PENISTONE Church produced a ‘fantastic performance’ in a 3-0 win at Yorkshire Amateurs on Monday in NCEL Division One.

Church have won seven of their last eight games, with the exception being the 4-4 draw at Emley last week in which they lost a 4-0 lead.

They are seventh, seven points behind the two promotion places.

Yorkshire Amateurs were bottom with seven points from 21 games and a goal difference of minus 40.

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Wayne Hughes opened the scoring after 15 minutes but sustained injury while doing so.

Nathan Keightley and Cameron Simpson struck in quick succession midway through the second half.

Coach Brett Lovell said: “It was a fantastic performance. We knew going into the game that they were fighting for the lives, and it was a tough place to go. The pitch wasn’t conducive to free-flowing football so we had to change the way we played and we did that excellently. The lads could have had heads down after the Emley game when we conceded four in the last 20 minutes. But they showed true character."

Worsbrough Bridge and Athersley Rec both suffered heavy defeats in Division One.

Bridge lost 4-1 at home to runaway leaders Campion on Friday. The visitors - who were 11 points clear at the top - took the lead early in the second half then Bridge missed a penalty. Campion scored three more before Conor Glavin netted a late penalty for Worsbrough.

Bridge have 21 points from 22 games and are 16th - four points and two places clear of the relegation zone.

Athersley lost 7-0 at Rossington Main on Saturday. The promotion-chasing hosts were 5-0 up at half-time then added two more late on. Rec are still third-bottom, with 18 points from 23 games. They are a point from safety.