NEWPORT Pagnell Town’s return to action in the United Counties League Premier Division brought a 2-1 defeat to Spalding United on Saturday, extending their losing run either side of the winter freeze out to four games.
Dom Marsala’s second minute strike had given the Swans the perfect start to the game, but two second half goals saw the visitors defeated.
Newport had beaten the Lincolnshire side 5-1 at home earlier this season, but their latest reverse – their second in the league after being knocked out of the FA Vase and Berks & Bucks Trophy – leaves Darren Lynch’s men in a very unfamiliar position of eighth in the table.
Also defeated were Olney Town who fell 1-0 at home to Huntingdon Town in UCL Division One.
There were also defeats for both New Bradwell St Peter and Stony Stratford in the South Midlands League Division One as Peters crashed 6-1 at home to London Lions while Town lost 3-1 away to St Albans City Reserves.
However, there was a remarkable 9-1 away win for Cranfield United at Kentish Town.
Meanwhile it was high scoring draws all round in Division Two as Old Bradwell shared four goals with Hale Leys United, MK Wanderers drew 3-3 with Pitstone and Ivinghoe, and Bletchley Town split the difference with Tring Corinthians in another six-goal thriller.
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Willen remain eight points clear at the top of the Premier Division thanks to a 6-0 win against Padbury AFC.
Stony Startford stay in touch though after their equalling emphatic win – 7-1 against FC Lifesearch, with goals from Anthony Grubb (2), Lee White, David Cole, Riccardo Archer, Stephen Spratt and Danny Wing. Stony also still have five games in hand.
In the top division’s other games, CS Athletic moved up to third place with a 4-2 win against Open University, while Great Mile Ash and Trade 2U shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
Olney Town continue to lead the way in an extremely tight Division One with a 5-0 win against Stantonbury Social B last time out.
But AFC Santander remain level on points with the leaders after a 7-2 win against Stacey Bushes, plus they still have a game in hand.
Stoke Hammond also remain hot on their heels thanks to their 4-1 win over Buckingham United, while FC MMIX are also still in touch thanks to their 6-1 win against MK United, and New City Saints beat Punjab United 3-2.
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The big game in the Premier Division went the way of Potterspury who beat table toppers Southcott Village 2-0 to cut the gap between the sides to just three points, plus Potterspury have a game in hand.
However, Thornborough Athletic are best placed and will leapfrog both sides to the top if they win their two games in hand, having seen off Deanshanger 4-3 in their last outing.
Also in the top flight, MK Titans were held to a 2-2 draw by Loughton Manor and Great Linford went down 5-0 away to Silverstone.