There was a full programme in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League as the leaders of both divisions enjoyed convincing wins on Non-League Day on Saturday.
Pickering Town remain three points clear at the top of the Premier Division, thanks to a 6-2 victory at Athersley Recreation, a Ryan Blott double added to by goals from Sam Denton, Lewis Taylor, Ged Dalton and Joe McCormick, whilst the hosts had Kyle Wordsorth and Lee Garside’s names on their scoresheet.
The chasing pack, though, kept on the Pikes’ coattails with the other sides in the top three also winning, free-scoring Pontefract Collieries staying in second as they made it 47 goals in their eleven matches so far with a 6-0 defeat of next-to-bottom hosts Barton Town.
Eli Hey scored twice after Kane Reece and Chris Jackson had given the Colls a 2-0 half-time lead with Michael Dunn and Vaughan Redford also getting in on the action in the second period.
Maltby Main keep third spot, six points off the top, after a 4-1 win at Bottesford Town, who drop to eighteenth – Steve McDonnell and Oliver Lawrence securing the victory in the second period after Alex Lill had given Main a 9th minute lead.
Handsworth Parramore are up into fourth after they raced into a 3-0 lead by the 32nd minute at home to Penistone Church, James Ashmore, Jason Yates and Adam Johnson netting before the visitors launched a fightback through Jordan Coduri and Kieran Ryan in the last quarter-of-an-hour, but the Amber Parras held on for a 3-2 victory.
They are now above their tenants Worksop Town by a point, the Tigers falling to fifth as they needed a stoppage time equaliser from Rhys Davies to snatch a 1-1 draw at Nottinghamshire neighbours Rainworth Miners Welfare, Tom Poole opening the scoring for the Wrens on 63 minutes.
Second half goals from Bradley Dockerty, Lloyd Henderson and Richard Collier earned Hemsworth Miners Welfare a 3-0 home win over Harrogate Railway Athletic and they are now up to sixth whilst the Rail stay in twentieth on a disappointing day for the basement sides where the bottom seven teams were all beaten.
Clipstone and Parkgate joined Barton, Harrogate Railway, Bottesford, Penistone and Athersley in tasting defeat, although Clipstone did almost stage an amazing comeback at Hall Road Rangers who led 3-0 at half-time, thanks to Dan Norton and a Dan Chambers brace.
Tim Gregory pulled one back on 53 for the Cobras and a Matt Hubbard strike gave them hope late on but Rangers ran out 3-2 winners.
Parkgate, meanwhile, went down 2-1 at home to Garforth Town, Callum Ward and Mark Simpson scoring for the visitors before Bradley Kerr halved the deficit on 70 minutes.
The only movement in the bottom seven saw Penistone climb one place to seventeenth above Bottesford on goal difference.
There was one hat-trick in the Premier Division and it came at the Forest Town Stadium where Oliver Fearon joined the league’s top scorer, Blott, on 15 goals with three of AFC Mansfield’s goals in a 4-0 home victory over Albion Sports.
Tyla Bell got the only goal of the game as Staveley Miners Welfare won 1-0 at Thackley and there was a 1-1 draw between Bridlington Town and Liversedge.
Colin Heath was the hat-trick hero in Division One as leaders Knaresborough Town made it thirty-eight points from just fourteen games so far with a 4-0 home win over FC Bolsover after Brad Walker had given them a 12th minute lead.
The gap to second-placed Yorkshire Amateur remains eight points as Ashley Flynn made it 16 for the season and T’nique Fishley also scored as the Ammers struck twice in the last 5 minutes to beat visitors Swallownest, 2-0.
Campion move up to third after Lee Bradshaw, Jason Carney and Tom Robinson struck in a 3-0 win at Nostell Miners Welfare, who drop to next-to-bottom, replacing Retford United who claimed a priceless 1-0 home victory over Rossington Main.
Brad Kilner was the match-winner for the Badgers, whilst Worsbrough Bridge Athletic also moved above Nostell with a 4-2 win at Armthorpe Welfare, Ben Grech-Brooksbank getting two of their goals.
Brigg Town remain at the foot of the table after a 5-1 loss at Hallam, the home side were 4-0 up by the interval through a Mitchell Dunn double and strikes from Tom Roebuck and Alex Brown.
At the other end of the standings, Grimsby Borough fall to fourth after they went down 2-1 at Shirebrook Town, Josh Venney with their goal sandwiching ones from Sam Dockwray and Kieran Watson for the hosts, all in the opening 26 minutes.
Eccleshill United could not take advantage and stay fifth following a 3-0 home loss to Winterton Rangers, Lewis Bemrose’s first half opener added to in the second period by Luke Anderson and Elliot Broughton.
There were two goals for Brett Lucas as Selby Town defeated hosts Dronfield Town, 4-1, AFC Emley continued their surge up the table with a 3-1 home victory over East Yorkshire Carnegie and Ollerton Town came from 2-0 down to pick up a point at Glasshoughton Welfare.
Josh Bowkett and Gavin King scored in the last 20 minutes to claim a 2-2 draw at the TJs Travel Arena.