Northants Senior Youth League - Diamonds take an eight-point lead

AFC Rushden & Diamonds lead the way in the Northants Senior Youth League West Division, holding an eight-point lead over second-placed Oxford City, who have played fewer games.

Diamonds beat their nearest rivals 3-2 at Court Place Farm, coming back from 2-0 down to win, thanks to goals from Alex McDonald from the penalty spot, Jake Reynolds and then Conor Bell right at the final whistle.

They followed that up with a 5-2 hammering of ten-man Dog & Duck landlords Wellingborough Town.

It was 2-2 after goals from Jake Reynolds and Zak Moon for the `home` side and Pawel Aurzandniczek and Harry Ware for the Doughboys when the `visitors` had Casey Kiernan sent-off for two bookable offences.

Reynolds went on to complete his hat-trick and Zach Farden the other as Diamonds went on to win against a tiring Wellingborough side.

S&L moved into second place in the East Division after a comfortable 4-1 Occupation Road win over Stamford AFC.

Kieran Malone and Colin Finnegan made it 2-0 at half-time, with second half strikes from Conor Duncan and top scorer Ryan Finnigan.

Finnigan had earlier enjoyed himself with a hat-trick in an 8-1 romp at Chancery Lane against bottom-markers Thrapston.

Michael Masson and Ryan Britton were also on target, with Leon Trimble coming off the bench to notch three.

Trimble was on target twice at the Waterworks Field, but it was in a losing cause this time as Desborough Town won 3-2 with goals from James Burlington, Kyle Jardine and Thomas Ferris.

Desborough moved to joint second with S&L after beating neighbours Rothwell Corinthians 2-1 at Seargents Lawn.

Rushden & Higham are fourth following an encouraging win against Thrapston, 3-0 with goals from Ryan Dall, Jack Weight and Ali Wishart.

Kettering FC made it back-to-back East Division victories after their 4-2 success against Desborough, with a 2-1 win at Kiln Park against AFC Kempston with Oliver Bates and Jack Ash outgunning Chimobi Udemezue for the visitors.

Irchester United were beaten 2-0 at Byfield Road by Woodford United, whose Robson Kightley and Kane Bosworth were on target, while Northampton Spencer`s good start to the season came to an end with successive defeats – 3-2 at Cogenhoe United and 2-1 at home by Olney Town Colts, whose Alex Small and Daouda Cisse cancelled out Ross Jackson`s opener.

Earlier Olney had seen off a disappointing Wellingborough side 3-1 at East Street with Sam Haslam bagging a brace.