THE visitors were flattered by this close scoreline after a dominant display by Mond.

The home side set the pace when a strike from Linnett flashed past the post.

Eddie Droughton saw an effort cleared off the line but he hit the back of the net in the 11th minute with a header from Bushell's cross.

Mond failed to put away several chances before Mark Kerr's close-range header levelled the scores in the 42nd minute.

Mond manager John Crompton took drastic action at half-time, bringing on Iddon and Howard and the home side upped the tempo again.

Nelson, Droughton, Jones and Bushell all asked questions of the visiting keeper, but it was Mond skipper Chris Billington who broke the deadlock with a 25-yard free-kick which curled into the top corner.

The introduction of Lancaster prompted an onslaught on the Nomads goal as Mond looked for a third. Mond: Percival, D Jones, Cogswell, Tull, Billington (capt), Garland, P Jones, Linnett, Bushell, Nelson, Droughton. Subs: Iddon, Howard, Lancaster (all used) Mond Rangers' Bonanza was won by number 23 June Allen. On Saturday, Mond Rangers are at home to Willaston (ko 2pm). The game is being sponsored by Severn Leisure UK. The reserves catch the bus for their game at MBNA of Chester at 12.45pm. Players should report for 12.15pm. Ineos Fluor have agreed a sponsorship deal with Mond Rangers' youth team.