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In the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division, Holbeach United opened up a six-point….

…..lead at the top with a 5-1 victory at next-to-bottom Wellingborough Town on Saturday.

Tommy Treacher and Jonny Allen scored two apiece for the Tigers with Andy Tidswell taking his season’s tally to twenty-one, Jason Taylor scoring a debut reply for the Doughboys.

Cogenhoe United were 2-1 home winners over Huntingdon Town, Ben Foster and Darren Frost netting for the Cooks either side of a Declan Rogers reply.

Desborough Town won 2-1 at home to AFC Kempston after falling behind to Josh Bamford’s opener, Kevin Byrne levelling from the spot before Michael Stephenson’s headed own goal won the contest for Ar Tarn.

Peterborough Northern Star unveiled Blackstones duo Michael Goode and Darren Jarvis as their new joint-managers and followed up with a 2-1 home win over Stewarts & Lloyds who fielded just ten-men.

Liam Boath gave the Foundrymen the lead early on but goals from Andy Furnell and Matt Cox won the points for Star.

Yaxley and Boston Town drew 1-1 at In2Itive Park with Ricky Hailstone and Matt Barber the respective marksmen, while Sleaford Town eased further clear of the drop zone as an early Tony Edwards header gave them a 1-0 home win over Long Buckby in a match which saw both sides reduced to ten-men.

Goals from Phil Cassidy and Rob Foster in the last 12 minutes gave Division One leaders Sileby Rangers a 2-0 home win over Olney Town, while second placed Oadby Town blitzed Raunds Town 7-0 at Kiln Park.

Ollie Brown-Hill scored a first half hat-trick for the Poachers, whose other marksmen were debutant Nick Pollard, Jake Duffy and two-goal Jon Stevenson.

The day’s top scorers were AFC Rushden & Diamonds, who thrashed Buckingham Town 9-0 at Manor Fields.

Jake Newman and Alex Deakin scored twice for Diamonds with a goal apiece from Jake Gillingwater, Matt Gearing, Sean McBride, Lance Allen and Chris Hope.

Will Briscoe scored a late winner for Bugbrooke St Michaels in their 2-1 success at Rushden & Higham United where Lee Wilson’s first half Badgers opener was matched by Craig Harrower’s Lankies reply.

Form team Northampton Spencer extended their winning run to seven games with a 1-0 derby success at ON Chenecks, Jack Bartley the scorer just after the hour-mark.

An exciting Chancery Lane derby saw goals in the last 4 minutes from Danny Darker and Iain Blaikie – his second of the game – give Thrapston Town a 4-3 win over Rothwell Corinthians. Luke Cummings was the other home marksman with Ian Hay, Jake Bindley and Elliott Roberts replying for Corinths.

There were two notable scoring feats in Lincolnshire. The division’s top scorer Martin Wormall took his season’s total to seventeen goals with all four as Harrowby United ran out 4-1 winners over Whitworth, who replied through Leigh Chapman, but that tally was bettered by Alec Robinson’s five-goal haul for Bourne Town in a 7-1 Abbey Lawn defeat of Wootton Blue Cross.

Ben Easson and Scott Spearink completed the Wakes tally with Courtney Boughton the Blue Cross scorer.

Potton United beat Molten Spartan South Midlands Leaguers Langford 4-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Bedfordshire Senior Trophy.

Nathan Macrow, two-goal Graham Tibbals and Nick Cooper shared the Royals goals.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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