Diamonds stay on course after late drama

AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks saw his side claim a dramatic 2-1 victory at Eynesbury Rovers
AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Andy Peaks saw his side claim a dramatic 2-1 victory at Eynesbury Rovers
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AFC Rushden & Diamonds maintained their advantage in the race for the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division title after a dramatic finish helped them claim a 2-1 success at Eynesbury Rovers.

Andy Peaks’ men took a first-half lead when Cameron Clark deflected Matt Gearing’s corner into his own net.

But it looked like Diamonds would have to settle for a draw when Lee Bassett lobbed home for the hosts with just six minutes remaining.

However, in the fourth minute of stoppage-time, Eynesbury goalkeeper Jamie Chamberlain brought down Russ Dunkley and Gearing stepped up to score from the penalty spot.

The last-gasp victory means Diamonds remain four points clear at the summit, although second-placed Wisbech Town still have one game in hand.

Jake Newman was at it again for Wellingborough Town but his brace wasn’t enough as they went down 3-2 to Thurnby Nirvana at the Dog & Duck.

All the goals came in the first half as Newman’s 30-yard free-kick was cancelled out by Liam Canavan.

Newman put the Doughboys back in front with a penalty but Thurnby sealed the points before the break thanks to Luke Day and Matt Melbourne.

Desborough Town slipped to a 4-1 defeat at Peterborough Northern Star, who went 2-0 up in the first half through Luke Avis and Phil Stebbing.

Troy Johnston pulled one back just past the hour but Jason Kilbride made it 3-1 before Aaron Warrener’s goal completed the scoring.