DENABY United slipped from third to fourth in the Premier Division despite coming away with an impressive 7-1 win over Bawtry Town.
United met their borough opponents for the second time in three weeks and after winning at home 10-2 expectations were high.
However, Town proved to be no push overs in last weekend’s encounter despite the scoreline and battled hard to keep the United attack at bay.
Denaby enjoyed a good spell in the opening exhanges and were inches away from taking an early lead when a shot by Neil Spruce flew wide of the post on the four minute mark.
Martin Lawton then saw an early shot from close range miss the target.
Bawtry were playing defensively with their back four pushing up to the halfway line and in turn these tactics seemingly frustrated the United front two.
It was not until the 20th minute that United broke the deadlock when Steve Ellor raced on to an Enzo Gaurini throughball and fired a shot past Gary Hudson in the Bawtry net.
A second followed four minutes later when midfielder Callum Black raced from deep and fired home a powerful strike from the edge of the Bawtry box.
Town kept United out for the remainder of the first half through some fine goalkeeping from Hudson, who denied Lawton and Ellor from adding to the score.
The second half saw United start to dominate with a third goal three minutes after the restart when the in-form Ellor chipped the advancing keeper from six yards after being put through by Ross Petty.
Ellor completed his hat-trick on the 54th minute with another strike of the highest quality after connecting with a Black throughball.
Spruce then made it five just after the hour mark effectively killing any hope of a Bawtry comeback.
Town did, however, pull a consolation goal following a neat team move down the right channel which was then finished off with a well-taken strike.
New signing Paul Hemmingway then added two more in the 82nd and 90th minutes - the first being arguably the goal of the game when the United marksman picked up a loose ball from a Town clearance and ran towards goal, beating two defenders, before chipping a sublime shot past the despairing Hudson.
Man of the match for United was hat-trick hero Steve Ellor who has now bagged nine goals in two games against Bawtry.
Despite the win, Denaby sat in fourth following an emphatic 20-1 win for Sutton Rovers over South Kirby Colliery who moved into third spot on goal difference.
Denaby Main maintained their push for promotion from Division One with a 2-1 win at FC Central.
It did not look like being Main’s day as they were denied an opener twice by the linesman’s flag.
And when they finally did take the lead when Ryan Oakley powered home Dylan Phillips’ flick on, it took the referee to overrule his assistant.
There was little doubt about the second with Oakley driving an effort from 20 yards which the Central keeper pushed in off his post.
Oakley had the chance to put the game to bed and seal his hat trick after rounding the keeper but he took too long to shoot and a tackle was made.
Central did pull a goal back and pushed hard for an equaliser in the last few minutes but Main held on to stay two points off top spot with a game in hand.
Premier Division: Hemsworth Town 1 (Andy Lowe) Carcroft Village 1 (Dale Carrick); Kinsley Boys 3 Shafton Villa 2 (Luke Norbury, James Thompson); South Elmsall United Services 2 (Adam Wolfe, Adrian Howe) Bramley Sunnyside 0; South Kirkby Col 1 Sutton Rovers 20 (Leon Tarry 4, Samon Roberts 4, Darren Smith 3, Adrian Parker 2, Ben Magilton 2, Courtney Peynado 2, Luke Chambers, Tom Doherty, Craig Musgrave).
Division One: Bawtry Town Res 1 (Nathan Powney) Swinton Athletic 1 (Ben Lewis); Hemsworth MW 2 (Graham Phillips, John Whitehead) Dunscroft United 1; Newton Arms 0 Scawthorpe Scorpions 0; South Kirkby Town 3 (Adam Bailey 3) ISG Doncaster 0.