NEWPORT Pagnell Town booked a place in the fourth round of the FA Vase by beating Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday, but now the Swans’ attention turns back to the bread and butter of United Counties League Premier Division action.
Their 3-1 Willen Road win was arguably the most important cup game in the club’s history, and Saturday sees them play one of their most important league games in recent memory too.
Darren Lynch’s men travel to fellow title chasers Long Buckby on Saturday, looking to maintain their own fantastic form, and upset the odds by being the only team to take points off the Northamptonshire side this season.
Big spending Buckby have incredibly won all 15 of their Premier Division outings so far this season – scoring 42 goals in the process – but still have to settle for second place in the table courtesy of Kings Lynn Town playing two more games and picking up one more point with their own superb record.
But the Swans are certainly not out of the running as they travel to Station Road sat sixth in the table and on a four-game winning streak that has seen them hit the back of the net 17 times – the most recent of those being Saturday’s memorable win over Godmanchester, while Buckby’s run in the Vase came to an end against Enfield.
After falling behind through Massimo Lagioia’s third minute own goal, the Swans drew level before the break courtesy of a Dean Buss free kick after 26 minutes.
They then took control in the second half, taking the lead through Dom Lawless from another set piece two minutes after the restart.
And Newport’s place in the last 32 was sealed by Matt Broomes who rounded off a quick counter attack two minutes past the hour mark.
That has earned them a fourth round tie at home to Ashington AFC who make the long journey south from Northumberland on January 21, and another £1,500 in prize money which takes their total from their three round wins to £3,600.
Olney Town lost further ground in their UCL Division One title push by being held to a 3-3 draw by Burton Park Wanderers on Saturday.
In fact the Nurserymen battled back three times to salvage a point as Burton belied their recent disappointing form at East Street.
Leigh Chapman 22nd minute Burton opener was matched two minutes later by Chezney Johnson. However, the visitors soon retook the lead three minutes past the half hour mark, Jack Wisniewski the marksman.
Lee Deacon’s 68th minute own goal then squared the game for a second time, before Burton took the lead for a third time after 80 minutes through Nathan Wills.
However, they were pegged back again within two minutes by Jared Cunniff, with Olney holding on to take the point which leaves them six off leaders Harborough Town going into their trip to Huntingdon.
In South Midlands League Division One on Saturday, New Bradwell St Peter picked up a 3-2 home victory over Kentish Town, thanks to goals from Bellhouse, Kemoagna and McDougall.
Cranfield United thrashed Sun Postal Sports 6-0 courtesy of an Evans hat-trick plus goals from Leadbeater, Peacock and Risby.
In Division Two, Bletchley Town’s good away run came to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Pitstone & Ivinghoe, while Old Bradwell United beat Winslow United 2-1 and there was a surprise 3-2 loss for league leaders Mursley United at Totternhoe, now within three points of them at the top.
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Stony Stratford Town have gone back to the top of the Premier Division with a 2-0 win against Loughton FC, with both goals coming from Lee White. That was Stony’s eighth consecutive league victory and puts them above Willen on goal difference, plus they have three games in hand.
In the other games, CS Athletic shared six goals with FC Lifesearch, Great Mile Ash defeated Open University 3-0, Stantonbury Social A beat Padbury AFC 5-2 and Kings Arms saw off Trade 2U 4-0.
With Olney not playing, AFC Santander took advantage to join them at the top of Division One with a 6-1 win against Stoke Hammond, with all six goals coming from different players. However, Olney remain top of the pile on goal difference.
New City Saints beat Buckingham Utd 2-1, Punjab Utd defeated Stacey Bushes 4-0, Stantonbury Social B and FC MMIX shared six goals and Stantonbury The Manor beat MK Legends 6-1.
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MK Wanderers Reserves have climbed back to the Premier Division summit after a 5-1 thrashing of Silverstone, while rivals Southcott Village were on the end of a shock 3-2 home defeat to MK Titans.
Potterspury also remain well in the hunt thanks to their 4-0 win over Thornborough, while other games saw Great Linford beat Deanshanger 4-0 and Wolverton Town held to a 2-2 home draw by Loughton Manor.
City Colts maintained their recent good form in the Intermediate Division with a 2-1 win over Steeple Claydon, while promotion hopefuls Bow Brickhill thrashed Celtic MK 5-1 and Olney drew 3-3 with Santander.
Stoke Hammond Reserves stay top of Division One with their 2-0 victory against Twyford Utd, while Bletchley Bridge went down 2-0 to Grendon Rangers Reserves and Woughton fell 4-2 at Westbury.