PILKINGTON recorded a victory in their Cheshire Football League Premier Division opener, defeating Crewe 2-0.

It was the best possible start for Pilks following last season’s promotion.

After a slow start, Pilks took the lead after 33 minutes, with Joel Richardson dispatching a penalty after a Crewe handball.

Pilks started the second half much better with a dominant midfield display.

However, a mistake gifted Crewe their only chance.

Phil Norton made a great save before the rebound was slotted home. Fortunately for Pilks, he was in an offside position.

Pilks’ second goal in the 72nd minute wrapped up the win, with a Crewe pass back resulting in an indirect free kick just outside their own six-yard box.

Mason Ryan stepped up and smashed the ball into the top corner.

Pilks manager Nick Matthews said: “We were wasteful in possession of the ball, our decision making at times was poor, but overall I was pleased with how we defended as a team.

“I thought all the new lads fitted in well to the system we played.

“Mason Ryan was superb. He had great energy, his cross won us the pen, and his free-kick sealed the points. He will only get better the fitter he gets.”