Salford City romped to victory at New Mills, with the leaders’ co-owner Gary Neville among those in attendance at Church Lane.
This was always going to be a tough task for New Mills and so it proved.
Higginbotham made a good save from Chadwick who was positioned 18 yards out to the left of goal and his rasping shot was saved high to the keeper’s left and out for a corner.
The corner was taken by Chadwick and headed home by Steven Howson to give Salford a 12th-minute lead.
Normally this would mean the floodgates opening for the Millers but on this occasion the defence held firm and both Moss and Chalmers had shots at the other end before Salford’s next real chance arrived after 34 minutes.
Chadwick put in some good work on the left and played the ball through to Danny Webber in a very good position, but fortunately for New Mills the former Premier League striker blazed wide.
The Millers had the first chance of the second half when an excellent cross by Fitton was taken from the head of Hopper by the stopper, Jay Lynch.
However as the hour mark approached, City were beginning to impose themselves on the game and Higginbotham was forced to make a spectacular save high to his left from Scott Burton.
Then in the 66th minute, some poor defending on the goal line saw Jordan Hulme able to nudge the ball home from about a yard to extend the Salford lead.
Higginbotham was called on to make another good save from Dominic Smalley before Christopher Lynch in the 83rd minute finished off any remaining hopes New Mills may have had when he raced in from the right and fired a thunderbolt of a shot in from an acute angle.
New Mills: Higginbotham, Vincent (Hiza), Fitton, O’Brien, Jackson, Chalmers (c), Hopper, Forde, Hampson (Owolabi), Windsor, Moss (Roberts-Nurse).