Daniels are staring the drop in the face

Ryan Robbins scored for AFC Stamford at FC United of Manchester.
Ryan Robbins scored for AFC Stamford at FC United of Manchester.

AFC Stamford could be relegated from the Northern Premier League on Tuesday (April 21)

The Daniels’ 3-1 defeat at table-toppers FC United of Manchester yesterday (April 18) means their fate is no longer in their own hands. Stamford occupy the final relegation place ahead of their final match at home to Witton next Saturday (April 25).

Witton are one of two teams Stamford can still catch, but they will be out of reach if they win at fourth-placed Ashton in midweek. Any other result and Stamford would need to beat Witton next weekend to survive. Frickley will also be sure of avoiding the drop if they win their Tuesday game at Ramsbottom.

Stamford took the lead at Manchester through Ryan Robbins in the sixth minute, but the title favourites proved too strong in the end.

Spalding’s destiny is still in their own hands despite a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Stocksbridge Park Steels. Spalding needed an 87th minute goal from Matt Nolan to claim the draw as they chase a place in the Division One South play-offs. Two wins from their final two games starting at Tividale on Tuesday would ensure some post-regular season action.

Yaxley finished their Premier Division season in style with a 5-0 win over Huntingdon who have finished their campaign with 17 straight defeats.

Dan Cotton scored at the start and the end of the game while Rob Hughes, back out of retirement, Jacob Joyce, against his former club, and David Cobb also netted.

It wasn’t all good news for Yaxley though as goalkeeper Aaron Butcher suffered a clavicle injury which will end his season. The Cuckoos, who are guaranteed a top-six league finish, have a Hinchingbrooke Cup semi-final and a Hunts Cup Final coming up.

Holbeach are currently fifth in the Premier Division, although they will be disappointed with their 1-1 draw at relegated Long Buckby. The home side grabbed a 90th minute leveller after Gary King had shot ‘The Tigers’ in front early in the second half.

Wisbech look set for a third-place finish after losing their penultimate game 1-0 at Cogenhoe, while rivals for the runners-up spot Thurnby Nirvana were beating Deeping 2-1. Deeping had taken an early lead through Jezz Goldson-Williams.

In Divsion One there were defeats for both Bourne and Blackstones, while Peterborough Sports look set to miss out on an FA Cup place next season. Only the top four qualify and Sports, who have finished their fixtures, will finish fifth if Lutterworth pick up three points from their final two matches.

March Town slipped out of the top six in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League after losing 2-0 in their final home game of the season to Halstead.

RESULTS

EVO STIK LEAGUE

Northern Premier Division

FC United of Manchester 3, AFC Stamford 1 (Robbins).

Division One South

Spalding 1 (Nolan), Stocksbridge Park Steels 1.

UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Premier Division

Cogenhoe 1, Wisbech Town 0

Long Bucky 1, Holbeach 1 (King)

Thurnby Nirvana 2, Deeping Rangers 1 (Goldson-Williams)

Yaxley 5 (Cotton 2, Hughes, Joyce, Cobb), Huntingdon 0.

Division One

Bourne Town 1 (Moore-Papworth), Woodford Town 2.

Raunds Town 1, Blackstones 0.

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

Division One

March Town 0, Halstead 2.