The three sides chasing runaway Toolstation NCEL Premier Division leaders AFC Mansfield all won in midweek to prove that the title race is anything but over.
Second-placed Handsworth Parramore
cut the gap to ten points with one game in hand of the Bulls with a 5-0 home victory over Athersley Recreation
with Jordan Turner and Jed Philiips giving them a two goal cushion at the interval.
Turner grabbed his second and his team's third on the hour before Jamie Green and an Alex Rippon penalty completed the scoring.
stay third after their 3-0 win over basement visitors Clipstone
, Jack Dando's own goal on thirteen minutes breaking the deadlock before Jack Greenhough doubled the Colls advantage prior to the break and Kieran Scargill added their third with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.
Pontefract are now thirteen points off the summit but have seven games in hand so are AFC Mansfield's biggest rivals to the trophy.
And, Pickering Town
kept themselves in with a shout as they won 5-3 at Liversedge
to also be thirteen points away from top spot with four more matches to play than the Bulls.
Six of the night's eight goals came in the last thirteen minutes of the opening period with Billy Logan and Ryan Blott putting the visitors 2-0 up before a quickfire Joseph Walton brace levelled the scores, Blott's second regained the Pikes' lead and Rhys Davies made sure it was 3-3 at half-time with seconds to go.
Pickering, though, pushed on after the interval with Joe Danby and George Bissett scoring in a four minute period round the hour mark to give them the victory.
In Division One, Dronfield Town
are now the form team after their 2-0 home victory over Ollerton Town
made it sixteen points earned out of the last eighteen on offer for the Derbyshire side.
Stuart Hill's 24th minute opener was added to early in the second half by Callum Mawbey to keep Dronfield in twelfth spot but they are now only ten points away from the play-off zone.
Meanwhile, five more sides booked their places in the Fourth Round of this season's League Cup with Division One promotion chasers Yorkshire Amateur
producing the result of the midweek matches as they won 4-0 at home to Premier Division Garforth Town
, thanks to a Harrison Blakey hat-trick and a goal from Aaron Kitao.
There were also three goals for Joel Sutton as Bridlington Town
won 3-1 at Worksop Town
whilst a brace for Nathan Forbes ensured Parkgate
went through 2-0 at home to Glasshoughton Welfare
Rainworth Miners Welfare
and Staveley Miners Welfare
are also through to Thursday night's draw as Nathan Modest, Max Pemberton and Charlie Dawes netted in the Wrens' 3-0 victory at Rossington Main
and Staveley's Thomas Ellis got the only goal as Staveley progressed at the expense of hosts Harrogate Railway Athletic
Photo: Jordan Turner opens the scoring in Handsworth Parramore's 5-0 Toolstation NCEL Premier Division win over Athersley Recreation on Tuesday night. (Credit: Ken Allsebrook)