Whitchurch Alport will be licking their lips at the prospect of hosting West Didsbury and Chorlton at Yockings Park this weekend after Saturday’s 6-1 thrashing of Hanley.

Alport, however, will not need reminding the club currently in relegation danger have already accounted for Alport’s scalp earlier this season.

Reds boss Luke Goddard was understandably delighted to have secured a first win in five matches, with special words for hat-trick hero Jordan Cole, and has hinted the win will bring an unchanged line-up for the clash with the Greater Manchester side.

“It was an incredible afternoon on what was a difficult surface but I thought the margin between both sides was easily five goals if not more,” he said. “In the first 20 minutes there was no sign of what was to come as Hanley perhaps started the game a bit better than us. I thought we sat too deep and invited them onto us but once we began to push for a higher line we were able to play our preferred passing game and some of the stuff we played – particularly in the closing stages – demonstrated what we are capable of.

“I was really pleased for Jordan and when he scored his second our fans were chanting his name. I was watching the game from the back of the stand and shouted down to them: ‘you weren’t saying that last week!’

“It was all banter of course but I backed him to go on and score his third. I was really pleased with our application because in the dressing room at half-time, I warned them not to get too complacent although they held a three-goal lead. Two of those goals had come late in the first half and were purely down to defensive errors. The fact that we capitalised on them in what were ever-worsening conditions gave the half-time score a bit of a false reading.

“When Jordan scored our fourth that was game over and I think everyone in the ground could see how good a side we were, as we cut through them at will even after they pulled a goal back.

“Ricky Bridge made us stronger defensively and he’s a terrific left back,” said Goddard. “One of our goals started with a brilliant tackle from Ricky and he has an incredible record of having never been on the losing side with us, which of course he reminds everybody about. After we went 2-0 up I could see Bridgey on the nearside starting to limp and thought to myself: ‘Hey up, that lad is looking to protect his record.’ But he had bought some new boots and was struggling with blisters so I’ll let him off.

“At the other side of the pitch I gave Joe Minshall the number two shirt and he was brilliant. It’s the same in midfield with Dan Skelton. Skelt was also taken out of the firing line but how can I put him in next week when the midfield was so dominant today?”

Cole notched the club’s 250th goal in the league since joining four years ago.

n On Tuesday, Alport head to Winsford for a re-arranged league game against 1874 Northwhich. A last-gasp equaliser at Yockings earlier in the season denied Alport all three points in a 1-1 draw.