BAKERS Arms made the most of a depleted Swindon & District League schedule at the weekend as they moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier Division table.

Thanks to a dominant 4-0 home victory over Wroughton Reserves, Peter Smith’s side have now extended their advantage over second-placed Tawny Owl, who didn’t play, at the summit.

The result means Tawny would have to win all three of their games in hand if they are to climb back ahead of Bakers Arms.

Ashton Glover weighed in with a hat-trick for the hosts, while Jason McGovern converted from the penalty spot to complete the dominant victory.

The result means Smith’s troops are now on a seven-match winning streak, which stretches all the way back to the beginning of November.

“To be honest, the game wasn’t quite as comfortable as the scoreline suggests. It was 0-0 at half-time and Wroughton are quite a young and fit team,” said manager Smith.

“We are still carrying a little bit of extra Christmas timber and we didn’t really have too many clear-cut chances in the first half.

“At half time, I just told the players to squeeze up because Wroughton were getting round us a little bit too easily. I made it a bit tighter and it worked out for us in the end.

“Ashton is our top goal scorer. He has got so much ability and pace. He is a real danger going forwards.”

Next up for Smith’s side is Swindon Centralians, before they face title rivals Tawny at the end of the month, as the Bakers Arms manager aims to maintain his team’s recent hot streak.

“We have won seven games in a row now and we have Tawny Owl coming up at the end of the month. We have just got to beat them,” he added.

“It is going to be tight all the way until the end of the season. We just have to hope that results go our way.

“We have a big squad so for most games, I swap it around. We just need to keep going, everyone is happy at the moment.”

In Division One, North Swindon WMC drew level on points with second-placed Marlborough Reserves following their 7-1 win over Brockhill United.

Aaron Williams led way for the victors with a superb four-goal haul, Jason Hodson got two to his name, with an Adam Harman effort completing the rout.

Marlborough and North Swindon WMC have both amassed 21 points after the former were unable to boost their tally in a surprise 3-2 defeat to New Town Old Stars.

Haydon Wick and Moredon had to settle for a point each as they played out a 3-3 draw.

All other scheduled games across the two divisions were postponed due to waterlogged and frozen pitches.