NEWPORT Pagnell moved to the top of the United Counties League Premier Division on Saturday, but crucially missed the chance to go three points clear, and were made to pay for it on Tuesday night.
The Swans dug deep to take a 1-1 draw from Boston Town - a ground they’ve failed to win at in their last 14 visits - and climbed to the top of the pile for the first time since back in August.
But with league leaders St Neots in FA Vase action, Terry Shrieves’ side missed the opportunity to put any real pressure on the division’s big spenders, and fell straight back to second place on Tuesday night.
The Swans were fired up from the off against Boston, with Daren Dykes creating early openings for both Darren Lynch and Richard Armstrong who saw headers bring good saves out of James Doughty in the home goal.
Boston’s Paul Goodhand curled a free-kick past Mark Osborn after 20 minutes before Newport striker Vinny Shrieves turned provider for Liam Smyth who shot just wide.
A fine run by Goodhand almost set up a Boston opener, but Alex Beck’s shot from a prone position was wide and the sides went into the break level.
Newport started the second half strongly - Lynch picked out Dykes in space and his cross was volleyed towards goal by Smyth, only for Michael Wood to head off the line.
Swans skipper John Thorpe and Goodhand went close from corners for their respective teams, but the hosts eventually took the lead after 64 minutes - Alex Beck crossing for former Nottingham Forest forward Gary Bull to head home.
But their lead proved short-lived as Newport levelled three minutes later. Boston were caught napping by Jordan Spruce’s short corner to Smyth whose low pass into the box was drilled home by Thorpe.
Doughty proved his worth with a fine save to his right from a Dykes free-kick as the Swans pushed for a late winner, but it didn’t come and the visitors left disappointed.
That disappointment turned into frustration on Tuesday as Newport failed to break down Irchester and St Neots thumped Yaxley 6-0 to go back on top. For the Swans it was the first time in 25 league matches that they’ve failed to find the net.
Top scorer Stewart Allan struck four as Olney hit top form against Huntingdon and moved four points clear at the top of Division One.
Allan opened the scoring on six minutes, but the Nurserymen had to wait until the dying seconds of the first half to double their lead through Matthew Old.
Allan scored his second after 66 before completing his hat-trick six minutes later. He then bagged the final goal of the afternoon after 88 minutes as Olney increased their advantage over rivals Kempston Rovers who were held to a draw.
Newport welcome Desborough Town on Saturday and Olney are away to Eynesbury Rovers.
Gary Marling’s opening game as Stony Stratford Town boss turned out to be a complete disaster - his side crashing 8-0 at home to local rivals New Bradwell St Peters for whom Nicholls hit four and there were two apiece for Marsala and Kemoagna.
MK Sunday League
BOCA Shenley had the biggest win of the weekend, but Stony Stratford remain sitting pretty at the top by maintaining their 100 per cent record this term.
Shenley thrashed Great Mile Ash 7-0 while Stony recorded their eighth win from as many games by seeing off Willen 6-2.
That has Stony on 24 points while Boca and Steven Eagell Toyota are back on 18 and the other teams all have four.
Trade 2U remain on top of a tight Division One table thanks to a 3-1 win over FC MMIX while nearest rivals FC Lifesearch hit four past basement side Stoke Hammond and Loughton lost ground at the top by losing 5-2 to Open University.
Division Two table toppers MK Dynamos were 3-2 victors over New City Saints, but still hot on their heels are Padbury AFC who saw off Stantonbury Social 8-3 to remain just two points adrift.
North Bucks League
LOUGHTON Manor climbed to the top of the Premier Division table but had to settle for a 1-1 draw from their game against Yardley Gobion while Brackley were without a game.
At the other end of the table Wolverton Town are showing signs of improvement but lost out 5-3 at Deanshanger, while MK Titans were beaten 3-1 by Grendon Rangers.
MK Wanderers won a battle of the Intermediate Division’s top two as they recorded a 3-2 win over Stoke Hammond and go two points clear at the top.