SUNDAY COMBINATION: Royals and Roade are spot on in Trophy

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Roade and Royals both held their nerve to win penalty shoot-outs and progress to the third round of the NFA Sunday Trophy.

Both teams drew their matches 3-3, with Roade being tied with Dallington Heath despite goals from James Lawton, Den Popley and Ben Carter. That meant the match went to spot-kicks, and Roade won it 4-3.

Royals were also 4-3 shoot-out winners after they had drawn with Deers Leap.

On target for the Posties were Jim Lovell, Dan Nolan and Joe Church, with Lee Thomas (2) and Sam French levelling things up.

Billing United are out after they lost 4-2 at Irthlingborough, with Liam Fox and Shane Atkins on target.

In the NTFA Goodliffe Cup, Kingsthorpe Wanderers were convincing 6-2 winners at AFC Trinity with Fabian Brown soring twice. Also on target were Jon Shakespeare, Jimmy May, Ashley Stewart and Dan Quigley.

James Dean, Andy Seaton and Pierre Coleman notched the goals as Golden Horse won 3-1 at Bat & Wickets, while Crown & Cushion were 4-2 winners in a penalty shoot-out after drawing 0-0 with St Margaret’s.

Ryan Ansell rattled in a hat-trick as Standens Barn opened up a five-point gap at the top of the premier division with a 5-1 win over AFC Dee. Also on target were Perry Moore and Eddie Stewart.

Dean Lukeman scored all four as Dynamo edged to a 4-2 win over Spartak.

Thorplands Club 81 went on a goal spree in division two as they hammered Old Grammarians 11-0. Leading the way were Nathan Garofalo and Sean Ranft, who both scored hat-tricks, while Luke Kentish scored twice and there was one apiece for Chief Boateng and Maurice Hogg.

AFC Pioneers also enjoyed themselves in a 7-3 win at Billing United Reserves. There were doubles for Joe Collier, Thomas Antwell and Chris Hales, with a single for Tom Davies. Billing’s scorers were Shaun Toomey (2) and James Evans.

The other game in the section saw MDS Rangers (Damian Kieran 2, James Cole) draw 3-3 with Fox & Hounds (Lewis Griffin, David Lugg, David Dunham).

Deers Leap Reserves dropped points for the first time this season as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Spartak Reserves. Dare Maja netted two and Josh Healey one for Leap, with Ashley Moreton (2) and Lewis Curtis on the mark for Spartak.

Second-placed Welland Valley took advantage as they beat AFC Hackleton Reserves 7-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Joe Lucy and one apiece for Andy Lambert, Ricky Richards, Lewis Collins and an own goal. Hackleton replied through Stewart Bellamy, Phil Boyes and Joe Mackin.

Elsewhere, Monks Park (Neil Clifford, Adam White, Ally West, Ian Garrett) drew 4-4 with Royals Reserves, Northampton Hotspur (Mike Thornley 2, Sean Bird 2) beat Thorplands Club 81 Reserves (Ryan Edison) 4-1 and White Elephant (Dan Thompson, Dan Haubensci, Leighton Crogg, Jason Delibasic) beat Far Cotton Loco Reserves 4-3.