HEMINGBROUGH United ensured the relegation battle in the York Minster Engineering League premier division would go to the wire this midweek following a shock 2-0 win over Dunnington on Saturday - plunging Sporting Knavesmire back into the drop zone with just one game remaining.

Knavesmire are now a point behind Hemingbrough with a worse goal-difference too.

They therefore need victory when they travel to second-placed Church Fenton on Wednesday night. Hemingbrough go to champions Old Malton St Mary's.

In the unlikely event both the relegation-threatened sides win their matches, Tadcaster Magnets would need to secure a point from their game with Kirkbymoorside to avoid finishing second-bottom themselves.

Magnets took a huge step towards safeguarding their top-flight status with a shock 1-0 win over Dunnington last midweek, Hugh Barlow notching the only goal of the game.

Hemingbrough lost 1-0 at Church Fenton on the same night, James Jollands grabbing the winner.

Old Malton collected their fourth league championship trophy in eight years at the end of their game with Wigginton Grasshoppers on Saturday.

However, the home side didn't roll out the red carpet for their visitors and took the lead through Matthew Tiplady after 30 minutes, despite much Malton pressure.

Jordan Holt, deputising in the Wigginton goal, was called into action before the break to keep St Mary's at bay as they pressed for an equaliser.

Grasshoppers missed chances to increase their lead early in the second period before Saints again turned the screw in search of a goal. It finally came when Marcus Preston blasted home from close range after a good team move.

Holt again produced some heroics to maintain parity before a final flourish from the home side saw Gary Newton denied by a spectacular Dan Miller save, and Jamie Willstrop strike the bar with a free-kick in the last play of the game.

Should Old Malton beat Hemingbrough on Wednesday night, they will have won the title by a minimum gap of 13 points.

Church Fenton beat Thorpe United 2-1 to maintain their chances of a second-place finish.

Last midweek, F1 led at Copmanthorpe through a great Chris Dempsey strike but Cop levelled bang on half-time.

Following a great through ball by Paul Bentley, Mike Flinders put F1 in front again. The hosts levelled with 15 to go, but F1 took all three points when captain Jon Giordano hooked in the winner five minutes later.

EASINGWOLD Town guaranteed promotion to the premier division thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Heworth last midweek.

While the result sent Easingwold up, it left Heworth needing at least two wins from their last three games to retain division one status.

They got one on Saturday, by turning over promotion-chasing Rawcliffe 4-1.

Jordan Siswick, Cal Marshall, Ross Wilkinson and Shane Smith fired Heworth to the shock success with John Gothard netting Rawcliffe's consolation.

Three points from either of their remaining matches at home to champions Pocklington Town or at Haxby United will keep Heworth up.

Rawcliffe, meanwhile, must now defeat a hit-and-miss Cliffe side in their final match to have any chance of promotion.

Tockwith moved into third spot after drawing their final game - a late penalty save from the Haxby keeper denying them all three points following a fightback from 2-0 down.

Haxby had raced into an early lead but Luke Trower made it 2-1 at the break before Graham Hutchinson struck to make it 2-2 midway through the second half.

Last midweek, Jason Heslop struck for Strensall in a fiery 1-1 draw at Riccall.

The scoreline left Riccall needing a win from their final game to escape the drop.

Bishopthorpe vacated the drop zone with a 5-2 victory over Cliffe in their final game of the season. They must now await other results to decide their fate.

Simon Reeves and Steve Hoggard struck for Malton & Norton but they lost 3-2 at Haxby, for whom Adam Chaplin and Paul Holmes (2) netted.

MALT SHOVEL continued their surge towards the title in York Minster Engineering League division two thanks to a 5-2 victory over Bubwith White Swan on Monday night.

Malt remain 10 points behind leaders Stamford Bridge but have five games in a short space of time in which to overhaul them.

Bridge - who have finished their fixtures - remain odds on for promotion, though, as second-placed The Beagle, three points behind with only one game left, must win it by 18 goals to overhaul the leaders' goal-difference advantage.

Barmby Moor took some pride back with a 3-3 draw against Rufforth United, just three days after being drubbed 6-0 by the same side.

Dave McNichol (2) and Callum Pattison netted for third-placed Rufforth, who have now completed their fixtures.

WHELDRAKE gave themselves every chance of promotion from division three with a 2-1 defeat of rivals Helperby Untied amid an intriguing title race.

James Smith struck both goals for Wheldrake, taking his tally in all competitions to 35.

Heslington remain top but only on sufferance having completed all of their games with Wheldrake, Helperby and Wombleton Wanderers all close behind.

Wombleton, who play both Helperby and Wheldrake in the next seven days, made another statement of intent last midweek when thrashing LNER Builders 10-0.

Lee Johnson struck the only goal of the game for Crayke United on the same night as they dented Helperby's hopes.

DUNNINGTON'S hopes of reclaiming the reserve 'A' title were handed a huge boost by Pocklington Town 3rds' 3-0 win over second-placed Thorpe United.

Tom Knowles (2) and Jake Dunham fired the goals for Pock that gave Dunnington a six-point gap at the top of the table following their own 4-1 win at Poppleton United.

Reece Holmes hit Poppy's consolation.

Title rivals Thorpe, though, still have two games in hand with a significantly better goal-difference too.

Pock went third on Monday night with a 20 win at Poppleton.

Huntington Rovers raced into 3-0 half-time lead against Easingwold Town on Saturday and went on to win 5-2.

Charlie Ward hit a hat-trick and Lee Bunce a brace. James Wiseman struck Town's replies either side of Ward's third goal.

Osbaldwick pulled three points clear of the drop zone after winning a 4-3 thriller against Church Fenton.

DRINGHOUSES, the runaway winners of reserve 'B', continued their relentless form with a 5-0 defeat of Malton & Norton on Saturday followed by a 7-1 thrashing of Malt Shovel on Monday.

An M&N own goal supplemented efforts from Reece Botterill, Myles Frodsham, Matthew Mulhearn and Cole Carter.

Monday's result, meanwhile, coupled with Tockwith's 2-1 over Haxby Town on the same night, ended Shovel's promotion hopes and guaranteed Tockwith runners-up spot above Haxby.

Haxby had been favourites for the second promotion spot but were shocked 2-1 by relegated Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Greg Nesbitt and Max Faulkner striking for the home side, before their similar reverse on Monday.

Thomas Broadbent hit a hat-trick in Tadcaster Magnets' 5-2 success at Bishopthorpe United on Saturday, Andrew Kitchen and Cameron Stevens also on target.

PROMOTED Rufforth United finished their campaign on a high - beating Brooklyn 5-0 on Saturday and Cliffe 3-2 on Monday.

Martin (2), Lewis Chipchase, Brad Walters and Rob Hudson got the goals against Brooklyn.

They have finished one point behind winners Rawcliffe.

A 5-0 scoreline was also seen at Fulford on Saturday where the home side were in form against Heworth, Lewis Wrathall (2), Josh Powell (2) and Matt Adams on target.

Civil Service beat Wheldrake 7-3 in their bottom-of-the-table clash.

After taking an early lead, Wheldrake never recovered from falling behind to a quickfire Joe Mason double, always playing catch-up thereafter.

A Lloyd Crawford hat-trick, including one from the spot, allied to a Tom Wright effort, saw Service build up a 6-3 lead towards the end of the game.

The icing was put on the home side's cake when Adam Hardy produced a sublime lob to bag his first goal of the season and round off the scoring.