Diamonds move into FA Vase third round

Action from Raunds Town's 1-0 win at ON Chenecks. Pictures by Dave Ikin
Action from Raunds Town's 1-0 win at ON Chenecks. Pictures by Dave Ikin
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AFC Rushden & Diamonds booked their place in the third round of the FA Carlsberg Vase with a fine 5-3 success over Basford United at the Dog & Duck.

Mark Starmer’s men are the last remaining side from the Northamptonshire Telegraph area in the competition after an impressive victory in front of a healthy crowd of 558.

Action from Raunds Town's 1-0 win at ON Chenecks. Pictures by Dave Ikin

Action from Raunds Town's 1-0 win at ON Chenecks. Pictures by Dave Ikin

Jake Newman put them in front and a Ben Morgan brace gave them a 3-1 lead at half-time.

The visitors pulled one back soon after the break but further goals from Jake Gillingwater and Jack Wisniewski completed the victory and ensured Diamonds sealed a spot in tomorrow’s draw.

Desborough Town’s run in the FA Vase, however, came to an end.

Steve Walker’s side suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat at Causeway United with Michael Byrne’s 85th-minute equaliser not being enough as the hosts grabbed the winner in the final minute.

Action from Raunds Town's 1-0 win at ON Chenecks. Pictures by Dave Ikin

Action from Raunds Town's 1-0 win at ON Chenecks. Pictures by Dave Ikin

In the UCL Premier Division, Stewarts & Lloyds picked up a good point as they held high-flying Quorn to a 1-1 draw at Occupation Road.

Both goals came in the first half with Liam Boath on target for the hosts but the visitors did claim a point thanks to an equaliser.

Irchester United’s problems continue at the wrong end of the table as they went down 5-2 at fellow strugglers Harborough Town.

It was a good day for the majority of local sides in Division One with Rushden & Higham picking up the most eye-catching result.

Adie Mann’s side claimed their fifth win of the season in emphatic style as they thrashed Harrowby United 5-1 at Hayden Road.

There were also successes for Raunds Town, Whitworth and Thrapston Town.

The Shopmates claimed a 1-0 victory at ON Chenecks while Whitworth were also winners on the road as they triumphed 3-1 at Bourne.

And a hat-trick of local away wins was completed by Thrapston who had Iain Blaikie (2) and Gav Callum to thank for a 3-2 success at Potton.

It was a bad day for bottom side Burton Park Wanderers, however, as they went down 4-0 at fellow strugglers Buckingham Town.