Deven Ellwood hit a 12-minute hat-trick as Whitworth dented Rothwell Corinthians’ ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One promotion hopes with a 4-2 victory.
The Flourmen did the damage in the first half as they raced into a 4-0 lead, which ensured second-placed Corinthians’ 10-match unbeaten run was brought to an end.
Cavell Jarvis set the ball rolling before Ellwood took over with a quick-fire treble which took him on to 25 goals this season.
Corinthians did fight back after the break as Cameron Starsmore’s double gave them hope but they were unable to get back into it.
Shaun Sparrow’s team remain a point clear in the second promotion slot with games in hand on the teams around them, although they face a crucial clash with fifth-placed Potton United at Sergeants Lawn on Saturday.