Diamonds take over top spot after another big home win

Andy Peaks' AFC Rushden & Diamonds side moved to the top of the UCL Premier Division table after a 5-1 victory over AFC Kempston
Andy Peaks' AFC Rushden & Diamonds side moved to the top of the UCL Premier Division table after a 5-1 victory over AFC Kempston
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AFC Rushden & Diamonds moved to the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division after a 5-1 victory over AFC Kempston Rovers on Tuesday night.

Andy Peaks’ men moved above Holbeach United – who visit the Dog & Duck on Saturday – after racking up a sixth home win in a row.

They made a quick start when visiting goalkeeper Martin Conway fumbled an Elliott Lamb-Johnson centre into his own net after just 34 seconds.

And all the goals came in a remarkable first half as Russ Dunkley headed home a Lamb-Johnson corner before Ash Fuller pulled one back for the visitors.

Fazel Koriya made it 3-1 when he scored from the rebound after Conway had saved his penalty while Liam Dolman and Lamb-Johnson completed the scoring before the break.

Desborough Town slipped to a 3-0 defeat to Thurnby Nirvana at the Waterworks Field as the visitors struck through Pearson Mwanyongo (2) and Celson Petrocinio.

Whitworth produced an incredible result in Division One as they hammered a young St Neots Town Saints side 10-1.

Jamie White and Ross Patrick both scored twice in the first half with Remy Brittain adding the other to make it 5-0 at the break.

But there was no let up from the Flourmen as Brittain, Deven Ellwood and a Harley Kelly own-goal making it 8-0 before Dan Hobbs grabbed a consolation for the visitors.

However, White completed his hat-trick and Lee Warman made it double figures with six minutes to go.

Caretaker-manager Dale Brunton kicked off his reign at Rushden & Higham United with a creditable draw against Thrapston Town at Chancery Lane.

Brunton took over following the resignation of Aidy Mann at the weekend and saw his team take the lead through Lewis O’Dell.

But Thrapston hit back through Kaine Clinton and Curtis Taylor-Jacob to lead 2-1.

However, the Lankies earned a point as they made it 2-2 on the stroke of half-time thanks to debutant Korey Morgan.

Don’t miss match previews for this weekend’s UCL and NFA Junior Cup action in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph