Askern crashed to their biggest Central Midlands League Northern Division defeat of the season at home to Glapwell, writes Steve Hossack.
The Doncaster side, who did not concede a goal in their opening two games when banking maximum points to share top spot, lost 5-0 against the Derbyshire side.
Askern never recovered after finding themselves 2-0 down after just ten minutes.
Not only was Askern’s defence out of sorts, they also failed to reproduce the sort of attacking flair which brought them three goals in their recent Bank Holiday derby draw Bentley Colliery.
Colliery also drew a blank, both in terms of points and goals, when going down 2-0 at home to in-form Thorseby CW.
They still remain the Doncaster area’s highest-placed club, however, after last weekend’s games, though they have played more matches.
Thorne Colliery, who were in title contention for much of last season before suffering from a fixture glut and ending up in third place, continue to blow hot and cold this season.
But few would have predicted their 7-1 defeat at the hands of Clay Cross Town, who had only picked up one win and banked a total of five points from their previous four games.
Colliery had no answer to Town’s player-manager Ant Lyman, who scored five of his team’s goals.
Harworth Colliery bounced back from their 4-2 Bank Holiday defeat at Thorne to share the spoils with Ollerton Town, who have now drawn three of their opening six games.
Kenzie Tomlinson rescued a point for Harworth in the 1-1 draw when cancelling out Lee Easom’s opener.
Tom Sowden scored both Harworth’s goals in their 2-1 Reserve Division win over Thoresby CW.
How they stand: 1 Westella VIP P5 Pts 15, 2 Glapwell 7 13, 3 Bilsthorpe 5 13, 4 Newark Town 5 12, 5 Thoresby CW 5 12, 6 Appleby Frodingham 6 10, 7 Bentley Colliery 7 9, 8 Ollerton Town 6 9, 9 Thorne Colliery 6 9, 10 Clay Cross Town 5 8, 11 Askern 5 7, 12 Harworth 6 7.