Newport target cup success this season

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New Newport Pagnell Town chairman Mick Stanton is hoping for good runs in this season’s FA Cup and Vase to help fund a future push for promotion.

Stanton has replaced Geoff Cardno as Swans chairman after he accepted an offer to join the Berks & Bucks FA.

A former Newport player of two decades, Stanton was a very popular replacement at Willen Road, and he has high expectations for the coming UCL Premier Division season and the years ahead.

The draws for the opening rounds of this season’s FA Cup and Vase have already been made and see the Swans host Hatfield Town in the Cup on August 17 before travelling to Langford in the Vase in early September.

Having achieved notable success in both competitions in recent times, Stanton says another good cash injection will go a long way to making the club’s ultimate dream of promotion to the Southern League possible.

“The mid to long-term aim is to win the league and make the step up to the Southern League,” said the 55-year-old who played for the Swans for more than 20 years between the 1970s and 90s.

“The short-term aim is to have another strong season in the UCL and go on some more good cup runs like we’ve done recently.

“Another top six finish will be Darren Lynch’s aim and he is putting a good side together who should be up to it.”

The Swans made history in January 2012 as they reached the fourth round of the Vase, eventually losing to Ashington in front of more than 600 fans at Willen Road. And their FA Cup heroics saw them reach the first qualifying round in 2010 when they were beaten by Canvey Island.

Meanwhile goal-scoring legend Daren Dykes has called time on his playing career due to injury and is now planning to concentrate on coaching.