WARRINGTON Town enjoyed three points and a return to the league summit in front of a large crowd against Salford City on Saturday.
Ciaran Kilheeney’s brace either side of Carlos Meakin's tap in gave the hosts a three-goal half time lead, before Mark Battersby’s late strike left the final score of 3-1.
Boss Shaun Reid was pleased with Town’s defensive display, paying tribute to Craig Robinson.
“They had a pretty good golascoring record coming into the tie, but they didn’t really have a chance in the first half and I felt we could have gone in more than three up,” he said.
“I made a few changes after the break because of the conditions, Robbo who came off was outstanding.
“They got a goal back very late on, which wasn’t ideal as I was hoping we’d keep a clean sheet, but we got the three points to take us back to the top.”
Robinson released Kilheeney for the first, the forward rounding keeper Daniel Fradd for an easy finish.
Richard Anane’s cross then found Ben Wharton, who squared for Meakin to tap in from six yards, before Kilheeney added a third.
Battersby pulled one back in added time, but Reid was pleased with the win and the 226-strong crowd.
“We have nearly trebled the crowd since I was first here,” he said. “It’s important to get that first promotion as I’m sure if we have better clubs visiting it will continue to grow.”
Warrington: Ollerenshaw, Anane, Corrigan, Meakin, Robinson, McKenna, Kilheeney (Glass), Mannix, Wharton (Ruane), Wright, Metcalfe. Subs not used Thompson, Gahgan, Bowen.