NEW MILL 94 Reserves hit back from their Gee Cup semi-final exit to beat Cumberworth 4-2 in Reserve Division IV.
Simon Charlesworth was the player in form, firing a hat trick as New Mill outclassed high-flying Cumberworth and leave them with the possibility of settling for second place behind KKS Ashbrow.
Charlesworth fired two first-half goals but Cumberworth scraped one back before the break.
Charlesworth hit the target once again giving the Millers a 3-1 lead before Nicky Mallinson brought down a Cumberworth forward in the area to award them with a penalty and, despite keeper Curtis Paxman getting a touch, he could not deny Cumberworth reducing the score to 3-2.
The Millers were still focused on victory and widened the gap with a final goal from Scott Johnston.
In Division II, Scissett drew level on 18 points with fellow strugglers Mount after a 4-3 victory.
Scissett drew first blood when a mix-up in the Mount defence allowed a tap-in from unmarked Adam Hirst but Beaumont equalised for Mount. Playing uphill, Scissett regained the lead when Hirst darted from halfway before rounding the keeper to make it 2-1.
Scissett then applied good pressure and were rewarded with a third goal with Hirst on target for his hat-trick goal.
But Scissett, maybe thinking the game was won, switched off and, when the referee called play back after a foul outside the area, an excellent free-kick found Beaumont unmarked to head home and make it 3-2.
The same player also earned a hat trick when he slammed home an equaliser for Mount but, when a pass from Scissett midfielder Tom Mulvana picked out Hirst, the hitman sent defenders the wrong way before checking back to curl the ball into the top corner and seal a 4-3 victory.
Struggling Slaithwaite Reserves earned three precious points in their bid for Reserve Division II survival when they surprised Cumberworth 4-0.
Slaithwaite went in front after 20 minutes when a long throw was deflected in by a Cumberworth defender.
And the Colne Valley outfit increased the lead 10 minutes later when Jamie Atkinson headed home.
Any attack Cumberworth made was stifled by a determined Slaithwaite defence.
With 15 minutes of the second half gone Slaithwaite were awarded a penalty after a challenge on Howes and Ashley Scott made no mistake from the spot.
Then, with 10 minutes remaining, ‘super sub’ John Blessing wrapped things up when he latched on to a fine through-ball and coolly slotted home past the oncoming keeper.
Cumberworth could have had a consolation late on but were denied by Alan Hollingworth in the Slaithwaite goal.
Cumberworth booked a place in the final of the Groom Cup after a 3-1 win on penalties against Stag.
Cumberworth’s opener by Jon Garthwaite, on 55 minutes, was cancelled out by Stag’s Andy Salm on 60 minutes and it remained 1-1 at the end of extra-time.