WITH title favourites Winshill not playing, Netherseal St Peters took full advantage to open up a six-point lead at the top of the ZAFIRE YOUTH LEAGUE Division One following a 3-1 victory at Newhall Tigers.
Although Dan Hugill netted for the hosts, the Saints took the points with goals from Harry Bourne, Luke Watts and Sam Wright.
Marlborough Rovers moved up into third spot with Charlie Hammond’s treble providing half of the Ashby side’s tally in a comfortable 6-1 success over struggling Anglesey Swifts, whose marksman was Jordan Peake.
Belvedere Park Under-17s overpowered their Under-18 stablemates 5-1 with Jamie Disney’s brace receiving support from Macauley Haywood, Joe Kinsella and Zahir Shiekh, Sam Bowering replying.
In the ZAFIRE YOUTH LEAGUE Division Two, Doveridge Blue consolidated second spot with an emphatic 5-0 beating of Barton Rovers Spartans.
Newhall Lions leapfrogged Spartans as a result of a 2-1 verdict against fourth-placed Whittington.
Rolleston’s inactivity in the TRADETEAM UNDER 16 Division One was exposed by Repton Casuals Blue, who moved into pole position after overcoming Newhall Lions 3-1.
Jason Knight, Henry Mahew and Mark Worth grabbed the all-important goals for the Casuals, while Callum Jenkins registered the Lions’ consolation.
Bottom club Winshill put up a spirited showing before going down to the only goal of the game against Barton Rovers Vikings, George Beattie the scorer.
Substitute David Waters was on target for lowly Branston in a creditable 1-1 draw at third-placed LRT.
TRADETEAM UNDER 16 Division Two leaders Doveridge were the victims of a shock 4-2 defeat at mid-table Whittington Lions.
Sam Pickford took the man of the match accolade after weighing in with all four of the Lions’ goals, while William Harrison and Jake Pope provided Doveridge with their only consolations from their second defeat of the season.
TS Sports moved to within five points of Doveridge after Steve Farnsworth’s hat-trick sank local rivals Newhall Cougars.
Another hat-trick hero was Repton Casuals White Lewis Hanley, but his efforts were only rewarded with a point as visiting Hilton Harriers shared the spoils thanks to Cameron Hickman, George Jones and Callum Bagley.
KL ENGINEERING UNDER 15 Division One leaders Barton Rovers Hercules were indebted to substitutes Connor McLaughlin and Michael Jukka after their second-half strikes secured a 2-1 victory at fourth-placed Belvedere Park.
Marlborough Rovers stayed within a point of Hercules following a comfortable 5-1 beating of Newhall Lions.
Doubles from Josh Dutton and Ryan McMenamin and a single from George Pemberton outscored Lions’ Taylor Mason.
Third-placed Gresley maintained their 100 per cent record with Harry Bourne and Jack Mills securing an eighth successive victory against Repton Casuals.
Branston inflicted a ninth successive defeat on basement side Newhall Cougars as Max Bishop, Ross Coultard, Liam Machin and Grant Palmer shared the villagers’ goals in a 4-1 success.
In The HANDPRINT AND DESIGN UNDER 15 Division Two, leaders Anglesey Swifts shared six goals at third-placed Willington.
Rocester reduced Anglesey’s lead to a point after eight different scorers contributed to a 12-2 thrashing of Gresley White.
Uttoxoter moved above Gresley as Liam Brown, Jacob Carey and Joe Ratcliff all scored twice in a 8-5 victory over visiting Doveridge, whose tally included a treble from Axel Kaling-Smith.
Woodville Rangers tasted victory for the first time this season after overcoming Stapenhill Swans 2-0.