NORTHANTS COMBINATION: Rangers seal their spot in Area Cup final

Irthlingborough Rangers secured their place in the final of the NFA Area Cup after a 3-1 victory over Peterborough Brotherhood.

Monday, 12th February 2018, 1:51 pm
Updated Monday, 12th February 2018, 2:08 pm
Action from Irthlingborough Rangers' 3-1 victory over Peterborough Brotherhood in the semi-finals of the NFA Area Cup. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Graham Holmes, Lewis Bardell and Jack Hill scored the goals to send the Teamwork Sports & Trophy Centre Northants Combination Division Three side into the showpiece.

Kettering Nomads picked up an impressive 4-1 home success over Heyford in the Premier Division.

Mark Redding scored twice while Adam Langley and Connor McAlinden were also on target.

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Action from Irthlingborough Rangers' 3-1 victory over Peterborough Brotherhood in the semi-finals of the NFA Area Cup

Elsewhere, Earls Barton were held to a 2-2 draw by Harpole while Wollaston Victoria secured some much-needed points with a 4-1 victory against Brixworth.

The biggest win of the day came in Division One as second-placed Desborough & Rothwell United kept up the pressure on leaders Wootton St George with a 15-1 hammering of Higham Aztec.

There were also big wins for Weldon United and Corby Kingswood as they beat AFC Woodford Wolves 8-0 and Bugbrooke A 5-1 respectively.

Higham Town maintained their two-point advantage at the top of Division Two as they edged out third-placed Corby Pegasus Reserves 3-2.

Action from Irthlingborough Rangers' 3-1 victory over Peterborough Brotherhood in the semi-finals of the NFA Area Cup

Dylan Carter, Rosko Cook and Josh Dhir were on target for the leaders.

Kettering Orchard Park’s recent revival continued as they sealed a 3-0 success over Bugbrooke B with Carl Cooper (2) and Joe Young doing the damage.

Kyle Jardine hit a hat-trick as Weldon United Reserves strengthened their grip on top spot in Division Three with a 4-1 win at Delapre Dragons.

Liam Duffy grabbed the other goal for the leaders.

Action from Irthlingborough Rangers' 3-1 victory over Peterborough Brotherhood in the semi-finals of the NFA Area Cup

Earls Barton Reserves maintained their push at the top end of the table as they won 5-3 at Harpole Reserves and fourth-placed Burton Band were also victorious on the road as they claimed a 4-1 victory at Heyford Reserves.

Mid-table Corby Siam edged out bottom side Finedon Volta Reserves 2-1 with Liam Gallagher scoring both goals for the hosts.

Great Doddington lifted themselves off the bottom of Division Four with a fine 2-0 success at fourth-placed Corby Rising Hope.

Dale Lawrence and Josh Potts scored the goals to give Doddington their second win of the season.

Action from Irthlingborough Rangers' 3-1 victory over Peterborough Brotherhood in the semi-finals of the NFA Area Cup

And that meant West Haddon Reserves dropped to the foot after they suffered a 7-0 hammering at the hands of Corby Strip Mills Reserves.

Corby Siam Reserves booked their place in the semi-finals of the Division Four Cup with a 5-2 success at local rivals Corby Ravens Reserves.

Visan Cretu (3), Nicu Cretu and Christopher Hill were on target for Siam while Dafyyd Jenkins and Adam Witokowski replied for Ravens.