AFC Stamford are right back in the relegation mire after conceding an own goal equaliser to 10 men in their Evo Stik Northern Premier Division home game with Whitby yesterday (April 11).
Poor home form has been expensive for Stamford who have won just three times in 22 matches on their own patch this season. That looked set to change after in-form Dan Clements fired them in front in the first half and when Whitby were reduced to 10 men midway through the second period.
But a speculative strike at goal cannoned into the net off skipper Richard Jones 12 minutes from time to drop Stamford back into the relegation zone with just two matches to go. The first of those games is away to leaders FC United of Manchester next weekend (April 18).
Stamford contest the Lincs Senior Cup Final before then. They tackle Lough Town at Sincil Bank on Tuesday (April 14).
Spalding United require seven points from their final three games to seal a play-off spot in Division One North following their hard-fought 1-1 draw at Leek Town yesterday. Jamie Thurlbourne levelled for Spalding after the break with a high-class free-kick strike.
In the ChromaSports & Trophies United Counties League a big win for Wisbech ensured that AFC Rushden & Diamonds have had to delay their Premier Division title celebrations by a few days. Josh Ford slammed in a 17-minute hat-trick either side of half-time at Newport Pagnell as The Fenmen romped to a 6-1 win, while Diamonds were slamming Wellingborough 7-0. Diamonds will seal top spot with a point at lowly Sileby on Tuesday.
Wisbech eased back into second place with three matches to go thanks in part to Peterborough Northern Star’s goalless draw at home to Thurnby Nirvana. Thurnby started the day in second, but failed to score for the first time since September, and for only the second time this season, at Chestnut Avenue.
Yaxley’s season is finishing in terrible fashion, They lost at home to Harrowby 4-2 yesterday, a result that ensured their visitors to In2itive Park secured their safety from relegation. Harrowby scored twice in the final 15 minutes after Luke Hipwell and Jacob Joyce had netted for Yaxley.
Yaxley are now fifth, a place behind Holbeach who thew away a two-goal lead at home to Sileby. The Tigers led 2-0 and 3-1 with Billy King (2) and Andrew Tidswell scoring their goals. Sileby equalised seven minutes from time.
Huntingdon made it an astonishing 15 successive defeats as they crashed 3-0 at bottom club Long Buckby. Huntingdon are now in the bottom six, but can’t go down.
Peterborough Sports won’t be coming up from Division One even though they finished their league programme in second place. Matt Barber, Ali Nyang (penalty) and Matt Simpson scored the Sports goals in a 3-2 win at Raunds.
Three teams still have enough games in hand to pass Sports including Rothwell Corinthians who won 3-0 at Bourne yesterday. Two of the Rothwell goals arrived in injury time at the end of the match after Bourne’s Aris Placis had been dismissed.
March Town remain sixth in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League after despatching lowly Leiston 5-0. City man Ondre Odain claimed the perfect hat-trick of header, right-foot shot and left-foot shot.
EVO STIK LEAGUE
Northern Premier Division
Stamford 1 (Clements), Whitby 1
Division One South
Leek Town 1, Spalding United 1 (Thurlbourne)
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
Holbeach United 3 (King 2, Tidswell), Sileby Rangers. 3
Long Buckby 3, Huntingdon Town 0.
Newport Pagnell Town 1, Wisbech Town 6 (Ford 3, Fairweather, Johnson, Spafford).
Peterborough Northern Star 0, Thurnby Nirvana 0
Yaxley 2 (Hipwell, Joyce), Harrowby United 4.
Bourne Town 0, Rothwell Corinthians 3.
Raunds Town 2, Peterborough Sports 3 (Barber, Nyang, Simpson).
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Leiston 0, March Town United 5 (Odain 3, Merryweather, Jackman).