Local football: Swans back to winning ways as Peters lose again

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NEWPORT Pagnell Town returned to winning ways against Huntingdon on Tuesday night after a disappointing run that saw them lose twice on the spin.

Darren Lynch’s Swans had lost at Stewarts & Lloyds Corby and at home to Holbeach United before seeing off Huntingdon 3-1 to get their United Counties League Premier Division campaign back on track.

There was certainly no shame in losing 2-1 to Holbeach on Saturday – the Lincolnshire side making it nine wins out of nine games at Willen Road to keep pace with early league leaders St Ives Town.

But victory over Huntingdon saw Newport keep fifth place in the table, and will have restored some confidence to a side not too accustomed to losing. However, a free Saturday means they will have to wait for next Tuesday’s trip to Yaxley to try and build on their success.

Building is certainly a word in the Olney Town vocabulary this week after the Nurserymen succumbed to a fifth UCL Division One defeat out of seven.

They lost 4-1 at home to Northampton Spencer and take a break from league action this Saturday when they visit Wolverton Town in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup second round.

In Olney’s defence, they have slipped down the Division One food chain this season, particularly with the arrival of AFC Rushden & Diamonds. A league record crowd of 1,157 watched them win at near neighbours Rushden & Higham United, but it’s Oadby Town who currently top the table.

New Bradwell St Peter’s winless South Midlands League Division One run now stands at 11 games after they lost 4-0 at home to Crawley Green on Tuesday night, while Cranfield United drew 1-1 with Buckingham Athletic.

Bottom of the table Peters host Sun Postal Sports on Saturday – a week after the Watford side were thumped 6-0 at home by Stony Stratford Town.

Next up for Stony is a trip to Kentish Town while Cranfield travel to Harpenden Town. In Division Two, Old Bradwell welcome Mursley United seven days after a 1-0 defeat at Risborough Rangers.