CROFTLANDS Park took another huge step towards clawing back the leaders in the Furness Premier League Premier Division by beating Swarthmoor Social 4-2 on Wednesday evening.

Chris Wraighte (2) Matt Dean and Jamie Slater were the men on target for the visitors, with Luke Armstrong and Harry Fine replying for Swarthmoor.

The result sees Croftlands in third place, but if they win their game in hand they could go a point clear at the top of the table.

They also have to play league leaders Kirkby United home and away and second-placed Bootle in their remaining five games – the first of which comes away to bottom side Furness Cavaliers reserves tomorrow.

"I think we’re in a very good position to challenge for the title," said Croftlands manager Paul Hartley.

"We’re just taking it a game at a time and working hard to get three points each game.

"We've got some very tough games coming up, but I have faith in all the lads to get the results.

"It’s been a great effort so far by the lads and they have been brilliant this year, and hopefully they can lift some silverware at the end of it."

Fourth-placed Vickerstown reserves are one of the other teams still in the hunt for the crown as well and they picked up another three points with a 4-1 win at Dalton United reserves.

Brody Luxon (2), Max Green and Tom Dawson all found the net for Mark Hammond's side.

Hawcoat Park reserves defeated Walney Island reserves 4-1, with Carl Mackay (2), Jake Rees and 16-year-old Jackie Milburn on target for Hawcoat.

Luca Fleming scoring for Walney in a game well refereed by Craig Metcalfe.

Cavaliers reserves beat Holker Old Boys reserves 3-1 thanks to goals from Callum Lamb, Robbie Bell and James Hutton. Tyler Wood replied with the goal for Holker.

In Division One, Barrow Wanderers need just four points from their remaining four games to be crowned champions after a 3-1 win at Furness Rovers reserves.

Kyle McCormick, Scott McDonald and Dan Turner were on target for the league leaders and Ryan Fagan replied for Rovers, who look likely to finish in fourth place.

Second-placed Hawcoat Park A fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crooklands Casuals reserves, with Tony Butler and Matthew Pearson the Cassies scorers. Callum Muncaster was the Hawcoat marksman.

Bridge United were 5-1 winners over Askam United reserves. Sam Davies, Reece Craig, Marcus Robinson, Lee Harkin and an own making up the tally.

Swarthmoor Social reserves beat Barrow Celtic reserves 3-0 thanks to a double from Luis Wagstaff and one from Ollie Hambley.

Tomorrow's fixtures

North West Counties League

First Division North (3pm): Nelson v Holker Old Boys.

West Lancashire League

Premier Division (3pm): Fulwood Amateurs v Vickerstown.

Division One (3pm): Millom v Hawcoat Park, Ulverston Rangers v Eagley.

Division Two (3pm): Dalton United v Furness Cavaliers.

Furness Premier League

Premier Division (2pm): Barrow Celtic v Haverigg Utd, Furness Cavaliers res v Croftlands Park, Swarthmoor Social v Bootle, Vickerstown res v Kirkby Utd.

Division One (2pm): Croftlands Park res v Swarthmoor Social res, Hawcoat Park A v British Legion, Millom A v Bridge United.

Division Two (2pm): Barrow Wanderers res v Furness Rovers A, Bootle res v Britannia res, Kirkby United res v Ulverston Rangers res.

Paul Wilson Memorial Trophy (2pm): Holker Old Boys res v Barrow Wanderers

Furness Junior Cup (2pm): Holker Old Boys A v Walney Island res, Vickerstown A v Cartmel & District A.