SLIDESHOW: Balby Academy of Sport 0 Sprotbrough and Cusworth Crusaders 7

Hat tricks from William Amps and Jason Kearsley helped lift Sprotbrough and Cusworth Crusaders off the foot of the Premier Division table with victory over Balby.

Luke Flanagan also found the net as the Crusaders smacked seven past their hosts who they started the day alongside at the bottom of the Under 17 age group’s sole divsion.

This was the third meeting between the sides this campaign with Balby taking the honours first time around and the two sides sharing the spoils in the repeat.

Wet weather saw the game shifted to one of Balby’s artificial surfaces and both sides took their time to adapt to the conditions.

Sprotbrough settled the better and opened the scoring on 21 minutes when a defence-splitting pass found Kearsley who drilled how and hard to the keepers’ left.

The goal helped Sprotbrough relax and they grabbed a second six minutes later.

The Crusaders played the ball out from the back superbly with wide man Billy Amps sending a superbly accurate pass through to Danny Parkes who drew an excellent save from the Balby keeper only for Amps to mop up for the goal.

Balby made a few changes to settle the side and looked much brighter, breaking from midfield on a few occasions.

But Sprotbrough found the next goal to secure their dominance.

Christian Hand played in James Aveling who used his pace to surge past two defenders and square for Amps to grab his second.

Balby went for goal from the kick off with the blustery wind at their backs and it commenced a period when the hosts began to threaten .

But they could not find a goal before the break, leaving them with a mountain to climb heading into the wind in the second half.

Sprotbrough started the second half as they had played so much of the first and added to their tally. Kearsley caught the Balby defence high up the pitch and smashed home.

A fifth soon followed. A Sprotbrough corner was only half cleared and fell kindly for Flanagan to volley into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Phil Vernon produced an excellent pass which put Amps in behind the defence to fire in his hat trick strike.

The Crusaders had chances to extend their lead with substitute Tino Ushamba unselfishly passing to Sam Spink who pulled his shot wide.

But a break for Kearsley brought his hat trick and Sprotbrough’s seventh of the morning.

Victory moved Sprotbrough into fifth, leading the bottom half of the table which is well adrift of the top four.