A TREBLE triumph for one of their strikers saw North Kilworth come out comfortable 6-2 winners away to Thurlaston.
Tom Dunne was the hero of the hour as he blasted a superb hat-trick.
The other goals for the visitors came from Adam Celize, Matty Coyne and Sam McKenna.
But there was no such joy for the same Kilworth side when they came up against Saffron Lounge – despite dominating and leading through a Martyn Jones 35-yarder.
The villagers collapsed late on, conceding two goals in the last ten minutes to lose 2-1.
Kilworth’s Sunday side found themselves locked in a three-way battle for the title.
The top three sides are determined but the order wasn’t and with all three teams having to play each other in the last few games of the season, things were looking interesting.
Leaders Hoskins beat third-placed Superfly 4-0 in a midweek game while Kilworth beat fourth-placed Oadby 4-3 under floodlights.
Two thunderbolts from Jed Downing and two poacher’s goals from Alex Broadbent secured the points and moved Kilworth three points above Superfly.
Kilworth then travelled to Superfly and bombarded them with scoring attempts but were losing 1-0 through a dubious 60th minute penalty conceded by Downing, when he appeared to be the one being fouled.
In the pouring rain and with 87 minutes on the clock, Kilworth’s pressure finally bore fruit and from a corner, central defender Andrew Smith calmly slotted in the bottom corner for his first Kilworth goal.
Things weren’t finished there as Kilworth went on to take all three points when Ricky Partridge smashed home from close range in the 91st minute to secure a second place finish for Kilworth. They could mathematically win the league if they defeat Hoskins and Hoskins also lose their game in hand.
North Kilworth’s only junior side (the under-12s) sit proudly atop the table in their first season.
An 8-2 win against Countesthorpe Warriors saw Cameron Joss turn in a cracking performance and score six goals, with Henry Reynolds adding two as Kilworth played their final hand in going for the title.
Only a 17-goal win by one of the following pack would stop the Kilworth youngsters being victorious.
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