Market Rasen Town Reserves moved to within two points of top spot in East Lincs Combination Division Three after winning an 11-goal goalfest at Rase Park on Saturday.
With leaders Grimsby Borough FC Development B in cup action, Rasen took full advantage with their fifth straight win to close the gap to two points of the summit, with a game in hand.
Hosting fourth-placed Burgh Athletic, Rasen had their noses just in front 4-3 at half-time after a rollercoaster first-half.
But the home side eased away after the break to ruin out 7-4 winners.
Andrew belt hit a hat-trick for Rasen, while Thomas Lingard claimed a double, and both Kieran Togher and Nathan Smith struck from the penalty spot, top scorer Togher grabbing his 14th goal of the season.
With Grimsby again cup-tied this weekend, Rasen have the chance to return to the top if they beat second-bottom AFC Grainthorpe at home on Saturday.
Kick-off is 2pm.