Wellingborough Town breathed new life into their battle to avoid relegation from the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division with a superb 3-0 home win over Peterborough Northern Star.
The Doughboys’ third victory of the season – and their first in 10 games – saw them move to within four points of Harborough Town.
All the goals came in the first half at the Dog & Duck with Stef Gatting putting the hosts in front before Rob Parker doubled the advantage.
And the game was settled 10 minutes before the break when Michael Boyle-Chong played in Jon Mitchell who made it 3-0.
The bad news continued for Irchester United, however, as the rock-bottom Romans lost 4-1 at Shepshed Dynamo.
Irchester are now five points adrift at the foot as Steve Chaplin’s first-half hat-trick and a further goal from Kieran Davies sealed the points for the hosts and ensured Martin Mitchell’s strike was just a consolation for the visitors.
There are no such concerns for Desborough Town who maintained their place in the top 10 with a 2-2 draw at Sleaford Town.
They were on course for victory when Jack Burrows gave them a half-time lead but goals from Ryan Oliver and Liam Tunstall turned things around for the hosts in the second half. However, Michael Byrne scored a penalty 12 minutes from the end to earn Ar Tarn a share of the points.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ promotion hopes suffered a setback as they were heavily beaten 5-1 at Oadby Town in the big game of the day in Division One.
Jon Stevenson put the home side in front just before half-time and a second-half barrage Olly Brown-Hill, Nick Pollard, Elliott Wright and a second for Stevenson made it 5-0. Alfie Taylor grabbed a consolation for Diamonds but the defeat saw them fall five points behind second-placed Oadby and 10 behind leaders Sileby Rangers.
Sileby maintained their impressive run at the expense of Raunds Town as the table-toppers won 8-0 at Kiln Park thanks to goals from John Crockett (2), David Glass, Danny Marlow, Rob Foster, Greg Ling, Phil Cassidy and Steve Blackwood.
The formbook went out of the window in the local derby at Hayden Road as Whitworth ended a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 success at Rushden & Higham. Cavell Jarvis’ seventh-minute goal was enough to decide the game.
It was a good day for Rothwell Corinthians as they fought back to avenge an earlier defeat with a 2-1 success at Wootton Blue Cross.
The hosts went in front through Courtney Boughton but Luke Phillips levelled and Ian Hay won it for Corinthians with six minutes remaining.
It was a disappointing day for both Thrapston Town and Burton Park Wanderers.
The former were beaten 3-1 at home by Bourne, who took a 3-0 first-half lead through John Currall, Craig Rook and Ben Easson. Danny Darker grabbed a late consolation for the hosts.
Burton, meanwhile, remain rooted to the foot of the table after they were thrashed 5-0 at home by ON Chenecks.
Elliott Muddiman opened the scoring and second-half goals from Tom Gee, Harry Barnes, Justin McKenzie and Scott Barczewski completed the rout.