Northants Sunday Conference round-up: Crown & Cushion through to Sixfields cup final

Crown & Cushion take on Golden Horse in their NTFA Chronicle & Echo Cup semi-final at Far Cotton Rec (pictures: Kevin Lamberth)
Crown & Cushion take on Golden Horse in their NTFA Chronicle & Echo Cup semi-final at Far Cotton Rec (pictures: Kevin Lamberth)

Crown & Cushion are celebrating after reaching the final of the NTFA Chronicle & Echo Cup.

Crown beat Combination side Golden Horse 4-0 to book a place in this year’s showpiece final at Sixfields Stadium.

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Roade provide the opposition in the final, in a game that takes place on May 3 at 10.30am.

In the NFA Sunday Shield quarter-finals, Pitsford Rangers Reserves crashed out after going down 8-0 to AFC Thorpe.

FC Pioneer are also out after eventually losing on penalties to Combination team Zedi United.

Alex Kelly scored in normal time for Pioneers as the teams fought out a 1-1 draw. Zedi edged it on spot kicks 4-3.

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AFC Crown are still looking for their first victory in division one, but they have won in the first round of the David Ferguson Trophy

Crown beat AFC Towcester 2-1 thanks to goals from Nick Bradshaw and Paul McIntyre.

Division two side Grendon Sapphires gave division one outfit West Haddon Albion a good game of football.

West Haddon Albion went down 5-1 and their goalscorer was Curtis Lindemann. Darren Burnett, Sam Abbott and Justin White grabbed two goals apiece for Grendon.

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The all-division two match between Nene FC and Pitsford Rangers ended in a 3-3 draw before Pitsford went on to win 7-6 on penalties.

Adam Bell and Matt Barron (2) struck for Nene, while Luke Mancini’s double and an own goal ensured it went to spot kicks.

Real Roochers were another side to win 6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw against Abington Town City.

Luke Tolworthy scored both Roochers’ goals.

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The final first-round match saw division three team Sixfields Rangers lose out 4-0 by division one outfit AFC Hackleton.

The goalscorers for AFC Hackleton were Joe Malkin, Matt James and two from Dan Potter.

AFC Houghton Magna remain three points clear in the Northants Sunday Conference Premier Division table thanks to an 8-0 win over Desborough Old Works.

Second-placed Denton also racked up a comfortable win, as they thrashed AFC Trinity 6-0.

Robbie O’Neill led the onslaught with five goals, with the other coming courtesy of Will Cantrell.

The only other match in the top flight ended in a 3-3 draw between Welland Valley Panthers and Eastern United.

Goalscorers for the Panthers were Rick Barbie, Simon Barbie and Nick Bell.

In division one, Kislingbury recorded a good win over Royal All Stars to stay second in the table.

Kislingbury triumphed 12-2 thanks to six from Ashlee Adebayo and others from Sam Bristow, Tyler Johnson, James Lewis, Luke McDonald, Glen Hammons (2). Lee Broome struck twice in reply for All Stars.

Swan & Helmet moved further away from the bottom of the table with a 7-0 thrashing of Norteles.

Previously unbeaten AC Squirrels suffered a shock 4-0 defeat to Lord Byron.

Byron closed the gap on third with goals from Stuart Schofield, Adam Barrett, Elliot Sandy and Mark Raymond.

There was only two games in division two this week as most of the other teams were in cups.

Nomads of Barratts moved up the table within two points of third place with victory over Monks Park WMC Reserves.

James Dimmer netted for Monks Park, but Nomads eased to victory with strikes from Herbert, Queen, Lewis, Munday, Bluck (2) and Savage (2).

Park Royal are celebrating after securing their first win of the season at the 14th attempt.

Parklands Phoenix were their victims as Royal secured a 3-2 win.

Stuart Harman and Jack Barringer both scored for Parklands, but Park Royal edged it with goals from D Carley, R Cockaye and R Morgan.

In division three, Real Roochers Reserves lost for the second week in a row to leave the top spot wide open again.

Oakley Diamonds thumped them 6-0 to move up to fifth in the table.

Diamonds’ goals came from Denis Typhis (2), Adam Burton (2) and Josh Wilson (2).

AFC Hackleton Reserves stay bottom of the table with another defeat, this time to Swan & Helmet Reserves.

AFC Hackleton Reserves lost 4-2, despite strikes from Lewis Thorpe and Phil Boyes.

Jameeah ended their losing run with a 2-0 victory over Bat & Wickets, which was enough to go above their rivals in the table.

Kibrul Chowdhury scored twice for Jameeah.

The final match in the division was between AFC Obelisk Reserves and Northampton Alexandra.

Obelisk earned a 6-2 success against Alexandra.

The goalscorers for Obelisk were David Gillanders, Matt Humphries, Shane Alibone, Joseph Robinson and two from Sam Astle.

Alexandra’s goals were scored by Jack Smith and Ryan Ellison.