Kettering Town bounced back from their heavy defeat at Dunstable Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division with an impressive 2-1 success over Hungerford Town at Latimer Park.
The Poppies took the lead in the 11th minute when Gary Mulligan headed home from close-range, shortly after his initial effort had been cleared off the line.
Hungerford put the pressure on after that and the recalled Jamie McAlindon made a fine stop to deny Mark Draycott.
Kettering were more assured in the second half and they had the chance to go 2-0 up on the hour when Dubi Ogbonna was fouled by goalkeeper Shane Gore. But the frontman saw his penalty saved.
However, the second goal did arrive with 11 minutes to go when substitute Saul Williams saw his shot blocked and it fell for Courtney Baker-Richardson who fired home from 16 yards.
Hungerford did pull one back in stoppage-time when Draycott converted a penalty after Ollie Thorne fouled Nat Jarvis but the Poppies held on for a deserved victory.
Corby Town’s problems continued as they were thrashed 4-0 at North Ferriby United in the Vanarama National League North to make it 10 games without a win.
The damage was done in the first six minutes as Danny Clarke fired home after Paul Walker had made a save before Danny Emerton made it 2-0.
Tommy Wright reacted by making two substitutions before half-time but the game was over four minutes into the second period when Ash Palmer fired home.
It was 4-0 on 70 minutes when Duane Courtney was penalised for handball in the area and Liam King stepped up to beat Walker from the spot.
And Corby’s misery was completed with 10 minutes to go when Clarke grabbed his second of the day.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ 31-match unbeaten run was finally ended, along with their FA Trophy campaign, as Basford United claimed a 3-1 win at the Dog & Duck.
The visitors opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time when substitute Reuben Wiggins-Thomas scored with his first touch of the game.
Diamonds drew level two minutes into the second half when Tom Lorraine rose to head home from Tommy Berwick’s corner.
However, they fell behind again when Rhys Myers headed home and Basford wrapped things up on 63 minutes when Cory Grantham raced away and beat Matt Finlay.