STAFFORD Town produced one of their best performances of the season at fourth placed Nuneaton Griff to pick up all three points on Saturday.
It was a match played out in torrential rain, on a superb playing surface, and Adam Cunningham’s charges boosted their promotion hopes by moving into the top four, just five points behind leaders Walsall Wood, who visit Evans Park this Saturday (3pm).
After a bright opening from the home side, who put a couple of good crosses into Town’s penalty area forcing a good save from Sam Winstanley, the visitors took the lead after 15 minutes when a Chris Morris free kick was headed home by Spencer Gunnell.
Seven minutes later they doubled their lead following good work from Paul McMahon, Darryll Johns and Morris, setting up Gunnell to score again.
After 30 minutes Town were 3-0 ahead, a cross from Johns was finished superbly by McMahon for his 19th goal of the season.
Three minutes later, Morris fired just over the bar before the home side hit back. A 35th minute freekick took a deflection and came back off Town’s post before being cleared.
With four minutes of the first half remaining, Winstanley saved well to maintain Town’s three-goal advantage.
The home side started the second half brightly but their challenge was ended when Gunnell completed his hat trick on 51 minutes, heading in another cross.
Winstanley made another save after 63 minutes. As the home side began to run out of ideas, a McMahon cross was headed against the bar by Johns before Morris ran onto a square pass and drove a low shot from 30 yards into the corner of Dave Watson’s goal.
The only black mark came when Town failed to keep a clean sheet after Lee Hildreth curled a 40 yard shot over Winstanley into the top corner of the net. However, Nuneaton were well beaten by the end of the game.
This latest victory extended the Reds run to one league defeat in 11 and Cunningham firmly believes his squad can figure in the promotion battle.