NESTON South Wirral stayed in contention for honours in the North West League, as they chalked up a 3-1 win against Tameside.
Without midfield lynchpins Van Der Ouderaa and Glasman, Neston expected a tough afternoon.
Neston created the early chances, and Tom McCurdy put them 1-0 up with a well placed flick after ten minutes.
Tameside generally relied on the aerial route to pressure the Neston defence, and Fossati should have levelled when he bared in on an open goal.
Neston punished the visitors shortly after when Shipley prodded home following good work from Bush.
After the interval, the game became increasingly scrappy, and Neston's nerve was tested when the pacy Wareham waltzed through poor tackling before putting the ball past a despairing Shepherd in the home goal.
Neston continued to create chances though, and Jarvis, Shipley and Khedun all went close before Khedun made it 3-1 after the ball came back off an upright.
In the closing minutes Neston should have increased their lead as Tameside ran out of steam, but will be content to have picked up another three points.