NORMANTON VILLAGER boasted a 100 per cent record in Division Two, but were up against formidable opposition in the shape of MARLPOOL WHITE LION who are very much in the title hunt themselves.
Although Richard Lee and Adam Sutton scored for the home team, their proud record fell as Matt Hunt, James Holmes, Kev Fowler and Ashley Draper (2) were all on target for the Lion who ran out 5-2 winners to close the gap at the top.
MARLPOOL UNITED were beaten 0-2 at home by NEW WHITE BULL, for whom Lee Annable and Stuart Housely were the marksmen.
HAYLOFT ran out 5-3 winners over BULLS HEAD; Tom Wilkinson, Lewis Allsop (2), Matt Byard and Ryan Straw their scorers. Luke West, Daniel Prince and Luke Limb responded for the visitors.
Second-placed HEANOR COLLIERS suffered their first defeat of the season in Division Three at the hands of AMBER ATHLETIC, who sat just one place below them at the start of play.
The real surprise was the margin of victory.
Hat-tricks for both Steve Burn and Paul King, and a brace of penalties converted by Sam Quinn paved the way to a resounding 7-0 win for the visitors.
RIPLEY WHITE LION stay top, but were made to fight hard by SOUTH NORMANTON BLUEBELL on the way to recording a narrow 3-2 win.
Anthony Clarke got two and Gary King the other; Glenn Sulley also missing a penalty kick.
OUT OF TOWN went a goal down to HILCOTE MW before taking control and running away to a 7-1 win.
Rob Spencer got a second half hat-trick and was supported by Michael Hollis, Daniel Cummins, Ross Gerrard from a free kick and Tim Stone.
GALLOWS INN demolished GENEROUS BRITON 9-1 in their game.
In Division One, SOUTH WINGFIELD were knocked off pole position following their 2-1 defeat at LEABROOKS CORNER.
Kyle White beat the offside trap to give the home team the interval lead, and Dave Robinson looked to have sealed the victory when extending the advantage after first striking the bar then knocking in the rebound in-off the crossbar with ten minutes remaining.
However, substitute Dean Owen reduced the deficit to set up a grandstand finish but it proved to be of no avail as the Leabrooks’ defence repelled all further attacks to hold on and secure the points.
ROYAL OAK took full advantage by demolishing FC WELFARE 10-4 to go top. There were hat-tricks for Jamie Gittens and Shaun Gregory; the other goals being shared by Darren Haslam, Mark Downing and Lee Downing.
Welfare’s defeat paved the way for RAILWAY (Alfreton) to move away from the foot of the league as they won 3-2 at RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL.
The mercurial Steven Guilor got both his side’s goals, but strikes from Ben Bacon, Shaun Elliott and Steven Forbes earned the visitors the precious points.
ALFRETON VICTORIA were beaten 2-3 by SHIRLAND MW in the division’s other game.