Bettles strikes as Ar Tarn return to winning ways

Whitworth boss James Mallows watches on during his team's 3-2 victory at Rushden & Higham United. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Whitworth boss James Mallows watches on during his team's 3-2 victory at Rushden & Higham United. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Desborough Town returned to winning ways as the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division high-flyers claimed a 1-0 success at Peterborough Northern Star.

The only goal of the game came just before the hour mark when Jake Bettles lobbed the ball home to wrap up a 14th win of the season for Chris Bradshaw’s team.

Action from the UCL Division One derby between Rushden & Higham United and Whitworth, which the latter won 3-2

Action from the UCL Division One derby between Rushden & Higham United and Whitworth, which the latter won 3-2

Wellingborough Town picked up a point as they drew 2-2 with Harrowby United at the Dog & Duck.

Deven Ellwood twice gave the Doughboys the lead but they were pegged back on each occasion, first by a Matt Clarke penalty and then by Luke Peberdy’s strike.

Rothwell Corinthians suffered late heartbreak as they went down 2-1 at Holbeach United.

The hosts took the lead through Josh Ford but Corinthians levelled 10 minutes into the second half when Callum Plowright scored from the penalty spot after home goalkeeper Ollie Pinner was sent off for bringing down Mapeo Mendes.

Action from the UCL Division One derby between Rushden & Higham United and Whitworth

Action from the UCL Division One derby between Rushden & Higham United and Whitworth

However, Holbeach snatched the points when Ford held his nerve from the spot in stoppage-time after Corinthians goalkeeper Liam Waddy had also seen red for a foul on Tommy Treacher.

Corinthians and Desborough are both back in action tomorrow (Tuesday) night with the former heading to Kirby Muxloe while the latter host Oadby Town.

Whitworth’s fine form continued as they maintained their lofty position in Division One with a 3-2 success in a hard-fought local derby at Rushden & Higham United.

Craig Harrower gave the hosts the lead but Whitworth turned things around through Dean Hall and Jordan Pendered’s penalty before half-time.

Action from the UCL Division One derby between Rushden & Higham United and Whitworth

Action from the UCL Division One derby between Rushden & Higham United and Whitworth

Jake Reynolds pulled the Lankies level in the second half and the Flourmen had Cavell Jarvis sent-off but they still found a winner through Jonny Hazell before holding on with just nine men after Matty Judge also saw red.

Irchester United made it three wins in a row as two second-half goals earned them a 2-0 victory over Bourne Town at Alfred Street.

Ryan Lovell broke the deadlock on the hour and the points were sealed by Anthony Sharp’s header soon after.

Raunds Town also won 2-0 at home as they saw off Long Buckby at Kiln Park.

Karl King gave the Shopmates a first-half lead and Dave Townsend completed the scoring after the break.

Burton Park Wanderers’ struggles continued as they went down 5-2 at Buckingham Town with Ollie Magee and Kieran Perkins scoring the visitors’ goals.

Thrapston Town missed out on a place in the last four of the UCL Knockout Cup as Premier Division side Wisbech Town won 3-1 at Chancery Lane.

Adam Millson, Harry Limb and Michael Frew won it for the Fenmen while Wayne Brown grabbed Thrapston’s consolation from the penalty spot.