Local football round-up: The joy of six as Swans make great to the season

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NEWPORT Pagnell Town boss Darren Lynch described his side’s 6-2 FA Cup thrashing of Ardley United on Saturday as “not bad” after they booked their place in the first qualifying round.

Three goals in each half from Darren Dykes, Matt Broomes and Dom Lawless saw the Swans take their FA Cup goal tally to 12 in two matches, having also seen off Reading Town 6-1 in the extra preliminary round.

A tough trip to Chalfont St Peter on Saturday, September 8 now awaits for Lynch’s men, and he said they will need to improve to stand a chance of beating the Southern League Division One side, despite their own excellent goal scoring form.

“They are a league above us and we are away from home, so it’s going to be a tough one,” he said. “We scored three goals in the first half on Saturday, but we didn’t play particularly well.

“I suppose it says something about the team if you go in at half time 3-1 up, but you’re still disappointed. I thought we were better in the second half, but the referee didn’t do us any favours – both of their goals were from dubious penalties, but it didn’t matter in the end as we did enough.”

Before their next FA Cup outing, it’s back to the basics of United Counties League Premier Division football for the Swans who welcome champions Long Buckby to Willen Road on Saturday.

Olney Town enjoyed their first UCL Division One victory of the season when they saw off Harrowby United 3-2 after losing on the opening day. Next up is a home game against Northampton SR.

Stony Stratford Town’s impressive start to the South Midlands League Division One campaign continued on Tuesday night with a 5-2 away win at Winslow United.

That came after Saturday’s 3-2 home win against Chesham United Reserves – making it four wins from their first six games for the men from Ostlers Lane.

New Bradwell St Peter went down 4-1 at Kings Langley on Tuesday, three days after losing 1-0 at Kentish Town. Cranfield United lost 4-1 at Codicote.

The North Bucks & District League is now well under way and a couple of Milton Keynes sides have enjoyed 100 per cent starts to the Premier Division season.

City Colts made it two wins out of two when they thrashed MK Titans 9-0 after seeing off Thornborough 2-0 a few days earlier. Also on six points from two games are Loughton Manor whose last victory came 4-0, also at the expense of Thornborough.

Other top flight results included a 2-1 victory for MK Titans over Great Linford and 4-2 success for Potterspury against Yardley Gobion.

Bow Brickhill made it two wins in two in the Intermediate Division by seeing off Syresham 3-2 while Wolverton Town Res had a 1-1 draw at Grendon Rangers Res and City Colts Res went down 4-2 to Wicken Sports.

Bow Brickhill Res top Division One after beating Great Linford Res 6-1 to make it two wins out of two and Olney drew 2-2 at Stewkley Res.

In Division Two, Stantonbury Social Elite maintained their good start with a 3-2 win at Wing, while MK Wanderers A thumped Marsh Gibbon 6-1.