THE race for Division One title in the Trowbridge Windows and Conservatories-sponsored Trowbridge & District League is heating up after leaders Holt’s winning run was brought to an end by third-placed Hilperton United.

Holt’s lead at the top was cut to just four points as they lost 4-1.

A first-half strike from Matty Jones was not enough for the leaders as goals from Thomas Blackman, Luke Murden, Daniel Plank and Samuel Walker earned Hilperton the points.

Heytesbury are still in second place, although they were made to fight for all three points in an entertaining 4-2 win at Melksham Town A.

Drawing 2-2 at the break after two goals from Craig Sheppard, Heytesbury had goalkeeper Sam Spratt to thank as a string of very good saves kept Melksham at bay.

An improved performance in the second period saw an excellent solo goal from Ash Kinkead and a further effort from Mike Payne bag the win for Heytesbury. Melksham’s goals were scored by Daniel Broom and Antony Lamb.

Freshford United also kept up the pressure on the leaders after a 3-1 win at Semington Magpies.

An own goal gave Freshford the lead, with Nick Ross and Waleed Bakali also on target. Sam Malone reduced the arrears for Semington.

Warminster Town Reserves gained a 5-2 win at Three Daggers thanks to a hat-trick from Corey Gardner.

Sam McEntee and Max Pollock also got one each for Warminster, with Three Daggers’ goals coming from Dale Rowland and Ollie Nash.

Division Two

WITH Calne Town Reserves involved in Spring Cup action, Warminster United took full advantage and moved to the top of table.

A hat-trick from James Vincent and one from Matt Dyer earned them a 4-1 win against Zeals, who scored via Ben Rogerson.

Marshfield moved into second place with an 8-0 thumping of The Stiffs.

Two goals apiece from Jamie Williams and Alex Fryer, plus one each from Matt Sheppard, Ben Gardner, Dan Campbell and Callum Duckett completed Marshfield’s haul.

Spring Cup

LEADING 5-1 from the first leg, Calne Town Reserves travelled to Westbury United Development confident they could finish the job in the second leg of their Gooding Accounts-sponsored Spring Cup tie, and a 4-2 victory eased them into the quarter-finals 9-3 on aggregate.

Two goals each from Brett Fairclough and Declan McStravick prevented a Westbury fightback, with George Pawling replying with a brace.

Jamie Paxton’s hat-trick saw Aces become the first team into the semi-finals after a 3-1 win against Spencers, whose sole reply came via an own goal.