There was no festive cheer for either Stocksbridge Park Steels of Sheffield FC as both slumped to heavy defeats.
Stocksbridge were thrashed 7-0 at Buxton and had Tom Agus sent off as their relegation fears deepened.
Matt Thornhill had already given the Bucks a 12th-minute lead when former Buxton man Agus was shown a red card a minute before the break for conceding the penalty that saw Mark Reed double the hosts advantage.
Reed made it 3-0 in first-half stoppage time before completing his hat-trick eight minutes into the second half with Buxton’s fourth. Thornhill then added two more to complete his treble, sandwiched in between a Kyle Nix effort.
Sheffield were well beaten 5-1 at home by Belper Town. A defensive error allowed Colin Marrison to fire the visitors in front just before the half hour mark.
Simon Harrison’s lob doubled the lead early in the second half before Jonathan Froggatt made it 3-0 with a shot that squirmed under keeper Liam Flynn.
Substitute Aaron Rice gave Club a glimmer of hope pulling one back with a good finish but Froggatt struck twice more late on, including one from the penalty spot, to put the result beyond doubt.
Worksop Town came from behind to beat Grantham Town 3-2 at Sandy Lane to climb into the Premier Division play-off places.
Rhys Lewis gave the visitors a 31st-minute lead but Tom Denton headed the Tigers level five minutes later. Leon Mettam nodded Worksop in front four minutes after the break and, although Grantham equalised through former Tiger Ben Saunders on 58 minutes, Ashley Burbeary restored Worksop’s lead on 71 minutes from the penalty spot for what proved to be the winner.
Frickley Athletic were beaten 3-2 at home by the league leaders North Ferriby United, while Matlock Town eased to a 4-0 win at Rushall Olympic.
In the Baris NCE League, Hallam saw their game against Dinnington Town at Sandygate Road abandoned after 35 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic stretched their unbeaten home league record to 11 games following a 1-1 draw against leaders Athersley Recreation. Chris White coming to the Briggers’ rescue with an equaliser 10 minutes from time.
Rossington Main came out on top in the Doncaster derby coming from behind to win 3-1 at Askern Villa with goals from Niall Doyle, Scott Spence and Brandon Fallon.
AFC Emley won 1-0 at Hemsworth MW while Armthorpe Welfare edged to a 2-1 victory at Lincoln Moorlands Railway.