NEWPORT Pagnell Town’s recent revival continued on Tuesday night with a quite remarkable 3-1 away win at Long Buckby, which seriously dented their title hopes.
Having lost only once in their previous 28 United Counties Premier games, Long Buckby went into the match well placed to beat rivals Kings Lynn Town to the league title, but the Swans clearly hadn’t read the script as they produced easily their best performance of the season – fighting back from a goal down early on.
It all started well enough for the Bucks with Fazel Koriya handing them the lead three minutes in, but Dom Lawless quickly levelled for the Swans 10 minutes later.
Daren Dykes then put Newport in front two minutes into first half added time and Lawless netted again seven minutes into the second half to complete a memorable win for the men from Willen Road.
Long Buckby still remain well placed to leapfrog Kings Lynn at the top, but if they don’t they will certainly look back at their home defeat to Darren Lynch’s Swans as the night they passed the title initiative to the side from Norfolk.
However, Newport’s fantastic night was marred by a serious facial injury to Richard Armstrong who suffered a badly fractured cheekbone during the first half.
There was a 2-0 away victory for Olney Town at Rothwell on Saturday with goals from Tom Gordon and Micky O’Farrell.
In South Midlands League Division One, there was a 2-0 defeat for New Bradwell St Peter at the hands of Cockfosters, while Cranfield United beat Amersham Town by the same score.
In Division Two, MK Wanderers edged past Bletchley Town 2-1 and Old Bradwell United were held to a 0-0 draw at Winslow United. Bletchley then drew 1-1 at Winslow on Tuesday night.
NEW CITY HEATING SUNDAY LEAGUE
Trade 2U progressed to the semi finals of the Knockout Cup with a 3-2 win against FC MMIX. Joining them in the last four are Loughton Athletic who beat Great Mile Ash on penalties after their game finished in a 4-4 draw.
Also in the semi finals are Kings Arms who beat Olney 3-1 and Stony Stratford, awarded their tie against Padbury AFC.
Stantonbury Social A progressed to the next round of the Bill Johnson Cup after a 5-0 victory against CS Athletic, while in Division One AFC Santander have gone top thanks to their 9-0 win over Punjab Utd.
Buckingham Utd beat MK Legends 1-0, MK United beat Stantonbury the Manor 2-1 and Stantonbury Social B saw off New City Saints 2-1.
NORTH BUCKS & DISTRICT LEAGUE
MK Wanderers won the big game of the weekend as they beat Premier Division title rivals Thornborough 3-1 to move to within five points of top, with four games in hand.
Potterspury are now realistically out of the running, but take consolation from the fact that they have reached the final of the Premier Division Trophy thanks to their 4-3 semi final win over Loughton Manor.
Also in the top division, Wolverton Town had a 3-1 success at Silverstone and Great Linford saw off Stewkley 3-2.
Intermediate Division title challengers Stoke Hammond progressed to the semi final of the Trophy with a 2-1 win over City Colts, while on the league front there were victories for Great Horwood, Celtic MK and Denbigh Hall Sports.
The biggest winners in Division One were Potterspury Reserves who thumped poor Charlton & District 9-2.