Desborough, S&L and Diamonds all progress in FA Vase

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 4-1 win over Fakenham in the FA Vase - Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 4-1 win over Fakenham in the FA Vase - Pictures by Kit Mallin

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ first venture in the FA Vase ended in an emphatic win at the Dog & Duck as they claimed a 4-1 success over Fakenham Town in the second qualifying round.

The ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One side booked themselves a first-round proper clash at Yaxley thanks to goals from Alfie Taylor, Jack Wisniewski and Jake Newman.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 4-1 win over Fakenham in the FA Vase - Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 4-1 win over Fakenham in the FA Vase - Pictures by Kit Mallin

And boss Mark Starmer was delighted with a job well done.

“We started the game well and hit the post twice and probably could have been 3-0 up early on,” he said.

“But we managed to get the goal before half-time and we were expecting an onslaught from them but it never really came.

“The game was a bit flat and then they scored and it shook us up a bit.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 4-1 win over Fakenham in the FA Vase - Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 4-1 win over Fakenham in the FA Vase - Pictures by Kit Mallin

“But we got the second and then we steam-rolled them really and we are delighted to get through.

“The league is our priority but the Vase is the next thing on the list and hopefully we can put together a good run.”

Desborough Town will head to Swaffham in the first round after they eased to a 2-0 victory over UCL Premier Division local rivals Irchester United at the Waterworks Field.

A Kevin Byrne penalty and Adam Randall’s goal sealed Ar Tarn’s passage and boss Steve Walker was pleased his side’s good form continued.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 4-1 win over Fakenham in the FA Vase - Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 4-1 win over Fakenham in the FA Vase - Pictures by Kit Mallin

“It was all about the result, not the performance,” Walker said.

“We have won five out of the last six, which is very pleasing but it was one of those games where we did what we had to do.

“We changed things around for the second half and we looked more comfortable.

“We got through at that the most important thing in cup football.”

The Daren Young effect was working for Stewarts & Lloyds again as they also made progress into the first round.

They followed up their midweek win at Shepshed with a 3-1 success over UCL Division One local rivals Raunds Town at Occupation Road thanks to an own-goal and efforts from Ryan Cottingham and Jamie O’Neill.

Young said: “We just didn’t get going in the first half and Raunds gave a very good account of themselves.

“We were better in the second half, we were more organised and disciplined.

“The goal from Ryan was some 30 yards out and was a great strike and it was good to see Jamie come on and make an impact.

“It was a good win for us and we are looking forward to the next round.”

S&L will now travel to Dereham Town, who claimed a 2-1 victory over Cogenhoe United.

It was a disappointing day for the three other UCL Division One clubs in the Vase.

Whitworth were narrowly edged out 2-1 at Swaffham Town while Thrapston Town suffered a 3-0 defeat at Cambridge University Press.

Rushden & Higham were also beaten 3-0 as Eynesbury Rovers enjoyed a fine win at Hayden Road.

There was finally some much-needed joy for Wellingborough Town in the Premier Division action as they claimed their first win of the season in the form of a 4-3 success at Shepshed Dynamo.

And the battle of the Division One clubs in the preliminary round of the League Knockout Cup went the way of Rothwell Corinthians as they recorded a 2-0 victory at Burton Park Wanderers.