Tom Liversedge scored four goals in his first league start for AFC Rushden & Diamonds as they crushed Leighton Town 7-1 at the Dog & Duck to move into second in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.
Diamonds were stunned in the opening few minutes as Leighton took the lead when a free-kick was headed back across goal and then tapped home from close-range.
But the response was quick as Liversedge fired home a great strike to bring the hosts level.
And from there, they took control. Substitute and debutant Lewis Leslie had a hand in the second as hi cross found Tommy Berwick. His shot was saved but Liversedge was there to finish it off.
Tom Lorraine provided the assist to make it three when his low cross was sliced into the net and Berwick added the fourth on the stroke of half-time when he slid the ball under the goalkeeper after being played in by Liversedge.
The night belonged to Liversedge, however, as he struck twice more, in the space of two second-half minutes, with Berwick the creator with crosses from the left for both goals.
Claudiu Hoban got in on the act with the seventh late on as he fired home the rebound after Berwick had hit the post
Rene Howe marked his return to Kettering Town with a goal as they recorded an impressive 3-0 victory over Chesham United in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
Howe started the game after his international clearance came through earlier in the day and played a key role for the hosts.
Craig Hill saved from Sam Youngs early on but the Poppies opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Wilson Carvalho’s cross from the right caught out Shane Gore and sailed into the top corner.
And it was 2-0 soon after when James Brighton exchanged passes with Elliot Sandy and then skipped past two defenders before beating Gore with a composed finish.
Chesham continued to be a threat and George Fenton thumped a header against the crossbar before the Poppies made it 3-0 on 35 minutes.
Brighton sent in a corner, Liam Canavan flicked it on and Howe finished it off at the far post to make his return with a goal.
Hill saved well from Ryan Blake before the break and then made an even better one from the same player from point blank range in the second half.
Chances proved to be few and far between at either end, however, as the Poppies comfortably saw things out to wrap up a fine home win.