Football round-up: Wolves lose ground after first defeat

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WOLVERTON Town lost ground at the top of the North Bucks Premier Division as they suffered a surprise 5-1 beating by near neighbours Great Linford, while table toppers MK Wanderers Reserves thrashed Stewkley 6-2.

Wolves’ first defeat of the season sees them down in fifth and nine points adrift of Wanderers, but they do have three games in hand. And they will get their chance to bounce back on Saturday when they take on bottom side Buckingham Town Res, as Wanderers have the day off.

Away from the league action there were plenty of Interdivisional Trophy matches played, with the pick of the ties seeing City Colts beat Olney Town 4-2 and Denbigh Hall Sports thrash Real Padbury 9-2. Other ties of note brought a 5-2 victory for MK Churches against Twyford United, a 7-0 win for Loughton Manor at Wing Village and a 5-4 win on penalties for Stoke Hammond against MK Titans after the game ended 1-1. There was more penalty draw when Santander beat Bow Brickhill 6-5 on spot-kicks after 4-4 draw.

Back on the league front and it’s been a fine start to the Intermediate Division season for Celtic MK who climbed to fifth with their 4-2 win over Steeple Claydon, while at the wrong end of the table MK Titans Res are still without a win following their 2-0 defeat to Brackley Sports.

High-flying Stoke Hammond Res are up to third in Division One after their 2-1 victory at Bletchley Bridge who sit second from bottom, while the top of the table clash saw a 3-2 win for Grendon Rangers over Bow Brickhill Res.

There was also a top of the table clash in Division Two, resulting in a 2-2 draw between MK Wanderers A and City Colts Res – with the latter remaining top of the pile.

The other game of note saw a bad day for Wolverton compounded by an 8-1 thrashing for Town’s Reserves against University of Buckingham.

MILTON KEYNES SUNDAY LEAGUE

THREE Premier Division teams still remain unbeaten, but it’s Willen who lead the way at the top of the table with a 100 per cent start to the season.

Sunday saw Willen make it three wins in three by seeing off Kings Arms 4-2 thanks to goals from Long, Palmer, Pinnock and Smith, while goals from Sear and Wing saw Stony Stratford make it two wins out of two against Great Mile Ash who lost for the first time.

Trade2U scored five goals in the last 30 minutes to beat Open University 5-1, and FC Lifesearch preserved their unbeaten record with a 3-0 win over Loughton Athletic, while CS Athletic defeated Padbury AFC 2-0.

Willen go to Padbury this Sunday, Stony host OU and Lifesearch face Great Mile Ash.

Olney Town lead the way in Division One after continuing their 100 per cent start with a 7-0 win against Stacey Bushes thanks to goals from Gary Janes (4), Greg Hardie, Tom Collins and Tony White.

Stantonbury Social B also made it three out of three with 2-1 victory against New City Saints, while FC MMIX stay hot on their heels with an impressive 10-1 win against bottom side Buckingham United.

Stantonbury The Manor defeated Stoke Hammond 3-2 with the goals coming from Callum Thompson (2) and David Yendell making it two out of two of them, while AFC Santander defeated MK Legends 4-0 and Punjab United and MK United shared the spoils in a goalless draw.

The pick of Sunday’s games sees Olney Town and Stantonbury The Manor go head to head with 100 per cent records at stake.

UNITEC COUNTIES AND SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUES

NEWPORT Pagnell Town’s revival continued on Saturday with a 5-1 thrashing of Spalding United at Willen Road, seeing them climb up to fifth place in the United Counties League Premier Division.

Daren Dykes opened the scoring after six minutes and Dom Lawless doubled the lead with a well struck volley after 18. Greg Smith replied on 39 minutes but within 60 seconds the two-goal margin was restored by Dykes.

A 55th minute Sean McBride goal, after Nick Conroy mishandled in the visiting goal, tightened Newport’s grip on the points, and the scoring was completed by Dykes’ third of the afternoon in the last minute.

Olney Town remain unbeaten, but missed the chance to go top of UCL Division One as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Bourne Town, with Jared Cunniff on target for the visitors who are now one point behind Harborough.

>> The big game in the South Midlands League came on Tuesday night when New Bradwell St Peter made their title ambitions known with a 3-2 home win over high-flying Cranfield United in Division One.

Peters had fallen 2-1 to London Colney on Saturday but bounced back in the best way possible with goals from Carr, Clinch and McDonald. Cranfield went into the game in fine form after beating previously unbeaten Cockfosters 2-1, while Stony Stratford lost 4-0 to Kentish Town and then drew 0-0 at home to Buckingham Athletic on Tuesday.

Saturday’s Division Two action brought a 2-2 draw for Bletchley Town at home to Tring Corinthians, Old Bradwell United draw 1-1 at home to Caddington and MK Wanderers lose 5-1 at home to Kent Athletic.