Cooper strikes late to earn Corinthians a point

Rushden & Higham United boss Dale Brunton saw his side take the derby honours with a 4-3 win at Irchester United

Rushden & Higham United boss Dale Brunton saw his side take the derby honours with a 4-3 win at Irchester United

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A late Dan Cooper goal earned Rothwell Corinthians a good point as they claimed a 2-2 draw at Yaxley in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.

The league’s top scorer Dan Cotton gave the hosts a half-time lead before Ryan Goodband got Corinthians back on level terms just past the hour.

Cotton’s second of the game looked to have secured the points but Cooper struck in the first minute of stoppage-time to earn Shaun Sparrow’s side a share of the spoils.

Desborough Town were unable to prevent AFC Kempston Rovers from creating UCL history as they became the latest victims of the unbeaten leaders.

Rovers made it 30 league matches without defeat - a new record - thanks to goals from Josh Crawley, Jamaine Ivy and Gary Ridgway.

Stewarts & Lloyds’ Division One promotion hopes suffered a setback as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Raunds Town.

Nick Harrison gave the Shopmate the lead before half-time but Paddy Daniels struck after the break to earn S&L a point.

With second-placed ON Chenecks beating leaders Peterborough Sports 2-0, the Foundrymen are now eight points off the promotion places with three games in hand.

Rushden & Higham United took the bragging rights as they inflicted a seventh defeat in a row on Irchester United with a 4-3 success at Alfred Street.

Daryl Wilson opened the scoring for the Lankies before Jake Reynolds levelled against his former club.

Reynolds put the Romans ahead on the half-hour but Daryl Lawman ensured honours were even at the break.

The Lankies took the initiative in the second half as goals from Jordan Pendered and Lewis O’Dell put them 4-2 up.

Nathan Heycock pulled one back for Irchester with 14 minutes to go but the Lankies held on to seal the points.

Whitworth’s poor run of form continued as they were beaten 3-0 at Lutterworth Athletic, who had Jack Sutherland (2) and Sam Burton on target.