Kirkburton scored a 6-2 victory over Littletown at Hallas Road in the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division to go above their rivals on goal difference.
The game started really well for Burton with Jordan Tindle going close in the first few minutes from a inch-perfect cross from Matthew Crookes, but Frazer Robinson in the Littletown goal was equal to his effort.
But two minutes later he couldn’t stop a powerful shot from Matt Sykes which put Burton one ahead and, less than a minute later, they extended the lead.
Captain Steve Chandler sent out a precision pass to Crookes who sent in a terrific cross for Tindle to head home.
Littletown hit back straight away with a penalty, Martin Johnson being cautioned by referee Mick Leadbeater for taking out the Kurt Harris before Joe Jagger slotted away the kick.
Robinson was back in action again in the 20th minute, making another good save from Crookes, but Littletown equalised when Burton’s defence just opened up to allow Lamin Bojang to run through and lay the ball off to Harris for a cool lifted finish (2-2).
Shayne Gaffney weaved through the Littletown defence in the 30th minute only to be denied by Robinson’s great save, but Burton made it 3-2 in the 40th minute through manager Richard Kettlewell, after shots fron Tindle, Sykes and Jonny Butterfield had been blocked.
Man-of-the-match Tindle scored his brace just before half time after beating two defenders then lifting the ball over Robinson.
Crookes was unlucky not to make it five right on half time with a superb effort from the left touch line, but the ball hit a post and went out.
Spectators enjoying a free cup of tea at the break almost missed Burton’s fifth goal straight from the kick off, Tindle being sent through by Kettlewell to record his hat trick.
Tindle then stepped up to get his fourth goal from the penalty spot, after Jordan Burland handled and was subsequently booked by the excellent referee Leadbeater.
Burton thought they had a seventh in the 70th minute but the referee said it hadn’t crossed the line from Gaffney.
Littletown did have a few close efforts in the last 20 minutes, hitting the bar and Peacock making an outstanding save from Bojang, but the final score of 6-2.
It was a shame Littletown missed out on a post-match visit to The George pub, were the landlord and landlady had put some food on for them.