Swans boss scoops UCL manager of the month award

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NEWPORT Pagnell Town manager Darren Lynch has been named United Counties League Premier Division Manager of the Month for March, and his side can’t stop winning at the moment.

The Swans collected 19 points from 21 available during the month – with five of their six wins coming away from home.

Their most impressive victory was an unexpected yet sensational 3-1 success at title challenging Long Buckby, and their only draw during March came in their first game of the month when they left Boston Town with a 0-0 draw.

Six wins later and the Manager of the Month award belongs to Lynch – still in his first season as the club’s manager since replacing Swans legend Terry Shrieves in the Willen Road hotseat in the summer.

And while his side haven’t been able to challenge for the league title this season, the Swans are set to end the campaign on a high after continuing their spectacular form into April and a 6-2 home thumping of Northampton Spencer on Tuesday night which gave them their seventh straight win and lifted them to fourth in the table.

It took a while for the Swans to recover from their FA Vase fourth round defeat to Ashington AFC back in January, but their response over the last six weeks or so has been fantastic.

Dominic Lawless gave Newport the lead against Northampton 15 minutes in, before the home lead was doubled by Liam Smyth two minutes before the break.

Dan Stevenson replied for Spencer after 53 minutes, but the Swans soon tightened their grip on the game with further goals from Dave Baker on 70 minutes and Steve Brookes two minutes later.

The Millers reduced the deficit through Dustin Fitzgerald 12 minutes from the end, but further Swans goals from Lawless on 88 minutes and Jordan Sebastian in the closing stages completed the rout.

In South Midlands League Division One, New Bradwell St Peter saw off Amersham Town 2-1 on Tuesday night after winning 1-0 at St Albans City on Saturday.

Stony Stratford lost 1-0 to Harpenden and in Division Two Bletchley Town were 4-1 winners over The 61 FC (Luton).

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Willen stay top of the Premier Division after a 7-0 win over Loughton Athletic, but Stony remain hot on their heels thanks to a 3-2 win over Great Mile Ash,

Padbury AFC beat CS Athletic 5-2 and Stantonbury Social A saw off Trade 2U 6-2 in the division’s other games.

AFC Santander remain top of Division One with a 5-2 win against Stacey Bushes, while Olney beat MK United 6-1 to remain behind only on goal difference. Santander take on Olney on April 15 in what could be a title decider.

FC MIIX thrashed MK Legends 9-0 and Stantonbury Social B beat Punjab Utd 5-0.

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The pick of the Premier Division games saw a 4-4 draw between Yardley Gobion and Wolverton Town, while MK Titans had a 2-2 draw at Grendon Rangers and Loughton Manor edged past Brackley Sports by the odd goal in five.

Great Horwood still have lots of games to catch up on, and began with a 4-2 win against Steeple Claydon to remain well placed to win the Intermediate Division.

Stoke Hammond are still in the running though and thumped Denbigh Hall Sports 5-0, while Celtic MK drew 2-2 at Wicken and City Colts shared a 1-1 with Syresham.