Lankies into the final while Ar Tarn and Diamonds seal fine victories

Action from Rushden & Higham's 2-0 win over Rothwell Corinthians in the semi-finals of the NFA Junior Cup. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Action from Rushden & Higham's 2-0 win over Rothwell Corinthians in the semi-finals of the NFA Junior Cup. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Rushden & Higham are through to the NFA Junior Cup final after they beat local rivals Rothwell Corinthians 2-0 in their last-four clash at Hayden Road.

After a goalless first half, the Lankies took the lead after 55 minutes through Craig Lawman.

Action from Rushden & Higham's 2-0 win over Rothwell Corinthians in the semi-finals of the NFA Junior Cup. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Rushden & Higham's 2-0 win over Rothwell Corinthians in the semi-finals of the NFA Junior Cup. Pictures by Alison Bagley

And Aidy Mann’s side confirmed their place in the showpiece when Aaron Cormack added the second nine minutes from full-time.

They will meet Cogenhoe United Reserves in the final after they claimed a 4-1 success over Brixworth All Saints in the other semi-final.

It was another good day for Desborough Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division as two early goals set up a 2-1 win at Blackstones.

Kevin Byrne scored both goals for Steve Walker’s side after five and 11 minutes. And they held on for the points despite Addie Staffieri pulling one back for the hosts before half-time.

Action from Rushden & Higham's 2-0 win over Rothwell Corinthians in the semi-finals of the NFA Junior Cup. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Rushden & Higham's 2-0 win over Rothwell Corinthians in the semi-finals of the NFA Junior Cup. Pictures by Alison Bagley

The victory was the perfect warm-up for Ar Tarn ahead of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup semi-final with Corby Town on Tuesday night.

Irchester United remain rooted to the foot of the table after they were swept aside 4-0 at Boston Town.

Josh Ford put the hosts in front with a penalty before further goals from Jason Field, Ollie Maltby and Mark Foster completed a fifth successive win for the hosts.

The Premier Division derby between Stewarts & Lloyds and Wellingborough Town was postponed.

Action from Rushden & Higham's 2-0 win over Rothwell Corinthians in the semi-finals of the NFA Junior Cup. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Rushden & Higham's 2-0 win over Rothwell Corinthians in the semi-finals of the NFA Junior Cup. Pictures by Alison Bagley

AFC Rushden & Diamonds maintained their push for promotion in Division One as they crushed struggling Wootton Blue Cross 5-0 at the Dog & Duck.

The victory moved Mark Starmer’s men to within two points of second-placed Oadby Town, who lost 1-0 at home to leaders Sileby Rangers.

And it was a special day for Jake Newman as he became the first player to score a hat-trick for Diamonds, since they became a senior team.

Alex Deakin set the ball rolling with a close-range header before Newman scored his first when he headed home Alfie Taylor’s cross.

Taylor and Jack Wisniewski combined to set up Newman for his second early in the second half before Elliott Dent made it 4-0.

But the day belonged to Newman as his historic treble was completed in the last minute.

Elsewhere, the local bragging rights went to Raunds Town at Kiln Park as they beat bottom side Burton Park Wanderers 2-1 to record a first win in eight matches.

Gavin Fitzgerald gave the Shopmates a half-time lead and substitute George Westley made it 2-0 with 15 minutes to go.

Matt Redding pulled a goal back in stoppage-time but it was too late for Burton who remain in big trouble at the wrong end.

Whitworth were beaten 3-1 at home by Olney Town, who claimed just their second win in nine seasons at London Road.

All the goals came in the second half as Mark Whittle’s double put the hosts 2-0 up and Sam Parrish made it three with three minutes to play.

Paul Smith did score a consolation for the Flourmen in stoppage-time but the damage had already been done.