AFTER seven straight wins, in which they scored 45 goals while conceding only six, leaders Silsden Whitestar have finally been beaten in the Skipton Body Repair Centre Craven League Premier Division.

They lost 4-2 at fourth-placed defending champions Settle United, who may be credible contenders again as they are now only eight points adrift with three games in hand.

Peter Hanson and Joshua Metcalfe were on target for Whitestar, who had Gavin Shearer sent off.

Cross Hills did Whitestar a favour, however, by holding second-placed Grassington United to a 3-3 draw at Sutton Playing Fields.

Eddie Evans, Mark Hoban and Luke Newton were Hills' marksmen as they climbed from ninth to eighth.

Sixth-placed Cowling made a nonsense of the standings in lower mid-table by winning 8-1 at Manningham Allstars, who are only a place below the visitors.

Luke Barker and George Sellars notched braces for the victors, with the tally being made up in a sparkling display by the Craigs (Gregory and Walton) and substitutes Jack Diamond and Tim McNee.

Cononley Sports were the biggest climbers in Division One, going from ninth to sixth on the back of a 5-2 home victory over eighth-placed Chatburn.

Miroslav Allen's double was added to by Craig Ebbrell, man of the match Jake Manditsch and Colin Throupe in a game where all the goals came in the second half.

That was also the case at Skipton Town, where Broomhill lost 3-1, Brad Holland getting their goal and Jake Yaxley their man of the match award.

At least Silsden Whitestar Reserves triumphed in Division Two, Zac Conway, Simon Cox, Brad Fay and Ryan Narey netting in a 4-3 home win over Skipton Town Reserves.

Tenth-placed Liam Littlewood-inspired Sutton had the most eye-catching result in Division Three, beating third-placed visitors Iplay FC Barrowford 5-0, courtesy of a Mickey Ruddock hat-trick and singles by Phil Clayton and Aiden Robertson.

Cowling Reserves, who were 5-2 winners over fourth-placed Horton, are eyeing promotion.

Man of the match Jimmy Anson (2), Seth Wiseman (2) and substitute David Townson were the marksmen for second-placed Cowling, but two braces for Broomhill Reserves (man of the match Tyler Brigg and Jake Smith) were not enough as they lost 7-4 at home to Salts Reserves.