Leicester District football: Amateurs duo pounce to turn up heat on leaders
Mountsorrel Amateurs have a spring in their step after they closed the gap on Premier Division leaders Braders.
With Braders' match against Kingsway postponed, Mountsorrel took advantage by beating North Kilworth 2-0 in an entertaining game that saw goals for Sam Green and Matt Potts.
Third-placed County Hall also stayed in touch with the leaders after a 4-0 win against Kibworth Town.
Magna 73 returned from Huncote with a 3-0 win, John Bailey (2) and Wes Mason with the goals.
Glen Villa hosted Glenfield Town and shared the points in a 2-2 stalemate. Craig Deighton and Marshall Keenan netted for Glen Villa, with Jay Heighton and Ryan Kneafsey bagging for Glenfield.
Birstall RBL beat Houghton Rangers 3-1 in the League Cup quarter-final and will now play Braders in the last four.
Jo Carnan, Mo Khan, and Joe Thomas scored for Birstall.
In Division One, leaders Burbage Old Boys got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at Fleckney thanks to a Mitch Linney double.
Belgrave kept up the pressure with a 2-0 win against Braunstone Trinity, while Northfield Emerald lost ground and failed to move up to second place after losing 2-1 to NKF Burbage.
Jack Simms and Liam Storer poached the goals for NKF, who are really starting to show their potential, this being the second week running that they turned over one of the league's big-name contenders. The Royal Anglians finally ended their terrible run, having previously not won a match since the start of the year.
They beat Queniborough 3-1 at RAF Cottesmore with Paul Hughes, Tom King and Sam Rodgers on target, Warren Smith with the consolation for Queniborough.
Beaumont Town were hit 4-1 by Leicester Three Lions, for whom Kane Brown scored twice with Leon Burke and Michael Lynch bagging the others.
Ashby Road needed a win against bottom club Saffron Lounge if they were not to be confined to a certain relegation battle – and they did just that with a 1-0 win away to Saffron.
Ashby took the much-needed points when Joseph Taylor scored after a good run from Martin Jennings.
In Division Two, Thurnby Valley leapfrogged Thurlaston Magpies into first place after a comfortable 5-1 win at bottom club Cosby United Reserves.
Lewis Aitkins (2), Jordan Cunningham, Michael Farr and Fred Godbold were the Thurnby scorers, Lee Thorne netting for Cosby.
Thurlaston Magpies were held to a no-thrills goalless draw at St Patricks.
Oadby Boys Club, with games in hand, are in prime position to catch up the leaders after another impressive 4-0 win, this time at Houghton Rangers Reserves.
Michael Brookes, Dave Clare, Shaun Goddard and an own-goal made up the tally.
Birstall RBL Reserves beat North Kilworth Reserves 4-2 with Wayne Slawson grabbing a hat-trick and Tommy Bradley with a single, while Magna 73 Reserves lost 3-2 against GNG.
The New Joiners will see their match against Broughton Astley as two points dropped after the game finished 2-2, Alan Stafford and Chris Weston scoring for the Joiners.
In Division Three, leaders Glenfield Town were on Chairman's Cup duty against Thurlaston Magpies Reserves.
Like Thurlaston's first team, the match ended goalless after 90 minutes.
A penalty shoot-out ensued and Thurlaston, who are competing with Glenfield for the league title, got the better of their close rivals 5-4. They now face Queniborough Reserves.
Beaumont Town Reserves beat Mountsorrel Reserves 3-1.
Fourth-placed Belgrave Reserves were soundly beaten 7-0 by Queniborough Reserves, Michael Lock and Ford Taylor both helping themselves to a hat-trick and James Hewing adding to the pain.
NKF Burbage Reserves won 3-2 at home to Huncote Reserves, while Park End lost 3-1 against visitors Glen Villa.
Kibworth Town beat County Hall Reserves 2-1.