Caitlin Bates and Justine Robinson both scored hat-tricks as Hartlepool United Ladies smashed seven goals past Castleford White Rose Ladies to record a fifth successive win.
Andy Stuart’s in-form team are leading the chase of leaders Durham Cestria and second-placed Norton & Stockton Ancients after turning in another outstanding display on the road at the weekend to run out 7-1 winners in West Yorkshire.
Pools knew they would struggle to repeat the 12-0 triumph they enjoyed when Castleford travelled to Dyke House in February but they got off to the perfect start when they went in front on just four minutes.
The experienced Jenni Duffy-Smith let fly with a shot which cannoned back off the crossbar before Bates showed her predatory instincts to pounce on the rebound and fire home the first goal of the afternoon.
It was 2-0 three minutes later when Jade Pye saw her effort blocked and skipper Robinson was in the right place at the right time to smash home the loose ball.
Pools had to wait until almost the half-hour mark to put further distance between themselves and their hosts and this time it was Pye who found the net, reacting quickest after a goalmouth scramble to force home a third goal.
Four minutes before the break Pools made it 4-0 when Robinson climbed above the home defence to head home a precise Duffy-Smith corner.
However, Castleford did give themselves a glimmer of hope just before the break when the counter-attacked well to grab a goal back going in to half-time.
Pools made sure of the win just after the hour mark though when Jess Dawson broke away with the ball before picking out the brilliant Robinson who was able to control and fire off a shot instantly past the advancing goalkeeper to complete her treble.
On 73 minutes it was 6-1 when Bates produced another typically clinical finish after outpacing the home defence and rounding the goalkeeper to smash home left-footed.
And with seven minutes left the in-form forward made it 20 goals in just 13 games when she again stormed past the helpless defenders and this time shimmied to the right to find the net for an astonishing fifth hat-trick of the campaign.
“Overall it was another solid team performance,” said Stuart afterwards.
“We could probably have scored more goals but their keeper made some good saves and we missed some chances too – but we were also thankful to our own keeper, Rebecca Smith, for a few excellent stops as well.
“We are gaining momentum and looking forward to each game; the girls are training hard and getting sharper with each match so we can now go in to next week’s game at Farsley Celtic confident of another three points.”
Full Time: Castleford White Rose Ladies 1 Hartlepool United Ladies 7
Pools: Smith, Bartlett (McAlpine 77), Robinson, Stuart, Garside, Duffy-Smith, Basnett, Rowbotham, Dawson, Pye (Rackstraw 57), Bates.