Thorne Colliery’s Central Midlands League Black Dragon North Division title hopes suffered a potentially fatal setback when crashing 4-1 at home to second-placed AFC Mansfield.
It was fourth-placed Thorne’s first back-to-back defeats of the season. The title favourites, who needed a late winner to see off the Doncaster side when they last met, drew first blood in the return.
Skipper Darren Fell levelled the scores for Thorne, only for the visitors to make sure of their 19th win in 22 starts by scoring three further goals without reply.
Newark Town moved level on points with Thorne following their surprisingly emphatic 5-0 win over Bentley Colliery.
Brodsworth Welfare bounced back from a 5-0 midweek defeat at AFC Mansfield, to beat inconsistent Ollerton Town 2-1.
Shane Carver scored both the Welfare goals as they climbed several places up to 12th.
Askern Welfare had to settle for a consolation goal by Austin Henry and they failed to make home advantage page when going down 2-1 against Kinsley Boys.
Harworth Collery seconds never looked like claiming the scalp of Reserve Premier Division leaders Sherwood Colliery, going down 7-2.
Lewis Francis and Danny Siddall shared out the consolation goals for the home side.