UCL: No dream start for Jim as Corinthians triumph
Jim Le Masurier’s hopes of a dream start at the helm at Desborough Town were ruined by local rivals Rothwell Corinthians on Boxing Day.
Former Raunds Town boss Le Masurier was confirmed as Ar Tarn’s new manager, following the departure of Lee Duffy, ahead of the festive period.
But Desborough’s troubled campaign in the Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division continued as Corinthians claimed a 3-1 success in the derby clash at the R Inn Stadium.
Andy White put Mitch Austin’s team in front before Giuseppe Freitas drew the hosts level.
However, Corinthians regained the lead through Callum Plowright before White’s second of the game extended the advantage.
There was still time for Corinthians to have Dodzi Agbenu sent-off in the first half but they saw things out in the second period with no further goals being needed.
Elsewhere, Jake Stone’s return to Cogenhoe United didn’t go according to plan as Wellingborough Town suffered a 3-2 defeat at Compton Park on Boxing Day.
Nat Ansu put the hosts 2-0 up before Matt Long pulled one back for the Doughboys.
Will Bates restored the Cooks’ two-goal advantage and Luis Vieira’s late goal proved to be only a consolation for Wellingborough.
In Division One, it proved to be a fruitful festive period for promotion-chasing Irchester United.
They were up against local rivals Rushden & Higham United on Boxing Day and claimed a 3-0 success thanks to goals from Ty Clark, Adam Randall and Luqman Abdallah.
And they followed that up 48 hours later with another victory at Alfred Street as they saw off Huntingdon Town 5-2.
Clark led the way with a brace while further goals came from Suleiman Almahad, Randall and Dan Spaughton.
The two wins leave Steve Sargent’s team in fourth place in the table.
There was another Boxing Day derby at London Road as Whitworth fought back from a goal down to beat Burton Park Wanderers 2-1.
The visitors opened the scoring thanks to Zac Allen but two goals in the space of four second-half minutes from Ryan Baxter and Cavell Jarvis earned the Flourmen all three points.
Raunds Town were in action last Saturday as they were beaten 3-2 by title contenders Bugbrooke at Kiln Park.
Goals from Luke Aridegbe and Korey Morgan proved to be in vain for the Shopmates.