UCL Preview - Romans face Doughboys on another important night

Irchester United boss Colin Ridgway will see his team take on local rivals Wellingborough Town tonight

Irchester United boss Colin Ridgway will see his team take on local rivals Wellingborough Town tonight

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Another busy and, potentially, crucial night lies ahead in the Premier Division and Division One of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League this evening (Tuesday).

In the top flight, the game of the night is at Alfred Street as bottom side Irchester United take on local rivals Wellingborough Town.

The Romans are closing in on relegation to Division One having taken just one point from their last 21 league games, a run that sees them cut adrift at the bottom.

The Doughboys, on the other hand, are very much a team in form and a run that has brought just one defeat in eight matches has seen them move five points clear of the relegation zone.

Stewarts & Lloyds, who drew 1-1 with Wellingborough at Occupation Road at the weekend, are also looking to pull themselves further away from danger and they will have the chance to do that tonight when they face a tricky trip to Newport Pagnell.

Desborough Town sit comfortably in mid-table and they will be looking to build on a 3-3 draw at AFC Kempston when they make the tough journey over the Lincolnshire border to take on third-placed Spalding United.

The race for elevation from in Division One remains firmly in the balance with four teams still pushing hard for the two promotion places. And three of them are in action tonight.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds are enjoying a superb run of form with their latest success being a 5-1 drubbing of Thrapston Town at the weekend. They will be highly-fancied to maintain their charge when they take on struggling Potton United at the Dog & Duck.

And they will, no doubt, have one eye on the respective matches at Eynesbury and Whitworth. Second-placed Eynesbury host Buckingham Town while Whitworth could do their neighbours a favour as they host fourth-placed Oadby Town.

Elsewhere, there are two local derbies with Raunds Town taking on Thrapston at Kiln Park while NFA Junior Cup finalists Rushden & Higham welcome bottom markers Burton Park Wanderers to Hayden Road.

Rothwell Corinthians are also in action as they entertain Bourne Town at Seargeant’s Lawn.