It proved to be another fine day for Michael Byrne as he struck a second hat-trick in as many weekends to send Desborough Town into the first round proper of the FA Vase.
Having hit a treble in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division draw at Newport Pagnell last weekend, Byrne did it again at the S6 Stadium as Ar Tarn beat Teversal 3-0.
And, like he did the week before, Byrne struck his goals in quick time.
Ar Tarn twice hit the frame of the goal in the first half with Ryan Gormley and David Glass being out of luck but Byrne opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 70th minute.
And he struck twice in the final 10 minutes to secure the victory and Desborough’s place in the next round.
AFC Rushden & Diamonds were in free-scoring form at the Dog & Duck once again as they thrashed Hoddesdon Town 5-1 in the second qualifying round.
Alex Deakin put the hosts in front before Russ Dunkley, who hit five in the midweek FA Cup drubbing of Cockfosters, found the target again.
Robbie Carroll pulled a goal back for the visitors but they were finished off by three goals in the last 10 minutes. Fazel Koriya made it 3-1 and also added the fourth before setting up Dunkley who headed home to complete the scoring.
Stewarts & Lloyds are also through after they edged out UCL Division One neighbours Thrapston Town at Occupation Road.
The decisive moment came after just 15 seconds when Richard Moore struck for the Foundrymen.
Thrapston fought hard after the break and hit the woodwork on three occasions but couldn’t find an equaliser.
It proved to be a bad day for Wellingborough Town, however, as they were beaten 6-2 at Haringey Borough.
Dean Fenton, Darryl Cox (2) and Charles Douse but the hosts 4-0 up inside 50 minutes before Jason Turner scored twice in three minutes, the second of which was a penalty, to reduce the arrears.
But Fenton added two more to complete his hat-trick and the scoring for the home side.
Irchester United also went out as they went down 2-1 at Welwyn Garden City.
First-half goals from Joel Norris and Jason Caswell proved decisive for the hosts as Dane Ridgway’s strike after the break was in vain for the Romans.
And Whitworth were also knocked as they lost 2-0 at London APSA.
Richard Ofosu put the hosts in front but the visitors squandered the chance to level when Jamie White missed a penalty on the half-hour.
And it proved costly as Matthew Warren made the game safe for the London side just before the hour.
A new era began in perfect style at Seargents Lawn as Shaun Sparrow’s first game at the helm saw Rothwell Corinthians pick up their first points of the season as they beat fellow strugglers Woodford United 4-1 in Division One of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League.
Brett Rosella gave Sparrow a dream start as he put Corinthians in front on eight minutes and Callum Plowright gave them a 2-0 cushion just before half-time.
Ryan Goodband made it three 10 minutes after the break and he rounded it off with his second after Liam Hynes had pulled one back for Woodford.
Two goals in the final 12 minutes ensured Raunds Town maintained their unbeaten record.
The Shopmates looked to be heading for their first defeat as Danny Pick put Bourne 2-0 up inside 22 minutes.
But Charlie Bardell pulled a goal back with 12 minutes to go before Karl King’s ninth goal of the season sealed a point and made it nine without defeat for Raunds.
Rushden & Higham’s fine form of late continued as they inflicted a second defeat of the season on Potton United with a 3-1 away success.
Craig Harrower gave the Lankies a half-time lead and he doubled the advantage after the break before Lewis O’Dell put the game beyond doubt with 17 minutes to go. Shaun Winconek hit a late penalty for the hosts but it proved to be only a consolation.
Burton Park Wanderers fought back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with ON Chenecks at Latimer Park.
The Northampton side are now unbeaten in this fixture in 16 seasons and looked set to claim all three points when Luke Tolworthy put them in front.
But Craig Jackson sealed a deserved point for the Joe Smyth’s side when he punished a goalkeeping error with 19 minutes remaining.