Diamonds secure third place with derby success

Russ Dunkley was on target as AFC Rushden & Diamonds beat Wellingborough Town 4-1 in the Dog & Duck derby
Russ Dunkley was on target as AFC Rushden & Diamonds beat Wellingborough Town 4-1 in the Dog & Duck derby

Andy Peaks celebrated being confirmed as the permanent manager of AFC Rushden & Diamonds by guiding them to a 4-1 victory over Wellingborough Town in the Dog & Duck derby.

And the win, which was watched by 672 supporters, means Diamonds will finish the ChromaSport & Trophies Premier Division in third place in their first season in the top flight.

The hosts for the day made a flying start when Scott Joseph put them in front after just two minutes and they doubled the lead shortly after half-time thanks to Matt Gearing’s penalty.

Tom Lorraine made it 3-0 with 18 minutes to go before Russ Dunkley added the fourth while Stuart Smeathers headed home a consolation for the Doughboys in stoppage-time.

There was also derby delight for Desborough Town as their 2-0 success at Harborough Town, who now know they will have to win at Sleaford Town on the final day to avoid relegation.

After a goalless first half, Shaun Goodall put Ar Tarn in front on the hour and, despite being reduced to 10 men, their victory was confirmed by Aidan Bradshaw’s goal with 11 minutes to go.

It was another dreadful day for bottom markers as they were thrashed 9-0 by Huntingdon Town, who confirmed the runners-up spot in the division.

Declan Rogers (3), Ben Seymour-Shove (2), Micky Hyem, Charlie De’ath, Pat Bexfield and Jacob Joyce did the damage for the visitors.

There was a remarkable game in Division One as Burton Park Wanderers sealed a record victory at hapless Woodford United with an incredible 13-0 success.

The win put an end to Burton’s three-game losing streak and piled the misery on a Woodford team who now have a goal difference of -190 with two games remaining.

Cavell Jarvis started the rout with two goals in the first 10 minutes and he had four to his name as he added two more after Alfie Taylor had got in on the act.

Wayne Brown scored twice and Tommy Newton and Taylor were on target before the break as Wanderers took a 9-0 half-time lead.

Sam Birtwhistle brought up double figures and Taylor also made it four for him by adding two more before Dan Spaughton completed the scoring.

Whitworth completed their season on a high note as they took the bragging rights with a 2-1 derby success at Rushden & Higham United.

Lee Purser put the Flourmen in front but Tyler Merries levelled for the Lankies a minute into the second half. However, Ben Bivens hit the winner for the visitors with 16 minutes remaining.

Another derby clash went the way of Raunds Town as they completed a league double over Rothwell Corinthians with a 2-1 win at Kiln Park.

Nick Harrison gave the Shopmates the lead but Luke Phillips ensured the sides went in level at the break. But Harrison was the hero for Raunds as he grabbed the winner three minutes into the second half.

Raunds travel to promotion-chasing Eynesbury United tomorrow (Wednesday) night in their penultimate game of the season while Corinthians have another derby at Burton Park Wanderers the same evening.

Irchester United have also completed their league season now as they drew 1-1 with Bugbrooke at Alfred Street.

James Harrison gave the Romans the advantage on 64 minutes but they were denied a win by Jimmy Moore’s late goal.

Thrapston Town’s 11-match unbeaten run was ended as Potton United scored three second-half goals to win 3-0 at Chancery Lane.

James Fitzgibbon broke the deadlock before Callum Forster’s brace completed the scoring.