Rising Sun picked up their first three points of the season in the Kettering Area Sunday League at the expense of Burton Grange, who are still waiting for their opening victory.
Grange struck first through Jake Bailey but Sun levelled before the break and then raced into a 4-1 lead. Billy McTaggart and an own-goal brought Burton back into it at 4-3 but Sun grabbed another to complete a 5-3 success.
Sam Lee led the way with a double while Dan Siddons, Callum Cecil and Dean Capel added the others for Sun.
Welland Valley Panthers put up a valiant effort against Corby Sporting Club but went down 5-0 as Ryan Hall hit a hat-trick while there were also goals for Shaun Muir and Jamie Irvine.
Corby Shamrock thrashed New Cottingham 8-0 thanks to Steve Harrison (3), Scott Davanna (2), Alan Campbell, Danny McShefferty and David Martin.
The closest and most exciting game came from two mid-table sides, Broughton Old Boys, and Leather Craftsman.
The Old Boys took the lead inside five minutes and doubled it 10 minutes into the second half with the Bass brothers Michael and Matt on target.
But that sparked a fine fightback from Leather and Dale Hand’s double brought them level before Simon Kent sealed a 3-2 success with a late penalty.
There was action aplenty in the Rushden & District League’s Gordon Howes Memorial Trophy as Stanwick Rovers moved into the fourth round with a 2-0 win over Isham Rangers thanks to goals from the Looker brothers, Jamie and Tobi.
Another third-round clash between FC Phoenix and Burton Band saw the former claim a walkover victory.
There were also a number of fourth-round matches as Chris Jones struck all four goals for Raunds Warriors in their 4-2 success over Kweensway, who replied through Ricardo Bennett and Ryan Lovell.
Shelley Road Reserves beat Rushden Wheatsheaf 2-1 thanks to goals from Clinton Stredwick and Paul Eckins. Wheatsheaf has Rikki Mills on target.
The other fourth-round match to be played was decided on penalties as K-Town Ducks and Woodford Stars drew 1-1 after extra-time with Jordan Cunningham and Mark Northover the respective scorers. And it was Stars who advanced 6-5 in the shoot-out.
Irchester Sports booked themselves a place in the third round of the Wells & Young Senior Cup with a 2-1 victory over Saxon. Jordan Pendered scored both goals for Sports to ensure Mat Coles’ strike was in vain.
In the league action, Stirrup Cup pushed Irchester Romans deeper into the relegation battle in Division One by beating them 4-1.
Ben Penney, Jamie Fane, Scott Richards and Shay Vanzwanenberg did the damage as C Graham replied for Romans.
Colworth continued their upturn in form in Division Two with a 4-2 verdict over Rushden & Higham.
Paul Babbington led the way with a brace while Adam Sullivan and Simon Edwards also got in on the act. James Wood and Tyler Merries were on target for Rushden.
Elsewhere, Grammarians and Sargents shared the points in a 1-1 draw as Wayne Baldwin’s goal for the former was cancelled out by Luke Archer.
Orchard Park closed the gap at the top of Division Three with a 5-2 victory over bottom club Wellingborough Allstars.
Carl Cooper hit a hat-trick and there were also goals for Blayne Chester and Gary Park while Daniel Lang and Guy Chatfield scored the consolations.
Kane Robinson also hit a treble as he helped Kettering United return to league action with a 4-1 success against Exiles. Will Thomas hit United’s other goal while Exiles’ scorer was Jamie McCarthy.
Isham Lilacs moved into mid-table safety with a 3-2 verdict over Ranelagh Falcons. Kirt Bird, Ollie Tilley and Will Richards won it for Lilacs as they outscored Gareth Chisolm and Philip Palmer.
Higham Mill remain in trouble at the wrong end as goals from Ashley Marsden and Dominic Marston secured a 2-0 win for Saxon Reserves.
Raffertys continued their push for promotion in Division Four with a 5-0 victory over third-placed Kettering United Reserves thanks to Jack Stevens (2), Ashley Hunt, Martyn Lambeth and Tony Walker.
Rick Monger hit a hat-trick as Risdene Rovers beat Croyland Park Rangers 5-3. Lloyd Graham and Mick Burch were also on target as Croyland replied through Charlie Price, Corey Abbott and Wyatt Saver.
Horseshoe beat lowly Rushden Wheatsheaf Reserves by the odd goal in five. Mark Bell (2) and Rob Carstairs secured the points while Calum Jewkes and Phil Tappy found the net for Wheatsheaf.
Darren Sartain and Liam Duffy sealed a 2-0 win for Orchard Park Reserves over Colworth Reserves.
FC Hornets, meanwhile, picked up six points on the day with a double victory over FC Phoenix Reserves.
Chris Roscoe scored the only goal in the first game and in the second that followed, Kyle Taylor and Shane Macload secured a 2-1 victory for Hornets as Kris Lambeth struck for Phoenix.