AFTER a shaky start to the NWCFL Division One North season, Steeton are flying.

The Chevrons have now won their last three league matches with an aggregate scoreline of 13-3; with mid-table Garstang the latest team to concede a handful of goals against them at Marley Stadium on Saturday.

Manager Roy Mason’s absence did not deter the hosts, with Kayle Price’s first half double putting them in front at the break, despite a controversial Zach Clarke penalty for Garstang, before two goals in six minutes from teenager Joe Snowden sealed a 4-1 victory late on.

Buoyed by the momentum of scoring six at Ashton Town last weekend, an unchanged Steeton side came out of the blocks firing and were ahead inside two minutes.

Snowden intercepted the ball before driving forward 40 yards and playing in the red-hot Price, whose strike deflected in off the far post and past a helpless Michael Donlon.

The visitors responded and began to apply pressure on the Chevrons' goal as the game began to open up, though Ben Kendall, Alistair Morgan, and goalkeeper George Bristol were equal to everything that came their way.

However, a contentious penalty midway through the half gifted Garstang the opportunity to get themselves back into the match, causing outrage from the Steeton bench that saw assistant manager Adam Smith booked for his protests.

After good play down the right-wing led to one of the visiting attackers going down under minimal contact inside the box, top-scorer Clarke made no mistake from the spot with a powerful strike straight down the middle.

The scores were level for a mere 60 seconds, as from the restart, Steeton had a penalty of their own when Price was tripped inside the box.

The young striker elected to take the spot-kick himself, scoring his 14th goal of the season with a powerful shot into the bottom left corner, despite Garstang shot-stopper Donlon guessing the right way.

Toby Jeffrey and Andy Briggs shot high and wide in an entertaining end to the half, while Clarke saw a long-range effort cannon off the post, as the hosts maintained their narrow advantage at the interval.

Garstang started the better of the two sides after the break and twice came close to levelling the scores after driving forward down the right-wing, but Jeffrey and Jerry White were able to clear.

And the visitors were perhaps unfortunate to not be awarded a second penalty with 15 minutes remaining after an apparent handball inside the box, but referee Adam Watson waved away the appeals.

With the match finely poised, that decision proved decisive, with Steeton adding a third just two minutes later.

A through ball played in Andy Briggs down the right-wing, who beat the covering defender for pace before whipping a low cross across the face of goal for the onrushing Snowden to score his second in as many games.

Zach Crosbie volleyed wide before Bristol claimed a lofted pass into the box as the visitors looked to halve the deficit, but they were vulnerable to the Steeton counter.

The hosts soon had their fourth, with Mo Farhan Subhani winning the ball in midfield before finding Snowden, who saw his strike from the edge of the box bounce over Donlon and into the back of the net.

Price had two fantastic chances to seal his hat-trick and Steeton’s fifth in the final minutes, only to fire narrowly wide and see his header come back off the crossbar.

The win sees Steeton move up to 13th whilst Garstang lie 10th.

The Chevrons are next in action at Atherton Laburnum Rovers this Saturday (3pm kick-off).