WINSFORD rendered Nelson harmless on Saturday.
On 31 minutes, Winsford made the breakthrough when Mark Quinn sent two defenders the wrong way before placing a shot into the far corner of the net.
Nelson forced Barry Crellin into saves from Paul Barrett and ex-Blue Bradley Pates. Ian Givin entered the action on the hour and soon threatened the home goal. An injury to Carrington following a collision with Givin led to a trip to hospital for the keeper.
The Blues put aside any thoughts of a Nelson comeback on 85 minutes when Neil Harrison's lob proved too accurate for stand-in keeper Paul Sconce.
UNITED: Crellin, Frost, Wellstead, Chamber, Gallagher, Williams (Givin 60), Webber (Hutchinson 66), Quinn, Melia, Whitehurst, Harrison.
Att: 82 Star Man: Mark Quinn, great goal and made team tick Next Best: Neil Harrison Team Rating: 4 Match Rating: 3
Castleton Gabriels 2 Winsford United 5: Steve Moss provided the final pass for all five Winsford goals in midweek.
Chris Melia headed home the first but Castleton scored with two breakaway goals against the run of play.
But Mark Quinn and Melia headers put the Blues in front again before Stuart Wellstead made contact with another Moss cross. Then Moss swapped passes with Quinn but his shot was only parried as far as Wellstead to smash home.
UNITED: Crellin, Frost, Wellstead, Chambers, Whitehurst, Hutchinson, Williams, Quinn, Melia, Moss, Harrison.
Star Man: Steve Moss, more than able assistant Next Best: Stuart Wellstead Team Rating: 4 Match Rating: 5