SKELMERSDALE United went back to the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division with a magnificent victory at Gigg Lane.
The opening goal was simplicity in style yet devastating in its effect.
A lovely ball down the left found Adam Morning who released overlapping left-back Shaun Holden down the line, he crossed into the heart of the penalty area and Alan Burton ran in and put a well-aimed header just inside the post and well away from a stunned FC United goalkeeper Jon Worsnop.
Skelmersdale goalkeeper Zac Hibbert made a smart save from Matthew Wolfenden in the 25th minute and Wylie cleared any ensuing danger. However, two minutes later it was 2-0. Matty Hughes cut inside from the right and played the ball to Morning and continued his run in a diagonal direction, Morning slipped the ball inside a home defender to Hughes and his finish was vicious.
The latter part of the first-half saw Skelmersdale in relative control; they were quicker to the ball and anything loose they swallowed up gratefully.
Before the interval only a desperate last ditch tackle kept Tuck out after Dean Astbury had tormented the home defence, then with Astbury seemingly clean in on goal he was clearly tripped by Chris Worsley, nothing was given at all, but Worsley limped off injured never to return.
Just before half-time Worsley’s replacement Sergio Rodriguez put a dreadful tackle in on Skelmersdale midfielder Alan Burton. Rodriguez received a yellow card, but Burton was forced to limp off himself on the hour.
Within two minutes of the restart Skelmersdale killed off any hope FC United had of recovering with another spectacular strike. Tuck flicked a through ball onto Astbury and his strike partner sent a left-foot shot roaring across Worsnop into the far corner.
Skelmersdale weathered one more storm when the ball was cleared after and almighty scramble in the 64th minute, but from there on the hosts were mostly kept at arm’s length.
Eventually FC United did pull one back but by the time Walwyn found the net for them the game was into the last ten minutes and really they never seriously looked likely to pull three goals back.
l FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER: Worsnop, Brownhill, Daniels, Stott ©, Davies, Neville, Wolfenden, Worsley (Walwyn, 34), Norton, Wright (Rodriguez, 38), Mulholland (Greaves, 60) Subs (not used) Byrne, Pearson
l SKELMERSDALE UNITED: Hibbert, Strickland ©, Holden, Wylie, McIntosh, Dunn, Hughes, Burton ((Hardwick, 60), Astbury (Leadbetter, 88), Tuck, Morning Subs (not used) Holt, Simpson, McMahon