Midweek Roundup
Cliff Mills

With most of the contenders at the top of the Premier Division in midweek action the big game was at Desborough Town where the visitors were second-placed Newport Pagnell Town.  It was the visitors who took the points after a close-fought match in horrible conditions with the only goal of the game coming in the first minute from Harry Stratton.

Leaders Leicester Nirvana surprisingly went down 3-1 at Harborough Town.  A 25th minute goal from early substitute Dan Forbes put Harborough ahead but a stoppage time equaliser from the head of Mahmoud Juma ensured that the first half ended all square.  Barnes Gladman restored Harborough’s lead after 57 minutes before Greg Usher completed the scoring seven minutes from time moments after Nirvana squandered a glorious chance to make it 2-2.  It is now three league games without a win for Nirvana, who have been knocked off top spot by Newport Pagnell.

Holbeach United continued their recent good form with a 2-0 win over Eynesbury Rovers with Will Bird scoring twice in the final twenty minutes.  Deeping Rangers and Wisbech Town notched victories against teams in the lower reaches of the division.  Deeping beat Boston Town 3-0 with Scott Coupland scoring his 100th goal for the club while Wisbech, with Paul Bastock making his record-equalling 1,249th appearance, overcame Sleaford Town 2-1 thanks to a late winner from Aaron Hart.

In the bottom of the table clash at Canal Street visitors Northampton ON Chenecks continued their recent upsurge with a come from behind 2-1 win over St Andrews.  Danny Quigley was their hero with a last-minute winner.

In the only Division One game of the week Harrowby United defeated third-placed Blackstones 3-1 thanks to a Sam Grouse hat trick.

Four UCL teams were in County Cup Quarter Final action.  In the Huntingdonshire Senior Cup Huntingdon Town put up a brave performance at St Ives Town, from three divisions higher, before going down 4-2.  Huntingdon took the lead after an hour through Corey Kingston.  St Ives equalised from the penalty spot after 72 minutes before three goals in the final 12 minutes saw them through.  There was still time for a fine goal from substitute Ben Page in stoppage time as Huntingdon never gave up.  In the Northamptonshire Hillier Cup there were defeats for Cogenhoe United, Peterborough Northern Star and Wellingborough Town.

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