Corinthians and Desborough start with fine wins

Raunds Town's Jamie Russell battles with ON Chenecks' Sam Watkins during their 0-0 draw in the UCL Division One. Pictures by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk
Raunds Town's Jamie Russell battles with ON Chenecks' Sam Watkins during their 0-0 draw in the UCL Division One. Pictures by Mike Capps/www.kappasport.co.uk

Rothwell Corinthians enjoyed a dream start to life back in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.

Three first-half goals earned the newly-promoted side a 3-0 victory over Huntingdon Town at Sergeants Lawn.

Action from the 0-0 draw between Raunds Town and ON Chenecks

Action from the 0-0 draw between Raunds Town and ON Chenecks

Dom Page put the hosts in front early on and the lead was doubled through Ryan Goodband on 21 minutes before Jordan Henson completed the scoring just before the break.

Desborough Town also had an excellent start to the new season as they beat highly-fancied Holbeach United 1-0 at the Waterworks Field.

The key moment came five minutes into the second half when the hosts were awarded a penalty, which Jake Bettles converted.

Wellingborough Town were on the end of a fine fightback as they went down 4-1 at Leicester Nirvana.

Things were looking good for the Doughboys when Jake Newman gave them the lead.

But Will Gonga levelled before the break and second-half goals from Ash Day (2) and Suleiman Nasser secured the home side’s success.

Thrapston Town’s impressive start to the Division One season continued as they made it two wins out of two with a 5-1 victory at Woodford United.

Ben Morgan opened the scoring and Jedd Whiteman added another before half-time after Aaron King had equalised for the hosts.

But Thrapston ran away with it after the break as Wayne Brown made it three one before Whiteman and Morgan both added their second goals of the game to wrap things up.

New-look Stewarts & Lloyds picked up their first win in competitive action since October 2013 as they kicked off the new season with a 2-0 success over Bugbrooke.

Mark Forbes opened the scoring after eight minutes and a second-half effort from Paul Caswell rounded things off.

Raunds Town got their first point on the board as they shared a 0-0 draw with ON Chenecks at Kiln Park.

A late goal sent Burton Park Wanderers to defeat as they lost 3-2 at home to Blackstones.

Sam Walpole gave the hosts the lead but Addie Staffieri struck twice to make it 2-1 to the visitors at half-time.

Sam Rogers looked to have earned Wanderers a point but Rhys Ford grabbed the winner with two minutes to go.

Rushden & Higham United were condemned to a 5-3 defeat at Olney Town, who scored twice in stoppage-time to secure an opening-day win.

Sam Birtwhistle gave the Lankies the lead before Jack Weeden levelled and it was 2-2 at half-time after Craig Lawman’s goal for Rushden was cancelled out by Ryan Smith.

Deanio Bailey-Browne made it 3-2 to the hosts but Aaron Campion equalised with five minutes remaining as the game looked set to end in stalemate.

However, Weeden scored from the penalty spot two minutes into injury-time and they was still time for Bailey-Browne to add another before the end.

Whitworth suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Oakham United, who had Richard Nelson, Dan Jenkins and Lewis Leckie on target.

And it was a day to forget for Irchester United as they were hammered 9-0 at Peterborough Sports.

The highly-fancied hosts put the Romans to the sword as Avelino Vieira hit a hat-trick, Ollie Medwynter struck twice and Andy Boome, Jordan Macleod, Josh Sanders and James Nespoli also got in on the act.