MELKSHAM Town Reserves took their leadership of the Wiltshire Senior League Premier Division into the Christmas break as they hit their Devizes Town counterparts for six on Saturday.

The Oakfields side hold a two-point advantage over former pace-setters Cricklade Town after taking their goal tally for the season to date to 77 with Saturday’s 6-1 thumping.

Dan Sibley led the scoring at Nursteed Road, bagging a brace, while Shaun Benison, Ethan Cox, James Eatough and Emilo Menghini completed the emphatic triumph.

Ben Jenks hit the consolation for the home side.

Cricklade stayed hot on the leaders’ heels as they were in even more scintillating goal-scoring form at Malmesbury Victoria Development.

Town had been beaten by last season’s champions Wroughton the previous week but we discovered the winning touch in style with a 7-0 win.

Devan Bryan’s quartet took his total for the campaign so far to 28, while Tom McCulloch notched twice and Franco Michienzi added the other.

Wroughton, already reeling from the loss of top striker Shane Hibbert to Hellenic League Premier Division leaders Highworth Town, slipped 10 points behind the leaders as they were beaten 4-2 at Royal Wootton Bassett Town Development.

Bassett, themselves in a poor run, had beaten Wroughton earlier in the season and did so again as Josh Bolton netted a hat-trick.

Joe Miller added the other while Liam Griffiths and Tyler Wilkinson netted consolations for Wroughton, who also saw two men sent off.

In the only other game to take place at the weekend, Westbury United Reserves put clear daylight between themselves in seventh and nearest rivals Purton as they edged out their Corsham Town counterparts at the Southbank.

Adam Pickford’s strike gave the visitors a second away win of the campaign.