NESTON South Wirral got their season back on track with wins in the league and cup at the weekend.
On Saturday, Neston produced a workman-like display in overcoming Preston 1-0 in the North West League.
Neston controlled the game in the first period, although chances were at a premium with defences generally in charge, and it was no surprise that the teams went in all square at the interval.
In the second half, Neston's patient build up started to pay dividends as they began to stretch the home side.
The Preston keeper was called into action on several occasions before Lawrence McNeight steered in Steve Kelso's pass to put Neston in front. With man of the match, Pete Glasman, working tirelessly in midfield, the Neston defence was rarely threatened and the visitors were more than happy to come away with the points.
Sunday saw Neston making the journey to Kettering in the England Hockey Vase. Neston made several changes to their squad, with goalkeeper Paul Shepherd actually featuring at left back, but they were always in control against poor opposition. McNeight, bagged his second of the weekend to put Neston one up at the break, and as the home side tired, Neston ran riot after the interval. Glasman continued his good form with a brace, whilst Khedun snapped up a fourth. Only the Kettering keeper prevented a complete rout as he pulled off several great saves including a penalty save to deny Glasman a hattrick. Again the Neston defence were rarely troubled as they headed into the last 16 of the competition.
Next Saturday, Neston entertain Tameside.