Football round-up: Five-star Stony back in business

UNBEATEN: Stony and Trade 2U do battle in the MK Sunday League.
UNBEATEN: Stony and Trade 2U do battle in the MK Sunday League.

STRUGGLING Stony Stratford Town suffered derby defeat to neighbours New Bradwell St Peter on Saturday, but bounced back with an important three points against Amersham Town on Tuesday night.

It was only Stony’s third win from 17 South Midlands League Division One games, but it came in style as they saw off Amersham 5-3, three days after losing 3-1 at Peters.

However, Stony remain one off the foot of the table, because while they were winning, their relegation rivals Buckingham Athletic were causing an upset at the Recreation Ground, beating mid-table New Bradwell 3-0.

Just as inconsistent are Cranfield United who produced an impressive performance to thrash fellow title contenders Tokyngton Manor 4-0, before then losing 2-0 at home to lowly Bedford on Tuesday.

They go to Langford on Saturday, while New Bradwell visit Cockfosters and Stony entertain Ampthill Town.

There’s a local derby in Division Two with struggling MK Wanderers hosting an Old Bradwell United side who have fallen to the bottom of the table after a nightmare run of results which has seen them fail to win any of their eight games this season.

Wanderers drew 2-2 with Aston Clinton on Saturday while Bradwell drew 1-1 with second bottom Tring Corinthians in the battle of the two sides yet to win a game.

Bletchley Town stay in mid-table ahead of their trip to Kent Athletic, but lost 4-2 to The 61 FC (Luton) in their latest outing.

Newport Pagnell Town are starting to find their form again and thrashed Thrapston Town 6-0 at Willen Road on Tuesday night to go fourth in the United Counties League Premier.

Goals from Dominic Lawless on 11 minutes and Daren Dykes just three minutes later saw the Swans take control early on. But it wasn’t until the final 20 minutes that they really found their shooting boots – Dean Buss scored their third before Vinny Shrieves joined the spree. And there was still time for Lawless to net his second, with Shrieves following suit in the last minute.

That impressive victory came after the Swans had booked their place in the FA Vase second round with a 1-0 win over Henley Town on Saturday. A Dykes goal in the second half proved the difference, setting Newport up with a home tie against Stansted on November 19.

But it’s back to league action this Saturday with a trip to Irchester as they look to maintain their Premier title challenge.

Olney Town have suffered a blip in their Division One title push after a 3-0 home defeat to Potton United on Saturday. They stay level on points with leaders Bugbrooke St Michaels going into their trip to Burton Park Wanderers, but have played three games more now.

There was another 3-0 defeat for Olney on Tuesday night as they went out of the South Midlands Floodlit Cup to Broxbourne Borough.

NEW CITY HEATING

MK SUNDAY LEAGUE

Stony Stratford kept up their 100 per cent start to the Premier Division season with a hard fought 3-2 victory over Trade 2U, but it’s Willen who still top the table.

Stony’s goals came from J Alder, G Davis and L White, but they had to play the last 25 minutes with 10 men after having a man sent off.

Willen stay at the top after making it six wins out of six with a 5-2 defeat of Open University, still looking for their first win of the season. Willen’s goals came from D Bass, J Pinnock, G Sands, L Smith and S Smith, with Metcalfe and Peters on target for OU.

The other game saw FC Lifesearch defeat bottom side Padbury AFC 3-1. The pick of this Sunday’s games sees second placed Stony go to Willen in a top of the table six-pointer with those perfect records on the line.

The two games in Division One saw Punjab United defeat MK Legends 2-1 and New City Saints and MK United play out a goalless draw.

Great Mile Ash bowed out of the Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup with a 5-2 defeat against Elm Farm, while AFC Santander progressed to the third round of the Junior Cup by beating Maidenhead Nomads 4-2 on penalties after the game ended goalless.

Also through are CS Athletic who defeated Scouting for Goals 6-2, FC MMIX who beat Misty Moon 5-1, plus Kings Arms and Loughton Athletic who were awarded their games.

Division One leaders Olney Town bowed out with a 4-2 defeat against Milton Keynes 87, Stoke Hammond went down 4-1 to FC Bricklayers and Stantonbury Social A had their game awarded against them.

NORTH BUCKS &

DISTRICT LEAGUE

With the Junior Cup occupying the agendas of some, there was a chance for some of the chasing pack to close the gap in the Premier Division, with Loughton Manor and Great Linford doing exactly that.

Loughton beat Stewkley 4-1 to go fifth in the table thanks to goals from Whitcombe (2), Fraser, and Parsons, while Great Linford were 5-2 winners against Yardley Gobion – a hat-trick from Nevin the highlight, with other goals from Garrard and Thompson seeing them go fourth. Third placed Potterspury drew 1-1 with Wolverton Town.

Olney Town remain bottom of the Intermediate Division after falling to an eighth defeat in as many games, 3-1 to Syresham, Santander drew 1-1 with J.M United and Wicken Sports lost 3-1 to Brackley Sports Reserves.

In Division One there was an 8-2 thrashing for Bletchley Bridge at the hands of Southcott Village Reserves and Woughton saw off Bow Brickhill Res 2-0.

City Colts Res stay top of Division Two thanks to a 6-1 win against Wing Village, while Real Padbury drew 2-2 with Great Linford Res and Wicken Sports Res fell 3-2 to Marsh Gibbon Res.

MK Wanderers Res progressed to the third round of the Junior Cup by beating Bow Brickhill 4-0, Celtic MK beat Denbigh Hall 4-1 and City Colts edged past Bedgrove Dynamos 3-2 after extra time.

Also through are Bletchley Town Res who beat Marsh Gibbon 3-1 and Stoke Hammond thanks to a 4-0 win over FC Mandeville.

Hanslope knocked out Wolverton Town Res 4-2 and MK Churches lost 1-0 to Winslow Town.

>> City MP Mark Lancaster paid a visit to Wolverton Town FC last week to catch up on the club’s ongoing on and off-field developments.

Wolves are currently doing work on their clubhouse and playing surface at their Field Lane, Greenleys home.