OLD Silhillians made a welcome return to winning ways in the Midland League Division One after beating Old Halesonians 3-1 on the road on Saturday.
The visitors knew that a win would jump them up the table and made the trip with a large squad looking to bring home nothing but a victory.
Their high work rate in the opening period ensured they retained the ball for large spells, leaving the hosts able to only rely on the counter attack.
And it was no surprise to see Old Silhillians took a deserved lead after Tom Banton won a penalty corner that Jamie Glynn powered under the keeper.
The pressure soon began to tell on Old Hales as another penalty corner was awarded when forward Luke Owen was fouled and Dan Sulway was on-hand to drag the ball high into the net leaving the score 2-0 at half time.
Tactical changes were made by the hosts in a bid to find a way back into the match. They added an extra forward to their attack and by doing this were able to take control of the game.
But a man-of-the-match performance by youngster Dylan Longdon in defence kept the home side at bay.
The result was all but sealed when the visitors scored a third through Glynn who added a second to his tally after being put one-on-one with the opposing keeper.
A clean sheet looked on the cards for Old Silhillians but Old Hales scored a late consolation from a short corner which did not impact the overall result.