SATURDAY FOOTBALL – Steelmen and Poppies tumble to home losses while Diamonds face a replay

All the details from today's local football action
All the details from today's local football action

Corby Town conceded a late goal as they were beaten 2-1 by Ilkeston in the bottom-of-the-table clash in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division at Steel Park.

The Steelmen had the better chances late in the first half with Ross Durrant producing a fine save to deny Ben Milnes before Femi Orenuga shot over the bar.

Jordan Crawford cleared Malachi Lavalle-Moore’s header off the line early in the second half but it was the Steelmen who opened the scoring when Crawford seized on a short header back and his cross was turned into his own net by Jak Kenworthy.

Orenuga was denied by Durrant but Ilkeston did draw level with 14 minutes to go when they were awarded a penalty. Aidan Grant saved from Rory Coleman but he reacted quickest to score from the rebound.

And disaster struck for the Steelmen late on when Ben Morris’ deflected shot found the corner to win it for Ilkeston.

Kettering Town are still waiting for their first home win in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division this season after they were beaten 2-1 by Chippenham Town at Latimer Park.

There were few chances in the opening half with the main talking point being the wall at the back of the away dugout collapsing, which forced the Chippenham substitutes to vacate it.

But the Poppies took the lead two minutes into the second half when Spencer Weir-Daley produced a fine finish from Lewis Hornby’s pass.

However, Chippenham drew level on 69 minutes when Andy Sandell scored following a corner.

And the high-flying visitors won it late on through Alan Griffin.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will head to Histon for a FA Trophy preliminary round replay on Tuesday night after their clash at the Dog & Duck ended in a 1-1 draw.

After an even opening spell, Diamonds grew into the game and, after Histon goalkeeper Niall Conroy had denied Taylor Orosz and Nabil Shariff, the hosts took the lead eight minutes before the break.

Rory Winters had a shout for a penalty waved away but the ball found its way to Nic Evangelinos and his low cross was converted by Tom Lorraine.

There were few chances in the early stages of the second half but Histon levelled with 20 minutes to go when Ben Yeomans nodded home after Max York had headed a corner back across goal.

And that proved to be the end of the scoring as the two teams will meet again in midweek to decide who hosts Coalville Town in the first qualifying round.