East Marsh go clear at the summit
EAST Marsh Empire extended their lead at the top of Division Five with a 4-0 win over AA Property New Waltham.
A brace from Garry Spurr, allied with strikes from Mark Hydes and Sean Minkley was enough for the Empire who now lead Abatis Fire & Security by four points, although the second-placed team do have games in hand.
They ensured that they kept up their title challenge with a fine 6-2 win over Red Star Old Boys.
Elsewhere, goals from Kevin King, Keith McGrath, David Miller and Ben Murray-Wood helped Crows Nest 3rds to edge out RER Haulage 4-3.
In Division Six, a brace from Chad Taylor set West Marsh Old Boys on their way to a 5-0 win over Buddies II Athletic.
Ian Taylor, Andrew Thompson and Jamie Webster were also on target.
Spiders Web and Olivers Wine Bar look to be favourites but all the top five are in with a chance of honours.
Division Seven leaders The Oak Tree hammered IFK Knottkoping 11-0.
Jamie-Mark Dixon and Gary Kirwin are currently battling it out for the league's top scoer title and both added goals to their impressive hauls.
Dixon grabbed five while Kirwin hit a hat-trick that was added to by a couple from Anthony Mitchell, with Robert Morrison rounding off the scoring.
Abatis Athletic (Ryan George, Gareth Wheatley) won 2-0 away to Laceby Acres United, while LLS Allstars (Steve Donner 3) drew 3-3 with FC Ntex (Craig Holland, Alex Hoyle, Mark Wade).
In the Memorial Cup, Deportivo Empire progressed at the expense of Winns 2nds with a comfortable 5-0 win.
After the game, Deportivo secretary Andrew Edwards said: "It's always tricky playing lower league teams but we did well on a Bradley pitch which was fine considering the weather we've had.
"Pete Thompson opened the scoring, followed by Steve Robinson with a hat-trick and Gareth Leaning, who came off the subs' bench to grab a goal on debut."
Deportivo will play Spiders Web, who beat Clee Community ESL 4-1, in the next round.
Spiders secretary Paul Evans said: "We played with ten men and went a goal down before bringing the scores level and eventually going on to win.
"Liam Staples with a hat-trick and Gareth White scored the goals. Will Hanford replied for Clee Community."
He added: "The surface was in good condition, another of the Bradley pitches fit to play on despite the weather."
Police (Phillip Fountain) drew 1-1 with Pelham 1878 (Euan Brand), but went through 4-3 on penalties to meet Immingham Town.