Amber Valley Hornets really made their game in hand count on Saturday when they beat Rolls-Royce 5-2 in the Derbyshire League Division One.
The weather had previously put paid to this fixture earlier in the season, and with the Hornets sitting third in the league with a game in hand on the top two teams, they knew a victory would see them draw level on points with those above them.
A win of six clear goals would also have seen them sit top on goal difference.
With this in mind and the fact that match practice was lacking, the Hornets took a full squad of 16 to rotate players and keep legs fresh.
From the first whistle, the Hornets pushed forward and quickly opened the scoring, followed by a second goal minutes later.
At this point, it looked like a convincing victory was in sight, but Rolls Royce had other ideas. They closed down the Hornets quicker, forced numerous errors and found their own rhythm and despite a couple of good saves, they deservedly pulled a goal back before the break.
The second half again saw Rolls-Royce surging forward and Tracey Bonser, Deb Elliot, Emily Hall and Terri Cartledge were by far the busier of the defences in the opening few minutes.
The Hornets never truly settled in the second half and had to work extremely hard to keep possession and force Rolls-Royce back, but some good individual skills and moments of flair led to a further three goals being added, with Rolls-Royce adding a second of their own.
The game had been hard fought by all and thanks to a hat-trick from Sarah Joyce, and goals from Jayne Notman and Charlotte Welsby, the points were safe.