For the second week running, Kettering United put eight past their opponents in Division Three of the Rushden & District Sunday League as they beat Shelley Road Reserves 8-1.
Kane Robinson, Sean Hamlin and Tommy Newman all struck braces while Gareth Pope and Mark Deacon added the others for Kettering. Shelley’s consolation came from Nick Franklyn.
FC Phoenix kept up the pressure at the top with a 5-1 victory over Exiles. Shaun Melville led the way with a hat-trick and was supported by Andy Norman and Kael Talbot as Lawrence Gardner replied for Exiles.
In an eight-goal thriller, Isham Lilacs beat Saxon Reserves 5-3. Matt Smith (3) and Kirk Bird (2) sealed the points for Isham as Saxon responded through Ashley Marsden, Cornell Holder and an own-goal.
Another eight-goal feast saw Orchard Park and Wellingborough Allstars share the honours in a 4-4 draw.
Brett Smith, Carl Cooper, Darren Johnson and Jamie Butler were on target for Orchard but they were cancelled out by Bill Spearing, Daniel Lang, David Ward and Guy Chatfield from the penalty spot.
Ranelagh Falcons squeezed past Higham Mill by the odd goal in seven. Philip Palmer (2), Aaron Hanna and Jason Ivory outscored Dean Brown, Lee Pearce and Mat Muldowny.
Victoria Millers continued their good start to the Division One season with a 4-1 victory over Raunds Warriors thanks to Matt Judge (2), Cavell Jarvis and Ryan Baxter. Raunds’ consolation came from Stuart Gates.
Kweensway edged out Burton Band 4-3. Cornell Houghton scored two penalties while Ben Wharton and Darren Parke rounded it off. Leigh Chapman and a double from Sam Hawkes counted for Burton.
K-Town Ducks sit proudly at the top of the Division Two table after their impressive start continued with a 4-1 victory over Rushden Wheatsheaf.
Luke Churchill scored twice for the early leaders with Dan Barker and Darren Halfyard adding the others. Reece Whitwell grabbed the consolation.
Saxon beat Colworth by 2-0 thanks to John Lawman and Liam Swane while Rushden & Higham triumphed by the same scoreline against Isham Rangers with Ben Bleasdale and Daniel Smith on target.
Stanwick Rovers moved top of Division Four with a 3-1 victory over Rushden Wheatsheaf Reserves. Dane Chambers (2) and Daniel Smith won it as Luke Rideout replied.
Raffertys continued their fine form with a hard-fought 5-4 success against Croyland Park Rangers. James Wallace, Martyn Lambeth, Mitchell Blande and an own-goal were among the scorers for Raffertys as Croyland replied through Corey Abbott (2), Callum Worrall and Tim Cokayne.
Kettering United Reserves opened their home campaign with a 4-1 victory over Irchester Romans Reserves with Chris Roscoe’s double and further goals from Kev McCafferty and Michael McNally sealing the points. Reece Risden replied.
Horseshoe beat Risdene Rovers 5-2 with Ben Hughes leading the way with a hat-trick while Jake Hopkinson and Killian Easton were also on the mark. Rick Monger and Simon Emery hit the consolations.
FC Phoenix Reserves beat Colworth Reserves by the odd goal in seven.
Andy Horsenell, Dan Tilley, Karl Gates and Stuart Fenemore did enough to outscore Adam Sullivan (2) and an own-goal.
The Rushden & District League sides had a difficult start in the first round of the NFA Sunday Cup.
The only team to advance were Shelley Road as Wayde Sheppy (3), Leo Taylor and Sam Medlin sealed a 5-0 success over Irchester Sports.
However, Stirrup Cup lost 2-0 to Blakesley, Titchmarsh went down by the same scoreline to Northampton St Margarets and Irchester Romans were beaten 5-0 by Peterborough ICA.
Tony Bridges gave Welland Valley Panthers an early lead against Burton Grange in the Kettering Area Sunday League, only for Simon McGlynn to grab an equaliser.
However, a spell of four goals in seven minutes from Lee Pears (2), Tom Whitehouse and an own-goal gave Panthers a 5-1 lead at half-time.
Agoal each from David Finnegan and McGlynn came either side of another two goals for Pears as Panthers sealed a 7-3 victory.
Rising Sun took the lead against DBFC through Callum Cecil.
Kye Bishop levelled for DB and Chris Tilley put them in front.
And Dean Italiano carried on while others stopped after an injury to a player to grab the third for DB.
Two goals from Keenan Rooney gave Lakeside Rangers a 2-1 half-time lead against The Bar FC.
Martin Drummond added two more after the break while Darren Adams completed the scoring in Lakeside’s 5-1 victory.
Broughton Old Boys took the lead through Kevin Norris but finished on the wrong end of a 7-2 defeat to Sporting Club.
Keith Gunn added to Norris’ goal but Sporting Club took the points thanks to Jordan Lindsay (2), Mark Watson (2), Derek Stewart (2) and an own-goal.
Leather Craftsman went in front against Cottingham and their goalkeeper also saved a penalty before they conceded an own-goal.
Michael Wilkinson gave Cottingham the lead in the second half but Leather earned a point through Jay Arnold.
Corby Shamrock saw their NFA Sunday Cup hopes ended after they were beaten 7-5 after extra-time by Northampton Monks Park.