Quadruple-chasing Thorne Colliery booked their place in the semi-finals of the Central Midlands League’s League Cup with a 5-2 win at South Division side Real United.
Johnny Lugton, Craig Stoddart, Darren Fell, Callum Tiffany and Glen Hookway all netted for Colliery, who have now reached the semi-final of two cup competitions as well as the final of the Goole & Thorne FA Cup.
More good news for the Doncaster side was that North Division leaders Westalla Hanson suffered a shock 4-2 defeat against a Phoenix side who hadn’t won since October.
Fourth-placed Thorne can now draw level on points with the leaders if they win all six games in hand.
But manager Tony Stroud knows that his side still have it all to do if they are to deny Westella Hanson, or second-placed AFC Mansfield, the spoils given their increasingly demanding run-in.
Third-placed Harworth Colliery missed out on the chance to draw level on points with AFC Mansfield, not in action at the weekend, after going down 4-0 against third-bottom Askern.
Askern, who snatched a deserved point with a last-minute equaliser in their derby clash at Bentley Colliery the previous weekend, built on that battling display to claim only their fourth league win of the campaign.
Alex Rennie, Bradley Sykes, Tom Dobbin and Chris Telling were the marksmen for the home side.
Askern are now just two points behind Brodsworth MW, whose scheduled game at Thorne was called off due to Colliery’s cup commitments.