Wellington A bounced back from last week’s defeat, to inflict the first defeat of the season on Linthwaite.
It gave the Westgate side revenge for a 4-2 reversal against the leaders in September, with a 5-1 victory.
Both sides had key players out, with Linthwaite missing the influential Dan Walker and Josh Shields.
In the first half Paul Pyke opened the scoring for Wellington on 14 minutes, when he latched on to a neat through ball down the middle.
Linthwaite levelled on 25 minutes through Tom White following good work between Courtney Allette and Connor Beaumont.
Wellington regained the lead when Adam Hill took advantage of an error in the Linthwaite defence.
Shortly afterwards Linthwaite’s Bradley Riley saw a spectacular 25 yard shot fly just over the bar, before Josimar Bradshaw’s 20 yard effort slammed against a post.
However, Wellington’s Nathan Alexander beat the offside trap on 37 minutes to make it 3-1 and two minutes later an unstoppable 35 yards thunderbolt from Graham McLachlan made it four and Linthwaite were reeling.
In second half Pyke scored a fifth as Wellington dominated play, although there were chances at either end.
Wellington enjoyed the best attempts with Brett McDonagh going close with his powerful shot being blocked by the Linthwaite keeper Paul Day, and then Pyke shot narrowly wide after a run.
Dalton and Queen still share second spot after both scored comprehensive victories against Wellington B and Meltham Victoria, respectively.
Dalton won 11-0 at Standiforth Rec, while Queen went one better winning 12-1 at Dryclough Rec
Queen’s man-of-the-match Danny Naidole led the way against stuggling Victoria bagging five goals.
Kiero Lawrence notched a hat trick, Patrick Maylett added two, Dave Brennan netted from the penalty spot and Callum Crosby rounded off the dozen.
Dalton beat bottom of the table Wellington B n a rather one sided affair at Standiforth.
However, Wellington were pleased with their first half performance and for all their first half chances Dalton reached the interval only 2-0 ahead – with a goal each for Jamie Hartley and Courtney Allert.
In the second half Dalton started to convert their chances and both Hartley and Allert completed their hat tricks.
The rest of the goals were shared out with a goal each for Liam Reilly, Andy Mellor, Daniel Auckland, Bradley Ramsden-Reilly and Connor Kaye.
Dalton now have a run of three straight wins with clean sheets.
However, Wellington B’s Simon Burluraux reamined up beat and said: “We held them to 2-0 at half time and Dalton scored their last six goals in the final 10 minutes.”
Walkers Hounds are three points behind Dalton after a 5-2 win over Field Head at Reinwood Rec. Sam Ansell notched a hat trick, with Paul Turnbull and Jimmy Meadows also on target for Hounds – Daniel Wright and Richard Taylor replied for Head.
Mooreside Colts moved up two places to joint sixth after a comfortable 3-0 success against Golcar Cons – scorers were Alex Dunn and Danny Conway (2).