The Premier Division title race is almost certainly now down to four teams whilst Knaresborough Town stretched their advantage at the summit of Division One on a busy Saturday of Toolstation NCEL football.
The leading quartet in the top flight all won with the pacesetters AFC Mansfield
winning 2-0 at fifth-placed Maltby Main
to hammer a blow in their hosts' trophy and promotion hopes.
The Bulls bounced back from the previous weekend's heavy home loss to Liversedge to take the points thanks to Connor Smythe's eighteenth minute opener and a late strike from Matthew Plummer to confirm the victory that keeps them ten points clear of second placed Handsworth Parramore
The Amber Parras secured a 4-1 home win over Hemsworth Miners Welfare
who drop a place to seventh, Jamie Green, Jordan Turner and Lee Cooksey ensuring their success in a match that was 1-1 at half-time.
And, with a game in hand, they are probably just focussing on securing second spot that could lead to promotion but are ready to pounce on any slip up by AFC Mansfield.
Also waiting in the wings are Pontefract Collieries
and Pickering Town
who are thirteen points off the top in third and fourth spot, respectively, but have the games in hand to mount title challenges on their own terms.
The Colls won 3-2 at home to Hall Road Rangers
, Aaron Moram with a double whilst Jack Greenhough also found the net against Rangers who drop into the bottom two despite goals from Daniel Norton and Joshua Batty.
Ponte have seven more games to play than AFC Mansfield whilst Pickering, who have four more than the leaders, joined the Colls in notching up their sixth straight victory as a brace from Ryan Blott and Billy Logan helped them to a 5-1 defeat of visitors Worksop Town
Rainworth Miners Welfare
climb up into sixth after a 3-0 win at neighbours Staveley Miners Welfare
, Tomas Poole's early strike added to in the last ten minutes by a Charlie Dawes penalty and their third from Kyle Jordan.
In the fight to avoid the drop, basement side Clipstone
remain 21 points away from safety after a 6-0 home loss to Thackley
, Mike Garrod's hat-trick, two from Luke Robinson and a Jordan Hines strike all coming in the opening period.
jump out of the bottom two following a 3-2 win at Albion Sports
, Nathan Joynes and Zak Khalifa netting to claim a 2-1 advantage at the break that was added to by Martin Brissett before Alex Cusack made it a tight final 25 minutes with the hosts' second.
The Green Lane side are now just four points from safety as the side just outside the relegation zone Harrogate Railway Athletic
were beaten 3-1 at home by Bridlington Town
, a Jake Day double helping the Seasiders to a win that moves them up two places to ninth.
continued their surge away from danger as two Ashley Lattimore penalties early in the second period went a long way to making sure of a 3-1 win at Liversedge
Elsewhere, Penistone Church
and Bottesford Town
stay eighth and twelfth respectively after a 1-1 draw at the DSM Memorial Ground, Dayle Hutson's ninth minute opener for the away side cancelled out midway through the first half by Andrew Ring.
Seven of the top eight in Division One won as the chase for promotion, both automatically and via the play-offs, enters its final quarter.
Daniel Thirkell struck twice whilst there were also goals for Stephen Bromley and Brad Walker as leaders Knaresborough won 4-0 at relegation-threatened Brigg Town
and they are now nine points clear of second-placed Eccleshill United
who went down 2-1 at Swallownest
Liam Hudson scored for the Eagles in the 51st minute but it was only a consolation due to first half goals from Mitchell Ward-Cupitt and Oliver Grady for the hosts.
move to within a point of Eccleshill after Adam Drury's 65th minute strike proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victory at Nostell Miners Welfare
are a further three points back in fourth thanks to a dramatic 3-2 defeat of hosts Campion
, Harrison Blakey grabbing an injury-time winner for the Ammers in a match that saw them 2-0 down in the opening eleven minutes.
There remains a seven point gap to Shirebrook Town
in fifth after the Langwith Road side defeated Derbyshire rivals Dronfield Town
3-0 at home, Declan Brewin, Tom Cooke and Matthew Robinson finding the net.
And, Selby Town
continue to occupy the final play-off place in sixth as Liam Flanagan's goal midway through the second period claimed a 2-1 victory over visitors Armthorpe Welfare
and Glasshoughton Welfare
kept up their chase for a top six finish with wins, Kieran Wressell getting the only goal of the game for Rangers at home to bottom side Retford United
and a Conor Glavin double made sure of a 2-0 scoreline for Glasshoughton at the expense of hosts East Yorkshire Carnegie
came from behind to win 2-1 at Ollerton Town
, Mitchell Dunne's 68th minute winner moving them up to ninth, eight points away from the play-offs, with Rossington Main
completing the top ten after two from Jason Stokes helped them to a 3-2 home victory over FC Bolsover
And, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic
are now four points clear of the relegation trapdoor with plenty of games in hand after a goalless draw at home to AFC Emley
Photo: Hall Road Rangers' Joshua Batty heads a cross just over during his side's narrow 3-2 defeat at Pontefract Collieries on Saturday. (Credit: Lee Myers Photography)