UCL round-up - Doughboys win again as Romans go down

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 win at Whitworth in Division One. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 win at Whitworth in Division One. Pictures by Kit Mallin

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Wellingborough Town’s fine run of form continued in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division continued as they picked up another crucial victory in the form of a 1-0 Easter Monday win over local rivals Irchester United.

But the Romans will be plying their trade in Division One next season as the defeat condemned them to relegation.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 win at Whitworth in Division One. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 win at Whitworth in Division One. Pictures by Kit Mallin

A scrappy affair at the Dog & Duck was settled by Jon Mitchell’s 20th-minute goal as Wellingborough moved four points clear of the relegation zone.

Stewarts & Lloyds claimed a useful point as they continue their battle to avoid the drop with a 1-1 derby draw at Desborough Town.

The visitors looked set for a crucial three points when Mark Forbes put them in front eight minutes into the second half. But Kevin Byrne rescued a point for Ar Tarn with two minutes remaining.

The four-horse race for the two promotion places in Division One continues to intrigue.

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 win at Whitworth in Division One. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from AFC Rushden & Diamonds' 3-1 win at Whitworth in Division One. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Leaders Sileby Rangers suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Northampton Spencer and that allowed AFC Rushden & Diamonds to move level on points with them thanks to a 3-1 victory at next door neighbours Whitworth.

First-half goals from Jack Wisniewski and Jake Newman put Diamonds in control and Newman’s solo effort finished the job after the break, although the Flourmen did reply through Cavell Jarvis.

But Eynesbury Rovers and Oadby Town continue to lurk just below Mark Starmer’s men and both sides were successful in this part of Northamptonshire on Easter Monday.

Third-placed Eynesbury won 3-1 at Raunds Town thanks to Ben Colmer and Tom Coles (2). Alex Wills scored the Shopmates’ consolation.

And Oadby were successful by the same scoreline at Rothwell Corinthians, who stunned their high-flying visitors by taking the lead inside the first minute through Marvin Hill.

But goals from Jon Stevenson and Michael Reeve gave Oadby a half-time lead and Stevenson finished it off in the second half after he had missed an earlier penalty.

There was a six-goal thriller in the derby clash at Chancery Lane as Thrapston Town fought back for a 3-3 draw with bottom side Burton Park Wanderers.

Iain Blaikie gave Thrapston the lead from the penalty spot but Joe Smyth’s team hit back to lead with two goals late in the first half from Wayne Brown.

Wanderers looked home and dry when Craig Jackson scored a free-kick on 57 minutes but the drama didn’t end there.

Another Blaikie penalty gave Thrapston hope and it was former Burton man Jedd Whiteman who earned the hosts a point when he grabbed the equaliser.