Diamonds open up a gap at head of UCL

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds opened up a three-point gap at the top of the UCL Premier Division with a 2-0 win at Sleaford.

With second-placed Holbeach in FA Vase action, Diamonds grabbed maximum points from their game in hand to go further clear at the top.

Richard Bunting walloped Diamonds into a ninth-minute lead with a 20-yard volley and Tom Lorraine made sure of victory with his sixth goal of the season in the 71st minute.

Lorraine was on hand to stab home the loose ball after Sleaford failed to clear a corner.

Wellingborough Town completed a league double over Newport Pagnell Town with a 4-2 win at the Dog and Duck.

The Doughboys had taken just one point from six games since winning at Newport Pagnell seven weeks ago.

They were 2-1 up inside 10 minutes of the return fixture through Joe Bloomfield and Jake Newman’s seventh goal of the season.

Adam Randall stretched the lead three minutes into the second half and Jon Mitchell put the game beyond the visitors with a fourth goal on 85 minutes.

Newport Pagnell grabbed a late consolation

Jake Bettles was the two-goal hero as Desborough Town claimed a hard-earned point against top-six side Cogenhoe.

Ar Tarn had suffered back-to-back home defeats and had to come from behind twice to grab a draw.

Irchester’s FA Vase dream is over after a 4-0 defeat at home to Fakenham Town.

The final score was harsh on the Romans, playing in the first round of the competition for the first time in their history.

Fakenham took an early lead, but Ryan Cavell twice went close to an equaliser before the visitors doubled their lead on 70 minutes.

Lewis Moses was inches away from handing the Romans a lifeline with a shot that crashed against the underside of the bar and Fakenham went on to add two late goals.

Wellingborough Whitworth remain third in Division One following their 1-0 win over Burton Park, Cavell Jarvis the match winner against his former club, and Rushden & Higham found table-toppers Lutterworth Athletic too strong and were beaten 3-0.

In the pick of the Division One matches, Raunds Town were denied maximum points by an injury-time equaliser at Bugbrooke St Michaels.

Goals from Oli Bates, Dave Townsend and Karl King put the Shopmates on course for victory until the late drama.

Two goals in the last 10 minutes fired ON Chenecks to a 3-1 win at Thrapston.

Jason Taylor was on target for Thrapston.

In the Northants FA Junior Cup, Rothwell Corinthians won 3-0 at Corby S&L Khalsa.