Non-league football: Huge win for Ellistown in EMCL
Ellistown have raised their game in a bid to fight clear of relegation.
They have responded to an upturn in form from one of their rivals, Ibstock United, who have also begun to find a way of winning games.
Both can see light at the end of the tunnel having posted important wins on Saturday.
Ellistown did it in spectacular fashion as they hammered bottom side Radford 8-2.
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It was considerably harder work for United, but they banked the points after they edged out Gedling Miners Welfare 3-2.
Darren Ruston led the way for Ellistown with a hat-trick. Carl Timms added a couple while a dominant display was rounded off by Joe Watts, Oliver Hancock and Courtney Bartley.
Tom Rowell, Andy Pell and Chris Rudkin combined for United, who may remain one place off the bottom but are beginning to gather momentum.
Anstey Nomads and St Andrews still have work to do if they are to remain free from worries in the lower reached.
A last-minute penalty from Sam Surridge earned Nomads a point as they drew 2-2 at home to Greenwood Meadows. Oliver Preston scored their other goal.
Andrews found in-form Thurnby Rangers too hot to handle at Dakyn Road and the home side emerged comfortable 5-1 victors.
Reece Morris and Ash Day both hit braces, Jouel Potter completing Thurnby's win.
Holwell Sports are going nicely and they claimed a 3-2 win over Graham St Prims at Welby Road. Jay Kirby, Sam Bettison and Liam Chapman were on the mark for Sports.
There was no joy for Bardon Hill Sports as they were beaten by the only goal at Borrowash Victoria.
Blaby & Whetstone Athletic and Aylestone Park had to settle for a point apiece at Warwick Road.
Having been 2-0 down, Blaby might be the happier of the two – though dropping two points has further dented their hopes of a top-three finish.
Lee Barrett netted twice in the last 10 minutes to salvage a point after Sam Taylor and Kieron Neat had put Park in charge.
Aylestone are due to meet Holwell in the Jelson Homes Senior Cup semi-final at Barrow this evening (7.30pm).