Desborough march on in the Vase as Dean hits a hat-trick

Holbeach United celebrate one of their goals during their 6-0 win at Whitworth in the UCL Premier Division. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Holbeach United celebrate one of their goals during their 6-0 win at Whitworth in the UCL Premier Division. Pictures by Alison Bagley

John Dean hit a hat-trick as Desborough Town kept their Wembley dreams alive with a 4-1 victory over Eastwood Community to move into the last 32 of the Buildbase FA Vase.

Like in the previous round, Chris Bradshaw’s men needed extra-time before they booked their place in the next stage as Dean gave them a first-half lead that they held until the 89th minute when the visitors, who had been reduced to 10 men by then, equalised.

Action from Whitworth's 6-0 loss to Holbeach

Action from Whitworth's 6-0 loss to Holbeach

But Desborough took control in the extra 30 minutes with Andy Hall restoring their lead before Dean struck twice more in the second period to secure Ar Tarn’s place in Monday’s fourth-round draw.

Rothwell Corinthians picked up a second win in a row in the ChromaSport United Counties League Premier Division as they fought back from a goal down to beat Boston Town 2-1 at Sergeants Lawn.

Having fallen behind, the hosts drew level seven minutes before half-time through Kalon Peniasko and Jordan Henson wrapped up another three points in the second period.

But it was a tough day for Wellingborough Town and Whitworth.

The Doughboys went down 1-0 to Eynesbury Rovers while the Flourmen were hammered 6-0 by Holbeach United at London Road.

Rushden & Higham United maintained second place in Division One as Wayne Abbott celebrated winning the manager of the month award for November with a 4-0 victory at Long Buckby.

Raunds Town got their challenge back on track as they claimed a 6-1 success at Oakham United.

Adam Randall, Dave Townsend and two goals from Mason Thomas put the Shopmates 4-0 up at half-time and further efforts after the break from Thomas Buller and Townsend again completed the win.

Irchester United picked up a notable victory as they beat Lutterworth Town 3-0 at Alfred Street thanks to goals from Alfie Taylor, Nathan Heycock and Joshua Burge.

Elsewhere, Thrapston Town lost 3-1 to Harrowby United at Chancery Lane and Stewarts & Lloyds slipped to their 20th defeat of the season as they were beaten 5-1 at Buckingham Town.

Burton Park Wanderers eased into the quarter-finals of the NFA Junior Cup.

They thrashed Northants Combination side Heyford Athletic 6-1 at Latimer Park to book themselves a home clash with Desborough Town Reserves in the last eight.