Pinchbeck United were denied an excellent United Counties Premier Division win by an injury-time penalty at second-placed Rugby Town.
Rugby had won their six previous top-flight matches, but they looked set to lose to the Knights after Ollie Maltby’s 29th-minute goal.
A soft-looking penalty saved the day for the hosts who remain second, but 10 points behind leaders Daventry and just a point ahead of third-placed Deeping.
Deeping had lost their two previous matches to Rugby and Daventry so Henry Dunn’s first-half goal delivered a most welcome win.
Peterborough Northern Star’s miserable run continued with a 1-0 defeat at Harborough. It’s now 11 Premier Division games without a win for the city side.
Blackstones came from behind to cement their top six place in Division One. They beat close rivals Lutterworth Athletic 3-2 with goals from Ben Cowles, Lee Clarke and Andy Boome.
Smith scored Bourne’s consolation in a 2-1 reverse at Sileby.
In Division One North of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League there was a 15-0 thumping for bottm club Wisbech St Mary, while sixth-placed March Town weren’t overly-pleased with a 1-1 draw at Ipswich Wanderers. Jack Friend had fired the Hares in front, but Max Matless was sent off in the second half.
Saturday, March 9
FUTURE LIONS UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
Premier Division: Deeping Rangers 1 (Dunn), Newport Pagnell Town 0; Harborough Town 1, Peterborough Northern Star 0; Rugby Town 1, Pinchbeck United 1 (Maltby).
Division One: Aylestone Park 2, Huntingdon Town 1 (Kingston); Blackstones 3 (Boome, Clarke, Cowles), Lutterworth Athletic 2; Northampton Sileby Rangers 2, Bourne Town 1 (Smith).
THURLOW NUNN EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE
Division One North: Ipswich Wanderers 1, March Town United 1 (Friend); Wisbech St Mary 0, Lakenheath 15.