Diamonds held in top-of-the-table clash

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The big game of the day in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division ended in deadlock as AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Holbeach United drew 1-1.

Over 700 fans were on hand at the Dog & Duck to see the top two do battle and Diamonds made the perfect start when Liam Dolman fired home after Richard Bunting had rolled a free-kick to him just seven minutes in.

Liam Dolman celebrates after opening the scoring for AFC Rushden & Diamonds in their 1-1 draw with Holbeach United. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Liam Dolman celebrates after opening the scoring for AFC Rushden & Diamonds in their 1-1 draw with Holbeach United. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Diamonds continued to have the better of the first half and Joel Gyasi hit the post before the visitors levelled in stoppage-time.

Lee Beeson was brought down by Dolman in the area. The frontman saw his spot-kick saved by Matt Finlay but Beeson reacted quickest to score the rebound.

Both sides had chances to win it after the break but in the end they had to settle for a point, although Diamonds stayed on top of the table on goal difference.

Diamonds and Holbeach were joined on 31 points by Yaxley after they beat Wellingborough Town 2-0.

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds V Holbeach  FC ''Saturday 25th October 2014 NNL-141025-200454009

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds V Holbeach FC ''Saturday 25th October 2014 NNL-141025-200454009

Rob Hughes put the hosts ahead and both teams had a man sent off before Yaxley confirmed their victory thanks to Karl Gibbs with six minutes to go.

Desborough Town’s poor form continued as they were beaten 1-0 by Deeping Rangers at the Waterworks Field. Scott Ginty scored the only goal of the game on 20 minutes.

The NFA Junior Cup took centre-stage for the local UCL Division One clubs this weekend but it produced a mixed bag of results.

Raunds Town progressed but had to fight back from a goal down to beat Silverstone 2-1 at Kiln Park.

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds V Holbeach  FC ''Saturday 25th October 2014 NNL-141025-200327009

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds V Holbeach FC ''Saturday 25th October 2014 NNL-141025-200327009

The North Bucks League visitors took a first-half lead through Jamie Cunningham but goals in the final 10 minutes from Jamie Russell and Nick Harrison snatched it for the Shopmates.

Thrapston Town needed a last-gasp winner from Dan Bucciero to see off Netherton United at Chancery Lane.

The hosts took the lead through Jason Taylor but Harry Fitzjohn equalised with 10 minutes left before Bucciero had the final say.

Whitworth fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with fellow Division One side Peterborough Sports, only to lose out 5-3 in the penalty shoot-out that followed.

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds V Holbeach  FC ''Saturday 25th October 2014 NNL-141025-200443009

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds V Holbeach FC ''Saturday 25th October 2014 NNL-141025-200443009

The Flourmen were heading out in normal time when Scott Bogusz and Ondre Odain put the hosts in control.

But Chris Lenton was sent off and Whitworth stormed back through Deven Ellwood and Lee Warman.

Whitworth could have won it when they won a penalty but Cavell Jarvis’ spot-kick was saved and Sports took advantage by winning the shoot-out.

Dale Brunton’s first home game in charge of Rushden & Higham United ended in a 3-2 defeat as they became the second UCL club to fall to Northants Combination Premier Division high-fliers Corby Eagles in this season’s competition.

Having dispatched of Stewarts & Lloyds in the last round, Eagles took the lead through Alan Campbell at Hayden Road, only for Lewis O’Dell to level before the break.

Aaron Campion’s own-goal restored the visitors’ lead but Tyler Merries struck to make it 2-2.

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds V Holbeach  FC ''Saturday 25th October 2014 NNL-141025-200348009

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds V Holbeach FC ''Saturday 25th October 2014 NNL-141025-200348009

However, Campbell had the final say as as his 82nd-minute strike proved decisive.

Irchester United took the lead against league rivals Northampton Spencer when Ryan Lovell struck on the hour.

But Spencer finished with a flourish as Luke Bartley equalised before Ryan Dove’s double and Matt Long’s goal sealed a 4-1 victory.

Burton Park Wanderers’ miserable run of form continued as they were dumped out of the competition by Northants Combination Premier Division side Kettering Nomads.

Shaun Morris put the visitors in front after just two minutes and second-half goals from Adam Lingley and Connor McAlinden finished things off.

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds V Holbeach  FC ''Saturday 25th October 2014 NNL-141025-200600009

Football Action: Wellingborough: AFC Rushden and Diamonds V Holbeach FC ''Saturday 25th October 2014 NNL-141025-200600009