There might not have been a full programme in the NCEL Premier Division on Boxing Day but there was no shortage of drama.
The Christmas blues were on hold for now as the festive goals flowed freely.
Maltby Main showed no mercy to Bottesford Town.
The Miners were already five up before the home side hit back – Steven McDonell’s double added to goals from Bailey Hobson and Jonathan Hill before the interval, Jamie Austin with the finisher.
Bridlington Town made good use of a day off for leaders, seeing off Goole to close the gap to eight points at the top.
Two from Thomas Waudby set the tone as Daniel Earl and Billy Logan added further festive sparkle that even an own goal from Benn Lewis couldn’t diminish.
Athersley Recreation are finally on the board this season.
The Penguins have had to be patient but will be hoping Lee Garside’s early winner against Hemsworth Miners Welfare could be the start of a revival.
Elswhere, Silsden twice came from behind to deny AFC Mansfield.
First Josh Wilde and then Ross Duggan had the Bulls ahead, but Liam Hudson pegged the home side back both times for the visitors.
Thackley had Ryan Basi to thank as they jumped two places after a win over Eccleshill United.