Handsworth Parramore maintained their good form since the turn of the year with a third win in four after easing to a 5-1 home success over neighbours Maltby Main.
The Ambers got off to a flyer with two quick goals. Luke Fletcher tucked away a rebound after the Miners keeper Ben Brunt had done well to keep out Steve Woolley’s effort and, two minutes later, Bruno Holden latched onto Sam Smith’s flick on to run on and double the score.
In a lively opening Maltby pulled one back on 17 minutes when Sam Forster’s powerfully struck shot found the top corner and it wasn’t until the 58th minute that Handsworth restored the two goal cushion through Fletcher’s second of the game.
The home side finally put the game beyond Maltby’s reach with two goals inside the last 20 minutes as Danny Buttle set-up Woolley for an easy tap in with Smith nodding in the fifth.
Staveley MW got back in the winning grove with a 2-1 victory at Thackley as James Colliver’s side completed a league double and ended a run of three games without a win.
Ross Goodwin’s superb strike gave the Miners a 13th minute lead and although Thackley levelled with a 65th minute penalty, Ellis Wall’s effort four minutes from time ensured Staveley took the points.
Battling Armthorpe Welfare came away with a richly deserved point from a 1-1 draw at Garforth Town but Parkgate slipped to only a second defeat in the last six, as title chasing Cleethorpes Town beat them 2-0.
Athersley Recreation suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at bottom of the table Nostell MW where Rob Boardman’s effort earned the hosts only a third win in 23 league games..
Retford United were thumped 8-0 at home by Albion Sports to leave the troubled Badgers just three points above the drop zone and without a win in 10 games.
AFC Emley opened up a four point gap at the top of Division One after ending a run of four games without a win by beating Knaresborough Town 3-0 and put their title aspirations back on track.
Steve Kenworthy was the Emley hero scoring all three goals. The striker opened the scoring on the half hour mark bundling the ball home at the second attempt after his initial effort had been saved.
The second arrived three minutes into the second half with a simple tap-in from Max Leonard’s pullback before completing his hat-trick with a stooping header seven minutes from time. After picking up just a single point from the last four outings, Penistone Church returned to winning ways in style coming from a goal down to beat hosts Teversal 6-2.
The home side went in front after just 55 seconds but Penistone quickly hit back with two goals in as many minutes from Mark Crossland and veteran Andy Ring to lead 2-1 with less than 10 minutes on the clock. Ashley Ellis added a third and although Teversal pulled one back before the break Lewis Dickinson’s 58th minute penalty restored the two goal cushion before late goals from Ellis and Dickinson wrapped up the points.
Shaw Lane Aquaforce booked their place in the last eight of the FA Vase coming from 2-1 down at home to beat Flackwell Heath 3-2.
Fixtures, tomorrow: Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Quarter-Final: Rossington Main v Nostell MW.
League Cup Fourth Round: Handsworth Parramore v Shaw Lane Aquaforce.
Wednesday: Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Third Round: Penistone Church v Athersley Recreation.
Division One: AFC Mansfield v Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.