Football round-up: Olney down Manor to keep up perfect start

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OLNEY Town defeated Stantonbury the Manor 4-1 to keep their 100 per cent record intact and stay top of the Milton Keynes Sunday League Division One.

The sides went into the game with perfect starts to the season, but Greg Hardie proved to be the hero for Olney as he netted a hat-trick to keep his side top, with the other goal coming from Tony White.

FC MMIX have played a game more but remain level with Olney at the top after their close 1-0 win against Punjab Utd.

Stantonbury Social B remain undefeated with a 0-0 draw against AFC Santander and sit third.

The other games saw Legends and MK United share the spoils with a 1-1 draw, while Stacey Bushes and Buckingham United also drew 1-1 and Stoke Hammond saw off New City Saints 3-0.

Willen stay on top of the Premier Division and kept their 100 per cent record safe with a 4-2 win at Padbury AFC thanks to goals from Bass, Pinnock, Raynor and Smith.

Stony Stratford also kept their 100 per cent record – albeit after just three games – with their comprehensive 15-0 win against Open University with goals from Archer, (4), Wing (3), Cole (2), Alder, Davis, Grubb, Reeves, Sear and Spratt.

The other games saw second place Great Mile Ash win 5-0 against FC Lifesearch, while Kings Arms and CS Athletic fought out a 3-3 draw and Loughton Athletic and Stantonbury Social A drew 1-1.

This Sunday’s fixtures are dominated by Knock Out Cup second round action as holders Stony Stratford face unbeaten Stantonbury Social B of Division One. The only Premier Division games sees leaders Willen take on FC Lifesearch, looking to make it five in five.

NORTH BUCKS & DISTRICT LEAGUE

WOLVERTON Town bounced back from their first defeat of the season to beat Buckingham Town Reserves 1-0, but MK Wanderers remain clear at the top of the Premier Division table, despite having a break from league action.

Wanderers were one of many sides busy in Berks & Bucks Junior Cup first round action and enjoyed a comfortable 6-0 win away at Intermediate Division side J.M. United.

The pick of the other games saw Denbigh Hall Sports thrash AFC Santander 6-1 in their all Intermediate clash, while another second tier meeting saw City Colts beat Olney Town Res 6-1. Bow Brickhill cruised into the second round after a 5-0 beating of Haddenham Utd, while MK Titans Res lost 5-3 to Brill Utd and Great Horwood demolished Quainton 9-0.

There was also a 1-0 defeat for Bletchley Bridge against Grendon Rangers Res, while Real Padbury went out 3-0 to Haydon Utd and MK Churches beat Stony Stratford 7-3.

Back on the league front and MK Titans continue to struggle in the Premier Division, losing 2-0 to Yardley Gobion, while Great Linford drew 2-2 with Silverstone.

City Colts Reserves and MK Wanderers A are going blow for blow at the top of Division Two as both picked up further wins to keep themselves top and second respectively. MK Wanderers beat Hanslope Res 5-3, but Colts remain top of the pile on goal difference after their 6-0 thrashing of Silverstone Res.

Great Horwood Res remain bottom of the table despite picking up their first at the sixth attempt, beating Steeple Claydon Res 4-3, while Wicken Sports Res and Great Linford Res drew 1-1.

UNITED COUNTIES AND SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUES

TWO more wins in the space of three days have propelled Newport Pagnell Town back into United Counties League Premier title contention after a tough start to the season.

Tuesday night’s hard-fought 2-1 victory against Yaxley stretched their winning run to five matches, following Saturday’s 6-1 thrashing of Daventry United.

Newport took a 13th minute lead through Richard Armstrong against Yaxley, but the visitors drew level just before the break. And it looked like the game wasn’t going to end in the Swans’ first draw of the season, only for Vinny Shrieves to net the decisive goal in the final minute to lift his side to fourth place in the table.

Daventry took the lead on Saturday, but Dom Lawless levelled for the Swans before Sean McBride and Richard Armstrong put the hosts in command at the break. Early in the second half Armstrong added a second, with Lawless following suit a minute before the hour mark. And the rout was completed by Shrieves two minutes from the end.

Olney Town have returned to the top of UCL Division One after their 4-1 win against Wellingborough Whitworth.

Pakistan international striker Reis Ashraf made a goal scoring debut with the opening goal but the visitors drew level. However, the Nurserymen went back ahead through Dean Torto and made the points safe thanks to goals from Tom Gordon and Jared Cunniff.

A poor run has seen Cranfield United slip from the top of the South Midlands League Division One, but they bounced back with a 3-2 win at Hoddesdon on Tuesday night, while New Bradwell lost 1-0 to Bedford.

Saturday saw Peters lose 4-1 to Hoddesdon Town, while Stony Stratford Town lost to St Albans City Reserves by the same score and Cranfield went down 3-2 at London Lions. In SML Division Two, Bletchley Town beat Hale Leys Utd 3-1, Old Bradwell United lost 1-0 to Mursley United and MK Wanderers were beaten 5-0 at Winslow United.