Football round-up: Cup kings Bletchley fighting on three fronts

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BLETCHLEY Town are still in the hunt for honours on three fronts this season after booking their place in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup quarter final on Saturday.

Nick Crossley’s men enjoyed a 3-1 third round home victory over Chalfont Wasps and also remain in contention to lift the South Midlands League Cup and Challenge Trophy thanks to a string of superb away wins.

However, the Bletchley boss says his side now need to turn their impressive cup form into league points, starting at local rivals Old Bradwell this Saturday.

They go into that fixture sat fourth from bottom of the Division Two table with just two wins to show for their 10 games, but they won’t get many better opportunities to take maximum points than when they make the short trip to the league’s bottom side.

Old Bradwell stay rooted to the foot of the table despite picking up their first win of the season with an excellent 2-0 beating of Kent Athletic. That saw them close the gap on MK Wanderers to just a single point after they lost 3-1 at Tring Corinthians. Mursley United remain top of the table but suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat at The 61 FC (Luton). Their lead has been cut down to three points and the chasing pack all have games in hand.

In SML Division One, New Bradwell St Peter were held to a 2-2 home draw by Langford on Tuesday night, three days after losing 1-0 at London Colney – the same day that Langford thumped poor Stony Stratford Town 7-0. Meanwhile, a bad few days for Cranfield United were completed on Tuesday as they lost their Division One Cup second round clash against Harpenden Town 3-2 following a 4-1 league defeat to Chesham United.

UCL Division One high-flyers Olney Town joined Bletchley in the last eight of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup thanks to a 10-2 thrashing of Hazlemere Sports – Sam Parrish, Chezney Johnson and Stewart Allan getting hat-tricks for the Nurserymen and Geoff Baffo scored the other.

NEW CITY HEATING SUNDAY LEAGUE

Stony Stratford Town and Trade 2U have booked their places in the fourth round of the Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate Cup.

Stony Stratford had a hard fought 4-2 victory against FC Beaconsfield with the goals coming from Cole (2), King and Robb, while Trade 2U enjoyed a more straight forward a 4-0 win over fellow Sunday League side Padbury AFC.

MK United advanced to round four of the Junior Trophy with a 3-0 win against Sporting United.

On the league front, Willen missed the chance to go top of the Premier Division when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Stantonbury Social A. CS Athletic also missed the chance to go top when they were beaten 6-0 by Great Mile Ash, so Stony Stratford stay at the summit.

Loughton Athletic beat FC Lifesearch in a 4-3 thriller, coming back from 3-2 down with a Mark Horwood hat-trick.

Olney Town stay top of Division One after their 4-2 win against Punjab United but AFC Santander remain second only on goal difference with a 4-3 win against New City Saints. Stantonbury Social B remain in touch with the leaders after a 3-0 win over Stacey Bushes, while the other game saw Stoke Hammond MK defeat Stantonbury the Manor 2-0.

NORTH BUCKS & DISTRICT LEAGUE

There was a spectacular return to form for Wolverton Town who thrashed MK Titans 7-1 on their own patch, while MK Wanderers Reserves stay top of the Premier Division thanks to a 6-1 success at basement boys Buckingham Town.

The Interdivisional Division Trophy brought a 4-3 extra time victory for City Colts at Great Linford, but Celtic MK fell 4-3 to Stewkley. In the league, there was a 1-1 draw for Denbigh Hall against Bow Brickhill, MK Titans Res beat Hanslope 2-1, and MK Churches and J.M. United shared four goals and the points.

Raising a drink to Wolves legend

WOLVERTON Town will name their clubhouse after long-serving club legend Bob Swann on Saturday.

While attending a match against Barton Rovers in 1986, Swann, who served the club in various roles for more than 20 years, suffered a heart attack and, despite valiant efforts to save him, he tragically died at the pitch side.

The Wolves saw a sad decline in the years following his death, but it was the work of his daughter Christine Greenwood and grandsons Steve and Mike which saw the revival of the club in his memory in 2004.

Now with the clubhouse at their new Field Lane, Greenleys home refurbished, and on the 25th anniversary of his death, a fitting tribute will be paid to the man who gave so much to the club, by naming the new function room after him The Bob Swann Memorial Suite.

Prior to the opening, the Wolves entertain Loughton Manor in a North Bucks League Premier Division game on Saturday and there will be a minute’s silence before the kick-off at 2pm. The official opening then takes place on December 3 and the club would like anybody who has connections with the club to go along and pay tribute to the past, as well as it see what’s in store for the future. For more details, email adrian.haynes@wolvesfc.org