Cropwell continue to stamp their mark at top of the standings
THERE is no stopping the Butler boys as Cropwell United took an eight-point lead with a comfortable 3-1 win over RDNG United in Division One.
The chasing pack are slowly eliminating themselves after Crown Inn could only draw 0-0 with FC Olympico.
Both the Trent Vale tenants could not take the initiative as first Olympico shaded the first half and then Crown responded in the second half.
Elwes Arms drew 1-1 with Fox & Crown but Freeman & Mitchell beat Plumtree 4-1. Needham (2), Brewer and Thorpe got the goals.
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Medics 'A' went out in the County Cup quarter-finals 2-0 to Kirkby Town.
Priory Celtic moved 11 points clear at the top of Division Two after a routine 5-1 win over Nottingham Law School.
Priory took the lead in the opening minute as Greg Wedge slotted home. They kept up the pressure and Dec Smith and Josh Stephens made it 3-0 at the break.
Priory missed some glorious to chances to boost their goal difference. The home side also had a penalty saved as a poor effort from Ben Chetwynd was fired straight at the students' keeper.
New signing Adam Evans scored on his debut. However, Law School got a goal their effort and work-rate deserved with 15 minutes left, but Priory however finished the scoring with Dec Smith's second.
Clifton Dynamo look a good bet for a league and cup double after crushing promotion rivals Caythorpe 12-1 at Gunthorpe.
Kieran Davies led the rout with six goals and Rothwell bagged a double. Ian Gibbons, Damian Humphries, Richard Saunders and skipper Alex Mather got the others.
Another high-scoring encounter saw Cotgrave Sunday squash Brooks Villa 9-0. Liam Cooper celebrated his return after two months out with four goals in the first 20 minutes.
Whitehead, in his first game of season, Mills, Jackson, Thorpe and a late penalty from skipper Graham Lynn made it nine without reply.
At the other end of the spectrum, a close encounter between Boots Wednesday and Fanzines United was decided by a solitary goal in Wednesday's favour.
Dean, Taylor and Crozier had chances for Boots but could not convert them. The deadlock was broken after 85 minutes when Ortloff rolled a free-kick sideways for Prescott to drill a shot into the top corner.
Runaway Division Three leaders New Inn Eastwood are through to the last four of the County Cup after beating White Lion Brinsley 3-1 thanks to Phil Shaw (2) and Sam Bowmar .
AFS Southside returned to winning ways after last week's disappointing cup exit with an emphatic 7-1 thumping of rivals Butler Benfica.
Kieran Hames, Ben Quine and Nikki McKenzie were the stand-out performers.
Hames and Quine both netted first-half hat-tricks. Chief provider was McKenzie with four assists, while Neil Batchford claimed the final goal.
EMPAL'S two bottom clubs slogged it out in a seven-goal thriller, just edged by AC Calverton who beat Queens City 4-3.
EMPAL Quarter-final draw: Cotgrave Sunday v Elwes Arms, Cropwell United v Notts Athletic, New Inn Eastwood v Arnold Old Boys, Crown Inn v Clifton Dynamo