Football round-up: Swans narrowly beaten by league leaders

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UNITED Counties League Premier Division leaders Kings Lynn Town proved too good for Newport Pagnell on Saturday, running out 2-0 winners at Willen Road to extend their lead at the top to nine points.

The big-spending side from Norfolk have failed to win only three of their 26 league games this season and finally look on course to escape the UCL Premier after narrowly missing out to St Neots Town last season as they also splashed the cash.

The Swans lost 2-1 away at Kings Lynn when the sides first met this season, and pushed the runaway leaders close again before eventually succumbing to a fifth straight defeat in all competitions.

After a scoreless first half that saw the woodwork twice deny the Swans, Stephen Spriggs gave Lynn the lead five minutes into the second half. And two minutes later Stuart Wall added a second for the visitors to see them extend their lead over second placed Long Buckby who suffered a shock home defeat to Yaxley.

Olney Town returned to winning ways in UCL Division One, seeing off Northampton Sileby Rangers 3-0 on their own patch with goals from Micky O’Farrell, Dean Torto and Stewart Allan.

In South Midlands League Division One, Stony Stratford Town were beaten 3-2 at home by Langford, while Cranfield United enjoyed a 4-1 home beating of Hoddesdon.

In Division Two Bletchley Town drew 2-2 with Pitstone & Ivinghoe, MK Wanderers lost 1-0 at Kent Athletic, and Old Bradwell saw off Tring Corinthians 2-1.

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Stony Stratford Town have closed the gap at the top of the Premier Division to five points after they defeated CS Athletic 4-1 with goals from White (2), Grubb and Wing. Leaders Willen lost 2-1 to Great Mile Ash and Stony have five games in hand.

In the other games, Trade 2U defeated Kings Arms 2-0, Stantonbury Social A beat Open University 6-1, and Padbury AFC beat Loughton Athletic 2-1.

Olney remain top of Division One after beating MK Legends 6-0, while Santander remain level on points thanks to a 5-1 win over MK United. FC MMIX also remain in touch after beating New City Saints 2-0.

Punjab United beat Stoke Hammond in a seven-goal thriller, edging them out 4-3, while Stantonbury the Manor beat Stacey Bushes 8-0 and Buckingham United beat Stantonbury Social B 2-1. MK Legends are in need of a new manager, email michael.calcutt@nationwideplatforms.co.uk

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MK Wanderers Res kept up the pressure on the Premier Division leaders with a 2-1 away win against Brackley Sports, and will leapfrog above both Southcott Village and Thornborough to top spot if they win their games in hand.

Southcott remain top but only on goal difference after slipping up against Great Linford – losing 5-2 – while Thornborough saw off Wolverton Town 2-1 to go level on points at the summit. But the balance of power remains with Wanderers. Elsewhere MK Titans edged out Deanshanger Athletic by the odd goal in seven.

Stoke Hammond Wanderers are going to take some catching at the top of the Intermediate Division table, particularly after their 5-0 beating of AFC Santander, while Celtic MK thrashed Olney 5-0, Bow Brickhill thumped Hanslope 7-3 and Great Horwood beat Denbigh Hall Sports 5-1.

City Colts made it through to the third round of the Interdivisional Trophy after edging past University of Buckingham 2-1 after extra time.

In Division One there was a big victory for Bletchley Bridge, 7-1 against Woughton, while City Colts Res enjoyed a 6-1 away win over Wolverton Town Res in Division Two.