THE top four teams in the York Minster Engineering League premier division all registered wins this week as the title race began to hot up, writes Graham Ireton.
Wigginton Grasshoppers had to work hard to overcome a strong Dringhouses side, eventually winning 2-1.
An early Gary Newton penalty gave the home side the lead after Josh Luckhurst was fouled in the box, but Dringhouses had chances to level before the break with Jordan Holt making a couple of excellent saves to keep them at bay.
George Brown finally brought ‘Houses level after 56 minutes, and with the scores level there were decent chances at both ends.
An 83rd-minute goal from Max Bauer ensured that ‘Hoppers collected the points though, sliding the ball home from the edge of the area after sidestepping the onrushing keeper.
Second-placed Dunnington struck twice in each half as they defeated high-flying Thorpe United 4-0 to remain two points from the summit.
Jacob Hall, Tom Anderson, Harry Lynn and Daniel Lister fired the Common Road side to success.
Third-placed Old Malton St Mary’s also won to nil, putting five past Kirkbymoorside without reply.
Fourth-placed Rawcliffe weren’t in the mood to concede either, hitting Hemingbrough United for six.
Dan Hobson bagged a hat-trick with Niall Smallwood, Eddy Clapham and Dan Zambelli also making the score sheet.
The New Earswick derby between Strensall Tigers and F1 Racing went the way of Tigers, who ran out as 2-1 winners.
Josh Winn and Kieran Harris hit the target in the first half for Strensall, with Dan Hickey netting F1’s reply.
Jonny Bullivant (2) and Alex Burton ensured that Huntington Rovers picked up the points on their visit to Poppleton United.
Reece Holmes notched the hosts’ goal in a 3-1 loss. Tom Taylor (2) and Harry Smith fired Tadcaster Magnets to a 3-1 home win over Easingwold Town.
Cawood kept up their march towards the division one title with a 9-1 hammering of Stamford Bridge.
Jean-Pierre Grenier and Ryan Glover both collected hat-tricks in the win with Liam Parkinson, Phil Wickham and Tom Knight also netting. Oliver Peck hit the home team’s consolation.
Pocklington Town led 1-0 at Tockwith at half-time, but a Mario Campagna goal ensured that the sides finished with a point apiece.
Haxby Town put in a dominant performance to defeat Bishopthorpe White Rose 6-2. James Smith (2), Craig Harrison, Adam Chaplin, Tom Kilvington and Arron Rose were on the mark for Haxby.
Pollington continue to enjoy a three-point lead at the top of division two following their 11-0 annihilation of Bubwith White Swan.
Mark Baggaley smashed home a double hat-trick with Robert Tate (3), Joe Lock and Jimmy Hall also on target.
Rufforth United sit second after a 4-1 victory at promotion rivals Duncombe Park.
Dave McNichol, Liam Keenahan, Stu Lea and Bradley Walters collected the goals for the away side with Matthew Turnbull putting the ball home for the hosts.
Ethan Macpherson struck for Clifford in his side’s 3-1 home defeat to Cliffe. Robert Corker netted for Heslington in a 2-2 draw with Civil Service.
Chris Verzi hit four goals for Wheldrake in an 8-1 win over Ebor Wanderers.
William Turner, Dan Gunnell, Dan Zimer and Zak Isaacs struck the other goals for Wheldrake in a game that was allowed to happen by the generosity of a pitch provided by Malt Shovel FC.