HOLBEACH United can seriously start eyeing a top-three finish after a fine 1-0 win at Wellingborough Town.
The Tigers’ awayday haul - courtesy of a late winner from re-signed striker Liam Nimmo - was further bolstered by news of fourth-placed St Ives Town losing 2-0 at championship-chasing Long Buckby.
Meanwhile, at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, a niggly derby between Spalding United and Boston Town ended all-square.
Boston captain Michael Wood headed Ben Porter’s free kick into his own net to put the Tulips ahead on 41 minutes but Mark Foster’s 61st minute low drive earned a deserved point for Boston.
Tulips’ Ricky Miller and Poachers’ Jack Smith were both sent off on 12 minutes after a clash which left Smith with a bloody nose.
Deeping Rangers went 2-0 up at home to Peterborough Northern Star through Josh Moreman and an own goal but had to settle for a point after a fine comeback from the city side.
Results: Premier Division – Blackstones 0 Cogenhoe Utd 1; Deeping Rangers 2 Peterborough NS 2; Desborough 2 Kempston Rovers 1; Long Buckby 2 St Ives Town 0; Northampton Spencer 1 King’s Lynn Town 2; Sleaford Town 1 Newport Pagnell 2; Spalding Utd 1 Boston Town 1; Wellingborough Town 0 Holbeach Utd 1; Yaxley 0 Daventry Utd 2.
Division One - Bourne Town 0 Northampton Sileby Rangers 3; Bugbrooke SM 1 Rushden & Higham Utd 1; Eynesbury Rovers 1 Harborough Town 2; Huntingdown Town 7 Buckingham Town 2; Northampton ON Chenecks 2 Wellingborough Whitworth 3; Olney Town 6 Rothwell Town 1; Raunds Town 0 Wootton Blue Cross 1.
• In ChromaSport Peterborough and District League, Pinchbeck United slipped off the top of the Premier Division.
They were beaten 2-0 at Coates Athletic and were replaced at the summit - on goal difference but with three matches in hand - by Peterborough Sports Parkway, who thumped Oakham United 10-3.
Ben Allen’s goal earned Moulton Harrox a 1-1 draw with third-placed Kings Cliffe United, while Crowland Town went down 2-0 at Ramsey Town.
Boston and District League results: Taylors Garages Premier Division - Old Leake 6 Wyberton 3; Pointon 1 Freiston 1; Swineshead Institute 9 Woodhall Spa Utd 2. Taylors Peugeot Division One – Billinghay Ath Res 1 Wainfleet Utd 3; Boston Utd Community 4 Mareham Utd 3; Coningsby 0 Spalding Town 3; Holbeach Bank 1 Benington 2. Taylors Ford Division Two - Mareham Utd Res 2 Fishtoft Res 2; Nelson 0 FC Kirton 0; Wrangle Utd 2 Tavern Colts Res 0. Taylors Vauxhall Division Three - Fosdyke Res 0 Queens Rangers 1; Kirton Town Res 3 Wainfleet Utd Res 0 Old Dons Res 1 Holbeach Bank Res 1; Spalding Harriers Res 0 FC Hammers 0; Swineshead Inst Res 2 Pointon “A” 0 Woodhall Spa d Reserves Main Ridge Take-Away Reserves Cup semi-finals - Freiston Res 3 Spilsby Town Res 1; Wyberton Res 3 Pointon Res 0. Target Newspapers Challenge Cup semi-final - Spalding Harriers 1 Fishtoft 1 (Spalding Harriers won on penalties).
Fishtoft Cup semi-finals - Kirton Town 0 Billinghay Ath 2; Spilsby Town 2 Fosdyke 0.