A Joe Townsend hat-trick guided Moulton Harrox to a dominant 6-0 victory over Leverington Sports in the ChromaSport Peterborough Premier Division on Saturday.
Further goals from Dan Woods, Martin Sandall and Ben Allen completed the rout at Broad Lane, as defending champions Moulton kept their faint hopes of retaining the top tier title alive.
They remain 14 points behind promotion-chasing leaders Netherton United with three games in hand, but are now just ten off second-placed King’s Lynn Town Reserves – who have also played three more games than Harrox.
There was a further boost for the reigning champions on Saturday, with treble-winners Billy King and Ian Bradbury both back in the squad having sealed returns to the club.
In Division One, Holbeach United Reserves also boosted their championship chances.
They secured a 4-2 victory at Peterborough ICA Sports Reserves to move within five points of leaders Langtoft United with a game in hand.
Gary Chappell (2), Jonny Wiggins and David Wilson notched for Omar Joof’s side.
The Tigers’ second-string remain level on points with third-placed AFC Stanground after they crushed Moulton Harrox Reserves 5-0.
Jack Dean(3), Liam Whaley (2) and Dan Stephens struck to sink Harrrox’s second side.
Sutton Bridge United were also beaten in Division One, with relegation rivals Stamford Bels edging them out 3-2.
Matt Eaton and Barry Osborn were the Bridge scorers.
Elsewhere, Pinchbeck United Reserves earned a 3-1 triumph over Whittlesey United Reserves in Division Two.
Jamie Cartlidge, Aaron Cooper and Mathew Hempsall grabbed the goals.
In the same division, Long Sutton Reserves drew 2-2 with Ramsey Town Reserves.
Spalding Town are the new leaders in Division Four after Dean Grummitt’s sole strike gave them a 1-0 victory in their derby at Pinchbeck United A.
However, the game of the day was in the League Shield as Sutton Bridge United Reserves beat Parkside Reserves 9-5 in a real thriller. Both Kurt Scott and Lee Wayman bagged trebles for Bridge, with Lloyd Chapman, Jamie Griffin and Daniel Whitrid also netting.
There was also cup joy for Crowland Town Reserves, who beat Riverside Reserves 4-1 in the Intermediate Shield thanks to Leigh Crane, Corban Oldham, David Shamma and Michael Smith.