It proved to be a good day for three of the four local sides in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
Wellingborough Town made it two wins in as many games as they claimed an impressive 2-0 success at Sleaford Town as they continue their bid to pull away from danger at the bottom.
Jon Mitchell put the Doughboys in front after 11 minutes before Liam Tunstall missed a penalty for the hosts.
And Wellingborough wrapped up their win with 18 minutes to go when Todd Sawko tapped home.
Irchester United, meanwhile, remain in desperate trouble at the foot after Stewarts & Lloyds took the local bragging rights with a 2-0 win at Alfred Street.
David Sheridan gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half with Nicki Young finishing the job on the hour.
It was also a fine day for Desborough Town who made it five league games without defeat with an excellent 0-0 draw at high-flying St Ives, who had beaten Ar Tarn in the League Knockout Cup earlier in the week.
One of the most impressive results of the day came at Sergeant’s Lawn as Rothwell Corinthians dumped Sileby Rangers out of the NFA Junior Cup with a 2-1 win.
Sileby have been in unstoppable form in the UCL Division One but they suffered a second cup defeat to Corinthians who rocked the visitors with a first-minute goal from Shaun Goddard.
The visitors’ hopes weren’t helped by the dismissal of Steve Blackwood and Corinthians booked their place in the last four when Jake Bindley fired home a second five minutes from the end.
John Crockett’s stoppage-time effort proved nothing more than a consolation for Sileby.
Rushden & Higham are also into the semi-finals after they produced a stunning display to win 6-1 at holders Bugbrooke.
Lewis O’Dell put the Lankies in front but the hosts did level through George Hunt.
However, parity lasted just two minutes as Craig Harrower restored the visitors’ lead before O’Dell’s second gave them a 3-1 cushion at the break.
Daryl Lawman made it 4-1 five minutes into the second half and Aidy Mann’s side went on to win in style with O’Dell completing his hat-trick before Stuart Goosey completed the scoring.
Thrapston Town were unable to join their local rivals in the last four as they were victims of an upset when going down 3-2 to Northants Combination side Brixworth All Saints after extra-time.
Iain Blaikie gave Thrapston an early lead but they looked to be heading out in normal time after Steve Roe and Rick Kimbell turned things around.
Blaikie levelled in the last minute of normal time to send the game into extra-time but it was Brixworth who won it at the death when Adam Knight won it in the 119th minute.
It was a mixed bag in the UCL Division One action.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds maintained their promotion hopes with a 2-0 success over ON Chenecks at the Dog & Duck.
Sean McBride broke the deadlock after 13 minutes and the scoring was completed just before the break when visiting goalkeeper Janis Lauskinieks fumbled Matt Gearing’s cross into his own net.
Whitworth fought back from a goal down to earn a point against Bourne at London Road.
Aaron Jesson put the visitors in front five minutes into the second half but Cavell Jarvis earned the Flourmen a point just past the hour.
The misery continues, however, for rock-bottom Burton Park Wanderers as they suffered a 6-0 home defeat to Harrowby, who extended their winning run to six games.
Martin Wormall’s penalty put Harrowby in front before goals from Lee Shaw (2) and Scott Webb made it 4-0 inside 25 minutes.
Webb and Wormall both completed braces after the break to seal Harrowby’s success.
Wanderers, who have now conceded 19 goals in the last three matches, saw their afternoon end on an even lower note as Kevin Fox saw red for a second booking.