Northants Sunday Conference round-up: Carroll calls the tune for Earls Barton

Bat & Wickets battle it out with Real Roochers (pictures: Dave Ikin)
Bat & Wickets battle it out with Real Roochers (pictures: Dave Ikin)

Earls Barton United maintained the pressure on Crown & Cushion at the top of division two with a 5-1 victory over Pitsford Rangers.

Steve Carroll and Ryan Perkins each bagged a brace, along with a single from Craig Smith.

Crown & Cushion remain top of the table on goal difference after they thrashed Northampton Sapphires Reserves 8-1.

Darryl Pearce netted Sapphires’ only goal of the day.

Two goals from Ryan Merry inspired third-placed Dallington Heath to a 4-1 triumph over Nene.

Dan Holden and Justin Havelock also netted, while Sam Evans replied for Nene.

The top two teams in division three could only manage draws with 16 goals in the two league matches.

League leaders Real Roochers played out a thrilling 5-5 draw with Bat & Wickets Reserves.

Bat found the net through Tom Anscombe, Liam Norris and three from Kevin Ward.

Roochers shared the spoils thanks to efforts from Andy Hayward, Alex Clark, Rob Tootell and Ian Mason (2).

Second-placed Abington Town City played out a 3-3 draw with fifth-placed Spring Park.

Scorers for Abington Town City were Clark with two goals and Quatrine with the other one.

Fourth-placed Oakley Diamonds enjoyed an easy victory over AFC Hackleton Reserves.

Oakley goals came courtesy of Mike Palmer, Gareth Boyles, Josh Wilson and Andrew Spokes (2).

Third-placed Sixfields Rangers kept the pressure up on the two top in this division by beating Swan & Helmet Reserves 3-2.

The scorers for Sixfields Rangers were Nick Floyer, Iain Parker and Billy Torpey

Pitsford Rangers and Northampton Alexandra played out an eight-goal thriller, with Pitsford coming out on top 5-3.

Pitsford efforts were from Jordan May, Tom May, Tom Howard and two goals by Billy Lloyd.

Ryan Ellison, Karl Tipler, Lewis Turner struck back for Alexandra.

In the League Cup first round, Royal All Stars had a full team to pick from in their tie against AC Squirrels.

This helped them beat the high-flying Squirrels 3-2.

Morgan Littlejohn scored twice with the other coming from Adam Hare.

All Stars progress to the quarter-finals where they take on Bat & Wickets.

FC Pioneer progressed to the semi-finals of the Alan Dimmer Trophy thanks to a 3-2 win over Jameeah.

Derran Dooley, Chris Gilligan and Dave Moan netted the winning goals. Jameeah hit back through Khaled Miah and Shomuz Chaudhury.

Monks Park WMC Reserves join Pioneer in the last four following a 3-2 win over AFC Obelisk Reserves.

Ryan Chamberlain and Robert Harrison struck for Obelisk, but Monks Park took the tie with strikes from Pascal Agyel, James Dimmer and Ally West.

Only one game was played in the premier division, with Welland Valley Panthers beating AFC Trinity in their bottom-of-the-table clash.

Welland won 2-0 with goals from Alex Forward and Simon Barby.

In division one, Trinity Old Boys are starting to move back up the table with a victory over bottom club AFC Crown.

Jamie Lane scored for AFC Crown, but Pierre Sharp’s double clinched all three points for Trinity.

AFC Hackleton are another team on the up following a great victory over Norteles.

Goals from Ryan Keightley, Joe Makin, Ollie Blayney and Daniel Porter secured a 4-2 win.

Bat & Wickets remain in third place in the table after a 5-1 victory over Real Roochers.

Aaron Linnell led the scoring with two, while Jamie Hall, Joe Goff and Rob Hill all chipped in with singles.

Matt Smorfitt netted a consolation for beaten Roochers.

Kislingbury closed the gap on leaders AC Squirrels thanks to a 4-1 win against Swan & Helmet.

Ashleigh Adebayo, Luke McDonald, Glen Hammons, Tom Richards scored the goals for Kislingbury.

The final game in division one ended in a draw.

West Haddon Albion and Lord Byron had to settle for a point apiece after playing out a 3-3 stalemate.

Joe Silber, Richard Williams and Daren Goode scored for West Haddon and Ryan Moysey, Matt Thornber and Josh Smith scored for Lord Byron.