Salford City recovered from their weekend loss to Leamington to record a comfortable 2-0 win against Irlam FC, in front of a crowd of 515 at Moor Lane.
Irlam, who play in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division, came out attacking from the first whistle, and initially caused Salford some problems, firing a couple of dangerous crosses into Tony Aghayere’s box.
Salford, however, were the ones who came closest to breaking the deadlock before halftime when Josh Askew’s strike thundered off the crossbar.
The Ammies did take the lead after the interval on 70 minutes when the ball fell to the feet of Mani Dieseruvwe in the Irlam box, who made no mistake with the finish.
Salford pushed on from their opener, and saw their advantage doubled on 79 minutes through a stunning Mark Shelton free kick.
Shelton struck the ball from around 25 yards out, left of centre, which dipped and swerved above the head of the Irlam goalkeeper and dropped into the net behind him.
Questions might have been asked of the goalkeeper had it occurred at a higher competitive level, but either way it was a fantastic strike by Shelton.
That goal helped Salford see out the victory comfortably and see themselves progress to the quarter finals of the regional Manchester Premier Cup.