DANNY CRITCHLOW struck four times in the space of 20 first-half minutes as Hemsworth MW flexed their muscles in powerhouse fashion with a 9-2 annihilation of visiting Hall Road Rangers.
Hemsworth did the lions’ share of the damage in a first half which saw them score a stunning EIGHT goals.
The victory moved Wayne Benn’s side four points clear at the NCEL Division One summit as they extended their majestic unbeaten league sequence to 12 matches.
Home is certainly where the heart is for Welfare, who had hit an aggregate tally of 26 goals in their last four league outings on home soil – where they have plundered 49 goals in 12 matches in Division One this term.
Critchlow gave Welfare a lightning start with goals in the second and fourth minutes and Jack Steers added a third after just seven minutes.
Critchlow added further goals on 22 and 32 minutes with Shane Kelsey also netting for Hemsworth, who raced into a 7-0 lead after 38 irresistible minutes, with Danny Blount netting an own goal.
Incredibly, Nash Connolly added an eighth before the interval, Adam Foster netting a consolation for stricken Rangers.
Ben Kinsley made it 8-2 on the restart before Connolly hit his second.
Elsewhere, Selby Town played out a 0-0 draw with Hallam, while Knaresborough Town went down 3-2 at home to Shirebrook Town.
Blaine Hobson and Gary Collier were on the mark for Town, with Jake Currie and Tom Roebuck – who put Shirebrook 2-0 up – and Anthony Rowley netting for the visitors.
Glasshoughton Welfare, without a manager following the exit of Mick Norbury, went down 4-0 at high-flying Hull United, for whom Josh Tennant and Brett Agnew hit doubles.
Norbury resigned over the weekend with chairman Jon Miles and assistant Roley Lanes taking charge of the side at Hull.
Garforth Town were undone by a brace of stoppage-time goals from Ged Dalton as they went down 4-2 at home to Pickering Town in the Premier.
Goals from Callum Ward, on four minutes and a Lewis Taylor strike four minutes after the hour mark put Picks 2-0 up, only for goals in the final quarter of an hour from Sinmi Oyebanji and Curtly Martin-Wyatt put seemingly salvage a point for the Miners.
But Dalton had other ideas.
Harrogate Town had to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw with fellow Vanarama North play-off chasers AFC Fylde.
Simon Weaver’s side were left kicking themselves after taking the lead twice, while they had to play the last quarter of the match with 10 men due to an injury to Louie Swain.
Jordan Thewlis gave Harrogate the perfect start with an early header and their lead lasted until 56 minutes when Danny Lloyd levelled.
But straightaway, a superb Brendon Daniels strike put Harrogate back in front, but with Town having used all subs late on, Fylde cashed in. The leveller arrived on 82 minutes courtesy of Lloyd.
Town host Curzon Ashton in the FA Trophy at the weekend.
Tadcaster Albion’s FA Vase second round home tie with Worksop Town was postponed and has been rearranged for Tuesday, December 1 (7.45pm).