Sunday League - Millers edged out on penalties

Darren Halfyard was on target for K-Town Ducks in their 4-1 win over Dunhill United in the third round of the Gordon Howes Memorial Trophy
Darren Halfyard was on target for K-Town Ducks in their 4-1 win over Dunhill United in the third round of the Gordon Howes Memorial Trophy

Rushden & District Sunday League side Victoria Millers missed the chance to reach the NFA Sunday Cup final as they were beaten 8-7 on penalties by Standens Barn after a 3-3 draw in their last-four tie.

Jamie White, Jonny Hazell and Theo Alcinder netted for Millers in normal time.

In the NFA Sunday Shield, Raffertys moved into the semi-finals with a 5-3 defeat of Eastern United.

Raffertys’ winners were provided by Jack Stevens with a double, Martyn Lambeth, Matt Hill and Tony Walker.

K-Town Ducks eased into round four of the Gordon Howes Memorial Trophy with a 4-1 win over Dunhill United. Luke Churchill netted a brace with Darren Halfyard and Luke Coleman adding the others.

The match between FC Phoenix and Burton Band was postponed.

In round four, Ventura Vikings downed Grammarians by a 5-3 scoreline.

Vikings’ goals came from Callum Ward, Dave Tong with a double, Liam Allebone and Tom Randall. Grammarians’ replies came from Chris Hamley, Sean Kilbane and a Vikings own-goal.

Kettering United beat Orchard Park 4-3 on penalties in the Karlsports Junior Cup after the tie had finished locked at 3-3. Danny Darker, Garry Chambers and Tommy Newman were on target for United while Orchard replied through Dalitso Mandson’s with a hat-trick.

In Division One of the Rushden & District League, Raunds Warriors increased their lead at the top with a 7-0 demolition of Woodford Stars.

Chris Jones hit a hat-trick, Danny Tarr took his season’s tally to 21 with a brace while Billy Gates and Ricky Chambers also got in on the act.

A mid-table clash saw Stirrup Cup beat Shelley Road 3-1. Stirrup’s scorers were Jason Robinson, Lloyd Simpson and an own-goal while the consolation came from Lee Chester.

Irchester Romans climbed off the bottom with a 4-2 victory over local rivals Irchester Sports. Tony Sinclair led the way with a double while Jory Mann and Laurence Lee added the others. Dan Aldridge scored twice for Sports.

Sargents moved into second place in Division Two with a 6-0 demolition of Colworth.

Leigh Butler and Luke Archer both scored twice with John Stuart-Smith and Tom Chambers rounding it off.

Rushden Wheatsheaf consolidated third spot as Blaine Stillman’s penalty, Dave Townsend and Reece Whitwell sealed a 3-2 success over Isham Rangers, who had Blaine Hawkins and Mani Johal on target.

Rushden & Higham drew level on points with Saxon by beating them 4-2 with goals from Andy Wood, Ben Bleasdale, Daniel Smith and Tyler Merries. John Lawman and Liam Swane replied for Saxon.

Ranelagh Falcons climbed into second place in Division Three with a 3-0 victory over Wellingborough Allstars. Falcons’ goals came from Marc Redden, Mark Gater and Michael Chambers.

Isham Lilacs moved away from the bottom with a 3-2 victory over Exiles. Kirt Bird scored twice and Laurence Holt grabbed the other as they outscored Marcus Lewis and Paul Ridge.

Shelley Road Reserves beat Higham Mill 4-2. Higham’s goals came from Danny Harris and Reece Williamson.

Stanwick Rovers moved back to the top of Division Four as Floyd Gent (2) and Ash Hilton sealed a 3-2 success over Orchard Park Reserves, who replied through Liam Duffy and Wade Keevil.

Kettering United Reserves kept up their push for promotion when beating Colworth Reserves 2-0 thanks to Luke Smith and Sam Clark.

Horseshoe beat bottom side Rushden Wheatsheaf Reserves 4-2. Horseshoe’s goals came from a Caleb Upcraft double, Chris Coles and Mark Bell. Jack Hill and Phil Tappy replied.

Risdene Rovers beat Irchester Romans Reserves 3-0 with goals from Andy Mills, Darren Grant and Dave Fitzjohn.

Corby Sporting Club maintained their challenge for the Kettering Area Sunday League title as they beat Leather Craftsman 7-0.

Five goals in 15 first-half minutes sealed the victory for Sporting who had Derek Stewart (3), Ryan Hall (2), Shaun Muir and Jordan Lindsay on target.

Welland Valley Panthers eased to a 5-0 win over Rising Sun with goals from Tom Whitehouse (2), Lee Pears (2) and Sean Smith.

Burton Grange and New Cottingham shared 10 goals in a 5-5 stalemate. Jake Bailey (2), Dan Waller (2) and Roger Loasby netted for Grange with Sean Frazer (3), James Green and Martin Collins replying for Cottingham.