Cannock marked the halfway point of the English League hockey season yesterday with an unique record of beating every team in the Premier Division in successive matches.
The 3-2 home win over Guildford also increased their lead at the top of the table to five points, assisted by Loughborough Students' 3-3 draw against second-placed Surbiton.
Barry Middleton's 21stminute goal only kept leaders Cannock in command for seven minutes in the first half against Guildford.
Richard Lane eased the pressure with a second goal ten minutes into the second half and Andy West's penalty stroke six minutes later virtually ensured victory. although James Webber scored the second of his two goals for the visitors three minutes from time.
North Division leaders Leek and second- placed Bournville both scored five goals in their victories. Craig Keenan scored another two goals in Leek's 5-1 home defeat of Sheffield Hallam Civica, while Gary Town blasted a hat-trick in Bournville's 5-0 demolition of Nottingham. Terry Lavery and Harry Rowland contributed the other goals.
In the bottom-of-the-table battle, Formby got a win at last by defeating Lichfield 3-2 in a tight tussle which remained at a stalemate until the final ten minutes.
Formby scored twice in a minute to go 3-1 ahead and Lichfield's hopes of gaining their first point were momentarily raised when Paul Campbell scored his second goal, from a penalty stroke, with two minutes remaining.
Barford Tigers crept up two places from the bottom of the South Division alongside Birmingham Univeristy when they gained their first win of the season by coming from two goals down to defeat Oxford Hawks 3-2.
All three of their goals came in the final 20 minutes through Jimmy Singh (2) and Harjinder Sandhu who hit the winner in the 69th minute. On Saturday, the University drew 2-2 with Ipswich.