Football round-up: Nurserymen slip from top after cup win

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UNITED Counties League Division One high-flyers Olney Town progressed to the second round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup on Saturday, but they lost their place at the top of the league table as a result.

The Nurserymen overwhelmed Old Challenors with a 6-0 away victory but fell to second in Division One because rivals Bugbrooke St Michaels still had a league fixture and won 3-0 at Potton United, taking them to the summit on goal difference – and they also have two games in hand.

They have won all six of the games so far but Olney also remain unbeaten this season and are now looking good on two fronts ahead of their own meeting with Potton on Saturday.

Just one goal split the sides at the break, Sam Parrish scoring for Olney 12 minutes in at Old Challenors.

Reis Ashraf’s 55th minute second opened the floodgates though, with Dean Torto adding to the visiting tally just a minute later.

With 13 minutes remaining John Wigglesworth got his name on the Olney scoresheet before further goals following from Chezney Johnson and Jared Cunniff in the final 10 minutes completed a comfortable win.

New Bradwell St Peters’ run in the Intermediate Trophy is over after they lost 5-2 at Chalvey (WMC) Sports and Stony Stratford are also out thanks to a 3-2 defeat at Hazlemere Sports. MK Titans were no match for Risborough Rangers as the North Bucks League outfit went down 7-1.

There was more UCL Premier Division disappointment for Newport Pagnell Town on Saturday as they lost 2-1 at home to Cogenhoe United. Keith Williams scored from the penalty spot to draw the Swans level, but there was to be late drama as the visitors nicked a winner in injury time.

There was South Midlands League Challenge Trophy action on Tuesday night and Cranfield United produced an excellent display to win 5-2 away at Hoddesdon to make it to the third round. And also through are Bletchley Town who ran out 3-2 winners away at Royston. On the league front Stony Stratford were defeated 7-2 at Kings Langley.

There was a second victory of the season for MK Wanderers in Division Two as they beat Caddington 3-2. Old Bradwell drew 2-2 with The 61 FC.

>> CS Athletic moved up to second place in New City Heating MK Sunday League Premier Division with a 2-1 win against Loughton Athletic.

However, the game was abandoned after 75 minutes because of a serious injury to Mark Baxter. Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.

Stantonbury Social A gained their first league win of the season beating Kings Arms 3-0, while the top of the table clash in Division One saw Olney Town and FC MMIX draw 2-2, with the former staying top on goal difference.

Other games saw New City Saints defeat Buckingham Utd 5-0, Punjab United see off MK Legends 4-1, AFC Santander defeat Stantonbury the Manor 3-2 and Stoke Hammond MK beat Stacey Bushes 3-1.

>> Wolverton Town suffered a 2-1 defeat to Deanshanger Athletic in the North Bucks League Premier Division to lose ground on the top sides. City Colts remain top of the Intermediate Division thanks to a 2-1 win against Syresham, while Denbigh Hall Sports beat Brackley Reserves 3-1.