Four goals from Sam Gilthorpe helped Britannia Rose remain top of Chesterfield and District NAPIT Sunday League Division 2 following a 5-2 victory over Dronfield Vic.
It took Gilthorpe just 17 minutes to get off the mark when he slotted past Chris Conroy in the visitors’ goal.
Britannia Rose extended their lead with two goals in four minutes. First Liam Roberts fired home a loose ball before Gilthorpe got his second, moving into the right hand side of the box and beating keeper Conroy.
Dronfield quickly got back into the game through a fine strike from Adam Hopwood to trail 3-1 at half-time.
The second half started with the visitors on top, led by the craft of captain Danny Hamilton.
However, against the run of play the home side went further ahead when Gilthorpe chased down a loose ball, a ricochet with the outcoming keeper saw the ball fall into the number nine’s path and he slotted home for his hat-trick.
The visitors pulled a goal back in the 67th minute through Kurt Fish’s chip from wide on the right.
Dronfield saw their chance and only a wonderful save from Liam Neath denied Hamilton’s snap-shot that would have further reduced the arrears.
As the game opened up, Callum Featherstone struck the post with a 25-yard effort for the home side before Gilthorpe rounded the keeper to slot the ball into an empty net for his fourth to make it 5-2 to the leaders.
FC Britannia have taken over at the top of Division One.
They took advantage of leaders FC Utd Bolsover’s inactivity to move to the summit following a comfortable 4-0 win at Hepthorne Lane.
Jez Mitchell scored twice and Josh Fields and Alex Hewitt were also on target.
Westend Killamarsh gained their first victory. 1-0, over Clowne Wanderers.
FC Brimington had won just once prior to Sunday’s visit to fourth-placed Wingerworth BMB, but upset the form book to claima 6-0 victory.
Danny Mason scored twice and Jordan Hall, Jack Hutchinson and Danny Rigby also hit the net.
Ben Smith and Dean Heywood both netted twice for Creswell Black Diamond as they defeated Newbold 6-4 with Greg Lowde and Ross Whitehead completing the scoring.
In Division Two, Hollingwood Athletic remain second after beating Pilsley Community 3-2. Sean Gallagher, Ian Hopkinson and Aiden McTighe scored for the winners.
Renishaw Rangers are third after winning 3-2 — at FC Shoulder of Mutton — and Crown Killamarsh triumphed by the same score at Renishaw MW for their first victory.
Creswell Black Diamond claimed their second win, 4-1 0ver Brampton Rovers JMA.
Grassmoor Sports remain in pole position in Division Three, despite losing 3-2 to Butchers Arms — their second defeat in seven days. David Fedrick scored twice for the Arms and Ryan Lindley once.
Black Swan’s difficult start continued with a 12-0 loss to Birdholme Club. James Gee-Pemberton hit a hat-trick, Dan Robinson and Simon Wainwright struck twice, and Scott Berresford, Shane Burton, Scott Marshall, Richard Mathews and Aaron Lalli completed the scoring.