Diamonds and Doughboys end in darkness as Ar Tarn are victorious

Action from the UCL Premier Division derby between AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Wellingborough Town, which was eventually abandoned due to floodlight failure with the scores locked at 0-0. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Action from the UCL Premier Division derby between AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Wellingborough Town, which was eventually abandoned due to floodlight failure with the scores locked at 0-0. Pictures by Alison Bagley

The big Boxing Day derby in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division was plunged into darkness at the Dog & Duck.

Leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Wellingborough Town were locked at 0-0 in front of over 700 fans when the floodlights failed after 65 minutes.

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds v Wellingborough Town FC'Match abandoned after floodlight failure'Friday 26th December 2014 NNL-141226-182002009

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds v Wellingborough Town FC'Match abandoned after floodlight failure'Friday 26th December 2014 NNL-141226-182002009

With the power not being able to be restored, the match was abandoned with Diamonds confirming that once the game is re-arranged they will offer a ‘pay what you want’ scheme for fans of both clubs.

The two sides will do battle again, with the Doughboys being the home side, on New Year’s Day.

It all resulted in Diamonds having their lead at the summit cut to five points as Holbeach United beat Wisbech Town 1-0. The Tigers also have two games in hand on Andy Peaks’ table-toppers.

Another derby that did finish was at Bowdens Park and it proved to be a good day for Desborough Town as they sealed a 1-0 success at Harborough Town.

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds v Wellingborough Town FC'Match abandoned after floodlight failure'Friday 26th December 2014 NNL-141226-181640009

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds v Wellingborough Town FC'Match abandoned after floodlight failure'Friday 26th December 2014 NNL-141226-181640009

The only goal of the game came after 12 minutes as Luke Cummins proved to be the hero for Ar Tarn.

The outstanding result of the day in Division One came at Hayden Road as Rushden & Higham United stunned promotion-chasing Whitworth with a 5-1 thrashing.

Lewis O’Dell put the Lankies in control with a brace inside the first 14 minutes.

Deven Ellwood replied for the Flourmen but Jake Reynolds made it 3-1 before half-time.

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds v Wellingborough Town FC'Match abandoned after floodlight failure'Friday 26th December 2014 NNL-141226-181755009

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds v Wellingborough Town FC'Match abandoned after floodlight failure'Friday 26th December 2014 NNL-141226-181755009

And a fine day for Dale Brunton’s men was rounded off thanks to goals from Alex Paterson and Daryl Lawman in the second period.

Raunds Town proved too strong for local rivals Irchester United as they ran out 4-1 winners at Alfred Street.

Luke Stevens gave the Shopmates the lead and that was doubled before the interval thanks to Elliott Gillingwater’s own-goal.

Two goals in the space of three second-half minutes from Jamie Russell put the final outcome beyond doubt, although Nathan Heycock grabbed a consolation for the Romans.

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds v Wellingborough Town FC'Match abandoned after floodlight failure'Friday 26th December 2014 NNL-141226-181538009

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds v Wellingborough Town FC'Match abandoned after floodlight failure'Friday 26th December 2014 NNL-141226-181538009

Thrapston Town took the honours at Latimer Park as they beat Burton Park Wanderers 2-1 to make it three wins in a row.

Dan Bucciero put the visitors in front but Mick Tolton levelled for Wanderers just past the hour mark. However, Jack Wisniewski sealed the points for Thrapston with what proved the winner after 75 minutes.

A day of derby clashes was completed at Sergeants Lawn where Stewarts & Lloyds came within six minutes of picking up their first point of the season.

But the Foundrymen were eventually condemned to their 23rd defeat in as many league matches as Jordan Henson struck late on for hosts Rothwell Corinthians, who moved into the top seven as a result of their 1-0 success.