UCL Round-up – Diamonds open with impressive win

Action from Wellingborough Town's 3-1 home defeat to Wisbech Town as Chris Difante's goal and celebrations proved to be in vain. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Wellingborough Town's 3-1 home defeat to Wisbech Town as Chris Difante's goal and celebrations proved to be in vain. Pictures by Alison Bagley

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds began life as a ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side with an eye-catching 3-2 success at Deeping Rangers.

It took just eight minutes for Mark Starmer’s men to open their account as Jack Wisniewski fired them in front, although the hosts did pull level through Craig Parker.

Action from Wellingborough Town's 3-1 home defeat to Wisbech Town as Chris Difante's goal and celebrations proved to be in vain. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Wellingborough Town's 3-1 home defeat to Wisbech Town as Chris Difante's goal and celebrations proved to be in vain. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Alfie Taylor restored Diamonds’ lead seven minutes into the second half and the visitors assured themselves a winning start when Fazel Koriya made it 3-1 late on. Matt Heron did pull another back for Rangers but it was not enough.

Desborough Town started their season with a 1-1 draw against Huntingdon Town.

Luke Churchill put the hosts in front in the first half but his goal was cancelled out by Declan Rogers’ penalty early in the second period.

Wellingborough Town slipped to a 3-1 defeat to league new boys Wisbech Town at the Dog & Duck.

Action from Wellingborough Town's 3-1 home defeat to Wisbech Town as Chris Difante's goal and celebrations proved to be in vain. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Action from Wellingborough Town's 3-1 home defeat to Wisbech Town as Chris Difante's goal and celebrations proved to be in vain. Pictures by Alison Bagley

The Fenmen took the lead thanks to Callum Reed’s penalty but the hosts drew level just four minutes later when Chris Difante finished off a flowing move.

But two goals in the space of eight second-half minutes sealed Wisbech’s success. Jon Fairweather made it 2-1 before Neal Spafford secured the points.

Having seen their manager resign in the week leading up to the new season, Stewarts & Lloyds suffered a 4-1 loss at Yaxley on the first day.

Rob Hughes gave the Cuckoos a first-half lead from the penalty spot before Liam Hook and Scott Carter made it 3-0.

Lee Thompson pulled a goal back for S&L but their misery was complete late on when Hughes converted another penalty.

Burton Park Wanderers fought back from a goal down to make it a winning start to the Division One season as they beat Olney Town 3-1 at Latimer Park.

Having finished bottom of the pile last season, Joe Smyth’s side made the best possible start this time although they did fall behind when Massimo Manni put Olney in front.

But Burton turned things around in the first half as Leigh Chapman and Mike Houghton gave them a 2-1 advantage and it was Cavell Jarvis who rounded it off nine minutes into the second half.

Irchester United were denied a winning start to life back in the lower level following their relegation from the Premier Division last season as Harrowby United scored a stoppage-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw.

The Romans took a 2-0 lead thanks to two goals in the space of one first-half minute as Matt Judge put them in front before the advantage was doubled thanks to Sam Weatherstone’s own-goal.

Simon Bolland pulled a goal back for the hosts with 17 minutes to go and Irchester were denied all three points in the fourth minute of stoppage-time when Craig Wilson grabbed the leveller.

Raunds Town also started the season with a draw as they held St Neots Saints at Kiln Park.

Ricky Chambers gave the Shopmates, being led by the new management team of James Le Masurier and Scott Manning, the lead on 13 minutes but Chae Simons equalised soon after and 1-1 was how it finished.

Rushden & Higham United salvaged a point late on as they drew 2-2 with ON Chenecks at Hayden Road.

The Lankies’ Tyler Merries had the honour of scoring the first goal of the season in Division One when he put his side in front after just two minutes.

But Chenecks turned it around before half-time with Tom Gee and Elliott Muddiman on target.

However, the NFA Junior Cup holders didn’t give up and grabbed their equaliser in stoppage-time through Jez Hindle’s own-goal.

Another side starting with a point was Thrapston Town as they returned from Bourne with a 1-1 draw.

John Currall gave the hosts the lead in the first half but Thrapston levelled before the break through Luke Stevens and they held on after that despite having Jedd Whiteman sent off.

Jame Daldy’s reign as manager of Whitworth ended in defeat as they went down 2-0 at new boys Lutterworth Athletic.

Danny Laywood gave the hosts an early lead and the scoring was completed by Dominic Ivens just past the hour mark.

Rothwell Corinthians also endured a losing start as Oadby Town won 2-0 at Seargents Lawn.

Zak Winstone’s 25-yard strike gave the visitors the advantage and the outcome was in the balance until four minutes from the end when Winstone completed the scoring from the penalty spot.