Harworth Colliery’s impressive recent run continued as they built on two successive wins at the end of 2014 with a 3-1 derby success at Brodsworth Welfare.
Tommy Durrant, Ryan Paczkowski and Gaz Sides shared the goals for Harworth, who climbed to a season-high sixth place.
The home side had to settle for a Bradley Maddison consolation effort.
Askern could hardly have made a worse start to the new year as they crashed to a 7-0 defeat at mid-table Kinsley Boys.
Jack Owen and Mike Brearley both bagged a brace as the West Yorkshire side romped home.
Doncaster rivals Bentley Colliery were also on the receiving end of a heavy defeat away at fourth-placed Newark Town.
Beaten 5-1 in their last game of 2014, lowly Colliery suffered the same fate in their opening game of 2015 as Jordan Thomas led the way for Town with a hat trick.
Dan Read scored the Colliery consolation as they slumped to their tenth league defeat of the campaign.
There was the hint of something better for Thorne Colliery in the second half of the campaign following a disastrous run of defeats in the first half, as they bounced back from a 6-0 defeat at Easington United last time out to beat fellow strugglers Phoenix.
Jack Steadman, Cameron Johnson and Jonathan Lugton were the Thorne marksmen as last season’s championship contenders claimed a 3-1 away win to claim their first league victory since late August.
Harworth Colliery’s second string posted a 5-1 win over visting Pinxton in their Reserve Premier Division clash at Scrooby Road.
Kyle Pashley and Danny Siddall both bagged a brace for the winners with Simon Brewster also chipping in with a goal.
Standings: 1 Clay Cross Town P 18 Pts 43, 2 Westella VIP 15 40, 3 Thorseby CW 17 40, 4 Newark Town 18 37, 5 Bilsthorpe 14 35, 6 Harworth Colliery 22 35,