NEWPORT Pagnell Town kept themselves in sight of the United Counties League Premier Division top three thanks to a single-goal victory at Irchester United.
Daren Dykes grazed the crossbar early on for the Swans before a Dean Buss goal after 14 minutes proved enough to secure the points – the defender reacting first to turn in the ball after John Thorpe’s header rebounded from the crossbar.
Newport go to bottom side Desborough Town on Saturday hoping to improve on their goal difference that currently sees them sitting ahead of St Ives Town and Holbeach on 27 points. Peterborough NS are the team to beat at the top, currently 13 points ahead of the Swans.
Division One side Olney Town have a huge game on Saturday as they travel to leaders Bugbrooke St Michaels knowing that victory could put them top of the pile.
The Nurserymen have still only lost one game so far this season, but have drawn too many – the latest coming 1-1 away at Burton Park Wanderers where a James Nash goal cancelled out Jack Wisniewski’s 78th minute opener.
Olney go to Bugbrooke sitting third in the table and having played three games more than their hosts and one more than second placed Harborough, but a victory could see them go a point clear at the top.
Cranfield United’s South Midlands League Division One title push suffered a blow when they lost out 3-2 at Langford, seeing them drop to sixth in the table.
Stony Stratford were on the end of a 4-0 home defeat to high-flying Ampthill, while New Bradwell St Peter drew 3-3 at Cockfosters.
Cranfield visit struggling Amersham Town on Saturday while Stony welcome Sun Postal Sports and New Bradwell go to London Lions.
The big game in Division Two saw MK Wanderers and Old Bradwell United draw 1-1 – enough to see United climb off the foot of the table at the expense of Tring Corinthians. Bletchley Town lost 3-1 away to Kent Athletic, while Totternhoe moved up to third after a 1-0 home win against Risborough Rangers.
Bletchley host Winslow on Saturday as Old Bradwell travel to Pitstone & Ivinghoe and MK Wanderers entertain Risborough.
Willen downed as Stony close in on top spot
STONY Stratford defeated Willen 6-0 in the top of the table clash on Sunday with goals from Lee White (2), David Cole (2), Riccardo Archer and Anthony Grubb.
Despite their defeat Willen remain top of the Premier Division, but Stony are just three points adrift and have two games in hand after making it five wins in five.
The other games saw Open University gain their first win of the season with a 3-2 success against Loughton Athletic thanks to goals from Metcalfe, Peters and Carr, while CS Athletic defeated Stantonbury Social A 6-3, Padbury AFC also got their first win of the season 4-1 against Kings Arms but remain bottom, and Great Mile Ash beat Trade 2U by the odd goal in five.
AFC Santander inflicted Olney Town’s first defeat of the season in Division One, winning 4-2. A Steve Dean hat-trick was the difference between the sides, his third goal coming from a 30-yard free-kick after Richard Beevis had also found the net.
Santander have now joined Olney Town at the top on 13 points along with no less than three other teams, but Olney remain at the summit on goal difference.
Punjab United are now joint top after winning 3-1 against New City Saints, and also on 13 points are Stantonbury Social B who remain undefeated in the league after beating Stacey Bushes 3-0, plus FC MMIX despite a 4-3 loss to Stoke Hammond MK.
The other results saw Stantonbury The Manor see off winless MK Legends 7-0, and MK United hammer basement boys Buckingham United 11-0.
Wanderers well placed despite surprise defeat
MK WANDERERS Reserves missed their chance to move back to the top of the Premier Division table when they went down 4-0 at mid-table Grendon Rangers, but remain well placed to launch a title assault.
Southcott Village still lead the way at the summit, but were held to a 1-1 draw by Great Linford in their last outing, while second placed Potterspury thrashed poor Buckingham Town Res 8-1. Wanderers are just two points adrift of Southcott but do have two games in hand. The pair meet on Saturday, but in a Premier Division Trophy match, rather than league.
Elsewhere in the top flight there was a 3-1 defeat for Wolverton Town at Brackley Sports, while Deanshanger Athletic went down 5-3 at Silverstone.
City Colts are still the team to beat in the Intermediate Division and stretched their unbeaten run to eight games with a 2-0 win at MK Titans Res. However, their two nearest rivals kept chase with good victories – Stoke Hammond beating J.M United 4-2, and Great Horwood winning 1-0 at Bow Brickhill.
Denbigh Hall Sports thrashed lowly MK Churches 5-0, Hanslope won 5-1 away at AFC Santander and Celtic MK were given the points after bottom side Olney failed to field a team.
Struggling Bletchley Bridge were the big winners in Division One as they beat Twyford United 5-2 away from home to increase the gap between themselves and bottom side Westbury, who failed to raise a side to play Bow Brickhill Res.
Title chasing Stoke Hammond Res lost a seven goal thriller at home to Woughton, while Deanshanger Res beat Grendon Res 1-0 and Potterspury Res were 2-1 winners over Southcott Village Res.
City Colts Res kept their place at the top of the Division Two table thanks to an impressive 6-0 thrashing of Steeple Claydon Res, Hanslope Res saw off Real Padbury 2-0, Wolverton Town Res drew 3-3 with Yardley Gobion Res and MK Wanderers A fell 2-1 to Wicken Sports Res.
>> Division One side Woughton have secured something of a sponsorship coup with Manheim Auctions – the largest auction company in the world, thanks to club captain Mathew Bamber who works for the Northampton-based firm.
He wants to see the club return to their past glory days, and things are certainly looking good with Woughton now back at their Woughton-on-the-Green home after being forced to make way for MK Dons’ training base. They have spent the past five years playing on the over side of the city in Wicken.