UCL Round-up – Shopmates’ fine form goes on in the cup

Wellingborough Town boss Craig Adams saw his team win 5-0 at Buckingham Town in the UCL Knockout Cup
Wellingborough Town boss Craig Adams saw his team win 5-0 at Buckingham Town in the UCL Knockout Cup

Raunds Town’s superb start to the season continued in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League as they dumped Premier Division bottom markers Harborough Town out of the Knockout Cup.

The Division One Shopmates held their hosts to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes and sealed their place in the next round thanks to Alex Wills’ goal in extra-time.

Rob Parker and Jason Turner ensured Wellingborough Town stormed into the next round with a 5-0 success at Division One outfit Buckingham Town.

Turner opened the scoring before Parker hit a double to make it 3-0 at the break. Turner added his second after half-time and Parker completed his hat-trick and the scoring to seal it.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds made a host of changes for their all-Premier Division clash with Huntingdon Town ahead of their FA Cup showdown with Cambridge City at the weekend.

And it resulted in a rare home defeat for Mark Starmer’s men as they went down 3-2 – the second time they have lost to Huntingdon this season.

A Liam Bond own-goal gave the visitors the lead before Jake Gillingwater equalised on the stroke of half-time. A Victor Torres own-goal put Diamonds in front for the first time but Huntingdon fought back to win it thanks to Declan Rogers and Ben Seymour-Shove.

Stewarts & Lloyds are also out as Courtney Herbert’s goal proved decisive for Cogenhoe United at Occupation Road.

Desborough Town went out after a penalty shoot-out at Newport Pagnell. The scores were level at 1-1 after 120 minutes as Adam Randall grabbed an equaliser for Ar Tarn after Derek Brown had put the hosts in front.

Desborough looked on course to win on penalties as they converted their first two while Newport missed theirs. But they failed with their third, fourth and fifth kicks as the hosts advanced.

There was a welcome win in the cup for Irchester United as they recorded their first success of the season with a 2-1 verdict over Division One rivals Rushden & Higham.

Martin Mitchell headed the hosts in front on the hour and Matt Judge made the game safe with five minutes to go, although Harry May ensured a nervous finale with a late consolation for the Lankies.

Rothwell Corinthians and Bugbrooke will have to try again in their clash after it was abandoned after 95 minutes due to floodlight failure at Seargents Lawn.

New Corinthians boss Shaun Sparrow saw his team level the game through Ryan Goodband after Adam Roberts had put the visitors in front. But the lights failed five minutes extra-time, forcing the game to be abandoned.

Burton Park Wanderers take on local rivals Thrapston Town in the Knockout Cup at Latimer Park tonight (Wednesday).