Raunds Town produced their best result of the season so far in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One as they ended leaders Lutterworth Athletic’s unbeaten start with a fine 3-1 success in Leicestershire.
Dave Townsend put the Shopmates ahead before Danny Laywood brought the hosts level.
But two goals in four second-half minutes sealed Raunds’ success as Townsend grabbed his 10th goal of the season before Karl King rounded things off.
The Shopmates now sit in second spot, three points behind Lutterworth and with a game in hand.
A devastating first-half display was decisive for Rothwell Corinthians as they took the bragging rights with a 5-0 demolition of struggling Rushden & Higham in a derby at Sergeants Lawn.
Kalon Peniasko gave the hosts the lead and Cameron Starsmore made it 2-0 just two minutes later.
And the game was over by half-time as Kyle Locklin made it 3-0 before Starsmore added his second of the afternoon.
There was just one more goal in the second half as Dom Page completed Corinthians’ nap hand with 10 minutes remaining.
Irchester United’s struggles continued as they went down 2-0 at Potton United.
The game was all-square until Romans captain Lee Kew was sent off after 65 minutes and the hosts took advantage with Callum Foster putting them in front before the points were sealed by Mark Ansell-Carter in injury-time.
Burton Park Wanderers were also on the end of a defeat as they lost 3-0 to Olney Town at Latimer Park.
Sam O’Neill and Danny Webb were on target for the visitors in the first half while Jamie Burrows completed the scoring 10 minutes from full-time.
Thrapston Town went on the rampage in the first round of the NFA Junior Cup as they hammered Desborough Town Reserves 11-1 at the Waterworks Field.
Richard Scott’s team were 4-0 up inside 14 minutes thanks to Ben Morgan, Jedd Whiteman and a brace from Stef Gatting.
And it was 6-0 at half-time as Whiteman added his second and Gatting completing his hat-trick.
Sam Rogers got the hosts on the scoresheet after the break but Curtis Taylor-Jacob hit Thrapston’s seventh almost immediately.
Morgan grabbed his second and then further goals from Jack Wisniewski, Dan Grainger and Taylor-Jacob completed the rout.
A miserable week for Stewarts & Lloyds got a whole lot worse as they were thrashed 9-0 at home by Northants Combination Premier Division outfit Corby Eagles.
Following the departure of Barry Britton earlier in the week, S&L were unable to add any new face due to signing deadlines and they were duly punished by a team containing a number of ex-Occupation Road men.
Paul Caswell, Alan Campbell and a brace from Paddy Daniels put the Eagles 4-0 up at half-time.
Colin Hutchinson scored the fifth before Steve Harrison also got in on the act.
And the visitors showed no mercy on their UCL hosts with Daniels completing his hat-trick before a torrid afternoon for the Foundrymen was rounded off by a late brace from Brian Farrell.
There were no such problems for Whitworth against Combination opponents as the Flourmen hit five goals in the last 12 minutes in their 7-0 victory over Milton.
The two sides were only separated by a Ryan Baxter penalty at half-time. But Whitworth took control after Ross Patrick had made it 2-0 soon after the break.
Remy Brittain made it 3-0 on 78 minutes and that sparked a late flurry as Brittain struck again after Deven Ellwood had grabbed the fourth.
James Mallows and Jamie White finished things off late on as the Flourmen eased into the second round.