Diamonds lift the title as Corinthians close in on promotion

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' superb 2-1 win over Northampton Spencer in UCL Division One. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Action from Rothwell Corinthians' superb 2-1 win over Northampton Spencer in UCL Division One. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrated lifting the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division title in style as they beat Newport Pagnell Town 2-0 at the Dog & Duck.

Just a few days after Andy Peaks’ team had claimed the crown at Sileby Rangers, they returned home to seal another victory before being presented with the title trophy after the game.

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' superb 2-1 win over Northampton Spencer in UCL Division One. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' superb 2-1 win over Northampton Spencer in UCL Division One. Pictures by Alison Bagley

On the pitch, Declan Rogers gave the hosts the lead in the second period before the in-form Scott Joseph rounded things off for the champions with eight minutes to go.

Desborough Town’s penultimate game of the season ended in defeat as they went down 2-0 to AFC Kempston Rovers at the Waterworks Field.

Vinny Shrieves gave the visitors the lead early in the second half and Ekeni Amadi added the other to condemn Ian Walker’s team to defeat.

Rothwell Corinthians stand on the brink of promotion to the Premier Division after they claimed a magnificent 2-1 success over Division One champions Northampton Spencer at Sergeants Lawn.

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' superb 2-1 win over Northampton Spencer in UCL Division One. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' superb 2-1 win over Northampton Spencer in UCL Division One. Pictures by Alison Bagley

With two home games remaining, Shaun Sparrow’s team need just one more win to secure a place in the top flight.

They did things the hard way on this occasion as Ryan Lovell gave Spencer the lead.

But Jordan Henson’s superb form of late continued as he equalised just before the break and then grabbed what proved to be the winner from the penalty spot 11 minutes into the second period.

Raunds Town completed their campaign on a high note as they beat Blackstones 1-0 at Kiln Park.

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' superb 2-1 win over Northampton Spencer in UCL Division One. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Rothwell Corinthians' superb 2-1 win over Northampton Spencer in UCL Division One. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Jamie Russell scored the only goal of the game after 65 minutes to seal the points for the Shopmates.

Burton Park Wanderers and Thrapston Town both suffered 1-0 losses to high-fliers as they went down at Lutterworth Athletic and Potton United respectively.

Billy Hayes was Lutterworth’s match-winner against Burton while Jamie Risebrow scored Potton’s goal in the victory over Thrapston.

Elsewhere, the misery continued for Stewarts & Lloyds as they were beaten 3-2 at home by St Neots Town Saints.

The Foundrymen were 2-0 down thanks to Goran Smilkov’s double, although Jamie Irvine pulled a goal back before the break.

However, Josh Rae made it 3-1 in the second half and that ensured player-manager Andy Norman’s strike for S&L was nothing more than a consolation.