LUKE Jenkinson was the star man for Division One champions Edgehill as his brace fired them to a massive 2-1 victory at title-rivals Eastfield St James.
Both sides were strengthened by players from Pickering Town, who did not have a fixture, as Tommy Adams and Liam Salt turned out for the home side while midfielder Joel Ramm was a half-time substitute for Edgehill.
The visitors were ahead after 20 minutes when a long punt upfield was flicked on by Ricky Greening to Jenkinson, who duly fired in.
Aaron Jenking was forced to clear off the line when Adie Blake’s header was destined to ripple the back of the net, keeping Edgehill’s lead intact going into the interval.
Eastfield were level on the hour mark though.
Edgehill’s Danny White was shown a straight red card by referee Damien O’Leary for what he deemed to be a mistimed challenge, and from the resultant free-kick Danny Price scrambled the ball in to level things up.
But their parity only lasted a matter of 15 minutes as Matty Drury was also sent for an early bath by O’Leary when conceding a penalty for a last-ditch challenge on Greening.
Jenkinson made no mistake from the spot, sealing a huge three points for Edgehill in the process.
Dean Craig was the stand-out performer for Edgehill, while Blake was also in fine form at the back for Eastfield.
Shaun Mancrief’s Newlands side kept pace with the title-chasing pack thanks to a comfortable 5-1 win over Westover Wasps.
Kile Fields opened the scoring after 30 minutes when he finished well when one-on-one with the Wasps keeper.
Newlands had chances to add to their tally but couldn’t find their way past an inspired keeper until after half-time when a hand-ball in the box presented Nick David with the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot, and he made no mistake.
Westover netted to make it 2-1, but the prolific Eric Hall found the net to restore Newlands’ two-goal cushion.
Influential midfielder Jack Hakings made it 4-1 before Hall doubled his tally and rounded things off at 5-1.
Mancrief picked Danny Jenkinson and Fields as Newlands’ star men.
Ryedale were made to work hard for the full three points as they ended up 1-0 victors at home to Hunmanby United.
It took until the hour mark for Ryedale to net the only goal of the game.
It came after a neat passing move down the Ryedale left flank resulted in a cross being half cleared and the ball landing at the feet of Adam Hornby, who turned his man well and smashed home.
Ryedale skipper Dave Hoyle missed a penalty but his side held on to win.
Ayton missed a chance to consolidate their spot in the top five after a late equaliser earned struggling Fishburn Park a point.
A goal from veteran Stevie Roberts had Ayton in front and the home side hit the woodwork as well.
They were pegged back by Liam Beckett’s last-gasp leveller.