KESWICK are seven points clear at the top of Westmorland Football League's Division One after an emphatic 7-2 home win against a newly promoted Shap team that remained rooted to the bottom.

Andy Rigg scored a hat trick, before goals by Richard Bannister, Richard Bell, Alfie West and Karl Southern rounded off a solid display for the team from Fitz Park.

Second placed Appleby continued to be Keswick’s nearest early season challengers following a comfortable 5-1 home win against a struggling Ambleside United Team.

Jordan Crawford was in relentless form after scoring four out of Appleby’s five goals. Crawford also scored a stunning hat trick in just 12 minutes as Ambleside were left stunned, before Jack Overs completed the rout.

Ibis registered their second consecutive league win after a hard fought 2-0 win at Sedbergh Wanderers. Sedbergh who had a man sent off battled all the way despite their numerical disadvantage however Ibis picked up the three points thanks to goals by Chris Ellwood and Dan Postlethwaite.

In the other games Niall Renwick’s hat trick guided Kirkoswald to a 5-1 win at Kendal County Reserve, before Windermere ran out 4-1 winners against Penrith Reserve at Queens Park.

Carleton Banks made it six wins from six at the top of Division Two after a 4-3 win against Ullswater United. Nathan Moorhead continued his goal scoring exploits with a hat trick before an own goal sealed the points for the hosts who are now two points clear at the top.

Greystoke edged out Braithwaite 6-5 in a high scoring encounter. Greystoke were 5-1 up with 30 minutes to go before Braithwaite drew level as the scores were tied. However Greystoke battled back to make sure of the win. David Ivinson and Tom Peile scored a brace each for the visitors while Jack Peilie and Samuel Richardson also found the net.

Kendal United Reserve defeated Appleby Reserve 2-0 at Castle Drive,Matt Kennedy and Kyle Hansen with the goals for the hosts who moved up to seventh place in the table.

In the other games Dent saw off Eden Thistle 2-1, AFC Carlisle drew 1-1 with Castletown United while the game between Staveley United and Keswick Reserve ended 0-0.

Ibis Reserve remained four points clear at the top of Division Three after a comfortable 6-1 win against bottom of the table Penrith Town. Ibis picked up the points after braces by Mark Demonti, Josh Phizacklea and Dave Irvine.

Kirkby Stephen won 6-1 at Langwathby United,Kirkoswald Reserve edged out Lunesdale United 3-2,Endmoor KGR Reserves routed Penrith Saints 7-1. Tyler Parks goal edged Burneside to a narrow 1-0 home win against Penrith Royal, before Elliot Oxley’s hat trick saw Sedbergh Wanderers Reserve win 6-2 at Ambleside United Reserve.