Spalding United wing wizard Lee Beeson bagged a hat-trick to take the Tulips closer to sealing the UCL Premier Division title.
A close ranger header and a penalty in the first half, along with a tap-in late on in the second half, helped Spalding to a 4-2 win over mid-table AFC Kempston Rovers at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field today.
But Deeping Rangers’ 2-1 defeat at Huntingdon Town, the only side that can realistically pip the Tulips to the title, means that Spalding will have to wait two weeks before their next chance to be crowned champions at former Football League club AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
Spalding did concede a goal in each half but a Rovers own goal from a Jamie Thurlbourne cross proved a return gift from AFC Kempston.
Meanwhile, a Jamie Graham equaliser for Deeping wasn’t enough to end Huntingdon’s faint hopes of winning the UCL Premier Division title as the home side won 2-1 in a fiery encounter.
Deeping boss Tuncay Korkmas had to be spoken to by the officials as tempers frayed on both benches at Jubilee Park.
Holbeach United suffered last-gasp heartbreak when they conceded an 89th minute goal at Cogenhoe United to lose 1-0.
In UCL Division One, Bourne Town’s relegation fears worsened with a 2-0 defeat to Potton United at Abbey Lawn.
TODAY’S RESULTS:- UCL PREMIER DIVISON:- AFC Rushden & Diamonds 2 Wisbech Town 1; Boston Town 0 Newport Pagnell Town 0; Cogenhoe Utd 1 Holbeach Utd 0; Desborough Town 2 Wellingborough Town 3; Harborough Town 1 Sleaford Town 0; Huntingdon Town 2 Deeping Rangers 1; Long Buckby AFC 0 Yaxley 2; Peterborough Northern Star 1 Northampton Sileby Rangers 1; Spalding Utd 4 AFC Kempston Rovers 2.
UCL DIVISION ONE:- Bourne Town 0 Potton Utd 2.
CHROMASPORT PETERBOROUGH & DISTRICT LEAGUE, PREMIER DIVISION:- Deeping Rangers Reserves 0 Moulton Harrox 0; Pinchbeck Utd 1 King’s Lynn Town Reserves 6;
Whittlesey Blue Star 1 Crowland Town 2.
DIVISION ONE: Holbeach Utd Reserves 2 Ketton; Langtoft Utd 2 Ryhall Utd 0; Moulton Harrox Reserves 1 Long Sutton Athletic 2.
DIVISION TWO: Leverington Sports Reserves 2 Langtoft Utd Reserves 1; Long Sutton Athletic Reserves 19 (NINETEEN) Pinchbeck Utd Reserves 0; Oundle Town 5 Gedney Hill 3.
INTERMEDIATE SHIELD: Baston 3 Ketton 2 (at Ketton)
DIVISION FOUR: Sutton Bridge Utd Reserves 1 Spalding Town 4.
LEAGUE SHIELD: Baston Reserves 1 Oundle Town Reserves 2; Hampton Sport 2 Tydd St Mary 2.