Jon Tite hit all four goals as FC Phoenix consolidated top spot in Division Three of the Rushden & District Sunday League with a 4-2 victory over third-placed Orchard Park, who replied through Jamie Butler and Khaled Ezzatt.
Dunhill United climbed into second place thanks to a 3-1 success of Saxon Reserves. Simon Anderson (2) and James Haddon did the damage as Ashley Taylor grabbed Saxon’s goal.
Isham Lilacs swapped places with Ranelagh Falcons as they thumped them 9-3. Ollie Tilley (3), Matt Smith (2), Will Richards (2), Kieran Curtis and Matt O’Connor grabbed the goals for Isham while Jason Ivory, Michael Chambers and an own-goal provided the consolations.
Shelley Road Reserves beat Exiles 6-3 to push them towards the relegation zone. Paul Eckins led the way with a brace while the other goals came from Chris Sleafer, Lee Fletcher, Nick Lynsey and Shane Richardson. Paul Ridge (2) and Marcus Lewis responded for Exiles.
In a midweek clash, Danny Darker and Simon Darbon earned Kettering United a 2-0 success over Isham Lilacs.
Division One leaders Titchmarsh spoiled Woodford Stars’ final home game of the season by claiming a 3-0 success.
Ben Morgan, Jack Wisniewski and Mark Johnson grabbed the goals to defeat a Woodford side, who had moved towards mid-table safety thanks to a midweek 3-0 victory over Stirrup Cup when Chris Harrison, Dan Rogers and David Mallet were on target.
Stirrup, meanwhile, completed their home fixtures with a 4-1 win over Irchester Sports, courtesy of Shay Vanzwanenberg (2), Ben Penney and Jamie Fane. Irchester’s consolation came from a David Maguire penalty.
Sports were also beaten in midweek as Kweensway’s 4-2 victory moved them into third place. Steve Goode (2), Cornell Haughton and Marcus Dowmen sealed the points as Michael Bolton and Tom Wilson replied.
K-Town Ducks dropped their first points of the season in Division Two as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Grammarians.
Darren Halfyard, James White and a Ross Dinneen penalty counted for the high-fliers but Grammarians earned a point thanks to Mark Fletcher (2) and Tyler Amphlett.
The draw came just a few days after the Ducks had thumped Ventura Vikings 7-2 in a re-arranged clash. On that occasion, Brett Rosella (2), Luke Churchill (2), Darren Capps, Mark Bussey and Michael Tolton were on target as Adam Randall scored both of Vikings’ goals.
Rushden Wheatsheaf moved into second with a 4-1 victory over Rushden & Higham. Wheatsheaf’s scorers were Dan Gray, Dave Townsend, Paul Greaves and Reece Whitwell while Higham’s consolation came from James Wood.
Two wins in the space of a few days kept Raffertys on course for promotion in Division Four.
They beat Orchard Park Reserves (Karl White and Liam Duffy) 4-2 in midweek thanks to goals from Cliff Elliot, Jack Stevens, Martyn Lambeth and Tony Walker and then followed that up with a 5-1 verdict against Croyland Park Rangers, who had Ashley Nunn on target.
On this occasion, Ashley Hunt, Jack Stevens, Lee Wager and Mitchell Blande (2) sealed the points for the leaders.
Stanwick Rovers regained second place as they bounced back from a 0-0 midweek draw with FC Hornets with an 8-0 hammering of Irchester Romans Reserves.
Tobi Looker hit a hat-trick, Neill Shand scored twice and Ash Hilton, Ben Hall and Chris Protty added the others.
Hornets were unable to add to their midweek point as they went down 6-3 to Risdene Rovers, who saw Rick Monger take his total for the season to 22 with a hat-trick. Dan Brown, John Woodward and Mark Kallenbach were also on target. Hornets replied through Chris Roscoe’s double and Sean Connor.
Elsewhere, Orchard Park Reserves hit back from that defeat to Raffertys with a 2-1 success over Kettering United Reserves. Duffy and Michael Trundley sealed the points as Lee Chester scored for United.
Victoria Millers proved too strong for Kettering United as Jake Newman (2), Matt Judge (2), Deven Ellwood and James Mallows earned them a 6-0 win and a place in the final of the Gordon Howes Memorial Trophy.
Millers will take on Saxon in the showpiece as John Bowden and John Lawman were among the scorers in their 3-0 success over Ventura Vikings.
Corby Sporting Club’s hopes of winning the Kettering Area Sunday League title were ended after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Leather Craftsman.
All four goals came in the last 10 minutes with Matty Keenleyside opening the scoring for Sporting before Dean Herrigan equalised. Keenleyside regained the lead for Sporting but, with just a minute to go, Sporting conceded a penalty and Simon Kent converted it.
Things started badly for Burton Grange as they had just eight men for their clash with New Cottingham, although they eventually played most of the game with 11.
But it couldn’t prevent a 6-1 defeat as Sean Fraser (2), James Lewis, Matty Sheen, Stuart Mason and Joe Bennett sealed the points for Cottingham. Mark Sweeney replied for Grange, who finished the season without a single victory.
Broughton Old Boys claimed a fine 4-2 victory over Welland Valley Panthers as Colin Thow hit a hat-trick and Scott Dempsey added the other.
Panthers had replied at 2-0 down through Nick Blundell, who added his second to give them hope at 3-2. But the Old Boys completed the scoring.