It was business as usual for defending champions FC Britannia as they chalked up their sixth successive win to power nine points clear at the top of the First Division in the NAPIT Chesterfield and District Sunday League.
Although they have played two games more than most of their opponents, you would not bet against Britannia repeating last season’s fantastic success. New Inn Newton were their latest opponents and despite battling bravely, they were undone by goals from Tom Poole, who scored twice, and Brett Turner as they lost 3-1.
Elsewhere, Hollingwood Athletic’s good recent form continued with a 5-2 victory over Creswell Black Diamond that moved them up to second place. Two goals each from Adam McTighe and Carl White, plus a fifth from Dale Beach, sealed the points.
Doe Lea also banked three points at bottom-of-the-table Renishaw Rangers as strikes from Grant Mitchell, Liam Moore, Adam Plant and substitute Corey Burton secured them a 4-0 success, while FC United of Bolsover beat Pinxton United in the Derbyshire Senior Sunday Cup by the odd goal in five.
As the Second Division table begins to take shape, Old Whittington MW are in pole position, ahead of Dronfield Victoria, whom they lead on goal difference after a 5-2 victory over Pilsley Community. Bradley Nunn scored twice, with his brother Elliott Nunn, Steven Mansell and Curtis Burchall also finding the net.
Victoria faced a tricky encounter with Clowne Wanderers Reserves and just shaded the game 2-1 thanks to goals from Kieran Loftus and Eric O’Connor, while
Crown Killamarsh also won 2-1, beating New Inn Tupton. The game between Brampton Rovers and Renishaw Rangers Old Boys ended in a goalless draw.
Brampton Moor Rovers and Birdholme Club are level on points at the top of Division Three after the former romped to an easy 8-1 win over Furnace Hill Hurricanes on the back of a hat-trick from Sam Gillthorpe, two goals from Callum Davison and one apiece from Ben Pinkney, Joe Byrne and Roberto Marchetta. Birdholme beat Butchers Arms 2-0 with Liam Handley and Gary Morton on the scoresheet, while Young Vanish Athletico won their first game of the season at the fourth attempt as two Ross Murcott goals saw off opponents Creswell Black Diamond Reserves and a seven-goal thriller saw Brimington United shade FC Shoulder of Mutton.