Steelmen take great road win but Poppies and Diamonds both lose

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The Steelmen are now unbeaten in their last five matches in the Midlands of the Northern Premier League and remain close to the top five following their impressive 3-0 success at Gresley Rovers.

Hilton Arthur gave Lee Attenborough a first-half lead and then more goals from Rio Molyneaux and Tristan Thompson-Matthews wrapped things up after the break.

The Steelmen have a big game at Steel Park this weekend as they host Boldmere St Michaels who sit four points clear of them in fifth place.

Corby Town players celebrate one of their goals in the 3-0 win over Gresley Rovers. Photo by David Tilley

The town of Kettering poor form on the road in the Vanarama National League North continued as they lost 2-0 at Chorley.

The Poppies weren’t helped by Stephan Morley and George Cooper who both failed fitness tests after the clash, but the game was tied at 0-0 after the first 45 minutes.

However, Connor Hall opened the scoring for Chorley six minutes into the second half and Jack Sampson doubled that advantage 12 minutes later.

The loss means the Poppies have now lost their last six league away games without scoring a goal.

Action from Kettering Town’s 2-0 defeat at Chorley. Photo by Paul Cooke/Poppies Media

Lee Glover’s men turn their attention to the Isuzu FA Trophy this weekend when they entertain league rivals Gloucester City in the second round proper at Latimer Park.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds were unable to build on their win over Kings Langley as they were trailed 2-1 at Royston Town.

The loss means Diamonds remain in the bottom two of the Southern League Premier Central.

Diamonds confirmed the signing of Northampton Town midfielder Peter Abimbola on an initial 28-day loan before the game, but found themselves trailing at half-time after Ronnie Henry gave the hosts a seventh lead minute.

But Richard Maxwell’s team fought back after eight minutes thanks to Miguel Ngwa’s goal.

With the game seemingly heading for a stalemate, it was the Crows who won it when Kartell Dawkins was penalized for handballing in the area and Matt Bateman scored from the penalty spot.

The Diamonds return to Hayden Road this weekend to entertain Stourbridge.

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