Wellingborough Town are eyeing some silverware after they booked their place in the semi-finals of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Knockout Cup with a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Division One outfit Lutterworth Athletic.
Lutterworth had knocked Premier Division side Cogenhoe United out in the previous round but the Doughboys proved too strong as the quarter-final tie was finally played after being postponed on numerous occasions.
Jason Turner gave Wellingborough the lead five minutes before the break and strike partner Scott Cross doubled the advantage on the hour.
Turner made it 3-0 with 10 minutes to go and Cross also doubled his tally on 86 minutes before Dom Ivens grabbed a consolation for the hosts.
In the Premier Division action, AFC Rushden & Diamonds returned to action with a 3-1 win at Holbeach United.
Mark Starmer’s men were quick out of the blocks as Matt Gearing put them in front after just two minutes and the same player made it 2-0 from the penalty spot with not even a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock.
Diamonds made the game safe when Alfie Taylor hit the third in the 80th minute and it meant Fraser Bayliss’ goal for the hosts soon after was nothing more than a consolation.
Diamonds have three games in hand on leaders Spalding United but the Tulips still lead the table by a huge 20 points after they destroyed Stewarts & Lloyds 7-0 at Occupation Road.
The Foundrymen now find themselves four points from safety at the wrong end of the table after Spalding ran riot.
Jordan Cotton put the visitors in front and it was 3-0 by half-time thanks to Lee Beeson’s brace.
Mark Jones scored the fourth after the break before Beeson completed his hat-trick. And further efforts Nathan Stainfield and Dan Cotton completed the scoring.
Michael Byrne was the hero for Desborough Town as they leapfrogged Sleaford Town with a 2-1 success at the S6 Stadium.
Will Arnold put Ar Tarn after eight minutes before the visitors levelled within a minute through Scott Coupland.
But Byrne struck on the half-hour and that proved to be the winner as Ian Walker’s team moved into 12th place.
Burton Park Wanderers’ hopes of reaching the NFA Junior Cup final were ended by Division One rivals ON Chenecks who claimed a 3-0 success in the semi-final clash at Billing Road.
Jez Hindle gave the hosts the lead and goals from Ben Lewington and Ben Diamond early in the second half put an end to Wanderers’ chances.
Irchester United stole the headlines in Division One as they held leaders Oadby Town to a 2-2 draw at Alfred Street.
The Romans had conceded 14 goals in two previous meetings with the Leicestershire side this season but it was a different story on this occasion.
Youngster David Boddington gave Irchester the lead after three minutes but the division’s leading scorer Courtney Meade levelled on the quarter-hour.
Oadby took the lead when Jon Stevenson struck early in the second half but the Romans earned a fine point in the final minute when Boddington netted again.
Rothwell Corinthians followed up their midweek win at Rushden & Higham with another derby success as they ran out 3-0 winners at Thrapston Town.
Shaun Morris scored twice in the first half to send Corinthians on their way and the win was completed by Jordan Henson on the hour.
Rushden & Higham, meanwhile, were sent to a third successive defeat in another derby clash as Raunds Town sealed a 2-1 victory at Kiln Park.
Jay Fallaize gave the Shopmates the lead on 40 minutes but the advantage was shortlived as Jory Mann levelled before the break.
However, Karl King’s 16th goal of the season on 75 minutes sealed Raunds’ win.
It was also a good day for Whitworth as they came from a goal down to beat Buckingham Town at London Road.
Akin Iluyemi put the visitors in front but Matt Judge brought the Flourmen level before half-time and then grabbed the winner with just a minute to go.