Struggles continue for Doughboys

Wellingborough Town manager Phil Mason
Wellingborough Town manager Phil Mason

Wellingborough Town’s underwhelming campaign in the United Counties League Premier Division as they were beaten by Yaxley at the Dog & Duck.

The 2-1 defeat, Ryan Cherry getting their consolation, was the Doughboys’ 12th out of 15 starts, leaves them just two points ahead of bottom club Irchester who were beaten 2-0 at high-flying Spalding.

There were plenty of goals at Occupation Road but unfortunately for the hosts, league leaders St Ives helped themselves to five of the eight that were notched.

David Sheridan (2) and Jamie O’Neill had put S&L 3-2 in front before St Ives hit three without reply to take the spoils.

It was an identical scoreline at Peterborough Northern Star where the hosts inflicted a 5-3 defeat on Desborough Town, Michael Byrne (2) and Kevin Byrne on target for the visitors.In Division One, AFC Rushden & Diamonds suffered their first league defeat of the season as they were comfortably beaten 4-1 at Eynesbury who leapfrogged them in the table as a result. Jake Newman scored the Diamonds’ solitary goal.

Raunds are up to sixth place following their 2-1 victory against Buckingham at Kiln Park which was achieved thanks to goals from Jason Taylor and Alex Wills.

Whitworth’s poor recent form continued in the NFA Junior Cup second round as they were eased aside 3-0 at Division One rivals Burton Park Wanderers.

Leigh Chapman’s hat-trick was the difference between the sides.

Thrapston survived a potantially difficult tie as they got the better of Combination top flight outfit Harpole to the tune of 2-0, goals from Jake Thompson and Luke Cummins doing the trick.

Also eliminating Combination opposition were Rushden & Higham who required extra-time to sink Corby Locos 4-3 after the tie had finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.

Lewis O’Dell’s brace and one from Tyler Merries kept the scores level before Darren Farrar notched the decisive strike.

Rothwell Corinthians booked their place in the third round draw as they beat Brackley Sports by an emphatic 4-0 margin, the goals coming courtesy of Elliot Roberts (2), Ian Hay and Tom Benjamin.