BLACK Horse returned to the top of the Redditch & South Warwickshire Combination Premier Division as Dave Edwards scored a hat-trick in their 6-1 victory at Millfield Rovers.
However, Austin Ex-Apprentices remain hot on their heels in third place – three points behind with two games in hand – following a routine 5-0 home win against South Redditch in which Stephen Thorn scored a hat-trick.
Sandwiched in between the two long-standing rivals are OKH Sporting Dynamo who are a point behind Black Horse having played the same number of games as the leaders.
In Division One second placed Studley Railway are only two points behind leaders Red Lion with a game in hand after their 5-1 home victory against Redditch Cross in which Jamie Walsh scored a hat-trick.
In the other game in this division New Woodland Cottage won 1-0 at Redolence Park.
In Group Two of the Subsidiary Cup Lodge Park RA beat visitors VKL United 1-0 and Rubery Bridge went on a scoring frenzy as they thumped hosts Redditch Town 10-1 thanks in chief to goals from Jordan Durose (4) and Oliver Birchill (3).
In Group Three there was a 1-1 draw between Beoley Village and visitors Rubery Legends.
Results: Premier Division – Austin Ex-Apprentices 5 (Stephen Thorn 3, Cosgrove, Judd) South Redditch 0; Millfield Rovers 1 (Dews) Black Horse 6 (David Edwards 3, Ager, Carter, Hicks).
Division One – Redolence Park 0 New Woodland Cottage 1 (Price); Studley Railway 5 (Jamie Walsh 3, R Rignall, M Jovanovic) Redditch Cross 1 (J Bilson).
Subsidiary Cup Group One – OKH Sporting Dynamo 4 Royal Oak Alcester 2.
Subsidiary Cup Group Two – Lodge Park RA 4 (Nolan 2, Teague 2) VKL United 1 (Robinson); Redditch Town 1 (Sargent) Rubery Bridge 10 (Durose 4, Birchill 3, Collins 2, McCall).
Subsidiary Cup Group Three – Beoley Village 1 (Basharat) Rubery Legends 1 (Booton).