BESSACARR saw their title hopes hit with a first defeat of the season in an enthralling clash with new leaders Darfield.
An Andy Kenworthy hat trick and a Kyle Brown volley secured the win for the Dynamoes with Ben Straw pulling a goal back for Bessacarr who slipped to fourth in the table.
There was an intriguing mesh of styles between the two sides - Bessacarr with attacking flair and Darfield with solid determination.
Darfield absorbed early pressure but took the lead against the run of play with a slide rule pass from Corey Makinson setting up Kenworthy for his first of the morning.
Bessacarr responded strongly but could not find their way through a well-organised defence from Darfield, who themselves looked threatening on the counter.
Superb build up play sent through Brown whose chipped pass left Kenworthy with only the keeper to beat and he did so with aplomb to put Darfield 2-0 up after 19 minutes.
Bessacarr produced some excellent football in the aftermath but fine marshalling restricted them to shots from distance.
A switch in formation saw Bessacarr begin to find gaps in their visitors’ defence but a fine save from Damon Kay denied a powerful effort from Jacob Vaughan.
Kenworthy dragged a shot wide in the dying stages of the half after breaking clear while Bessacarr’s Dan Dangerfield was denied by Kay.
When Bessacarr triumphed 4-2 over Darfield in the semi final of the League Cup earlier in the season, three of their goals came within the first ten minutes of the second half.
Mindful of the past, Darfield packed the midfield to absorb the anticipated pressure with Josh Scholey in particular producing dogged work on his return from an injury suffered in the semi final.
Bessacarr pushed hard but again were restricted to long range efforts.
And they were dealt a hammer blow when a defence-splitting pass from Makinson sent Brown clear.
He was denied by Bessacarr keeper Ben Salter who could only parry out to Kenworthy presenting him with a simple chance to wrap up his hat trick.
The three goals took Kenworthy ahead of Bessacarr’s Dangerfield in the battle for the golden boot.
Dangerfield went close following an excellent run but his shot went narrowly over.
Bessacarr pushed hard for a way back into the game but their disciplined defence ensured Darfield were repeatedly caught offside as they tried to attack on the counter.
Bessacarr finally got their reward when a cross deflected into the path of Straw who smashed home from close range.
Just when murmours of a memorable comeback were growing, Darfield produced the killer blow.
Makinson produced a pinpoint cross which Kenworthy dummied to allow skipper Brown to drill first time into the corner.
Bessacarr: Jack Vaughan, Jack Spinks, Sam Appleby, George Roberts, Ben Salter, Josh Monks, Danny Dangerfield, Tom Spinks, Jono Cowan, Bradley Hassell, Chris Hayes, Jay Dorgan, Ben Staw, Lewis Garrett, Jack Gilkes, Henry Beaumont.
Darfield: Jack Nowell, Lewis James, Kieron Brown, Damon Kay, Rhys Glover, Dale Halsted, Niall Warris, Andy Kenworthy, Corey Makinson, Kyle Brown, Josh Scholey, Callum Wilks.