AFC Rushden & Diamonds took full advantage of Holbeach United’s continued involvement in the FA Vase by moving eight points clear at the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
Diamonds recorded a second 3-0 success in the space of a few days at the Dog & Duck with Sleaford Town being their latest victims.
Scott Joseph broke the deadlock six minutes before half-time and he made it 2-0 before Russ Dunkley rounded off another comfortable victory for the leaders.
Holbeach do have four games in hand Diamonds and it all adds up for an intriguing clash between the two title rivals at Carters Park next weekend.
Wellingborough Town produced the shock result of the day as they claimed a superb 1-0 win at high-flying Peterborough Northern Star.
Jake Newman’s 16th goal of the season in the second half proved decisive as the Doughboys ended a run of four matches without a win.
Desborough Town’s unpredictable form continued as they slipped to a 3-2 home defeat to Sileby Rangers.
Mark Redding put Ar Tarn in front but Stuart McMichael and Aaron King struck to give Rangers the lead before half-time.
John Dean opened up a two-goal advantage for the visitors after the break and, although Michael Byrne pulled one back from the penalty spot, Ian Walker’s men were unable to find an equaliser.
Raunds Town moved into the top six in Division One thanks to a 3-0 win at Buckingham Town.
Jamie Russell gave the Shopmates the lead after seven minutes and that advantage was doubled courtesy of Aaron Castagnette’s goal just past the half-hour.
The hosts had a man sent off in the last minute of the first half and Raunds wrapped up the points on the hour thanks to another from Castagnette.
A bad afternoon for Buckingham was rounded off as they finished the game with nine men following a second sending-off late on.
Thrapston Town were beaten 4-2 at home by Potton United, who moved into the promotion places as a result.
Goals from Dean Hamilton and Adam Marsh put the visitors 2-0 up inside 26 minutes at Chancery Lane and it was three early in the second half, courtesy of Gary Ansell-Carter.
Jason Taylor pulled a goal back for the hosts but Ansell-Carter’s second sealed the points for Potton, despite Louis Dupree adding a consolation for Thrapston late on.
Struggling Burton Park Wanderers suffered another defeat as they went down 3-0 at Peterborough Sports.
Matt Barber and Karl Gibbs were on target in the first half with Dan Clements completing the scoring in the second period.