Freeman's hat-trick keeps Healing in the title hunt
A HAT-TRICK from Danny Freeman helped Healing to put in a superb five-star performance and blot Inkworks' copybook.
Freeman's triple was added to by Nathan Ballard, who got a brace, as Healing beat their fellow Division Two title contenders 5-3.
Gareth Beecham, Jack Genny and Roy Gladwell were on the mark for the 'Works.
Elsewhere in the division, John Higton and Lewis Bennett were on target for The Imperial Red Star as they drew 2-2 with Tap & Spile, for whom Callum Blythe grabbed a brace.
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In Division Three, AFC Nitro did superbly to stun high-flying Millfields 6-2.
Joe Barker, Hayden Edwards, Simon Munday, Lorenzo Romagnuolo, Louis Volley and Colin Winter were all on target for the fifth-placed visitors.
East Trans Pelham (Ben Drinkall 2, Kye Peterson, Christopher Ward) boosted their promotion hopes with a fine 4-2 victory away to The Cricketers.
Cleethorpes Town look likely to take the title, but any one of the teams in the chasing pack could easily grab the other promotion place.
Will Clifford hit five while Neil Kirwin added another four to his haul for the season as their table-topping Wheatsheaf side hammered a depleted Smugglers AFC 12-1 in Division Four.
Club captain Dean Boon said: "It was a game that we wanted to come out of with a good performance and three points to match.
"All credit to the Smugglers players who, having only nine men available, gave a very good account of themselves, regardless of the scoreline.
"We only had a bare 11 ourselves, but the extra players we had on the pitch made it hard for the determined Smugglers team to cope with. This ultimately resulted in us being able to put the ball into the back of the net a few times and strengthen our goal difference at the top of the table."
He added: "We are very happy going into the Christmas break seven points clear at the top of the table and having a very healthy goal difference.
"However, there's plenty of room for improvement and our first game back sees us facing our rivals Great Coates who have a new-look side and are looking like turning their season around after a stuttering start."
Elsewhere, Tap & Spile 2nds (Nick Evans) drew 1-1 with Crows Nest 2nds (Michael Jackson).
Wheatsheaf are clear favourites at the midway point in the season but either of Clee Community ESL and Crows Nest 2nds have a chance of going up with them.