UTTOXETER Town’s fine run of form continued as they made it 12 points from 12 with a professional display against Alsager Town at Oldfields.
With some tough away matches coming up, namely at AFC Leek Town and Audley, Town needed to ensure they continued their superb home record against a struggling Alsager side.
The Oldfields pitch was looking immaculate with the new perimeter barriers in place and Town produced a performance befitting the occasion.
Uttoxeter, who are yet to experience a defeat at Oldfields in Saturday football, were being afforded all sorts of space in the full-back areas as the game began and Alex Woods and Chris Richards in particular utilised the space with excellent effect.
Some early chances came and went for the Town, with Tommy Smith, James Curley and Matt Redshaw proving a handful for the visiting backline.
The deadlock was broken on 11 minutes when Lee Bagley headed towards goal before Redshaw diverted the ball past the Alsager keeper from close range.
Town were simply too good for their young opponents and they soon doubled the advantage after more fine play from Richards.
The full-back advanced into the last third before delivering a pinpoint ball into the path of the breaking Jack Holley. The midfielder cushioned the ball past the onrushing keeper and into the empty net to give Town a comfortable advantage.
With Alex Langridge rarely called into action in the Town goal, mainly due to another imperious performance by centre back Lee Bagley alongside debutant Ryan Lewis, it was only a matter of time before the third goal arrived.
Woods was the provider when he whipped a fine ball in to the near post for Curley to edge past the keeper to seal the points for the hosts and consolidate their position in the top two of the Staffordshire County League Premier Division.
There was still time for more goals, with Kyle Esplin, wearing the captain’s armband in place of the injured Martin Gadsby, prompting play from midfield.
Rob Collins was the next on the scoresheet, seeing his corner fumbled into the net by the visiting keeper before Bagley capped a superb individual performance with a trademark goal, smashing home the impressive Smith’s pass after a 10-minute cameo in attack.
It was a complete performance by Town, who will know the next two matches will see them tested a lot more than they were on Saturday, with a trip to Leek on Wednesday evening the first big test at Ball Haye Green’s ground.
Kick-off is 7.30pm and then Town travel to in-form Audley on Saturday for a 2.30 kick-off in the Potteries.
The Peter J Douglas Man of the Match award was shared by Kyle Esplin and Lee Bagley as both produced sublime displays in a one-sided match.
TOWN: Langridge, Woods, Lewis, Bagley, Richards (Collins), Sowter, Holley (Cockshutt), Esplin, Smith, Curley, Redshaw (Ward).