UCL round-up - Diamonds close in on promotion

Action from Burton Park Wanderers' 3-1 home defeat to Sileby Rangers in Division One. Pictures by Dave Ikin

Action from Burton Park Wanderers' 3-1 home defeat to Sileby Rangers in Division One. Pictures by Dave Ikin

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds are closing in on promotion in Division One of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League.

A 2-0 win at Potton United on Saturday means Mark Starmer’s men are three points clear of third-placed Oadby Town with two games to play.

Action from Burton Park Wanderers' 3-1 home defeat to Sileby Rangers in Division One. Pictures by Dave Ikin

Action from Burton Park Wanderers' 3-1 home defeat to Sileby Rangers in Division One. Pictures by Dave Ikin

And four points from their remaining two fixtures - the first of which is against next door neighbours Whitworth at the Dog & Duck on Tuesday night - will ensure them a place in the Premier Division for next season.

Not for the first time, Jake Newman was the hero for Diamonds as his brace sealed the points at Potton.

Newman broke the deadlock nine minutes before half-time and he wrapped it up with the second eight minutes before the end.

Diamonds still have Oadby on their tails and they maintained their hopes but not before they were given a stern test by Thrapston Town.

Action from Burton Park Wanderers' 3-1 home defeat to Sileby Rangers in Division One. Pictures by Dave Ikin

Action from Burton Park Wanderers' 3-1 home defeat to Sileby Rangers in Division One. Pictures by Dave Ikin

Indeed, Ian Walker’s side led 2-1 at half-time as Dan Pegg and David Sheridan found the net after Ollie Brown-Hill had put the hosts in front.

But Oadby produced a fine second-half fightback Jake Duffy, Jim Dodd and Levi Ramsey scoring the goals to secure a 4-2 success.

Sileby Rangers remain on top of the table and look well placed to seal the title but they didn’t have things all their own way at much-improved bottom markers Burton Park Wanderers.

It was an eventful half for Sileby’s Dan Spaughton as he put his side in front at Latimer Park before putting one through his own net to bring Burton back on level terms at half-time.

Action from Burton Park Wanderers' 3-1 home defeat to Sileby Rangers in Division One. Pictures by Dave Ikin

Action from Burton Park Wanderers' 3-1 home defeat to Sileby Rangers in Division One. Pictures by Dave Ikin

But two goals in 11 second-half minutes sealed the points for Rangers as Jon Crockett regained the lead before Steve Blackwood secured the 3-1 success.

Elsewhere, Whitworth were beaten 4-2 at in-form Northampton Spencer after a late flurry of goals at Kingsthorpe Mill.

Ryan Lovell put the Flourmen in front in the first half and it was a lead they held until the 71st minute when Ashley Simpson levelled.

Jack Bartley put Spencer in front four minutes later before Simpson’s second and a Ryan Dove effort gave them a 4-1 advantage.

Action from Burton Park Wanderers' 3-1 home defeat to Sileby Rangers in Division One. Pictures by Dave Ikin

Action from Burton Park Wanderers' 3-1 home defeat to Sileby Rangers in Division One. Pictures by Dave Ikin

Whitworth joint-manager Matty Freeman grabbed a consolation in the 89th minute but it proved to be Spencer’s day.

There may have been a sense of relaxation as the Dog & Duck played host to a Premier Division derby between Wellingborough Town and Stewarts & Lloyds.

Both teams secured their status in the top flight last week, ironically enough both did it thanks to wins over high-flying Spalding United.

But it was Daren Young’s S&L who came out on top in this one as the Doughboys’ 12-match unbeaten run came to an end.

All the damage was done in the first half as the Corby side raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Sean McGillick, Lee Garvie and Jamie O’Neill.

Josh McGoldrick pulled one back for the hosts on 75 minutes and Gokhan Ulker made it 3-2 two minutes later.

But Young’s side held on to secure their fifth win in six seasons at the Dog & Duck.

There was also derby-day joy for Desborough Town as they bounced back from their shock midweek defeat to Irchester United with a 3-1 success at Harborough Town.

The hosts took the lead through Will Arnold but Luke Churchill levelled a minute before half-time.

And Desborough carried on from there with Ben Williams putting them in front before Ade Yusuf’s penalty secured the points. Harborough, however, were able to celebrate as results from elsewhere ensured their safety in the division.

Top met bottom at Alfred Street but only one goal decided it as champions Holbeach United edged out Irchester 1-0 before receiving the championship trophy.

The only goal came on 22 minutes as Andy Tidswell’s 33rd of the season secured the points for the visitors.