Sunday football: One hundred up for super Cooper
THE prolific Ashley Cooper was on target again to help Dresden United to move two points clear at the top of the Premier Division.
The striker's hat-trick in the 8-0 thumping of fourth-bottom Bench & Bar at Normacot Rec took his tally for the club to 101 goals in 61 matches.
Richard Parkes and Josh Thorpe helped themselves to two goals apiece, with Paul Jones netting the other.
Blurton Joker, in second spot, dropped off the pace when they were held 4-4 by mid-table Castle Mona.
Craig Dean, Louis Martin, Alex Bayley and Jordan Smith were on target for Joker, with Brandon Card (2), Mark Pearce and Mark Whitfield replying for the Trent Vale outfit.
Hawk went third with a 2-1 win at bottom club Smallthorne Vics, who are still looking for their first point of the season.
Alex Whalley and an own goal gave Hawk a 2-0 interval lead, but they had their wings clipped somewhat in the second half when Vics staged a fightback and scored through Kyle Birks.
They couldn't find an equaliser, however, and Hawk took the place of Black Lion who were held to a 2-2 draw at sixth-placed Oak Tree.
Matty Barlow netted his 11th goal of the season for Lion and Liam Richardson added a second, but Oak Tree had Sam Ball and Edwin Anderson to thank for securing a point.
Keele University picked up their first win of the season with a 5-1 home victory over L&M Autos.
Adam Bebaere, Deon Effel, Simon Brown, Rick Latham and Mick Stockport scored for the students, with Ash Thompson netting the consolation for Autos, who are now third-from-bottom.
In Division One, Holditch maintained their 100 per cent record at the top of the table, but only just.
Goals from Simon Fowler, his ninth of the season, Alex Brown and Harry Williams had put Holditch into a 3-1 half-time lead, but third-from-bottom Gardeners didn't let them have it all their own way in the second period.
A goal from Stefan Bowers, added to a first-half effort by Thomas Forest, made it uncomfortable for the leaders, but they held on.
The Barrel moved into second place after a 5-4 victory at Bentilee, who dropped from second to fourth.