THE Reds chalked up their first league win since November when seeing off lowly Pilkington, at Evans Park on Saturday.
STAFFORD TOWN 5 PILKINGTON 3
After bowing out of the JW Hunt Cup to holders Black Country Rangers (3-2) in midweek, Town struck back in deadly fashion and should have won the league game by a bigger margin.
Town pinned the visitors back from the start and opened their account after just six minutes when Spencer Gunnell ran on to a through ball and beat advancing Pilkington keeper Dan Leach.
Stafford doubled their lead on 13 minutes when Paul McMahon was fouled some 20 yards out and Chris Morris curled home the resultant free kick.
Gunnell had an effort cleared off the line before Pilkington took full advantage of defensive errors to draw level with two goals in quick succession and netted by Dan Carter and Liam Blackwood.
Within a minute, Town were back in front when McMahon struck his 22nd goal of the season. Several more chances came Town’s way, but it remained 3-2 at the break.
With the second half seven minutes old, Town regained their two goal advantage when Morris and Ryan Fox set up Gunnell for his 13th of the campaign.
After Pilkington were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of captain Derek Wilkes for two bookable offences, Town substitute Steve Bennett made it 5- 2 to the Town, who conceded a late third goal. This Saturday, Town visit Pelsall Villa in the Midland Combination (3pm).