WITH Melksham Town A winning the race to become champions, the battle is on for the runners-up spot and for the time being Freshford United are in prime position.

A 4-0 victory for Chris Birleson’s team away at Westbury United Reserves means they have a sixpoint gap over Luxol St Andrews, who have three games in hand on Freshford.

Freshford led 1-0 at the interval through a Theo Sing goal from a Dean Ranger assist.

Sing made it 2-0 early in the second half after being set up by Dave Percival.

Waleed Bakali provided the assist for Luke Murden to make it 3-0 and a second assist from Ranger set up Sing to add his third and Freshford’s fourth of the afternoon.

The battle of the villages at Whaddon Lane between hosts Hilperton United and Heytesbury ended with the home team coming out 3-0 victors.

Heytesbury made the better start of the two teams and were denied by woodwork on 10 minutes when Phil Lucas saw his effort hit the bar.

Jamie Howse went close to giving the visitors the lead in the 17th minute but his effort was brilliantly kept out by keeper Gary Clements.

Hilperton broke the deadlock midway through the half with Reuben Spong firing home, and just before half time keeper Clements ensured his team went in at the break in front when he denied Howse for a second time.

After the break, Spong made it 2-0 with a brilliant finish and although Heytesbury saw Chris Baker strike the post on 78 minutes they couldn’t find a way back into the contest.

When Spong sealed his hat-trick with another quality strike in the 80th minute it was game over.

Warminster Town Reserves suffered a 1-0 defeat away at near neighbours Westbury Town, whose winner came from Tom Blackman in the first half.