Promotion is now in Corinthians’ hands

Jordan Henson takes the congratulations after scoring one of his two goals in Rothwell Corinthians' 2-0 victory over Olney Town. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Jordan Henson takes the congratulations after scoring one of his two goals in Rothwell Corinthians' 2-0 victory over Olney Town. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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Rothwell Corinthians now have their promotion hopes in their own hands after a near perfect day for them in ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One.

Shaun Sparrow’s team claimed a 2-0 victory over Olney Town at Sergeants Lawn while the sides above them who were in action both lost.

Football action :Rothwell: Rothwell Corinthians v Olney (in green)''Saturday March 21 2015 NNL-150321-183345009

Football action :Rothwell: Rothwell Corinthians v Olney (in green)''Saturday March 21 2015 NNL-150321-183345009

Jordan Henson gave the hosts the lead in the final minute of the first half and he claimed his second late on to seal an eighth win in a row for Sparrow’s team.

The victory means Corinthians are two points behind second-placed Peterborough Sports with three games in hand while the two teams clash at Sergeants Lawn on Tuesday night.

Corinthians got a big helping hand from Irchester United, who claimed a magnificent 2-1 win over high-flying Lutterworth Athletic at Alfred Street.

Jared Harewood gave the Romans a first-half lead, although Sam Young levelled early in the second period.

Football action :Rothwell: Rothwell Corinthians v Olney (in green)''Saturday March 21 2015 NNL-150321-183311009

Football action :Rothwell: Rothwell Corinthians v Olney (in green)''Saturday March 21 2015 NNL-150321-183311009

However, Sam Dengel’s goal on the hour proved decisive as Irchester held on for a fine victory.

Thrapston Town ended a run of three games without a win in emphatic style as they thrashed Blackstones 6-1 at Chancery Lane.

Ashley Newman marked his debut for the hosts by giving them the lead and the game was over by half-time as Charlie Parkin’s brace either side of Ben Morgan’s goal made it 4-0.

Dan Bucciero scored twice in the second period to secure Thrapston’s big win while the visitors replied with a consolation from Martin Holyoak late on.

Football action :Rothwell: Rothwell Corinthians v Olney (in green)''Saturday March 21 2015 NNL-150321-183236009

Football action :Rothwell: Rothwell Corinthians v Olney (in green)''Saturday March 21 2015 NNL-150321-183236009

The local derby at Occupation Road as Rushden & Higham United piled the misery on bottom side Stewarts & Lloyds with a 5-0 victory.

Lewis O’Dell gave the Lankies the lead before Jack Dyson made it 2-0 before half-time.

O’Dell went on to complete his hat-trick in the second period and Aaron Campion’s goal condemned S&L to their 31st defeat in 32 league outings.

Burton Park Wanderers fought back from 2-0 down to claim a 2-2 draw with Buckingham Town at Latimer Park.

Football action :Rothwell: Rothwell Corinthians v Olney (in green)''Saturday March 21 2015 NNL-150321-183225009

Football action :Rothwell: Rothwell Corinthians v Olney (in green)''Saturday March 21 2015 NNL-150321-183225009

Goals from Mitch Brent and Joe Donaldson gave the visitors a 2-0 lead inside 53 minutes.

But Shane Hawkes pulled a goal back and Curtis Taylor-Jacob struck on 70 minutes to secure a point for the hosts.

Whitworth are now without a win in six as Potton United maintained their promotion hopes with a 5-2 success at London Road.

The visitors were 3-0 up inside 17 minutes thanks to Adam Marsh and a Gary Ansell-Carter brace.

Cavell Jarvis threw the Flourmen a lifeline before the break but Marsh’s second goal on 58 minutes ended any hopes of a fightback.

Jarvis pulled another goal back from the penalty spot but Potton completed the scoring thanks to Callum Forster’s spot-kick.

Wellingborough Town were on the end of a fightback from Holbeach United as they went down 3-1 at Carters Park in the Premier Division.

The Doughboys looked to be heading for three points when the division’s leading scorer Jake Newman converted a penalty with 20 minutes remaining.

But Jamie Clarke equalised on 78 minutes before Lee Beeson gave the hosts the lead and then Matt Warfield wrapped it up from the penalty spot.

Desborough Town, meanwhile, claimed their first clean sheet of the year as they drew 0-0 with fifth-placed Yaxley at the Waterworks Field.