Colin Ridgway admitted Irchester United “rode their luck” as they picked up a much-needed 2-1 victory over local rivals Desborough Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
The victory came a week after the Romans had lost to the same opponents in the FA Vase and Ridgway conceded his team had some good fortune as goals from Callum Harris and Luke Abrahart sealed the points at Alfred Street.
“We had a lot of players missing but it just shows that we have lads who are good enough to come in and get a result,” the Irchester manager said.
“We rode our luck because Desborough created a lot of chances for themselves but it’s not my fault they didn’t take them.
“We just kept going and when it went to 1-1 we were hanging on a bit.
“But we changed things round and we managed to get the winner after a good move. It was a great win for us.”
Stewarts & Lloyds had a day to forget as they went down 5-0 at Huntingdon Town while Wellingborough Town’s problems at the wrong end of the table continued as they suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Shepshed Dynamo – a team they had beaten 4-3 a week earlier.
Mark Starmer believes there is “a lot more to come” from AFC Rushden & Diamonds as their fine start to the Division One season continued.
Goals from Alfie Taylor (2), Jamie Gilsenan and Devon Ellwood ended Rothwell Corinthians’ unbeaten start as Diamonds claimed a 4-2 away win, despite falling behind inside the first minute.
And boss Starmer was delighted with another success.
“The lads have been fantastic for us,” he said.
“They are a good group and it’s not easy trying to keep everyone happy.
“But they are all playing a part and there is a lot more to come.
“We needed to step it up at half-time and the lads responded to that and a 20-minute spell took the game away from them.”
Burton Park Wanderers boss Kevin Fox was delighted with a “good all-round performance” as his team picked up their first points of the season with a 2-1 success at Bourne.
First-half goals from Jed Whiteman and Leigh Chapman were enough for Wanderers.
And Fox said: “We got the job done before half-time.
“It was a good afternoon for us. We are pleased to have got that first win and it was a good team performance.”
Another team who enjoyed a good afternoon were Rushden & Higham United.
Aidy Mann’s side picked up their second win of the season with an impressive 2-1 success at Olney.
Whitworth’s 100 per cent record came to an end as they suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to Harrowby United.
But Oadby Town are still going strong at the right end of the table as they beat Raunds Town 4-0.
There was also a defeat for Thrapston Town as they went down 3-0 at Bugbrooke.