
Mike Duckett’s first game in charge of Barnton ended on a familiar note of disappointment.
The Townfield Lane side were undone 4-1 at home to Gamesley leaving them still rooted to the bottom of Cheshire League Division One.
Duckett took over from Steve O’Hara last week and is well-known on the local football circuit having managed Middlewich Town Reserves.
On Saturday, Duckett’s task of turning around Barnton’s woeful season does not get any easier as they visit fifth-placed Woodley (2.15pm ko).
Lostock Gralam are still struggling to settle in to their temporary home at Moss Farm while redevelopment work is carried out at their Manchester Road base.
The Grey Lambs were turned over 3-0 by Golborne Sports after two lapses in defence left the hosts with a mountain to climb at half-time.
After the break, Lostock dominated affairs and had chances through Johns, Bailey and Palmer but a late goal sealed the Division Two points for fourth-placed Golborne.
On Saturday, Lostock head to Malpas (2.15pm ko).