MATT Conkie said goodbye to Winsford with a commemorative tankard and, more importantly, a clean sheet at the Barton Stadium on Sunday.
He heads Down Under after helping the Blues edge towards promotion. His final appearance in three stints with the club included safe handling and fine saves.
Winsford's domination started in the opening minutes when they forced a series of corners, but they had to wait until the 16th minute for the opening goal.
Neil Harrison, approaching his best form of the season, played a perfectly weighted through ball for Mark Quinn whose well-placed shot went in off the post.
Harrison was the scorer on the half-hour. The through ball this time was by Chris Hutchinson and after drawing Danny Morton in the Chad-derton goal, Harrison coolly placed it under his diving body.
The goal of the match came just before the break when Chris Melia collected the ball and lifted a delightful 25-yard lob beyond Morton and into the corner of the net.
It was much the same story after the break with the visitors being pinned back in their own half for long periods. Even so the Blues were lucky not to concede on 50 minutes when Leon Walters headed over when it looked easier to score. However, this was a rare moment of concern and Winsford came back to complete the scoring on 63 minutes when Quinn's corner from the left was headed in by Rob Hanley.
The home side then eased up and Chadderton had their best period of the match. Conkie was called on to tip the ball over the bar and in injury time Harrison was on hand to clear off the line. Matchfacts