A Nathan Keightley hat-trick helped Penistone Church to an 8-0 home win over relegation-threatened Harrogate Railway Athletic to extend their lead at the top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division on Saturday.
Church are now five points clear of second-placed Yorkshire Amateur
whose game at Thackley
was one of four NCEL matches postponed due to torrential overnight rain.
They raced into a five-goal lead by the interval with Keightley's trio of strikes added to by a brace from Sam Scrivens before Andrew Ring, Jordan Coduri and Conor Glavin completed the scoring in the second period.
The defeat, meanwhile, leaves Rail two points outside of the drop zone ahead of Hall Road Rangers
whose trip to Liversedge
was called off, and bottom side Goole AFC
who were beaten 4-1 at Staveley Miners Welfare
Daniel Barrett struck for the Vikings in the opening minutes of the second period after Staveley had taken a 2-0 lead through a Sam Finlaw penalty and an Adam Baskerville goal.
But, the home side pushed on for victory with Tomas Poole quickly making it 3-1 and Baskerville netting his second with twelve minutes remaining.
Elsewhere, Hemsworth Miners Welfare
and Worksop Town
kept themselves in third and fourth place, respectively, with away victories.
Nash Connolly got both of Hemsworth's goals in a 2-0 triumph at Barton Town
whilst Matthew Sykes' 59th minute strike was the winner for Worksop as they won 2-1 at Garforth Town
after the Tigers opener from a Kyle Jordan penalty was cancelled out by Daniel Williams for the hosts.
move up into the top six after Stephen Bromley, Daniel Thirkell and Luke Stewart got on the scoresheet as they beat Athersley Recreation
3-1 at Sheerien Park.
They go above Bridlington Town
who drew 1-1 at home to Bottesford Town
after Jake Day's 25th minute opener was matched by the visiting Poachers through Jack McMenemy, and Maltby Main
whose encounter at Eccleshill United
fell victim to the bad weather.
raced into a 3-0 lead at Handsworth Parramore
, Alhassane Keita striking twice and Sam Denton adding the third in the opening quarter-of-an-hour, but the home side rallied and, through Joshua Nodder and Waide Fairhurst, were only a goal behind by the interval.
Leon Howarth then made it 3-3 but an Asif Hussain penalty midway through the second period and Keita's third of the afternoon in stoppage time sealed a 5-3 victory for the Lions that moves them up to sixteenth.
The weekend's Division One action began on Friday night as Nostell Miners Welfare
took the points in a 3-2 victory at AFC Emley
on what was a very wet night at the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground.
Kai Hancock's deadlock-breaker, Rhys Meynell's penalty and a third from Jack Owen had the visitors fully in command by the 84th minute before two late goals from Michael Bottomley and Daniel Naidole almost helped the Pewits to what had previously seemed an unlikely point.
Nostell stay third, four points behind new leaders Grimsby Borough
who won 3-1 at basement side FC Bolsover
, Callum Lovitt, Adam Drury and Marc Cooper with their goals whilst Brett Lucas scored for the Langwith Road hosts.
Borough climb above Campion
on goal difference, ending the Bradford side's 77 day reign at the top of the table after their home clash with Shirebrook Town
was called off.
both kept up their title challenges with victories, Winterton's 6-0 defeat of hosts Worsbrough Bridge Athletic
keeping them in fourth and five points off the summit.
Elliot Broughton, Luke Anderson, Oliver Fisher-Powell, Callum Foster and Paul Grimes gave Rangers a 5-0 advantage by half-time and Kieran Wressell added their sixth soon after the restart.
Hallam go above Worsbrough into fifth after Thomas Roebuck and Sam Smith netted in a 2-0 victory at Glasshoughton Welfare
were the only Division One side to win at home as they defeated Rossington Main
, 5-3, to keep themselves in seventh place ahead of Dronfield Town
who also picked up three points.
Jordan Snodin, Joshua Dacre, Joseph Dale, Liam Flanagan and Fraser Hansen all scored for the Robins whilst Antony Holmes and Callum Mawbey were the goalgetters for Dronfield as they won 2-0 at Swallownest
And, Simon Harrison and Brandon Bagley inflicted Skegness Town
's first home defeat since the start of November in a 2-1 victory for Parkgate.
There was one match in midweek with an all-NCEL tie in the quarter-finals of the East Riding Senior Cup as Premier Division Bridlington Town
won 4-1 at home to Division One East Yorkshire Carnegie
Two goals each from Jake Day and Daniel Norton saw the Seasiders progress before an 89th minute consolation from Josh Walker gave Carnegie something to show for their efforts throughout the match.
Photo: AFC Emley goalkeeper George Clarke wipes the water from his face in terrible conditions at the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground during their 3-2 defeat at the hands of Nostell Miners Welfare. (Picture: Mark Parsons)