1874 Northwich fans were left wondering what was in the half-time tea on Saturday.

After turning around 0-0, table toppers 1874 ended up heading home with an impressive 4-1 win against the fourth-placed outfit.

Goals from Scott McGowan (53), Jake Parker (57) and Taylor Kennerley (71, 85) handed control to the visitors

“The main thing at half-time was to keep our concentration,” said co-manager Paul Bowyer.

“We knew they were going to knock a lot of long balls for us to deal with and we had to make sure we got around the second balls and that we kept battling and matching their spirit, and just add a bit of quality.

“In the first half we got into good areas but a couple of crosses and last-minute decisions let us down when we were in the final third.

“We knew we were going to get a couple of chances.

“We were really pleased to go there and get the three points because it’s a tough place to go to.”

On their previous outing, a visit to another promotion-chasing team Longridge Town that ended in a 2-1 defeat, there was a clear difference to Saturday’s performance.

“Against Longridge we were really good as well but the main difference is this time we took our chances,” said Bowyer.

“Probably one or two question marks after that in terms of ‘have we got the mental capacity to go to Bootle and perform’ and we did.

“The lads put the effort in and that’s the most pleasing factor.”