Hallam romped to their biggest win of the season as a second half goal helped Ryan Hindley’s in-form side thump Lincoln Moorlands Railway 8-1 on their own patch.
The impressive Jake Wright scored his second hat-trick in the pace of five days to take the Sheffield United youngster’s goal tally to 12 goals in just six games - and how Hindley will be hoping he can hang on to the Blades young prospect for the rest of the season.
Wright fired Hallam into an 11th minute lead after exchanges passes with Ben Kistell. The Countrymen might well have been further in front before Lincoln grabbed an equaliser on 22 minutes when Stuart King headed home from a free-kick.
Wright restored Hallam’s lead on 59 minutes, tucking the ball under the keeper from Steve Brammer’s through ball.
And two minutes later it was 3-1, Callum Westney glancing in a header from a free-kick with James Reed quickly adding a fourth with a fine 20-yard effort into the bottom corner.
Wright completed his hat-trick on 69 minutes with a clever lob over the keeper after a long ball down the middle had caught the Lincoln defence flat footed. Wright then turned provider three minutes later, unselfishly squaring the ball for Michael Blythen to steer home.
Substitute Jonathan Fusco came off the bench to grab a late brace, adding a seventh on 89 minutes with a clinical finish after going clear on goal - then, in time added on, completed the scoring from a tight angle.
Dronfield Town put up a good show at promotion chasing Hemsworth MW before succumbing to a 4-2 defeat. Jason Yates put the home side in front on 21 minutes. However, Dan Barnsley hit his fifth goal of the season to restore parity on the half hour mark.
Goals from Nash Connolly and Nick Guest either side of the interval saw Hemsworth go 3-1 up but Mark Fereday looked to have put Dronfield in with a shout of earning a point when he pulled one back on 83 minutes.
But Rob Crapper restored the home side’s two-goal cushion a couple of minutes later.
Penistone Church ended a run of three defeats on the spin with a battling 3-3 home draw against Selby Town. The home side made a good start and ought to have been three or four goals up, before Selby took an 18th minute lead through Craig Muirhead with their first shot on target.
It was a bitter pill to swallow 10 minutes later when Matt Turnbull doubled the visitors’ lead.
Lewis Dickenson led a fight back with his 17th goal of the season 10 minutes after the restart. Elliott Firth then scored twice in eight minutes to put Church 3-2 up to turn the game on its head. But the hosts couldn’t hold out as Dan Bunch pounced 16 minutes from time to earn Selby a point.
Rossington Main extended their unbeaten run to three games, with a 3-1 victory over struggling Winterton Rangers courtesy of a hat-trick from their talisman Lee Holmes.
Holmes opened the scoring on 57 minutes following a scramble in the area before doubling the lead five minutes later with another close range effort. Holmes then bagged his 21st goal of the campaign on 86 minutes.
The visitors netted a consolation effort two minutes later through Declan Marshall’s fine strike from distance but it came too late to affect the outcome.
AFC Emley saw their lead at the top of Division One cut to a point after being held to a third successive draw in a 2-2 stalemate at Bottesford Town, who twice come from behind. Ashley Flynn sprang the offside trap to give Emley a 26th-minute lead. Thomas Spall put the home side back on level terms from a 55th minute corner but their joy was short lived as Danny Claridge restored Emley’s lead straight from the kick off.
The visitors, though, couldn’t hold out and with just eight minutes remaining, Wayne Greaves popped up to give Bottesford a share of the spoils.
Retford United need to halt their slide if they are to avoid slipping out of the Premier Division after they were thumped 6-1 at Garforth Town.
Shaw Lane Aquaforce and Walsall Wood will have to do it all over again after the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw in the FA vase fourth round.
Fixtures, Tuesday: FA Vase Fourth Round replay: Shaw Lane Aquaforce v Walsall Wood.
NCE League Cup Third Round: Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Hallam.
Premier Division: Handsworth Parramore v Heanor Town.
Wednesday, FA Vase Fourth Round: Worksop Town v Glossop North End.
Sheffield Senior Cup Third Round: Penistone Church v Athersley Recreation
Premier Division: Barton Town OB v Retford United.
Division One: Dronfield Town v Grimsby Borough.