UCL round-up - Taylor treble fires Diamonds to another win

Alfie Taylor scored a hat-trick as AFC Rushden & Diamonds won 4-0 at Burton Park Wanderers
Alfie Taylor scored a hat-trick as AFC Rushden & Diamonds won 4-0 at Burton Park Wanderers

Alfie Taylor struck a hat-trick as AFC Rushden & Diamonds maintained their promotion push in Division One of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League with a comfortable 4-0 win at local rivals Burton Park Wanderers.

The hosts, who had Joe Smyth at the helm for the first time, remain rock bottom of the division while Diamonds’ victory moved them level on points with second-placed Eynesbury Rovers.

Jake Newman fired the visitors in front from 20 yards before Taylor made it 2-0 before the break.

Taylor converted Newman’s centre nine minutes into the second half and he completed his treble after Jack Wisniewski’s pass with 14 minutes to go.

Another derby over at Chancery Lane ended in a fine 3-1 victory for Raunds Town against hosts Thrapston Town.

Shopmates top scorer Alex Wills hit a brace to give the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead but Callum Noble gave Thrapston a lifeline on 65 minutes.

But the two-goal margin was restored just four minutes later when former Thrapston man Charlie Fowler completed the scoring.

The matches involving Whitworth, Rushden & Higham and Rothwell Corinthians were all postponed.

In the Premier Division, Wellingborough Town fell back into the relegation zone as their winning run was ended in heartbreaking fashion at Quorn.

The hosts picked up their first win of the year thanks to Denis Moran jnr’s 89th-minute goal.

Irchester United remain at the foot of the table after they also suffered late on in their clash at Blackstones.

The hosts took the lead through Chris Down but Martin Mitchell grabbed an equaliser for the Romans with 19 minutes to go.

But Addie Staffieri headed the Stones back in front eight minutes later and the same player completed a 3-1 victory on 82 minutes.

The derby clash between Stewarts & Lloyds and Desborough Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Occupation Road.