Swans striker closes in on 100 goals

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Daren Dykes may hang up his boots at the end of the season as he nears his 100th goal for Newport Pagnell Town.

His opening strike in the Swans’ 3-2 victory against Desborough at Willen Road on Saturday was the 96th goal in his fourth season with the United Counites League club.

His remarkable record speaks for itself – those 96 strikes have come in just 119 games since his return to the club in 2009.

He admitted: “I didn’t know until someone pointed it out to me the other day actually.”

“It’s a decent record to have and I’ve already got the record for scoring the most goals in a season when I hit 47.”

That record came in the 2010/11 season when Dykes partnered striker-turned-manager Darren Lynch, with the pair netting more than 90 goals between them as the Swans went close to winning the UCL Premier Division.

But his time with Newport has been plagued by injuries, ruling him out of many games over the last four years. And it’s those problems that could force him into retirement this summer.

Dykes said: “I’ve only been able to play a full season once, and that was when I set the scoring record.

“I did my cruciate ligament when I was younger, and it has caused trouble ever since.

“I’ll definitely be staying around Newport Pagnell – my kids have just started to play here and I want to be on hand to help out with coaching.

“If I have to put my boots on and play for Darren when he’s short, then so be it, but I want to get to 100 goals before the end of the season.”