FC VARSITY closed the gap to a single point on opponents Foresters in Division I after beating the Crosland Moor side 5-2.
Second in the table Foresters manager Graham Brennan, who was disappointed that three goals were conceded to breakaways, admitted: “We weren’t at the races and we were outplayed by a very good side.”
It was Varsity’s third straight win and they started the brighter side – taking the lead through an own goal.
Foresters equalised when a cross was poked home at the near post.
The in-form Redmile then scored the first of his two goals from the edge of the Foresters box, to give Varsity a 2-1 lead at half-time.
Martin Newham added Varsity’s third early in the second half with a neat finish from close range.
Steven Ashford added the fourth, before Redmile added his second – Foresters netted a consolation five minutes from time.
Waterloo BC had a big boost in the Inter-divisional as the Division I side were awarded three points for an unfulfilled fixture, and then added three more with a 5-1 victory over Division II outfit Woolpack.
The windfall Waterloo moved from second bottom to joint second top with the goals in their emphatic victory coming from Matt Kilner, Tom Mitchell (2), Steve Campbell and Dwayne Willie.
Waterloo dealt better with the difficult conditions in the first half with the wind and rain blowing towards Woolpack’s goal, and with what little sun there was in goalkeeper Andy Battye’s eyes.
These factors had a hand in the game’s opening goal when a long range effort slipped through Battye’s fingers and dropped into the back of the net.
A second goal followed moments later and the third went it in farcical style as the ball bounced over the keeper’s head and allowed an easy tap in for the Waterloo striker.
Woolpack improved and began to push forward with winger Malcolm Gill and Zac Stanger at full back working well on the left flank.
Chances fell to Woolpack’s Scott Newburn and Ross Hawkyard, but shortly before half-time Waterloo added to their lead for a 4-0 half-time lead.
Woolpack eventually replied in the second half when some brilliant skill by Scott Dawson opened the route to goal and he fired in from an impossible angle.
An injury to Waterloo’s keeper forced him from the field, but Woolpack failed to capitalise and conceded a fifth goal five minutes before the end.