Non-league football: Sileby Town back in Senior League title reckoning
Sileby Town nudged their way back into second place in the Premier Division table with a crucial win at Caterpillar.
The 2-1 verdict pushed them in front of their hosts and left them eight points adrift of leaders Rothley Imps with two games in hand.
Town had to come from a goal behind before they were able to clinch victory, but second-half strikes from Tom Marriott and Chris Wilson steered them home.
Imps remain title favourites after returning to winning ways.
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They have not been at their best of late and a trip to an improved Cottesmore Amateurs side was far from the straightforward task.
However, Rothley emerged with a 3-1 victory thanks to the reliable double act of Steve Hart and Ash Warner, who both netted to go with an own goal.
Kirby Muxloe Reserves and Stapenhill could yet have a say in the destination of the title, although both need to put together lengthy winning streaks if they are going to force their way into the mix.
Kirby are in fourth place after a comfortable 5-0 win at Saffron Dynamo, who remain in the bottom two.
Tyler Love scored twice while Luke Winfield, Fran Finnemore and Nat McIntosh completed a good day for the visitors.
Stapenhill are fifth with a game in hand on Kirby after they edged out Highfield Rangers. Paul Furniss fired the only goal of the game at Gleneagles Avenue.
The latest round of fixtures proved unproductive for the sides fighting against relegation.
While Saffron were losing against Kirby, FC GNG remained planted at the foot of the chart after they were soundly beaten at Desford.
Simon Goodman cracked a hat-trick for the hosts in their 7-2 romp, Stewart Iddisah hitting a couple. Adam Willett and Earl Murry completed the scoring.
Defeats for the bottom two gave Birstall United a chance to give themselves some breathing space.
They were unable to do that as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Dunton & Broughton Rangers. Sam Estill netted both goals for the visitors at Meadow Lane.
There was no joy, either, for Sileby Saints. They have to keep an eye on the three sides below them after losing 4-0 at home to Ashby Ivanhoe. Phil Gibson netted twice, Dan Stevenson and Luke Thorogood also on target.