DRINGHOUSES maintained their three-point lead at the top of the York Minster Engineering League premier division with a 6-2 defeat of Poppleton United at St Helen's Road.

The league leaders did not have it all their own way at the start of the game, with Danny Owers firing Poppleton into a 1-0 lead, but Houses soon asserted and raced into a 4-1 advantage with Dave Watson and George Brown both firing a brace apiece.

Ryan Mumford then pulled one back for United but an own goal and a Sam Drake effort rounded off a clear-cut victory for the home side.

Thorpe United kept up their own title challenge, defeating fourth-placed Old Malton St Mary's 1-0 with a strike from Mike Braithwaite. Defending champions St Mary's are fourth, eight points off the summit, having played three games more than Dringy.

Wigginton Grasshoppers also maintained the pace by defeating Hemingbrough United 2-0. Gary Newton and Jake Duckworth netted for Hoppers.

Dunnington brought in-form Tadcaster Magnets' excellent run to an end, defeating their opponents 2-0.

Ben Jones, Liam Stilgoe and Tom Paley combined to earn Copmanthorpe a 3-2 victory over Easingwold Town, for whom Andrew Metcalfe and Tom Rushworth netted.

Strensall continued their ascent towards the premier division, beating Riccall United 6-0. Goal-machine Josh Winn weighed in with yet another hat-trick, and was supported by goals from Isaac Clark (2) and Jack Bell.

Despite an excellent finish from Jack Brimmell, second-placed Osbaldwick were overcome 2-1 by Malt Shovel.

Tom Matthews and Jonny Rawsthorne struck to earn Stamford Bridge a point from a 2-2 draw with Marston Green. Ash Hope and Jordan Willoughby found the net for Marston.

Tom Ellwood and Davey Cryer hit the target for Cliffe in a 5-2 home defeat to Haxby Town.

A late goal from Dan Hunter kept The Beagle's York Minster Engineering League division two title charge on track as they defeated Clifford 1-0.

Second-placed Cawood won by the same 1-0 scoreline at home to Wilberfoss, Kyle Wilks hitting the target for the decisive goal.

Bryan Robertson hit a hat-trick for Pollington in an 8-1 success over Barmby Moor. Joe Lock, Jonny hall, Oliver Macardle, David Durham and Oliver Brennan hit their other goals.

Rufforth United gained a 3-0 success over Heslington, who sit ninth and just three points off the foot of the table.

Tommy Medd, Luke Addison and Alex Day all shared the goals equally as Civil service enjoyed a 6-1 win at Wheldrake.

Will Gardiner hit the home side's consolation.

York St John University kept up their momentum with a 9-1 defeat of LNER Builders. The division three leaders' goals came courtesy of Ali Harvey (3), Tom Brand (2), Luke Jordan, Owen Robson, Dan Cusdin and Jake Dunn.

Garforth WMC remain in second after winning 6-2 at Crayke United. Tom Green and Olly Watkins netted for the home side.

Rob McDermid and Jake Edwards were on target for Duncombe Park in a 2-2 draw at Fulford United. Matty Sutcliffe and Tom Wordsworth found the net for the hosts.

Helperby United beat York RI 7-0.

Harry Bissett and Marius Bratkowski helped themselves to hat-tricks in Walnut Tree's 10-1 defeat of Selby Olympia. Chris Barrett (2), Dylan Holmes and Mike Whiteley completed their haul.

Old Malton St Mary's have closed the gap at the top of the York Minster Engineering League reserve 'A' table to just one point after defeating Pocklington Town 3-0.

With leaders Dunnington enjoying a free week, Old Malton were given a good chance against the division's bottom side - and they took it with both hands.

After adding to pointless Pocklington's woes, Old Malton have played one game more than table-toppers Dunnington.

Thorpe United were 5-1 winners at bottom-of-the-table Poppleton United.

Wigginton Grasshoppers picked up their first points in five games, beating Tockwith 2-1. Jack Green scored a spectacular half-volley in the win, with player-manager John Cavanagh also on the scoresheet for the visitors.

Malt Shovel remain four points clear of Rufforth United in reserve 'B' after both sides registered victories at the weekend.

The Selby side defeated Stamford Bridge 2-1 with Luke Bailey netting the consolation for the away side.

Rufforth scored a commanding victory at Osbaldwick, largely thanks to a five-goal haul from Brad Walters. Kieran Nelson (2) and Jack Brown also struck for Rufforth in their 8-1 triumph. Paul Crangle fired the solitary Osso goal.

Dan Clubley (2) and Dan Hobson were on target for Rawcliffe in their 3-0 defeat of Haxby Town.

Reserve 'C' front-runners Strensall Tigers dropped points for only the second time this season after being held to a 2-2 draw by second-placed Marston Green.

Tom Wood and Steve Jarvis struck for Tigers but they were pegged back by efforts from Robbie Macauley and Josh Patten.

Brooklyn made the most of their trip to civil Service, leaving as 6-1 victors.

Matthew Bean hit a hat-trick for the Malton side with Nathan Cross, Jack Coker and Josh Towse also bagging.

Russ Carr (2) and Danny Walters netted for Heslington in their 7-3 home defeat to Cliffe.