Cayton Corinthians moved into third place in the Scarborough Sunday League tonight after a 4-0 home win against Scarborough Campus.
Goals from Harry Holden, Ethan Ingle, Tyler Hanlon and Jon Hodgson secured the win for Cayton, who are now only three points behind second-placed Ayton, but with three games in hand.
Alex May was named as the Cayton man of the match.
Cayton boss Damon Cook said: "I have to give credit to referee Dave Hudghton for giving us a game as the conditions were absolutely disgraceful, and he was not even meant to be refereeing."
Ayton had to work much harder for their 4-3 win at Alma, with the hosts' player-boss Phil Clothier and Ayton stalwart Mike Grayshan both netting hat-tricks.
The hosts made a good start as Clothier opened the scoring only for Grayshan to net twice, his second a superb 12-yard bicycle kick, before Clothier equalised, Paul Fergus making a great flick in the build-up.
The villagers restored their lead before half-time as boss Mark Plumpton fired home, and then Grayshan added a fourth to complete his hat-trick with about 10 minutes left.
Clothier saved his best for last, the Ayton keeper kicked the ball out and Clothier took the ball down just inside the Ayton half and sent it back to the top corner on the half volley to complete his hat-trick..
Clothier said: "It was a massive effort from the lads again and we could have got something from it but we were just short. Really pleased with how we all dug in. They are all a credit to the club."
Plumpton added: "It was an epic game, the older players showed the young guns the way! Grayshan was the man of the match for us."