Promoted Whitby RFC played out the last home game of the season to basement club FC Rosette and netted a convincing 6-0 win.
Ravaged by injuries, suspensions and sickness bugs, the sqaud was stretched to the maximum with goalkeeper Sam Gale playing outfield and boss Ste Mothersdale digging the boots back out.
Mikey Kilpatrick opened the scoring on his return to the team, when one-on-one, he kept his cool and beat the visiting keeper.
Sam Gale then added a second 10 minutes later with a fine strike into the bottom right hand corner.
Damon Craig then made it three with a cool finish and then Gale was at it again smashing a half chance in for 4-0 at the break.
The fifth soon arrived, with Kilpatrick rounding the keeper from a Purvis through ball and then grabbing his hat-trick in the 70th minute.
Mothersdale told the Whitby Gazette: “It was a good three points with six players out and having to patch up. Kilpatrick’s hat-trick stands out but I think Sam Gale gets most lads’ votes today.
“Playing outfield for the first time in a couple of years, he did well back to goal holding the ball up and two fine finishes and a couple of assists.
“We have two difficult away games now the first this Saturday away at Cayton who are third and then finish off at Filey in what looks to be the title decider.
“Saturday is going to be tough before we even think about Filey and missing a couple of players leaves us changing around again.
“These lads will give me 110 per cent, I never have question that.”
Ryedale Sports Club eased any fears of being dragged into the relegation scrap with a 5-3 home win against fellow strugglers Sleights.
Ryan Roe put Sleights ahead, but Ryedale surged into a 4-1 lead by half-time.
Tom Kilpatrick pulled it back to 4-2, though the hosts soon hit a fifth and Ben Watson’s effort was merely a consolation.
Martin Myers netted twice for Ryedale with Sam Turnbull, John Ellis and Martin Foxton also on target.