Diamonds win again to move seven points clear

Action from Thrapston Town's 6-0 victory over Stewarts & Lloyds in the UCL Division One. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Thrapston Town's 6-0 victory over Stewarts & Lloyds in the UCL Division One. Pictures by Alison Bagley

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division with a 2-1 success at Boston Town.

While their nearest rivals were involved in the FA Vase, Andy Peaks’ side maintained their impressive form with a battling victory.

Football Action: Thrapston: Thrapston Town FC vs S&L football action ''Saturday 6th December 2014 NNL-140612-195252009

Football Action: Thrapston: Thrapston Town FC vs S&L football action ''Saturday 6th December 2014 NNL-140612-195252009

Tom Lorraine put them in front and Adam Confue doubled the advantage on 66 minutes

A Sam Brown own-goal gave Boston hope but Diamonds saw the game out to move further clear at the summit.

Desborough Town’s fine form came to an end as Huntingdon Town gained quick revenge for their defeat at the Waterworks Field last weekend with a 3-2 success.

Michael Byrne gave Ar Tarn a half-time lead at Jubilee Park but the hosts turned things round after the break thanks to Ollie Medwynter, Declan Rogers’ penalty and a further goal from Charley Sanders.

Football Action: Thrapston: Thrapston Town FC vs S&L football action ''Saturday 6th December 2014 NNL-140612-195452009

Football Action: Thrapston: Thrapston Town FC vs S&L football action ''Saturday 6th December 2014 NNL-140612-195452009

Byrne pulled another back with a penalty of his own but Ian Walker’s men couldn’t find an equaliser.

Wellingborough Town fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Sileby Rangers at the Dog & Duck.

Stuart McMichael gave the visitors a first-half lead but Jake Newman’s penalty five minutes after the restart ensured the Doughboys made it five games without defeat.

Whitworth emphasised their promotion credentials in Division One by moving into second place as they ended Potton United’s seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 away success.

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Football Action: Thrapston: Thrapston Town FC vs S&L football action ''Saturday 6th December 2014 NNL-140612-195441009

Deven Ellwood gave the Flourmen the lead but the hosts hit back to make it 1-1 at the break through Ash Yeomans.

But Cavell Jarvis regained the lead for Whitworth before Ellwood gave them a two-goal cushion.

And they saw the game out after Adam Marsh had pulled one back for the hosts with six minutes to go.

Two goals from Cameron Starsmore ensured Rothwell Corinthians’ good run of form continued as they inflicted a seventh defeat in a row on Buckingham Town with a 3-1 verdict.

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Football Action: Thrapston: Thrapston Town FC vs S&L football action ''Saturday 6th December 2014 NNL-140612-195345009

Starsmore put the visitors in front and Dom Page made it 2-0 before half-time.

Ben Farrell struck for the hosts with 13 minutes to go but Starsmore had the final say as he completed the scoring.

New boy Imad Abassi hit a hat-trick as Burton Park Wanderers produced one of the surprises of the day with a 4-1 success at Bugbrooke.

Another new signing Lynval Da Costa gave Burton the lead before Abassi, who was signed from Kettering Town’s under-21s, made it 2-0 before the break.

Abassi completed his treble with two goals in five second-half minutes to confirm Wanderers’ victory before Brad Janes grabbed the hosts’ consolation.

Thrapston Town hit six second-half goals to ensure Andy Norman’s first game in charge of Stewarts & Lloyds ended in their 20th defeat from as many matches.

It was all-square at 0-0 at half-time but the hosts ran riot in the second period once Carlos Lewis had broken the deadlock.

Jack Wisniewski made it 2-0 before Duncan Charles and Jason Taylor got in on the act.

And Leigh Chapman’s late double completed Thrapston’s 6-0 victory.

Raunds Town’s recent good form continued as they completed a league double over Woodford United with a 2-1 success at Kiln Park.

All the goals came in the first half with Dave Townsend putting the Shopmates in front before they were pegged back by Joe Henderson’s goal.

But Jamie Russell’s penalty three minutes before half-time proved decisive for the hosts.