PICKERING Town shot to the top of the Northern Counties East League premier division after a 3-2 win over Rainworth Miners Welfare - top scorer Ryan Blott bagging another double.

It made it eight goals in two games after their midweek 5-2 win at Parkgate, and it put them five points above Pontefract Collieries, albeit having played two games more, the latter being without a game on Saturday.

The Pikes now have three away games in the next eight days, starting tomorrow with a trip to Worksop (7.45pm).

Rainworth could have taken an early lead but Max Pemberton, clean through, was thwarted by an outstanding interception from skipper Niall Tilsley - the Pikes' man of the match.

At the other end, Jordan Claxton cleared off the line to deny Joe Danby after good work on the left by Joey McCormick.

But the Pikes took a deserved lead after 19 minutes, as Callum Terrell crossed from the byline for Blott - the September Player of the Month - to tap home.

The second half was fairly even, with both sides missing chances.

Jack Waddle, son of the former England winger Chris Waddle, was denied by Pikes keeper Michael Clancy and hit the bar with a 25-yarder.

But Pickering scored a goal out of nothing just after the hour when Lewis Taylor unleashed an unstoppable 22-yard shot.

Four minutes later, Blott made it 3-0 with a low 20-yarder after cutting in from the left.

Soon, Rainworth keeper Ben Townsend saved superbly to deny Blott a hat-trick.

That should have been that, but the last 15 minutes saw Rainworth throw everything forward.

Joshua Ross fired a 30-yard free-kick into the top corner, and in stoppage time substitute Bryan Dakouri raced clear to make it 3-2.

They then had another dangerous free kick but it came to nothing.

Lowly Harrogate Railway suffered late agony as they fell 4-2 at home to Handsworth Parramore - the visitors scoring three times in the last five minutes.

Adam Carter and Jordan Hendrie turned things round after Aaron Moxam's 52nd-minute opener for Handsworth. But Jonathan Froggatt (2) and Joseph Thornton nicked it with that late salvo.

Selby Town enjoyed a 4-2 win over Shirebrook Town in a cracker to go seventh in division one.

The visitors took an early lead when Daniel Williams beat the offside trap and slotted home but within a minute Joe Dale equalised when he raced onto a through ball from Ben Lock.

Casey Stewart saw a rocket well saved by Jamie Dean but the busy visiting keeper was beaten when Dale rounded four defenders and unleashed a sweet 25-yarder.

Dale should soon have got his third but hit a post, while the hard-working Liam Flanagan missed chance after chance.

Shirebrook themselves looked a threat and they equalised five minutes into the second half when a rare mistake by Rueben Pearse, slipping on the wet surface, was punished by William.

But Selby never wilted and poured forward - Flanagan could have ended with a double hat-trick but was thwarted time and again by Dean.

Selby finally regained the lead just before the hour when a Dale free kick was headed home by Ryan Gothard.

Gothard nearly had a second with a fantastic 40-yard shot but was also foiled by Dean's flying save.

The pressure told late on, though, when Flanagan finally scored, heading in a Ben Lock cross.

Leaders Knaresborough Town were held to a goalless draw by Rossington Main.