Harpenden Town's two senior sides went goal crazy on a glorious weekend - with both sides closing in on their prime objectives.

For the men that is the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division play-offs and a 6-0 win at home to doomed Sawbridgeworth Town means they are still in the top five with four games to go, and Cockfosters now their only real challenger.

The women meanwhile have set up a fascinating final run-in as they battle to lift the Eastern Region First Division North title and gain promotion.

They beat Histon 7-3 at Rothamsted Park to go top of the table, level with Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers on points and goal difference, but ahead by courtesy of 55 goals scored compared to the 47 from the Norfolk side.

Each side has three games left, Harps going to Mulbarton Wanderers next before finishing their season at home to the same side on April 28, an away match at bottom of the table Fakenham Town in between.

This victory over the Cambridgeshire side saw Histon with the first few chances, all repelled by Sophie Harris but goal machine Sophia Amanor and Harpenden took over.

She scored after Natalie Cloy threaded a ball through to her, drilling it low beyond Tilly Want, and then got the second when Jamie Curtain intercepted a goal kick and Cloy's initial effort was blocked.

Histon did get one back at this juncture but the two-goal advantage was quickly restored before the break, Belle Shannon playing a one-two with Erin Shacklock before lashing it over the keeper from 25 yards.

It became 4-1 early in the second half when Rebecca McShane curled a corner that was finally put away by Shannon for her second.

Histon kept plugging away and pulled another back when a back pass was intercepted but at this point the game was taken over by super-sub Jasmine Hughes, as she hit a hat-trick.

The first came after a good run down the right by Curtain, Hughes meeting the cross six yards out, and she got her second in similar circumstances.

And the third, which made it 7-2, was all down to quickness of reactions.

Shannon thumped another long-distance effort over the top of Want in the Histon goal, only for it come crashing back off the crossbar.

Hughes was there though to turn it into the empty net.

Histon scored what could yet be a crucial goal to finish the scoring although there was almost an eighth for Harpenden, Amanor hitting the underside of the bar and the ball then bouncing towards the line off a defender before Natasha Collins cleared.

The referee signalled a goal but the linesman said no and it was chalked off.

Herts Advertiser: Mickey Shuttlewood got one of the six goals for Harpenden against Sawbridgeworth. Picture: TOBY HOWEMickey Shuttlewood got one of the six goals for Harpenden against Sawbridgeworth. Picture: TOBY HOWE (Image: Toby Howe)

The men got things going on eight minutes with a very well-worked goal, George Robinson eventually supplying the final delivery in a fine passing goal that was finished off in unorthodox style by Harry Andic.

James Ewington had been involved in that build-up too and he got the next two on 21 and 23 minutes, the first after Archie McClelland had robbed the Sawbo defence and the second when Dave Keenleyside slid the ball into him.

Ewington then completed a first-half hat-trick a minute before the break, Reece Crowter getting the assist this time.

He was taken off on 52 minutes in a triple Town change and one of those coming on, Mikey Shuttlewood, got the fifth five minutes later, heading a Keenleyside corner in off the bar.

Hadley Gleeson then completed the rout on 74 minutes.