WALSHAW stole a march on their rivals to move up to second place in the league with a comfortable victory against AFC Monton, on a day when most games fell foul of the weather.

With the game switched to the 3G pitch at Rossendale Valley, the Bury side brushed aside their fifth-placed opponents with ease.

The hosts took advantage of a wayward back pass to take the lead on eight minutes through free-scoring midfielder Dom Slaven and had chances to double their lead before Monton equalised with a quick counter attack.

Lee Bruce saw his goalbound effort saved by the visiting keeper before Walshaw regained the lead before the break.

A swift break down the right allowed Slaven to whip in a low cross which Jack Alderson smashed home his first goal of the game at the far post.

Bruce made it 3-0 on 65 minutes with a rasping drive from just outside the box and 10 minutes later a sublime pass from Martin Howley split the Monton defence wide open allowing Alderson to break clear and wrap up an impressive victory.