Congleton 0 Ellesmere Port 40

PORT shook off the ring rust on Saturday to rack up their fifth straight league victory.

They may not have played in a month, but the promotion pushers thrashed their struggling opponents for the fourth time this season to keep up their pursuit of the South Lancs/Cheshire Division Three pacesetters.

Having beaten Congleton in the reverse fixture and twice in the Cheshire Plate, third-placed Port were red-hot favourites to take the points back to the Whitby Sports and Social Club.

And, after a dour start in which veteran back-row Andy Dibble suffered a bad knee injury, they lived up to their billing.

Jerry Phillip started a late first-half scoring spree when he touched down after a 40-yard dash from fellow back-row James Callaghan.

Fly-half Chris Carbutt added the extras and repeated the trick after man of the match Jim Shinton – with a powerful break – and Callaghan crossed the whitewash.

Leading 21-0, the visitors maintained the pace after the restart and they earned the bonus-point win they were striving for with two tries from outside-centre Pete Doyle and one from replacement Steve Jefferies.

Carbutt converted two of them for Port, who make the short trip to Helsby on Saturday.