Diamonds go two points clear

Andy Peaks' AFC Rushden & Diamonds side are two points clear at the top of the UCL Premier Division

Andy Peaks' AFC Rushden & Diamonds side are two points clear at the top of the UCL Premier Division

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds moved two points clear at the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division as they battled back to claim a 1-1 draw at Cogenhoe United.

Andy Peaks’ side fell behind four minutes into the second period when Luke Emery struck for the hosts but Elliott Lamb-Johnson levelled just past the hour with a 20-yard shot.

And Diamonds were unable to find a winner, despite the Cooks having Dan Chilton sent off for a second bookable offence.

Wellingborough Town twice came from behind to seal a 2-2 draw with Eynesbury Rovers at the Dog & Duck.

Marcus Hering put the visitors in front but Jon Mitchell equalised to make it 1-1 after just 10 minutes.

Eynesbury regained the lead early in the second period through Alex March but the Doughboys earned a point thanks to Mark Pryor’s goal on 64 minutes.

In Division One, Rushden & Higham United made it back-to-back wins for the first time since the first week of the season with a 2-0 derby success over struggling Irchester United.

Lewis O’Dell broke the deadlock in the final minute of the first half at Hayden Road before Daryl Lawman completed the victory for Dale Brunton’s men in the second half.

Thrapston Town took an early lead through Curtis Taylor-Jacob at Peterborough Sports but the hosts hit back as they returned to the top of the table.

Wilkins Makate levelled and further goals from Andy Broome and Chris Garwell made it 3-1 to complete the scoring before the break.

Whitworth suffered a second successive defeat and lost ground in the promotion race as they went down 3-1 at Olney Town.

Deanio Bailey-Browne opened the scoring for the hosts late in the first half but Jamie White levelled for the Flourmen on 54 minutes.

However, Olney went on to win it thanks to goals from Jamie Burrows and Sam O’Neill.

It was also a bad night for Raunds Town as they were hammered 6-1 by Northampton Spencer at Kiln Park.

Ryan Lovell gave Spencer the lead but Zack Mills pulled the Shopmates level.

However, Lovell made it 2-1 before the break and then completed his hat-trick in the second half while Gav Fitzgerald was sent off for the hosts following that third goal.

Matt Long made it 4-1 and Lovell took his personal tally to four before Paul Pickering completed the scoring.

Rothwell Corinthians are in action this evening (Wednesday) when they head to Blackstones.

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