UCL round-up - S&L and Wellingborough move clear after derby draw

Stewarts & Lloyds boss Daren Young saw his side claim a point in the 1-1 draw with local rivals Wellingborough Town in the Premier Division
Stewarts & Lloyds boss Daren Young saw his side claim a point in the 1-1 draw with local rivals Wellingborough Town in the Premier Division
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Honours ended even in the big Premier Division derby between Stewarts & Lloyds and Wellingborough Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League.

In the end, the 1-1 draw at Occupation Road proved useful for both sides as they moved five points clear of the relegation zone.

Jason Taylor put the Doughboys in front five minutes before half-time but Daren Young’s side earned a share of the spoils when David Sheridan struck in the second half.

Two late goals earned Desborough Town a 3-3 draw at AFC Kempston, who took the lead through Josh Bamford.

Jared Harewood levelled within a minute but the hosts looked on course for victory thanks to Sam Macrae’s brace either side of the break.

But Ben Williams gave Ar Tarn some late hope and Richard Scott sealed a point with three minutes to go.

Irchester United moved a step closer to relegation as they were beaten 4-1 at promotion-chasing St Ives.

Dom Lawless’ double put the hosts in control, although Martin Mitchell pulled a goal back early in the second period.

But Arron Last restored the two-goal advantage and the same player rounded it off on 72 minutes.

It’s a case of as you were at the top of Division One as the top four all won as the race for promotion continues to intrigue.

Leaders Sileby Rangers won 1-0 at Potton United while Eynesbury thrashed ON Chenecks 9-0 and Oadby saw off Buckingham Town 4-0.

But AFC Rushden & Diamonds are still right in the thick of it as they cruised to a 5-1 success in their derby clash with Thrapston Town at Chancery Lane.

Alex Deakin, Matt Gearing and Jack Wisniewski sent the visitors into a 3-0 lead inside 22 minutes. Alfie Taylor added the fourth before Jedd Whiteman pulled one back for the home side.

But Lance Allen sealed Diamonds’ ninth successive victory with five minutes left.

There was late drama at Hayden Road as Rushden & Higham claimed a notable 2-1 victory over seventh-placed Northampton Spencer.

Daryl Lawman gave the NFA Junior Cup finalists the lead in the second half before Spencer levelled through Liam Tuck.

But, with the game in stoppage-time, Glen O’Connor headed home to give the Lankies all three points.

Two more derby clashes in the division both went the way of the visiting teams.

Whitworth gained quick revenge on Rothwell Corinthians having lost at home to them just a week earlier.

The Flourmen went 2-0 up inside seven minutes through Matt Judge and Dan Bendon. Marvin Hill pulled one back for the hosts but Kris Line’s penalty just before the break restored Whitworth’s two-goal lead.

Hill struck again to make it 3-2 but Judge was on target again before Lee Purser completed Whitworth’s 5-2 success in the last minute.

There was also joy for Raunds Town on the road as they inflicted a 16th league defeat on Burton Park Wanderers at Latimer Park.

The hosts actually went in front through debutant Louis Smith but Alex Wills levelled just before half-time and the Shopmates’ top scorer grabbed what proved to be the winner on 51 minutes.