Peterborough Milton recorded their first victory of the season at the fourth time of asking as they defeated Northants County 5-3 at home.
Although County won 7-1 at reigning champions Wellingborough in their opening match, another away success rarely looked on the cards as Milton seized control with three wins and a half in the opening four games.
The visitors responded with points from Tom Bullough and Michael Farr, but Chris White sealed the home success by beating County Men’s champion Liam McNeela, before the last game was halved.
Kettering’s strong tail made all the difference in their away contest with Rushden as the team bagged their second victory of the year with a 4½-3½ success.
The hosts, who had lost their previous two matches, looked in control after picking up two wins and a half in the opening three games, but Kettering didn’t panic as Dave Harkess, Chris Ward, Jamie Ashcroft and Jordan Darnell secured wins.