Stony Stratford Town had hoped for some silverware to show off at the end of a much improved season, but it was not to be as they lost two cup finals in the space of just two days at the weekend.
The Ostlers Lane outfit went down 3-1 to Kings Langley in the South Midlands League Division One Cup final held at Tring Athletic on Saturday, and then lost the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final 4-1 to Banbury United at Buckingham Athletic on Monday.
In a hectic last week of the season, James Cain’s men had only booked their place in the Bucks Charity Cup final the previous Thursday by edging past Olney Town over two legs in the semi-final.
That made it two cup semi-final defeats inside a week for Olney who also went down 4-1 to Cockfosters in the South Midlands Senior Floodlit Cup.
The Division Two season came to an end for Wolverton Town as they lost 2-1 at home to Pitstone & Ivinghoe, while Old Bradwell United went down 2-1 at The 61 FC (Luton).
Meanwhile there was an incredible story unfolding at Newport Pagnell Town where manager Darren Lynch came off the substitutes’ bench to score a dramatic late winner at home to Harborough Town.
With the Swans suffering with knocks and a win needed to make sure of a sixth place finish in the United Counties Premier Division, Lynch, 36, came on with 15 minutes left to play and found the net from a free-kick five minutes from time to seal a 2-1 victory.
It was his first appearance since retiring from playing at the end of the 2010-11 season, and the goal took the former prolific striker’s second spell tally at Willen Road to 107.
Daren Dykes had bagged the Swans’ earlier goal against Harborough, taking his own great scoring record to 99 goals since his return to the club.
But with the 32-year-old suffering with injuries, Lynch says he will try and convince him to continue playing next season, and even wants him to break his own scoring record.
He said: “Records are made to be broken and I can’t think of anyone better to do it.
“I made him my captain for the game because I thought he would lead by example and he did. He was unlucky not to get his 100th goal on the day to be fair.
“I want him to stay on and help us finish higher than sixth. I don’t see why we shouldn’t be pushing for the top two or three.”