UCL round-up - Kevin’s goal sends Desborough up to eighth

Action from Rushden & Higham's 3-1 win over Raunds Town. Pictures by Tony Waugh
Action from Rushden & Higham's 3-1 win over Raunds Town. Pictures by Tony Waugh
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Desborough Town continued their good form of late as they moved up to eighth place in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division with a 1-0 success at Yaxley.

Kevin Byrne was the hero for Ar Tarn as his 24th-minute goal proved decisive.

Action from Rushden & Higham's 3-1 win over Raunds Town. Pictures by Tony Waugh

Action from Rushden & Higham's 3-1 win over Raunds Town. Pictures by Tony Waugh

Unfortunately, it was a bad day for the other two local clubs in the top flight as Irchester United and Wellingborough Town continue to struggle at the wrong end.

The Romans are bottom as they slipped to an eight successive defeat when they were beaten 3-2 at home by Long Buckby.

Nkosi Mwangwana put the visitors in front before Dan Turickki levelled the scores.

However, Buckby took a 3-1 lead into the break thanks to Dan Mullarkey and another from Mwangwana.

Action from Rushden & Higham's 3-1 win over Raunds Town. Pictures by Tony Waugh

Action from Rushden & Higham's 3-1 win over Raunds Town. Pictures by Tony Waugh

Irchester debutant Lee Nash pulled another goal back late on but the visitors held on for the win.

The Doughboys, meanwhile, were beaten 2-1 at Cogenhoe United, who halted a three-match losing run.

Ex-Wellingborough man Tom Liversedge put the hosts in front and the points were secured by Karl Bates three minutes into the second half.

Glen Hawkins’ late goal proved in vain for Phil Mason’s team, who remain in the bottom three.

Action from Rushden & Higham's 3-1 win over Raunds Town. Pictures by Tony Waugh

Action from Rushden & Higham's 3-1 win over Raunds Town. Pictures by Tony Waugh

There was something of a shock at the Dog & Duck as AFC Rushden & Diamonds missed the chance to go to the top of Division One.

They were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Burton Park Wanderers, who had goalkeeper Liam Fox in impressive form.

Diamonds did take the lead when former Burton man Jack Wisniewski converted Ben Morgan’s pull-back.

But Kevin Fox levelled with a header after the break and the visitors held on for a share of the spoils.

Rushden & Higham United picked up their third win of the season as they saw off local rivals Raunds Town 3-1 at Hayden Road.

The Shopmates led at half-time thanks to Alex Wills but the Lankies turned things around thanks to Jory Mann’s penalty and two goals in the final 14 minutes from Daryl Lawman and Craig Harrower.

Nine-man Olney held on for a point at Rothwell Corinthians as they shared a 1-1 draw.

Sam Parrish put Olney ahead in first-half stoppage-time but the hosts levelled early in the second period through Andy White.

The visitors had Marc Umney and James Fletcher sent off during the second half but Corinthians were unable to take advantage.

Earlier, there was a fine win for Thrapston Town on Friday night as they beat Whitworth 3-1 in the local derby at Chancery Lane.

Iain Blaikie and Jordan Cross put them 2-0 up at the break and Cross all-but sealed the win with his second after half-time.

Ashley Bradshaw did pull one back for the Flourmen but the hosts claimed the points.