UNITED moved up to fourth place in the North West Counties League Second Division and their positions, rather than the scoreline, reflected the quality of their football at the Barton Stadium on Saturday.
Chris Melia, looking more effective in his new wide role, fired an early warning shot and tested the Leek goalkeeper Matt Johnson shortly afterwards.
It was 27 minutes before the visitors launched their first attack but dangerman Alan Nagington's shot was easily dealt with by Matt Conkie.
The Blues took the lead in the 41st minute and it was Melia who claimed the glory, collecting the ball on the right to send a looping shot goalwards which Johnson could only help into the net.
The second period started with chances for Stuart Wellstead and Jamie Williams but United had to wait until the 69th minute to extend their lead.
A typical foraging run by Wellstead ended in a through ball to Rob Hanley, whose shot struck an upright. However, the ball ran kindly back to Will Hurley and he made no mistake from close range.
Nagington was still proving a tricky customer and only a fine save by Conkie preventing him from trimming United's lead with enough time left for a fight back. When he did score - in the 88th minute - it was too late to be more than a consolation. Nagington was tripped just inside the area by teenager Danny Osborne and he made no mistake from the penalty spot.
The remaining seconds were nervously played out by Winsford, who ought not to have had any worries at all by that stage.
UNITED: Conkie; Tier, Booth, Marsh, Stanton; Melia (Osborne 80), Atwell, Williams (Grocott 89), Well-stead; Hanley, Hurley.
Att: 87 Star Man: Chris Melia, huge improvement.
Next Best: Neil Marsh. Team Rating: 3. Match Rating: 3.