Hemingfords United ended 2015 on a high by climbing off the bottom of the Cambs League top-flight table.
Stop-gap striker Max Roberts, who usually plays in midfield, hit a hat-trick to lead the side bossed by John Hughes and David Sheppard to a 6-4 win at Cherry Hinton in the Kershaw Premier Division last Saturday.
Andy Ging, a defender moved into a midfield role this season, added two more goals with Tom Howard, who has been a star performer throughout a tough campaign, completing the scoring.
Joint boss Hughes said: “I’m not going to kid anyone – we found the first eight to 10 games very tough.
“We lost our star striker to work commitments and our previous manager then resigned a few days before the start of the season.
“But we’ve played very well in recent games and we deserved a result like this to get ourselves off the bottom of the table.
“It is a case of making sure we put in maximum effort in every game and seeing where it takes us at the end of the season, but we all believe we can stay up.”
Eaton Socon extended their fine winning run to nine matches with a smooth 4-1 success at Cottenham.
Goals from Michael Banbury, Scott Kingsbury, Gavin Batt and Lee Clutterbuck eased Mark Spavins’ side to within four points of the Premier Division summit, but Brampton saw their blistering form end as they crashed 4-0 at Gamlingay.
Houghton & Wyton swept to the top of the Division 2B table thanks to a seven-goal scoring spree.
Steve Jeffs’ side blew away Soham United Reserves thanks to goals from Charlie Smith (2), John Johnson, John Morris, Luke Ackerman, Simon Osborne and Marc Puckering in a 7-0 success to leapfrog previous leaders Fenstanton by virtue of a superior goal difference.
There was still plenty for Fenstanton to celebrate as they eased into the quarter-finals of the Creake Charity Shield thanks to a 4-2 success against Saffron Crocus.
They fell behind early on, but a Ben Hall penalty and a Ben Fuller strike put them in the unusual position of leading at the break.
They were pegged back in the second half before a change of formation worked wonders.
Salv Merola restored the lead and Adam Berrill curled in a late clincher for a Fenstanton side whose reward is a date against Eaton Socon Reserves in the next round.
The Socon second string are one of three local sides challenging for promotion in Division 1B. They shared six goals with another – Alconbury – last Saturday.
Alex Girdlestone, James Godfrey and Connor Heaps hit the Socon goals with Alex Norman, Adam Spratt and Ben Taylor finding the target for Alconbury as both teams remain two points off a top-two spot.
Buckden are a further point back in the promotion race, but boast a host of games in hand. They were convincing winners last Saturday as two Sam Underwood goals helped them thump Milton Reserves 6-1.
Huntingdon United’s rapid revival at that level continued with a 3-2 victory at Swavesey Institute. Dominic Everett, the top-scorer in the division, found the net along with Jake Donald and Tony Peacock.
Offord United saw their unbeaten Division 3A record ended as they went down 3-0 to leaders Eaton Socon A in a top-of-the-table clash. Two Damian Chamberlain goals and an Asa Johnson effort did the damage.