AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ FA Vase hopes were ended at the first hurdle but it proved to be a fine day for Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
Diamonds had the majority of possession and chances in their second-round clash at Hullbridge Sports but the hosts grabbed the only goal of the game through Rory Clarke with 18 minutes to go.
However, back in the UCL, Desborough made it three league wins in a row as an impressive 3-0 success at Sileby Rangers moved them up to ninth in the table.
Michael Byrne gave Ar Tarn a half-time lead and they sealed their victory with further goals in the final 10 minutes as Mark Redding doubled the advantage before Byrne’s penalty completed the victory.
Three first-half goals proved decisive for Wellingborough as they beat bottom side Long Buckby 3-1 at the Dog & Duck.
Adam Randall, Rashid Koriya and Alfie Taylor put the Doughboys 3-0 up inside 29 minutes and that was enough, despite Elliott Herbert pulling a goal back for the visitors early in the second half.
Whitworth got back to winning ways in UCL Division One in emphatic style as they sent Stewarts & Lloyds to a 17th successive defeat by a 7-0 scoreline.
Jonny Hazell started the rout before Cavell Jarvis’ double and Remy Brittain made it 4-0 before half-time.
Jarvis completed his hat-trick after the break, Hazell added another and Lee Warman completed the scoring just before the end.
There was a thrilling contest at Chancery Lane where Thrapston Town ended Rothwell Corinthians’ nine-match unbeaten run with a 4-3 success.
Leigh Chapman and Kaine Clinton gave Thrapston a 2-0 lead at the break before Cameron Starsmore made it 2-1 on the hour.
Chapman restored the two-goal advantage but Corinthians looked to have earned a point when Jordan Henson and Kalon Peniasko made it 3-3.
However, Clinton’s second of the game won it for Thrapston with a minute to go.
There were also goals galore in another local derby as strugglers Irchester United and Burton Park Wanderers drew 3-3 at Alfred Street.
The Romans seemed to be in control at half-time as Mitch Blande and Jared Harewood put them 2-0 up.
Curtis Taylor-Jacob got Burton back into it but Irchester seemed to have wrapped up the points when Deon Putnam put them 3-1 up with eight minutes to go.
But Wanderers produced a stunning late show as Wayne Brown made it 3-2 before the same player sealed a point from the penalty spot.
Rushden & Higham United made it three wins in a row without conceding a goal as they beat Woodford United 1-0 at Hayden Road.
Jake Reynolds’ goal with 18 minutes to go proved to be enough for Dale Brunton’s team.
Raunds Town’s poor run of form continued as ON Chenecks maintained their promotion challenge with a 2-1 victory at Kiln Park.
Ben Diamond gave the hosts a half-time lead and they sealed their win when Ben Lewington struck after 78 minutes, meaning Glenn Turner’s late goal was only a consolation for the Shopmates.