TOTTINGTON United did not miss their home comforts after beating Howe Bridge Mills 4-0 following a late change in venue.

The Manchester League Premier Division club's St Anne's playing field pitch has been battered by the elements over the winter, with the slightest downpour now putting games at risk.

But after accepting an offer from Saturday's opponents to play on their all-weather surface, they returned the favour by putting in one their best performances of the season.

Club captain Matt Aldred took the reins, with the first-team manager on holiday, and he did a cracking job, inspiring the players to win at a canter.

Tottington took the lead through Phil Keefe's neat finish on 15 minutes and doubled their advantage just after the hour mark when Anthony O'Brien ran clear of the offside trap and placed a shot in the bottom corner.

Howe Bridge showed good endeavour without ever managing to produce an end result.

Tottington had no problems finding the net, though, Matt Carr pouncing on a half-cleared corner to ram home their third goal on 65 minutes.

O'Brien finished the rout in time added, scoring his second of the game from close range.

The result, Tottington's eighth win of the season, kept them firmly in mid-table. Weather permitting, they will entertain fifth-placed Mostonians on Saturday, kick off 2.30pm.