Sunday League - Saxon book their place in last four of the Trophy

Action from the NFA Sunday Trophy clash between K-Town Ducks and AFC Caseys and the Rushden & District League Division Four encounter between Orchard Park Reserves and Horseshoe. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Action from the NFA Sunday Trophy clash between K-Town Ducks and AFC Caseys and the Rushden & District League Division Four encounter between Orchard Park Reserves and Horseshoe. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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Rushden & District League side Saxon booked their place in the semi-finals of the NFA Sunday Trophy after a 2-0 success over Northampton Sunnyside Corinthians.

Duane Hall and John Lawman were the goal heroes in the last-eight clash but K-Town Ducks were unable to join them as they were beaten 3-1 by Daventry AFC Caseys. Rob Foster scored the Ducks’ goal.

Action from the NFA Sunday Trophy clash between K-Town Ducks and AFC Caseys and the Rushden & District League Division Four encounter between Orchard Park Reserves and Horseshoe. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from the NFA Sunday Trophy clash between K-Town Ducks and AFC Caseys and the Rushden & District League Division Four encounter between Orchard Park Reserves and Horseshoe. Pictures by Alison Bagley

The final Kettering Area League side left in the competition were also knocked out as Corby Sporting Club’s bad start against Harpole proved costly as they went 3-0 down inside the first 15 minutes.

Sporting did fight back to make a game of it but Harpole added two more in the last five minutes to complete a 5-0 success.

In the Rushden & District League, Luke Archer was the hero for Sargents as they moved into third place in Division Two with a 7-3 demolition of Rushden & Higham.

Archer hit five of his side’s tally while he was supported by Steve Kennett’s penalty and Tom Lambert. Andy Wood, Jay Wood and Simon Carter were on target for Higham.

Action from the NFA Sunday Trophy clash between K-Town Ducks and AFC Caseys and the Rushden & District League Division Four encounter between Orchard Park Reserves and Horseshoe. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from the NFA Sunday Trophy clash between K-Town Ducks and AFC Caseys and the Rushden & District League Division Four encounter between Orchard Park Reserves and Horseshoe. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Elsewhere, Isham Rangers moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 victory over Colworth as Blaine Hawkins’ 25-yard chip and Ryan Holmes’ powerful finish proved decisive.

And Grammarians moved off the bottom with a 5-3 success against Rushden Wheatsheaf. Adam Le Maistre (2), Ali Oakenful, Jake Hughes and Kaz Rossiter outscored Robert McDonald (2) and Reece Whitwell.

The only game in Division One saw Leigh Chapman (2), Fraser Smith and Jake Wesby seal a comfortable 4-0 win for Titchmarsh against Shelley Road.

There was a big shock in Division Three as the clash between the sides at the top and the foot of the table went the way of bottom side Isham Lilacs as they beat leaders FC Phoenix 4-1.

Action from the NFA Sunday Trophy clash between K-Town Ducks and AFC Caseys and the Rushden & District League Division Four encounter between Orchard Park Reserves and Horseshoe. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from the NFA Sunday Trophy clash between K-Town Ducks and AFC Caseys and the Rushden & District League Division Four encounter between Orchard Park Reserves and Horseshoe. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Matt Smith (2), Sam Walpole and Will Richards scored the goals for Isham with Jon Tite’s reply being only a consolation.

Ranelagh Falcons moved into third place by beating Shelley Road Reserves 4-2. Daniel Close, Jason Ivory and Mark Gater (2) were on target for Falcons while Paul Eckins’ double counted for Shelley.

Croyland Park Rangers moved into third place in Division Four with a 7-5 victory over FC Phoenix Reserves.

Corey Abbott (4) led the way with Danny Wilkins, Matt Hale and Tyler Wallinger adding the others. It meant the efforts of Jack Fuller (3) and Dan Tilley (2) were in vain.

Rushden Wheatsheaf Reserves beat Irchester Romans Reserves 4-2 with Paul Greaves doing the damage with four goals for Wheatsheaf. There was just one scorer for Romas as well as Shane Beal scored twice.

Orchard Park Reserves shared the points with Horseshoe in a 2-2 draw. Jamie Driver and Wade Keevil saw their goals cancelled out as Mark Bell struck a double for Horseshoe.

Kettering United continued their fine form as they thrashed Saxon Reserves 6-0 in the third round of the Gordon Howes Memorial Trophy. Mark Deacon hit a hat-trick while Danny Darker (2) and Gavin Cullum added the others.

Another side to hit six were Victoria Millers as they eased into the third round of the Wells & Young Senior Cup with a 6-2 success over Kweensway.

Jamie White struck a treble and was supported by James Gorman, Jonny Hazel and Matt Judge. Kweensway’s replies came from Ben Wharton and an own-goal.

Rafferty’s thumped Risdene Rovers 6-0 in the second round of the Karlsports Junior Cup thanks to Ashley Hunt (2), James Wallace (2), James Wager and Martyn Lambeth.

Dunhill United also eased through as Simon Anderson’s hat-trick and Liam Leonard’s brace sealed a 5-1 win over FC Hornets, who replied through Tom Craig.

It also proved comfortable for Stanwick Rovers as Daniel Smith, Danny Stuart, Joel Beeney and Lewis Bardell ensured Exiles were beaten 4-1. Paul Coe scored the consolation.

In the Kettering Area League action, DBFC claimed a fine 6-1 win over visitors Burton Grange.

They led 2-1 at the break thanks to Rick Langley (2) while Simon McGlynn scored the Grange goal. But the hosts took control after the break and Dean Italiano, Gavin Ledgeway, Chris Tilley and an own-goal completed the scoring.

Corby Shamrock maintained their unbeaten record as they beat 10-man Welland Valley Panthers 5-1. Panthers kept them down to a 2-0 lead the break before David Taylor pulled one back.

But Shamrock went on to complete a comfortable victory thanks to Paul Caswell (2), Steve Harrison, Michael Henderson and Scott Collins.

The closest game of the day saw New Cottingham edge out Leather Craftsman by a 3-2 scoreline.

Sean Frazer’s hat-trick gave Cottingham a 3-0 lead but Leather produced a spirited fightback after half-time although there were unable to find an equaliser after Jake Richards and Dale Hand had pulled goals back.