RICHIE Powell starred with a hat-trick as Llandrindod Wells prevailed 4-3 winners in a seven goal thriller at home to Waterloo Rovers.
The Welshpool side handed their hosts an early fright when Andy Gwilt shook the woodwork but the Spamen took control with Powell netting twice before Waterloo hit back on half-time through Will Pritchard.
Elliot Williams restored the hosts cushion early in the second-half before Scott Holley netted in reply to keep Rovers in contention.
Llandrindod celebrated a decisive fourth with Powell completing his hat-trick despite protests from Rovers the ball had gone out of play in the build-up.
Pritchard set-up a tense finale with his second of the day for Rovers but Llandrindod held firm to claim glory.
Meanwhile it remains tight at the top with just two points separating the leading four sides after a Mattie Davies strike was enough for Penrhyncoch to return to the summit with a 1-0 win at home to Llanidloes Town.
Knighton Town lead the pursuit after a battling 2-0 win at Bow Street maintained their winning sequence.
First-half goals from Adam Farmer and Connor Bird settled the outcome and despite seeing player-manager Adam Worton controversially dismissed on the hour the visitors prevailed with Dave Exall also saving a Tom Williams penalty.
Carno proved too hot to handle at home to Aberaeron with Andy Evans’ first-half double laying the foundations for a 5-0 win.
Evans turned home Drew Reynolds’ cross to give Carno a fifth minute lead before latching onto Gregg Brown’s throughball to double his tally on 20 minutes.
Evans turned provider to set-up Peter Rees for the third after the break before Danny Pierce fed Adam Williams to strike with Carno’s tally completed when Brown raced onto Rees’ throughball to net.
Llanrhaeadr made light of bottom of the table Montgomery Town with Tom Evans’ hat-trick and an Endaff Owens goal settling a 4-0 win.
Elsewhere lowly Tywyn Bryncrug won 4-2 at home to derby rivals Machynlleth to snatch a potential survival lifeline.
Andrew Page fired Mach ahead and despite Tom Allen Davies’ levelling for the hosts the Maglonians led at the break through Jac Petrie.
However Tywyn were not to be denied and prevailed as goals from Aston Heath, Nick Williams and Ben Richards completed their fightback.