Wisbech Town have emerged as the strongest Chromasport & Trophies United Counties Premier Division title rivals for hot favourites Rushden & Diamonds.
The Fenmen made it 10 competitive wins in a row with a 5-1 thrashing of Long Buckby yesterday (February 28) to move within seven points of the leaders with two games in hand. Danny Beaumont (2), Neal Spafford, Billy Smith and Matt Lunn scored the Wisbech goals.
Rushden will take some catching though. They remain in terific form as yesterday they recovered from conceding an early goal to Ben Colme to win 7-1 at Huntingdon.
Holbeach have lost some key players and a co-manager in Graham Drury since their exit from the FA Vase last month and they fell further behind in the race for top spot by drawing 2-2 at Kempston. The Tigers were delayed on route, but Lee Beeson fired them ahead after 39 seconds before equalising in the second-half after a Kempston fightback.
Yaxley also lost ground at the top as they went down 2-0 at Cogenhoe. Yaxley host Wisbech in a crunch game at In2itive Park on Tuesday (March 3).
Peterborough Northern Star are unbeaten in three matches since ditching co-managers Darren Jarvis and Michael Goode in rather controversial fashion. They will be disappointed not to have won at Wellingborough yesterday though as they twice led by two goals before settling for a 4-4 draw.
Phil Stebbing and Luke Avis both scored in the first six minutes and Josh Sanders and Jason Kilbride both netted to give Star a 4-2 lead entering the final 10 minutes. Top scorer Vieira is understood to be a transfer target for Yaxley. Goalkeeper Dan George returned to Star from Huntingdon in time to play at Wellingborough.
Deeping lost to a goal seven minutes from time at Eynesbury.
Peterborough Sports maintained top spot in Division One for another week at least as they saw off local rivals Bourne 2-0 at PSL. A cracking Karl Gibbs header gave Sports the lead after 33 minutes before Andreas Pantinga celebrated a debut goal just before half-time. Sports are keeping pole position warm until title certainties Northampton Spencer catch up their games in hand.
Blackstones are still without a win under recently-appointed manager Neil Cotton. They lost 3-2 at Irchester despite two goals from recent signing Marcus Dowman.
Spalding are fourth in the Division One South of the Evo Stik League after two Tom Waumsley headers were enough to beat Market Drayton 2-0, but Stamford’s long trip to Blyth Spartans in the Northern Premier Division One was a fruitless one. Dan Clements scored a consolation goal in a 4-1 defeat.
March Town came from behind to beat Dereham Town Reserves 2-1 in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League. Nick Davey and Luke Pepper scored the goals. Davey was making his debut after quitting Peterborough Northern Star in protest at the departure of Jarvis and Goode.
EVO STIK LEAGUE
Northern Premier Division
Blyth Spartans 4, Stamford 1 (Clements).
Division One South
Spalding United 2 (Waumsley 2), Market Drayton Town 0.
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
Kempston 2, Holbeach United 2 (Beeson 2).
Cogenhoe United 2, Yaxley 0
Eynesbury Rovers 1, Deeping Rangers 0.
Huntingdon Town 1 (Colmer), AFC Rushden & Diamonds 7
Wellingborough Town 4, Peterborough Northern Star 4 (Stebbing, Vieira, Sanders, Kilbride).
Wisbech Town 5 (Beaumont 2, Spafford, Lunn, Smith), Long Buckby 1
Irchester 3, Blackstones 2 (Dowman 2).
Peterborough Sports 2 (Gibbs, Pantinga), Bourne 0.
Thurlow Nunn League
March Town 2 (Davey, Pepper), Dereham Town Res 1.