K-Town Ducks sealed the Division Two title in the Rushden & District Sunday League thanks to a 5-1 victory over Colworth.
Darren Halfyard and Luke Churchill scored twice for the champions while Chris Clarke added the other. Adam Sullivan grabbed Colworth’s consolation.
Saxon climbed off the bottom of the table by beating second-placed Rushden Wheatsheaf 4-3 thanks to Karl Cornwell, Duane Hall, John Lawman and Ray Price. Wheatsheafs replies came from Reece Whitwell (2) and Jamie Northover.
Ventura Vikings moved out of the relegation zone as they beat Isham Rangers 2-0 with Ashley Harrison and Tom Randall on target while the mid-table clash between Rushden & Higham and Grammarians was decided by one goal, which was scored by James Wood for the hosts.
The only Division One action came last Friday night as Irchester Romans’ home season was completed with an 8-2 defeat to second-placed Raunds Warriors.
Chris Jones hit five while Billy Gates, Danny Tarr and Ricky Chambers also netted. C Graham and Dean Boland replied for Romans.
Higham Mill recovered quickly from a midweek defeat to Isham Lilacs by shocking title-chasing Dunhill United with an incredible 8-4 success in Division Three.
Danny Harris led the way with a brace while Ben Bleasdale, Chris Lewis, Nick Payne, Matty Muldowny and own-goal did the rest of the damage.
Orchard Park kept up the pressure for honours with a 3-2 victory over Saxon Reserves. Orchard’s goals came from Ben Lockley and Blaine Chester with a double. Both Saxon goals were scored by Ashley Taylor.
Isham Lilacs followed up their midweek win over Higham with a 4-0 success against bottom side Wellingborough Allstars.
Matt O’Connor (2), Matt Smith and Will Jordan secured the points while O’Connor, Aaron Bains and an own-goal sealed the 3-2 midweek win as Bleasdale and Nick Payment replied for Higham.
Also in the previous midweek, Kettering United continue their climb towards the top with a 4-2 victory over Wellingborough Allstars. Brady Smith’s double proved to be in vain as Danny Darker’s hat-trick and a Kane Robinson goal completed United’s victory.
Two wins the space of four days moved unbeaten Raffertys ever closer to the Division Four crown.
Ashley Hunt, James Wallace, Mitchell Blande and Scott Whitney helped them to a 4-3 midweek success over FC Phoenix Reserves, who replied through Cal McCall’s hat-trick.
And Raffertys followed that with a 10-2 thumping of Rushden Wheatsheaf Reserves. Wallace (3), Hunt (2), James Wager (2), Tony Walker (2) and Blande did the damage.
Phoenix Reserves’ disappointing week continued as they were undone by a 4-0 scoreline against third-placed Kettering United Reserves. Lee Chester scored twice while Matt Coles and Sam Clark also found the target.
Irchester Romans Reserves and FC Hornets met each other twice in the space of four days and recorded a victory apiece.
Lee Parker (2) and John Kennedy outscored Chris Roscoe and Dave Johnson to earn Irchester a surprise midweek 3-2 success over Hornets. But they responded in style at the weekend with a 6-1 victory as Reece Risden’s goal proved to be in vain.
Risdene Rovers picked up two quick-fire wins as Andy Mills, Rick Monger and Stuart Millar earned them a 3-1 midweek win against Orchard Park Reserves, who replied through Liam Duffy.
And that was followed by a 4-2 victory over Croyland Park Rangers (Corey Abbott and Oliver Downer). Monger led the way with two while C Duggan and Dan Brown added the others.
Orchard Park recovered from their midweek loss to beat Colworth Reserves 4-0 thanks to Duffy (2), Darren Sartain and Jamie Driver.
And that rounded off a bad week for Colworth who were also beaten at high-flying Stanwick Rovers. Adam Sullivan grabbed the Colworth goal in the midweek defeat.
Woodford Stars booked their place in the final of the Wells & Young Senior Cup with a 4-0 verdict over much-fancied Raunds Warriors. Chris Harrison, Daryl Smith, Jason Vaughn and Mark Northover grabbed the goals.
They will play Victoria Millers in the final after they thrashed Sargents 8-0. Deven Ellwood and Lee Purser both bagged trebles while Dan Thompson and Matt Judge also got in on the act.
Kettering United completed a fruitful few days by sealing their spot in the final of the Karlsports Junior Cup.
And again it was Darker and Robinson on target with a goal each in the 2-0 success over Stanwick Rovers.
Corby Shamrock are the champions of the Kettering Area Sunday League following a 1-1 draw with nearest rivals Corby Sporting Club.
An ill-tempered contest saw Ryan Hall give Sporting a first-half lead but David Martin levelled after the break. Sporting had two goals disallowed before the end but the final scoreline meant they had to settle for the runners-up spot with Shamrock able to celebrate the title.
Leather Craftsman and New Cottingham will go into this weekend’s Quincey Shield final on the back of comfortable victories.
Cottingham travelled to take on Rising Sun and ran out 4-1 winners as Steve Torrance, Sean Fraser and James Green put them 3-0 up at half-time. Stuart Mason added the fourth while Mel Ridley grabbed Sun’s consolation before both sides had a player red-carded towards the end.
Leather, meanwhile, led 1-0 at half-time in their clash with Broughton Old Boys when Liam Roe lobbed the goalkeeper.
But Broughton tired in the second half and Leather took full advantage with Liam Robinson, Dean Herrigain and an own-goal completing a 4-0 success.