UTTOXETER Town bounced back from the defeat at Ball Haye Green in style as they produced an ace display to crush Staffordshire County League Premier Division leaders Kidsgrove Athletic.
Liam Sowter made his long awaited first start to the season after injury in place of the unavailable James McCarron with other changes coming at full-back.
Reece Brown and Rob Collins came in for Chris Richards and Alex Woods.
Adam Hilton also enjoyed an impressive debut in goal in place of Alex Langridge.
Town started brightly last Wednesday night with a tempo and intensity that was so often missing at Ball Haye and the front three of Matt Redshaw, James Curley and Tommy Smith worked and caused problems for the visitors.
The opening goal arrived on 14 minutes when Redshaw gave the ball to Martin Gadsby on the edge of the box before the skipper found Kyle Esplin in space.
He in turn slipped an inch-perfect through ball into the path of Curley, who smashed home a brilliant first league goal for the club.
Kidsgrove were proving competitive in the early stages and it was evident why they had enjoyed a 100 per cent start to the season, but Town were simply rampant and doubled their lead on 24 minutes.
Gadsby’s header in midfield found Redshaw in space and the forward delivered perfectly for Curley to head home from six yards.
An unstoppable flowing move then brought about number three, Curley, Sowter and Esplin all worked tirelessly to win the ball in midfield before Sowter, impressing on his return, played in Redshaw who again delivered perfectly. This time Smith was the beneficiary, bulleting home a superb header from eight yards.
Bagley and Price were solid in defence, with Bagley on occasion producing some blistering counter attacking football and with Collins and Brown both excellent at full-back, Town looked comfortable as half-time approached.
Athletic started the second period well and Town had to weather some sustained pressure for five minutes but Redshaw grabbed a deserved goal when he cut in from Curley’s flick and clipped the ball over the keeper before brilliantly slotting home.
Bagley then moved into attack after Smith was replaced by Dom Ward and within seconds he had marked a superb performance with another fine solo goal, cutting in on his trademark left foot before slamming the ball into the corner.
The full-time whistle approached with Town bubbling and when Gadsby played in Cockshutt there was time for the midfielder to set up an unbelievable debut goal for 17-year-old Evan Richardson.
The youngster took Cockshutt’s pass, drove into the box and unleashed a fantastic finish off the underside of the bar to cap a fine Town performance.
The Infinity IT man of the match award went to Lee Bagley who produced a fine display at centre-half and latterly in attack.
TOWN: Hilton, Brown, Price, Bagley, Collins, Sowter (Cockshutt), Gadsby, Esplin, Smith (Ward), Curley, Redshaw (Richardson).