UCL round-up - Diamonds the only local side to taste victory

Match action from Irchester's 6-1 home defeat to Cogenhoe. Pictures by Kit Mallin
Match action from Irchester's 6-1 home defeat to Cogenhoe. Pictures by Kit Mallin

It proved to be a difficult weekend in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League.

Just one local side was victorious across the two divisions and that was AFC Rushden & Diamonds in Division One as they edged out Harrowby United 3-2 at the Dog & Duck.

Match action from Irchester's 6-1 home defeat to Cogenhoe. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Match action from Irchester's 6-1 home defeat to Cogenhoe. Pictures by Kit Mallin

It all seemed too easy for Mark Starmer’s men in the first half as Ben Morgan’s double and a goal from Jake Gillingwater put them 3-0 up at half-time.

But they were given a scare or two after the break as Martin Wormall pulled one back from 30 yards before Lee Shaw also got on target in the last minute.

But it wasn’t enough to prevent the hosts from taking the win as they moved to within two points of leaders Oadby Town.

The local derby at Chancery Lane ended in stalemate as Thrapston Town drew 2-2 with Rushden & Higham.

Match action from Irchester's 6-1 home defeat to Cogenhoe. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Match action from Irchester's 6-1 home defeat to Cogenhoe. Pictures by Kit Mallin

The visitors looked to be in control at half-time as Chris Walton and Craig Lawman put them 2-0 up.

But Thrapston fought back and Callum Noble made it 2-1 before Luke Cummins grabbed a dramatic equaliser three minutes into stoppage-time at the end.

Elsewhere, it was a bad day for the other local sides in Division One.

Whitworth suffered a shock 5-3 defeat at Buckingham Town, who ended a nine-game losing streak to move off the foot of the table.

Match action from Irchester's 6-1 home defeat to Cogenhoe. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Match action from Irchester's 6-1 home defeat to Cogenhoe. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Cavell Jarvis put the Flourmen in front but the hosts fought back to lead 4-1. Jarvis and Luke Raftery made it 4-3 but the Robins completed their win with another goal before the end.

Raunds Town were thrashed 5-1 at home by in-form Northampton Spencer, despite Ricky Chambers making it 1-1 at one point while Rothwell Corinthians went down by the same scoreline at second-placed Sileby Rangers. Ben Johnson scored Corinthians’ consolation seven minutes from the end.

Burton Park Wanderers also struggled on the road as they lost 3-1 at ON Chenecks.

Wanderers went 2-0 down before Danny Hockridge gave them hope. But Chenecks added another to seal the points.

In the Premier Division, Stewarts & Lloyds stopped the rot with a good 1-1 home draw with high-flying Deeping Rangers.

Ash Stevens put the visitors in front after 11 minutes but David Sheridan earned the hosts a point with a goal just before the hour.

Desborough Town needed a late equaliser from Adam Randall to secure a 2-2 stalemate with Sleaford Town at the Waterworks Field.

Tom Mills had given Ar Tarn a first-half lead but Liam Tunstall’s double looked to have sealed victory for the visitors.

However, Randall popped up with the leveller with just three minutes remaining.

It remains a tough time for Wellingborough Town and Irchester United as both sides slipped to heavy defeats.

Phil Mason’s Doughboys were beaten 4-0 at second-placed Holbeach United, who had Rob Hughes, Adam Jackson, Mitch Griffiths and Andy Tidswell on target.

Irchester, meanwhile, went down 6-1 to Cogenhoe United at Alfred Street as former Wellingborough Town striker Tom Liversedge enjoyed a day to remember for the Cooks.

Karl Bates put the visitors 1-0 up before Liversedge doubled the advantage.

Martin Mitchell pulled a goal back for the Romans but it was 4-1 at the break at Liversedge completed a first-half hat-trick.

Courtney Herbert made it 5-1 in the second period but the day belonged to Liversedge who scored his fourth and Cogenhoe’s sixth in the last minute.