THE Manager of the Month curse didn’t quite strike, but Newport Pagnell Town’s fantastic winning run did come to an end with a 1-1 draw at AFC Kempston on Bank Holiday Monday.
Seven straight United Counties League victories saw manager Darren Lynch earn the Premier Division accolade last week, and in typical post-award fashion his side lost their winning momentum as skipper John Thorpe’s 10th minute opener was cancelled out by a Sam Macrae strike 20 minutes from full time – giving Kempston their first point in five games.
Nevertheless the Swans will finish the season on a high and welcome St Ives to Willen Road this Saturday for their final home fixture as they look to hold on to a top five finish.
Also ending the season well are Olney Town who edged past Northampton ON Chenecks 3-2 with a stoppage time winner.
Adam Parrish gave the Nurserymen the lead after 31 minutes, but the visitors were pegged back within 60 seconds.
Micky O’Farrell put Olney back in front with a quarter of an hour left to play, but with two of the scheduled 90 minutes remaining Edwin Furtado’s second goal of the game hauled Chenecks on terms again.
However, Dean Torto settled the contest in Olney’s favour two minutes into added on time as they made it four points from three successive away games.
There were defeats all round in South Midlands League Division One as Cranfield United were beaten 2-0 by London Colney, New Bradwell St Peter were downed at Langford by the same score, and Stony Stratford were thumped 5-1 at Wodson Park.
It was a busy couple of days in Division Two as Bletchley Town drew 2-2 away at Caddington on Saturday and were then beaten 4-0 at home by Aston Clinton on Monday,
MK Wanderers were held to a 2-2 draw by Winslow United after losing a nine-goal thriller at home to Tring Corinthians two days earlier, while Old Bradwell had just one game – a 3-0 defeat at Totternhoe.
NORTH BUCKS & DISTRICT LEAGUE
MK Wanderers will take some stopping in their quest for the Premier Division title after their 6-1 thrashing of Wolverton Town which leaves them five points off leaders Thornborough, but with three games still in hand.
Thornborough beat MK Titans 4-3 last time out, while Loughton Manor were 2-0 winners at Stewkley and Potterspury beat Great Linford 4-2.
Stoke Hammond climbed to the top of the Intermediate Division table courtesy of a 1-0 win at Celtic MK, while rivals Brackley were held to a 2-2 draw by City Colts.
However, Great Horwood remain well placed to leapfrog both teams if they win their games in hand, and are certainly in excellent form after their 7-1 thrashing of Wicken Sports.
Elsewhere, Denbigh Hall beat Hanslope by the odd goal in five and Olney lost 4-0 at home to Syresham.
Potterspury Res are firm favourites to win Division One after their 7-2 thumping of Stewkley Res – coupled with title rivals Grendon Rangers Res being held to a 1-1 draw at Syresham Res – has left them three points clear with a game in hand.
Also in Division One, Bletchley Bridge hammered Twyford United 6-2 and Stoke Hammond Res saw off Westbury 2-1.
City Colts Res have already been crowned champions of Division Two but had the weekend off. The only game saw MK Wanderers ‘A’ see off Wolverton Town Res 7-1.
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