Non-league football: Rothley Imps suffer defeat in Senior League
The pressure is beginning to mount on defending Premier Division champions Rothley Imps.
They went down to a 4-3 defeat at home to Stapenhill, their second reverse in the space of three matches.
That enabled Caterpillar to close to within six points with a game in hand as they dealt comfortably with Desford. Third-placed Sileby Town, who had no match, are nine points adrift with two games in hand.
Sam Taylor inflicted much of the damage on Imps as he scored twice in a goal-laden affair, Callum Keenan and Jack Brisco with the visitors' other goals.
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Adam McNally ran the show at Desford, where he took his season's goal tally to 23 as he blasted a hat-trick in Caterpillar's 5-0 romp. Shaun Robinson and Leigh Wileman hit the others for the title challengers.
Highfield Rangers shared the points with Cottesmore Amateurs. The sides were locked at 1-1 at Gleneagles Avenue, Hamilton Gomez scoring for the home side, Harry Stannard with the Cottesmore goal.
Phil Gibson cracked home a treble, including a penalty, in Ashby Ivanhoe's 3-0 win over Saffron.
Sileby Saints, who are not quite clear of relegation trouble yet, claimed a useful point as they drew 0-0 at Dunton and Broughton Rangers.