Ellesmere Port 12Congleton 0
PORT maintained their unbeaten record in the Cheshire Plate competition with a hard-fought victory over Congleton on Saturday.
The hosts battled against the tough weather conditions and took charge of early proceedings at their Whitby Sports and Social Club ground.
Port skipper Dave Layder said the win was deserved and that despite a late surge by their Cheshire and South Lancs Division Three rivals, the result was never in doubt.
“We were certainly the stronger team,” he said. “We built the early pressure and played with commitment.
“We continued to put pressure on their defence and we scored two penalties. We should have had more than that.
“In the last ten minutes to be fair to Congleton they put us under a lot of pressure and our discipline slipped a bit.
“But they never really looked like scoring against us.
“We are playing with confidence now and hopefully we can start to climb the league table.”
All of Port’s points against Congleton came from the boot of Cabutt although Port did threaten Congleton’s line when Anthony Jones made a superb break up the middle, with Nathan Quinn in support, but the visitors held strong.
On Saturday, Port return to Cheshire and South Lance Three action with a difficult trip to second-placed Linley (2.15pm).