VERDICT – Miserable day as Steelmen, Poppies and Diamonds are all beaten

All the details from this afternoon's local football action
All the details from this afternoon's local football action

Corby Town became the latest victims of runaway leaders Blyth Spartans as they fell to a 4-2 defeat in the north-east.

The Steelmen now find themselves four points adrift of safety in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division after the two teams immediately above them – Marine and Frickley Athletic – drew 3-3.

Corby fell behind to a Daniel Maguire goal on 14 minutes but drew level thanks to a long-range effort from Stefan Moore before the break.

But the Sean Reid restored the Blyth lead before further goals from Maguire and Luke Armstrong made it 4-1.

Joe Iaciofano pulled another goal back for Corby just before the end.

Kettering Town’s slim hopes of claiming a play-off place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division were left in tatters after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Chesham United at Latimer Park.

Two goals in the space of two minutes ultimately decided the contest with Phil Roberts and Sam Youngs both scoring with near-post efforts to give Chesham a 2-0 lead.

They could have added a third when they were awarded a penalty when Liam Canavan fouled Ryan Blake but Paul White saved Toby Little’s spot-kick.

The Poppies hit back with a goal from Rene Howe in the second half but the visitors saw things out and White was dismissed late on when he hacked down Blake in stoppage-time.

And the end of the game was marred by some ugly scenes as Poppies fans and Chesham players squared up to each other following the final whistle.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds slipped to a second defeat in a row as they went down 3-0 at fellow play-off contenders Basford United in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South.

Kieran Wells headed the hosts in front after nine minutes and another header from Reece Bertram made it 2-0 soon after.

In fact, all three goals were headers with Wells adding another soon after half-time.

Basford had Courey Grantham sent-off late on but their win moved them level on points with Diamonds, although they have played three games more.