OLD Malton St Mary's are closing in on the York Minster Engineering Football League premier division title in the wake of their North Riding FA Saturday County Cup triumph.
The Ryedale side beat Thornaby Dubliners 2-1 in the final of the county cup and followed up with a 7-0 demolition of Poppleton in the league on Saturday.
Seven points from their last three games will be enough to seal the championship after Riccall United’s 4-0 defeat at Huntington Rovers.
A determined Poppleton side held them to a goalless first half, but the work-rate of that opening 45 minutes took its toll and Poppy were found wanting in the second period.
Tom Fenwick hit a hat-trick alongside braces from Steve Baxter and Marcus Godsell.
Huntington, who have an outside chance of snatching the title took the lead through James Edmond.
Gary Mitchinson then added a second for Rovers from 20 yards before goal-machine Chris Dyson drove home their third.
In the second period, Gary Newton raced onto a Lee Bunce flick-on to finish in style and Huntington’s win saw them leapfrog Riccall to sit second in the table.
Copmanthorpe scored an upset with a 2-1 win at fourth-placed Dunnington.
Robin Bedford and James Peace gave the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead and the hosts could only muster a consolation effort through Olly Newby.
Ben Jones (2) and Darren Sellars were on target as York RI raced into a 3-0 lead with only 20 minutes played against Aviva.
Aviva hit back to level before the break. Warren Lowe headed home from a corner shortly before an RI own goal made it 3-2. Lee Downham then finished off a flowing passing move.
After that hectic opening period, the game petered out to a 3-3 draw.
Division one champions Tadcaster Magnets rounded off their season with a 2-1 victory over Total Sports.
The home side led through Ben Brannigan’s early strike but second half efforts from Daryl Carter and Philip Smith, the latter coming in the 87th minute, turned the game around.
Hemingbrough and Tockwith played out a 2-2 draw to close their league campaigns. Callum Ransome and Liam Gautry were on target for Hemingbrough.
In the League Junior Cup, Fulford gained a 4-1 win at Heslington thanks to goals from Andy Holmes, Steve Cooper, Danny Hall and Sean Holmes. Martin Pepper bagged for the home side.
Church Fenton White Horse beat Hemingbrough 4-2 in the Reserve Cup. Paul Brown and Craig Haythorne hit the target for Brough.
In the Supplementary Cup, Tom Garbutt’s strike for Malton & Norton could not stave off defeat was they lost 2-1 to Bishopthorpe.
Brooklyn and Osbaldwick shared 11 goals in a thriller that Brooklyn finally edged 6-5.
Dave Thompson collected a hat-trick for Brooklyn with Mike Brown grabbing a brace and Andy Philips scoring a solo goal. Thomas Young (3) and Tom Wheatland (2) were on target for Osbaldwick.