Local football: Fourth time lucky as Swans get back to winning ways

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NEWPORT Pagnell Town put a run of three straight defeats behind them on Tuesday night with a convincing 4-1 victory at United Counties League Premier Division basement boys Irchester United.

That win came after Saturday’s 1-0 away defeat at Long Buckby – the Swans’ third loss on the spin following the previous week’s 8-2 home humiliation at the hands of Deeping Rangers and their 2-0 Berks & Bucks Senior Cup exit to Binfield in between.

Keith Williams opened the scoring for Newport at Irchester – with just one league win to their name all season – before Matt Broomes doubled the visitors’ lead.

The Northants side pulled a goal back, but further Swans strikes from Liam Smyth and Dom lawless gave Darren Lynch’s men all three points and a welcome return to winning ways.

Newport’s third away game on the spin sees them travel to Boston Town this Saturday, looking to get their title push firmly back on track.

Olney Town’s UCL Division One struggles might finally be behind them after they secured an impressive 3-1 home win over Wootton Blue Cross on Saturday.

Next up for the mid-table Nurserymen is another home game, this time against Rothwell Corinthians – the side they drew 1-1 with just two weeks ago.

Stony Stratford Town’s excellent South Midlands League Division One form continued with a 2-0 home beating of Bedford on Saturday, keeping the Ostlers Lane side sitting pretty in mid-table.

However, Stony face a major test this Saturday when they visit high-flying Cockfosters who have only lost once all season. A result there really would make the rest of the division take notice.

It’s now an unlucky 13 games without a win for bottom of the table New Bradwell St Peter after they went down 4-2 at Welwyn Garden City. Next up for them is a trip to Chesham United Reserves before league leaders Harpenden Town visit next Tuesday night.

It’s been a terrible few days for Cranfield United as they crashed 6-0 at home to London Lions on Saturday before losing 2-0 at Hoddesdon Town on Tuesday night. They will hope to get back to winning ways at Kings Langley.

In Division Two, Wolverton Town lost 3-2 at Hale Leys United and Old Bradwell United were beaten 1-0 at home by Broxbourne Borough in the Division Two Cup first round.

Second from bottom Wolves host Kent Athletic on Saturday, while Old Bradwell – one place above them in them in the table – entertain The 61 FC (Luton).