More games than expected beat the atrocious weather conditions as the Herts Advertiser Sunday League returned from the Christmas break.

And there were some excellent results for those involved in county cup action.

Plough & Harrow marched into the third round of the Herts Sunday Senior Cup with an impressive 5-2 away win at last season's semi finalists Cassiobury Rangers.

Chris Dunn, Josh Panther, Tommy Biswell and Connor Arnold were all among the goals and they will be joined by Six Bells who picked up a 1-0 success away to Bishop Stortford Wanderers.

However, Phoenix, Hilltop and Paxton Rovers were all knocked out,

Phoenix were beaten 8-2 by a strong Flaunden side while Hilltop lost 4-0 to East Herts Premier Southbury.

Paxton were a little more unfortunate as, despite playing some excellent football, they lost 1-0 away to Hemel Albion.

Borehamwood Rovers' trip to Northaw and the all HASL clash between Skew Bridge and Player Packs were among the postponed fixtures.

A hat-trick from Sean Oliver put Alban Dynamo into the fourth round of the Herts Sunday Junior Cup as they beat Abbots Wanderers 6-0.

Mark Read, Ollie West and Brodie Carrington got the others.

Division Three leaders Strafford Arms Res marched into the next round with a 5-2 win against Boca Seniors, Zack Neiman adding three more to his tally with one each for William Gravette and Matt Bellamy, while Phoenix Res beat Buffs 4-0.

Robert Calancea (two), Liam Addlesee and Jason Bryant were their scorers.

Jack Messam and Jonathan Wright were on the scoresheet for Royston Rangers, but they lost 3-2 to Hitchin-based GSS, while Herts Vets had a day to forget lost 10-0 to cup favourites Glenn Sports.

There was also one game in the league's Jim Lynch Trophy.

Division One title challengers Welwyn Garden United gave Premier Division title challengers Strafford Arms a good game at KGV, but went out 3-2.

Dan Harper scored twice for United with the Strafford goals from Erivaldo Felix, Stephen Dodd and Jack Davis.

There were also games in the league with one of the best of the day coming in Division One as The Bull and Wheathampstead Wanderers served up another cracker.

The pair had shared seven goals on the opening day, Wanderers winning 4-3, but they could not be separated in the return, playing out a 2-2 draw.

The Bull took control early and deservedly took the lead through a Jack Woods penalty, given after Joe Fletcher was fouled.

He then doubled his tally and the Bull's lead before half-time, getting on the end of a Niall Lysaght pass.

However, the momentum changed after the break with Wheato making use of their bench.

Nick Casadei was gifted a tap-in after great work from Jamie Swann down the left and they drew level 10 minutes from time when Loz Wilson found Adam Barton.

Both sides had chances to take the three points but terrific goalkeeping from Billy Thompson and Daniel Lennox at either end saw the game finish in a draw.

FYP came from behind to beat Harpenden Colts OB 2-1, Sam Jones giving Colts the lead before a double from Matt Standen won it for FYP.

The biggest win of the day belonged to Mermaid who beat Saints 12-0.

Chris Wilding led the way with three, Stephen Maitland, Oliver Smith and Ben Taylor each got two and Harrison Wasnock, Michael Nathan and Miles Habashi completed the rout.

A Jimmy Talbot hat-trick and a single from Matt Noot gave Hatfield Seniors an excellent 4-1 win against Excel in Division Two.

Leaders Pinewood edged Wheathampstead '89 with a 3-2 success, Tom Simmonds and Tim Briggs on target for Wheato.

And another goal from leading scorer Gabriel Asare-Bekoe wasn’t enough to give Welwyn Warriors all three points.

They were held 1-1 by Harpenden Colts OB Res whose scorer was John Woodward.

The only game in Division Three ended in a 2-2 draw between Welwyn Warriors Res and St George's.

Tim Chesworth and Germaine Spence were on target for Welwyn, Joseph Bigley and Robert Handleigh for George's.

Brookmans Park Reserves continued their excellent league form with decisive 10-2 win over Hatfield Seniors Res in Division Four.

Leading scorer Sam Kinsley smashed four, Scott de la Fuente two and there was one each for Tom Brasier, Nathan Gibbons, Brad Carter and Skrdlik Jiri.

Royston Rangers Res dropped to the bottom of Division Five after a 2-1 loss to London Colney United, Ashleigh Robinson the Rangers scorer, while St Albans Eagles shipped eight to leaders Rose & Crown Mosquito.

Simon Cerri and Elliot Spokes got the two replies for Eagles.