Grainger the hero in Desborough’s dramatic success

Richard Scott resigned as manager of Thrapston Town at the end of last week
Richard Scott resigned as manager of Thrapston Town at the end of last week

Dan Grainger scored a late winner as Desborough Town won a seven-goal thriller against Boston Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.

Fellow new signing Jason Turner also marked his Ar Tarn debut with a goal as Chris Bradshaw’s side sealed a 4-3 success.

Alex Beck put Boston in front but Desborough turned things around to lead at the break thanks to Grainger and Jake Bettles.

Turner made it 3-1 early in the second half but the visitors battled back to level through Jack Wightwick and Beck’s second of the game.

However, Grainger struck on 86 minutes to wrap up the points for Desborough.

Rothwell Corinthians suffered a second successive home defeat as Deeping Rangers claimed a 4-1 victory at Sergeants Lawn.

Spencer Tinkler and Jack Cotton put the visitors in charge at the break and Scott Coupland put the result beyond doubt on 71 minutes.

Dom Page pulled one back for Corinthians but Coupland rounded things off for the visitors with his second of the day.

Burton Park Wanderers picked up their second point of the Division One season with a 1-1 draw at Rushden & Higham United - but it could have been so much more.

The Lankies took a first-half lead through Jon Tite but Wanderers levelled after the break with Jordan Watt on target.

And Wanderers had the chance to win it from the penalty spot, however Chris Gilligan saw his effort saved.

Irchester United’s hopes at the top end of the table suffered a blow as they went down 4-2 at Blackstones.

Ryan Lovell gave the Romans the lead but goals from Jacob Smitheringale and Dan Evans gave the hosts a half-time lead.

Lovell levelled things up soon after the restart but Matt Simpson made it 3-2 and the home side’s win was confirmed by Addie Staffieri on 74 minutes.

Gary Petts was back in the Thrapston Town dugout following the resignation of Richard Scott at the end of the week but he was unable to inspire a win as Oakham United triumphed 3-1 at Chancery Lane.

Lewis Leckie struck twice for the visitors in the first half and, although Dom Whitehouse pulled one back for Thrapston, Oakham sealed their win as Leckie completed his hat-trick.

Whitworth booked their place in the last eight of the NFA Junior Cup with a 4-1 home win over Northants Combination side Roade.

Matty Judge and Jonny Hazell struck in the first half and Cavell Jarvis all-but ended the contest on the hour.

Judge struck again to make it 4-0 while Andy Watts grabbed Roade’s late consolation.

Raunds Town also made progress but needed a penalty shoot-out to see off Combination outfit JK Blisworth at Kiln Park.

Ross Arundell gave the visitors the lead but Dave Townsend hit the equaliser after half-an-hour.

Raunds goalkeeper Sammy Cobley made two saves during the shoot-out, which Raunds won 3-1 with Jamie Russell, Rick Chambers and Nick Harrison successful from the spot.