AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ charge at the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division hit new heights after they hammered Desborough Town 9-0 in a one-sided local derby.
Andy Peaks’ side now hold a 10-point lead at the summit, although the likes of Wisbech Town and Holbeach United in the chasing pack still have games in hand on them.
But Diamonds’ superb form continued with a devastating display at the Waterworks Field on what proved to be a day to remember for central defender Liam Dolman.
He gave them the lead on 28 minutes and Russ Dunkley quickly made it 2-0 before Dolman added the third before the break.
The game was over as a contest when Jack Ashton headed home Declan Rodgers’ corner after half-time and Tommy Berwick got in on the act to make it 5-0 with his first goal for the club.
But Diamonds didn’t stop there. Rodgers added the sixth himself and Adam Confue made it seven with 19 minutes still remaining.
And that was time aplenty for Dolman to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot before rounding off an excellent afternoon with the final goal of the game in stoppage-time.
If Dolman’s four-goal haul was impressive then Wellingborough Town’s Jake Newman’s was even better as he hit five in the Doughboys’ stunning 7-3 success over Huntingdon Town at the Dog & Duck.
Antonio Douglas gave the visitors the lead before Newman equalised and then struck again to put the Doughboys in front.
Chris Jones brought Huntingdon level again but Newman completed a first-half hat-trick to make it 3-2 at half-time.
Scott Liebscher extended that advantage and Jon Mitchell hit the fifth for the hosts before Ben Colmer pulled another one back for Huntingdon.
However, the day belonged to Wellingborough and Newman as the division’s leading scorer added two more to his tally late on.