BRANKSOME Con found themselves three goals down after the opening 10 minutes of their final Hayward Premier Division game of the season away to bottom-placed TX United.
The champions, however, staged a comeback to emerge 5-4 winners thanks to Liam McGlynn’s hat-trick and further goals from Steve Sault and Sammy Thompson.
Steve Talliss (2), Chris Baldry and Dean Evans were the TX marksmen.
• Christchurch Royals took over on top of Division One on goal difference after toppling Foresters Arms 7-0 through Dale Simpson (2), Kevin Brennan, Steve Goodman, Lee Clark, Chris Forbes and an own goal.
Former leaders Darby’s Corner had the upper hand 4-2 against Vienna Windows thanks to Danny Gibbons and a Jack Mills hat-trick. Richie Howard and James Warburton were the Vienna scorers.
Third-placed Priory Quays beat Wimborne Magpyes 6-0 courtesy of Gareth Brickhill’s hat-trick and further goals from Ben Irvin (2) and Ollie Peckham, while Andy Wright and Tyler Molyneaux gave Bournemouth Athletic the edge 2-1 against New Star United.
• Tradeprice UK moved level on points with Division Two leaders Queens Park with two games in hand after Gary Vincent (2), Marc Scammell and Ross Edwards ensured a 4-2 success against Redhill, while Copyplus shaded it 2-1 against AFC Burton thanks to a couple of goals from Mark Rourke.
• Bluewood Athletic netted through Jack Foster, Dale Hyne, Josh Northam and Liam Claire but their hopes of going back on top of Division Three were dashed when Ferndown Locomotive surprised them 5-4 with goals from Johnny Haines (2), Keith Jackson, Dave Hall and Sean Hebdon.
At the other end of the table, Harbourside were on the receiving end again when Eurasat Lions sank them 4-1 through Wayne Nash (2), Tommy Robbins and an own goal.
• KC Transport kept their promotion hopes alive in Division Four when Ashley Rogers and Matty Wells gave them the edge 2-1 against Boscombe Celtic.
New Inn put paid to Witchampton 4-2 with goals from Gary Balchin (2), Mark King and Ryan Nippard, while Wallisdown Con walloped AFC Westvale 7-2 through Wayne Fripp, Luke Scrimshaw, Leighton Clarke, Karl Wicks and a Marc Scrimshaw hat-trick.
• Division Five pacesetters AFC HADCA remain three points clear at the top with a game in hand after just getting the better of Barton 2-1 with goals from Mark Saunders and Luke Stone.
Paul Goodman and Graeme Rose nabbed two each when nearest rivals LV FC accounted for Boscombe Albion 4-3, while Verwood SSC went third after thrashing Stourvale 7-0 with a Shaun Steer hat-trick and further goals from Ben Britnell (2), Jason Francis and Mitch Duke.
Dave Giles, Ali Paton and Pablo Sousa netted for Strouden Sports but Magpies forced a 3-3 draw in the basement battle thanks to goals from Jamie Carter, Mat Zamiska and Tom Symons.
Matthew Andrews netted for Sunseekers but their Division Six title hopes are in tatters after they crashed to their fourth defeat in five outings when AFC Ringwood upended them 3-1 with goals from Phil Teague, Dan Hansford and Calvin Charlton.
Rockbourne strengthened their grip on second place with a 3-0 victory over West Moors SSC reserves thanks to Simon Colborne, Robin Tennant and an own goal.
Phil King grabbed a hat-trick in Ace Fabrication’s 7-2 triumph over Wessex Wanderers with Chris Underwood, Tom Craven, Luke Brown and Aidan Kelly (pen) also on target, while Mikey Kitson, Matt Cowdrill and Kieron Davitt gave Victoria Park Royals a 3-2 success against Walkford.
• Shoulder of Mutton reserves were twice in front against Poole Bay Estates thanks to Ricki Wilson and Dave Abbott but the Division Seven pacesetters came back each time through Craig Smith to force a 2-2 draw.
AS Muscliff were 3-2 winners against Shamrock thanks to Ben Tattersall, Glenn Dancer (pen), and Scott Dancer, while Neil Smith (2), Mike Hills, Craig Frampton and Ryan Worledge gave James & James a 5-1 victory over Richmond Park Rangers.
Tom Jennings netted for Priory Quays reserves but their promotion hopes nose-dived when Division Eight front-runners Fiveways Rangers upended them 4-1 thanks to Philip Lee’s hat-trick and a goal from Jonjo Robinson.
Newtown moved into second place after getting the better of a 6-5 thriller with Winkton courtesy of Adam Janes and Martin Frigot’s five-goal blast.
Phil Gaduj notched a hat-trick for Winkton with Robbie Callaghan and Robbie Desmond also on target.
Ensbury Park Rangers netted through Jamie Virabi but Kings Arms Wallisdown had the upper hand 3-1 thanks to Sacha Navarro (2) and Darryl Baker.
• Cranborne are just two points adrift of Division Nine leaders Rockbourne reserves with three games in hand after Dan Adlem (2), Chris Bush, Adam Beattie, Matt Read and Kevin Joyce gave JP Morgan a 6-1 drubbing.
Mount are handily placed after their 9-3 triumph over A & T Athletic through Adam Bellingham (2), Matt Eves, Leigh Spencer, Danny Case and Duncan Moody’s four-goal burst.