Jason Turner hit a hat-trick as Wellingborough Town claimed another win in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
The experienced frontman now has an amazing record of 64 goals in 66 appearances for the Doughboys and he scored twice in the first half at the Dog & Duck to put Craig Adams’ side in charge against Newport Pagnell.
He completed his hat-trick with a wonderful chip on 70 minutes before Ben Clarke pulled one back for the visitors but that was the end of the scoring as Wellingborough sealed a 3-1 success.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds continued their rise back up the table as they followed up their fine FA Vase success at the weekend by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Yaxley.
The hosts went in front early in the second half when a Rob Hughes free-kick was deflected to Wayne Morris, who slotted home.
But Diamonds levelled five minutes later when Matt Gearing fired home after a fine crossfield pass from Richard Bunting.
And Mark Starmer’s men snatched all three points late on when Alfie Taylor struck the winner. Yaxley’s misery was compounded when Kyle Nolan was sent off.
The local derby at Occupation Road went the way of Desborough Town as they avenged an earlier defeat to Stewarts & Lloyds with a 1-0 success.
And it was Michael Byrne who was celebrating as he grabbed the only goal to sink the team managed by his older brother Kevin.
Shaun Goodall hit a post for Ar Tarn but the key moment came on 65 minutes. Adam Randall’s shot hit the crossbar and, after S&L had failed to clear their lines, Ryan Airdrie’s foul on Michael Byrne resulted in a penalty, which the striker duly converted.
In Division One, Raunds Town were the victims of a fightback from ON Chenecks as they celebrated the first-ever game under lights at Billing Road with a 3-2 victory.
The hosts held a half-time lead courtesy of David Coales’ own-goal but the Shopmates turned the game on its head in the second half when debutant Luke Stevens levelled before joint-manager Jim Le Masurier put them in front from the penalty spot.
But Chenecks stormed back and it was substitute Adam Hancock who was the hero as he levelled things up before grabbing a late winner.
Rothwell Corinthians’ recent good form came to an end as they were beaten 5-1 at home by Peterborough Northern Star in the Hinchingbrooke Cup.
After a goalless first half, Star took control and scored all five goals in a devastating 19-minute spell with Matt Sparrow hitting a hat-trick while Wes Lewis and Luke Kennedy were also on target.
Simon Barby grabbed a consolation for Corinthians on 70 minutes.