UCL round-up - Daren’s delight with depleted S&L

Action from the NFA Junior Cup clash between Northampton Spencer and Raunds Town - Pictures by Dave Ikin
Action from the NFA Junior Cup clash between Northampton Spencer and Raunds Town - Pictures by Dave Ikin
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Stewarts & Lloyds boss Daren Young was delighted with the character his team showed as they ended Newport Pagnell’s unbeaten start to the Premier Division season in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League.

First-half goals from Shaun McGillick, Rob Barnett and Chris Caswell proved decisive at Occupation Road as Young’s side held on for a 3-2 win in the second half having led 3-1 at the break.

Action from the NFA Junior Cup clash between Northampton Spencer and Raunds Town - Pictures by Dave Ikin

Action from the NFA Junior Cup clash between Northampton Spencer and Raunds Town - Pictures by Dave Ikin

And Young admitted his team were “depleted” for the clash but he was happy with the response from the players.

“We were without eight of our normal starting 11 and then we picked up injuries during the game as well,” he said.

“But everyone played their part and those who came in didn’t let us down.

“It was a real test of character for us in the second half because they came at us with everything.

Action from the NFA Junior Cup clash between Northampton Spencer and Raunds Town - Pictures by Dave Ikin

Action from the NFA Junior Cup clash between Northampton Spencer and Raunds Town - Pictures by Dave Ikin

“We are all about developing the club with young players and few experienced lads. We are what we are.

“But it was a very good day for us.”

Phil Mason’s third game in charge of Wellingborough Town ended in a draw as they picked up a valuable point in a 1-1 stalemate at Deeping.

There was something of a surprise at the Waterworks Field as Desborough Town were beaten 2-1 by Yaxley.

Action from the NFA Junior Cup clash between Northampton Spencer and Raunds Town - Pictures by Dave Ikin

Action from the NFA Junior Cup clash between Northampton Spencer and Raunds Town - Pictures by Dave Ikin

Irchester United took an early lead at Holbeach United thanks to Luke Abrahart’s early goal.

But the hosts fought back to maintain their 100 per cent record so far this season with a 5-1 victory.

In Division One, the only local side in action was Rothwell Corinthians who suffered a second defeat in a row as they went down 4-1 at Eynesbury Rovers.

The rest of the Division One teams were involved in the first round of the NFA Junior Cup and, in general, it proved to be a productive day.

Whitworth gained revenge for their UCL Knockout Cup defeat to neighbours AFC Rushden & Diamonds as they claimed a 3-1 victory at the Dog & Duck, although they needed extra-time to finish the job as the two teams were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Rushden & Higham and Thrapston Town both saw off Northants Combination opposition by 2-0 scorelines with the former beating Weldon United at Hayden Road while the latter triumphed at Stanwick Rovers.

Burton Park Wanderers are also into the second round thanks to a 2-1 home success over Middleton Cheney.

But Raunds Town went out to fellow Division One side Northampton Spencer as they lost 2-1 away from home.