Danny Darker hit a hat-trick as Kettering United’s strong season in the Rushden & District Sunday League continued with a 6-0 win over Saxon Reserves as they booked their place in the last four of the Karlsports Junior Cup.
Kane Robinson (2) and Mark Deacon were also on target for United.
Raffertys also went through as they beat FC Phoenix 6-4. Scott Whitney and Tony Walker both scored twice while Jack Stevens and Martyn Lambeth added the others. It meant the efforts of Ryan Knight (2), Jon Tite and Kael Talbot were in vain.
Stanwick Rovers also hit six without reply to see off Croyland Park Rangers. Ben Rowley led the way with four and Dane Chambers struck a brace.
Saxon and Horseshoe were all-square at 2-2 after 90 minutes of their Gordon Howes Memorial Trophy fourth-round clash.
But Saxon won it 5-2 after extra-time thanks to John Bowden, Johnny Evans-Hughes, Karl Cornwell and Liam Swane (2).
In normal time, Horseshoe had Mark Bell and Richard Headland on target.
In the league action, Titchmarsh closed the gap at the top to just goal difference as they beat second-from-bottom Irchester Romans 5-0.
Liam Hanley led the way with a double while Adam Hope, Fraser Smith and Leigh Chapman were also on target.
Woodford Stars consolidated third place with a 6-1 success over bottom club Burton Band as Martin Kane (3), Dan Rogers, Kieron Moore and Lewis Dickenson did the damage. Burton’s consolation came from Steve Goode.
Victoria Millers started their catch up campaign with an 8-2 defeat of Irchester Sports. Jake Newman struck four while Kris Line (2) and Theo Alcinder were also among the goals. Dan Ebbsworth and Michael Bolton replied for Sports.
With K-Town Ducks not playing, Sargents, for the second week running, failed to fully capitalise as they drew with the resurgent Colworth 1-1 in Division Two. Jon Grant’s goal for Sargents was cancelled out by Adam Sullivan.
Isham Rangers fought back from 3-2 down at half-time to move off bottom spot with a 5-3 victory over third-placed Rushden Wheatsheaf.
Ash Swan hit a second-half hat-trick to win it for Rangers after earlier efforts from Craig Gallagher and Manvinder Johal. Wheatsheaf had led at the break thanks to Blaine Stillman, Jamie Northover and Karl King.
The game of the day saw the points shared in a 12-goal feast as Ventura Vikings drew 6-6 with Grammarians.
Vikings’ tally was made up by Tom Randall’s hat-trick and further strikes from Adam Randall, Callum Ward and Dave Tong. But Tyler Amphlett (2), Mark Fletcher (2), Ali Oakenful and Jake Hughes earned Grammarians a point.
Chris Lewis gained Higham Mill three valuable points to move up to third-from-bottom in Division Three as they beat second-placed Orchard Park 1-0.
Dunhill United pushed Exiles into trouble by beating them 4-2 thanks to John Tarry (2), Darren Parker and Liam Leonard. Exiles’ replies came from Chris King and Marcus Lewis.
Elsewhere, Isham Lilacs and Shelley Road Reserves drew 1-1 with Jordan Richards’ goal for the former being cancelled out by Paul Jones.
All three games in Division Four produced seven goals and it was FC Phoenix Reserves who had the biggest winning margin as they beat bottom side Irchester Romans Reserves 6-1.
Martin Harvey’s hat-trick, Dan Tilley’ double and Lee Wilby won it as Irchester replied through Shane Beal.
Shane Gamble (2), Dave Johnson, James Cornell and Shane Macloud did the damage for FC Hornets as they beat Colworth Reserves 5-2. Colworth’s goals came from Dan Arnold and Jamie Elliott.
The closest game saw Risdene Rovers squeeze past Kettering United Reserves 4-3, courtesy of goals from Mark Wylie, Mick Burch and Rick Monger with a double. It meant the efforts of United’s Adam Panther, Dan Miller and Luke Smith were in vain.
Rising Sun followed up their first win of the season in the Kettering Area Sunday League with another as they claimed a 3-0 success over New Cottingham.
After a goalless first half, Sun took their chances with Dan Lee, Dean Capel and an own-goal sealing the points.
Broughton Old Boys made Corby Sporting Club work hard for their win but Danny White (2), Shaun Muir and an own-goal secured a 4-0 success.
A goal after five minutes and a second before the interval sent Leather Craftsman on thier way to a 6-1 victory over Burton Grange.
Andrew Clarke hit a hat-trick, Jamie Law scored twice and Simon Kent completed the win for Leather while Dan Waller struck Grange’s lone reply.