Mark Starmer hailed “a fantastic day” as the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League attendance record was shattered at Hayden Road.
A massive 1,157 turned out for the Division One derby clash between Rushden & Higham and Starmer’s AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
And the day was made even better for the high-flying Diamonds as they completed a 4-0 victory, which keeps them among the frontrunners.
Alfie Taylor, Joe Merrill, Jack Wisniewski and Aaron Campion were on target for the visitors and Starmer admitted he was surprised by the numbers that turned out for the game.
“It was a fantastic day,” Starmer said.
“I didn’t think the crowd would be that big but they came in their numbers and created an incredible atmosphere.
“Over the whole 90 minutes it could probably be described as a comfortable win but it doesn’t really tell the full story.
“Rushden & Higham could have been 2-0 up and it flattered us a bit when we went in 2-0 up at half-time.
“They had a good chance early in the second half but once we got the third it was one-way traffic.
“The only disappointment for us is that Alfie Taylor looks like he has damaged ligaments in his shoulder and that is a big blow for us.
“But it was a great result and now we have a big week in front of us as we look forward to the FA Vase game at Yaxley next weekend.”
There were two other derbies in Division One with high-flying Whitworth beating Raunds Town 2-0 thanks to Cavell Jarvis’ double.
And it was an important day for Thrapston Town as they picked up their first win of the league season with a 2-1 success at Rothwell Corinthians.
Dave Goodman and Luke Cummins scored the all-important goals for Ian Walker’s team as Shaun Morris replied for Corinthians.
It was a bad day for Burton Park Wanderers, however, as they suffered a 6-2 defeat at Bugbrooke.
Burton had led twice in the first half through Jedd Whiteman and Andy Dobbs. But they were well beaten in the end with Will Briscoe’s hat-trick leading the home side to victory.
Desborough Town boss Steve Walker was delighted by the manner of his team’s performance as they claimed an impressive 2-1 success at Boston Town in the Premier Division.
Goals from Andy Gordon and Ryan Morgan sealed the points for Ar Tarn after Shane Clancy had opened the scoring for the hosts, who were reduced to 10 men just before the visitors grabbed the equaliser.
And Walker said: “My first feeling was that the challenge deserved a red card and it was good to see the referee stick to his guns because he could have bottled it.
“They weren’t happy about it but we scored from the resulting free-kick and that was the perfect time to score.
“From there, we controlled the game and we scored an excellent team goal to take the lead.
“The thing that pleased me the most was the manner of the performance. We moved the ball well all over the pitch while they were always looking for one ball up to their frontman.
“It is a good start to a big week because we go to Cogenhoe on Tuesday and then we have the FA Vase game at Swaffham next weekend. We wanted a good start to the week and the lads have given us that.”
Dan Stewart scored twice for Wellingborough Town but they slipped to another loss as reigning champions Long Buckby triumphed 4-2 at the Dog & Duck with Danny Rogers’ brace helping the visitors to their success.
Irchester United were also beaten again, although they were only judged edged out 2-1 by Peterborough Northern Star.
Callum Ridgway opened the scoring for the Romans but goals from Billy Smith and Aziz Dost won it for the Cambridgeshire outfit.
Stewarts & Lloyds suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat at big-spending Spalding as Shane Tolley, Chris Hall, Francis Green, Miles Chamberlain and Dan Cotton were on target.