UCL round-up - Diamonds celebrate promotion

AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrated promotion from UCL Division One with a 3-0 success at Northampton Spencer. Pictures by Sharon Lucey

AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrated promotion from UCL Division One with a 3-0 success at Northampton Spencer. Pictures by Sharon Lucey

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be plying their trade in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division next season.

It ended up being a promotion party at Kingsthorpe Mill as Mark Starmer’s side completed the job with a 3-0 win over Northampton Spencer, which secured their elevation.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrated promotion from UCL Division One with a 3-0 success at Northampton Spencer. Pictures by Sharon Lucey

AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrated promotion from UCL Division One with a 3-0 success at Northampton Spencer. Pictures by Sharon Lucey

Diamonds’ first-ever season as a senior team has proved to be impressive and an incredible unbeaten run continued as they finished things in Northampton.

Starmer’s side needed only a point to secure promotion but they did it in style after skipper Chris Hope headed them in front seven minutes before half-time.

And the game was made safe just past the hour as Matt Gearing made it 2-0 and Alex Deakin completed the scoring.

The final whistle was greeted with scenes of jubilation on the Kingsthorpe Mill pitch as the large contingent of travelling support in a crowd of over 800 were able to celebrate a job well done.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrated promotion from UCL Division One with a 3-0 success at Northampton Spencer. Pictures by Sharon Lucey

AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrated promotion from UCL Division One with a 3-0 success at Northampton Spencer. Pictures by Sharon Lucey

The victory has also taken Diamonds to the top of the table although Sileby Rangers need just a point from their final game of the season at Whitworth on Tuesday to seal the title.

Rushden & Higham’s preparations for the NFA Junior Cup final continued in fine style as their penultimate game of the season ended in a 2-0 win over Potton United.

It came just two days after the Lankies had destroyed Burton Park Wanderers 7-1 at Latimer Park and a goal in each half secured their latest success.

Craig Harrower put the hosts in front on 41 minutes before Jory Mann rounded it off 13 minutes from the end.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrated promotion from UCL Division One with a 3-0 success at Northampton Spencer. Pictures by Sharon Lucey

AFC Rushden & Diamonds celebrated promotion from UCL Division One with a 3-0 success at Northampton Spencer. Pictures by Sharon Lucey

Rothwell Corinthians claimed a point as they drew 1-1 with visitors Bugbrooke. Jim Whitmore put Corinthians in front but they were denied victory by Pete Smith’s leveller just past the hour.

All the goals came in the first half as Whitworth were beaten 2-1 at Eynesbury.

The hosts raced into a 2-0 lead through Ben Colmer and Lee Bassett before Ryan Lovell pulled one back for the Flourmen.

Despite a decent run during April, Burton Park Wanderers will finish bottom of the pile this season after they were beaten 4-1 at home by Buckingham Town.

The Robins had the job done inside 46 minutes as Tony Hill (2) and Dom Marsala put them 3-0 up at half-time before Ieuan Riley made it four a minute after the restart. Wayne Brown grabbed a consolation for Wanderers on the hour.

Burton complete their campaign when they face Bugbrooke at Latimer Park on Monday night.

Raunds Town were well beaten 3-0 at Harrowby United as the hosts did all the damage in the first half.

Martin Wormall put Harrowby in front before Craig Wilson doubled the advantage. An Wormall’s penalty completed the scoring two minutes before the break.

The Shopmates take on Rothwell Corinthians in their final game of the season on Tuesday while all the other local sides also complete their campaigns in midweek.

Desborough Town rounded off a fine season in the Premier Division with a 3-1 success at local rivals Wellingborough Town.

Having struggled for most of the last campaign, Steve Walker’s Ar Tarn have impressed in this one and they finished on a high note at the Dog & Duck.

Ade Yusuf put the visitors in front on 40 minutes and Luke Churchill added to that soon after the break before Adam Randall made the game safe with 20 minutes to go. Gokhan Ulker scored the consolation for Craig Adams’ side with two minutes left.

The Doughboys will finally complete their campaign, which saw them go on an incredible run of form to haul themselves away from the relegation zone, on Thursday night when they travel to Boston Town for a re-arranged fixture.

Elsewhere, Stewarts & Lloyds’ season ended on a disappointing note as they surrendered a 2-1 lead before eventually going down 4-2 to Yaxley at Occupation Road.

The visitors took the lead through Andy Furnell but Paul Caswell equalised and then put Daren Young’s side in front on 62 minutes.

However, Andy Ofosu levelled the game up and he grabbed a second to complete the scoring after Matt Barber had given Yaxley a 3-2 lead.