Football: Swans aim to finish on a high

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Newport Pagnell Town are on course for a top six finish in the United Counties League Premier Division after they beat the same team twice in the space of seven days.

The Swans were 2-0 winners at Desborough on Saturday, a week after they beat them 3-2 at Willen Road. The quick fire double-header against them was because their scheduled trip to Waterworks Field was postponed during the winter.

After that most recent win against the Northants outfit, Darren Lynch’s men drew 2-2 away at fourth placed Quorn on Tuesday night – who they meet again next Saturday due to another called off fixture.

The Newport boss was left fuming at the referee at Quorn after claiming that the man in black ‘did everything he could to get them back in the game’.

After the Swans raced into a 2-0 half time lead, the home side fought after the break to secure a point, with Rob Tapp sent off for the visitors.

But despite their hopes of a top six finish suffering a blow with that draw, Lynch was full of praise for his players, who he says have returned to their best form in recent weeks.

“I don’t normally complain about referees – but this one was just terrible,” he said. “We would have gone fourth with a win, so I’m very disappointed.

“But the players have been excellent recently. We’ve got back to the sort of form that we had in recent years when we finished third.

“It would be good to finish the season well and in the top six. If you had offered me that when we were going through our bad spell, I’d have bitten your hand off.”

In UCL Division One, Olney Town were 2-0 winners away to Thrapston on Saturday but then lost 2-1 at Burton Park on Tuesday. In SML Division One, there were defeats for Stony Stratford and New Bradwell St Peter, and in Division Two, Wolverton Town won 3-0 at Caddington and Old Bradwell fell 2-0 at home to Totternhoe .