UCL and FA Vase - Desborough and Diamonds progress on road to Wembley

Michael Byrne was the hat-trick hero for Desborough Town as they thrashed Swaffham Town 6-0 in the first round of the FA Vase
Michael Byrne was the hat-trick hero for Desborough Town as they thrashed Swaffham Town 6-0 in the first round of the FA Vase
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Michael Byrne hit a hat-trick as ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side Desborough Town stormed into the second round of the FA Vase with a superb 6-0 win at Swaffham Town.

And it was also a fine day for Division One outfit AFC Rushden & Diamonds as they also went through with a 2-1 success at Premier Division club Yaxley.

But it was Ar Tarn who stole the headlines in Norfolk as Richard Scott gave them a 1-0 half-time lead.

And Dan Kitching’s goal two minutes into the second half opened the floodgates. Kevin Byrne made it 3-0 before his brother Michael took over.

He added the fourth and then completed his hat-trick with two more before the end as he rounded off a day to remember for Ar Tarn boss Steve Walker.

“It was a terrific result for us,” Walker said.

“They have been going well and there is a big hill on their pitch and we were going up it in the first half. They put us under pressure early on.

“But we got the goal and we knew if we got at them early in the second half then we would be in a strong position.

“That’s what happened and some of our football was a joy to watch.

“We are just looking forward to the draw tomorrow (Monday) and see if we can get a good one and make more progress. It was a good day for us.”

Diamonds, meanwhile, beat opposition from the division above as Deven Ellwood put them in front only for Luke Hipwell to level for Yaxley.

However, Ben Morgan punished a mistake from the home goalkeeper just a minute from full-time to send Mark Starmer’s men through and maintain their impressive start to the season.

Starmer said: “It was an even first half but we dominated the second and we deserved the win.

“They showed in the first 20 minutes why they are a good side but we were excellent in the second half.

“We are taking every round as it comes and we get back to league action next week, which remains the priority.

“But the Vase is a very nice distraction to have.”

Wellingborough Town picked up a much a much-needed home victory in the Premier Division as they beat fellow strugglers Harborough Town.

Two first-half goals proved decisive for the Doughboys as Paul Cooper opened the scoring after 12 minutes and Ben Ekins grabbed the second three minutes before half-time.

Irchester United dropped to the foot of the Premier Division table after a 2-0 defeat at Peterborough Northern Star, who had Tommy Waldock and Denny Escorsio on target.

The Division One derby went the way of Thrapston Town as they edged out Burton Park Wanderers 4-3 at Latimer Park.

Leigh Chapman opened the scoring for Burton but Thrapston took control as Callum Noble, Aiden Bradshaw, Iain Blaikie and a Liam Fox own-goal gave them a 4-1 advantage.

But they were forced to hold on for the points after Chapman completed his hat-trick with two further goals in the final 15 minutes.

Raunds Town claimed a 1-0 win over Potton United at Kiln Park as Danny Tarr’s 41st-minute goal proved decisive.

Elsewhere in Division One, Rushden & Higham claimed a point as they drew 0-0 at ON Chenecks while Rothwell Corinthians slipped to a fourth successive defeat as they went down 2-1 at home to Wootton Blue Cross.

Andy White put the hosts in front but late goals from Chris Winton and Scott Sinclair sealed the points for Wootton.