Ten-man Holbeach United were dumped out of the Emirates FA Cup by Sheffield FC on Saturday, while Pinchbeck United were soundly beaten at Wellingborough Town in the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division and Spalding United concluded their pre-season with a timely victory.
Starting with the Tigers, a perfect first-half hat-trick from prolific striker March Newsham was the catalyst for their FA Cup exit as the NPL side eased to a 4-0 win at Carter’s Park.
Sheffield added a fourth after the break thanks to Ryan Viggars, which came following a red card to Joe Smith for hitting out at an opponent.
There was some good news for Holbeach, however, with new signing Liam Tunstall unveiled prior to kick-off and top teenage talent James Clark handed a debut in the closing stages.
Pinchbeck, meanwhile, suffered their second league loss from as many games after going down 4-1 at Wellingborough.
Dan Worthington did level for the managerless Knights with their first goal of the season just before the break.
The home goals came from Lloyd Buckby (2), Bayley Leslie and George Wingrove as Pinchbeck fell to the bottom of the early standings.
Elsewhere, Spalding picked up a 3-0 success at lower-graded Brigg Town in their final friendly game.
Goals from a triallist, Joel Brownhill (pen) and Jacob Fenton did the job for the Tulips.
More to follow.
Emirates FA Cup
Preliminary Round (selected): AFC Sudbury 4 Harborough Town 2; Anstey Nomads 1 Worksop Town 2; Boston Town 0 Coalville Town 3; Cogenhoe United 0 Bury Town 1; Holbeach United 0 Sheffield FC 4; Ilkeston Town 3 Shepshed Dynamo 0; Lutterworth Town 0 Loughborough Dynamo 6; Quorn 2 Barton Town 0.
Premier Division: Deeping Rangers 0 Rothwell Corinthians 0; Desborough Town 2 ON Chenecks 6; Loughborough University 0 Rugby Town 2; Wellingborough Town 4 Pinchbeck United 1.
Premier Division: Netherton United 3 Uppingham Town 1; Crowland Town 2 Leverington Sports 0; Eye United 2 Holbeach United Reserves 5; FC Parson Drove5 Ketton 0; Long Sutton Athletic 3 Cardea 0; Oakham United 0 Stilton United 10; Stamford Lions 0 ICA Sports 4.
Division One: Kings Cliffe 2 Moulton Harrox Reserves 8; Pinchbeck United Reserves 1 Peterborough Northern Star Reserves 0; Rippingale & Folkingham 2 Wittering Premiair 6; Thorpe Wood Rangers 3 Eunice Huntingdon 2; Tydd 1 FC Peterborough 3; Warboys Town 4 Crowland Town Reserves 0; Whittlesey Athletic Reserves 2 Oundle Town 0.
Division Two: FC Hampton 5 Stamford Belvedere Reserves 5; Farcet United 10 Oakham United Reserves 1; Glinton & Northborough 4 Peterborough Polonia 2; Holbeach United Sports 0 Ramsey Town 5; Orton Rangers 1 Long Sutton Athletic Reserves 0; Wisbech Town Reserves 5 Netherton United Reserves 1; Wittering Premiair Reserves 1 Deeping Rangers Reserves 1.
Division Three: Casterton 4 Stanground Sports 1; FC Hampton Reserves 3 Wittering Premiair A 7; Huntingdon Rovers 4 Kings Cliffe Reserves 1; Leverington Sports Reserves 0 Weldon United 1; Peterborough City 5 Dreams 2; Stamford Lions Reserves 1 Cardea Reserves 9; Stilton United Reserves 5 Tydd Reserves 0.
Division Four: Netherton United A 2 Parkside Reserves 0; Orton Rangers Reserves 1 Whittlesey Athletic A 1; Park Farm Pumas 4 Cambridge 0; Sawtry 6 Warboys Town Reserves 0; Uppingham Town Reserves 2 Long Sutton Athletic A 2.
Division Five: Holbeach Bank 1 FC Hampton A 0; NECI Reserves 3 Dreams Reserves 1; Oundle Town Reserves 1 Rippingale & Folkingham Reserves 1; Park Farm Pumas Reserves 1 Langtoft United 9; Sutton Bridge United 3 Ramsey Town Reserves 1; Weldon United Reserves 8 Deeping United Reserves 0; Wittering Premiair B 0 Thorpe Wood Rangers Reserves 6.