Raunds Town 0 Desborough Town 5
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Desborough's greater teamwork gave them the edge in this relegation scrap at Kiln Park.
Shopmates debutant Greg Smith was denied an early opener by namesake Tom in the Desborough goal, but it was the visitors who made the breakthrough after sixteen minutes. Michael Keall sent David Glass away on the left and his low cross was converted by Jordan Middleton.
When Raunds replied Dave Townsend was narrowly off target at the far post from a free kick.
Desborough took a grip on proceedings on resumption. Middleton latched onto a Michael Boyle-Chong through ball to lob home custodian Chris Jones from 20 yards just six minutes into the half.
A goalline clearance denied Middleton his hat trick but the points were all but Desborough's after 64 minutes when Darren Wheeler hooked in Mick Tolton's lofted pass.
Shopmates keeper Jones was injured in attempting to prevent the goal and stand in keeper Ben Emony was beaten twice in the closing stages.
Glass fired in a left volley off the post with 76 minutes played, and the scoring was completed after 86 minutes when Wheeler slipped the ball home from Greig McIlwain's pass.
Raunds brought some rare action from visiting keeper Smith in added time as the keeper saved Deven Ellwood's 25 yard strike,
Raunds: Chris Jones (Cory Grant), Jim Le Masurier, Luke Bewers (Matt Peacock), Deven Ellwood, Chris Lenton, Paul Rice (Luke Walker), Dave Townsend, Ben Emony, Josh Kamau, Greg Smith, Jamie Guney.
Desborough: Tom Smith, Michael Keall, David Glass, Andre Jackson (Danny Marlow), Mick Brookes (Nathan Mitchell), Nick Grant, Mick Tolton, Dan Kitching (Greig McIlwain), Jordan Middleton, Darren Wheeler, Michael Boyle-Chong.