Five-star Peters moving in the right direction

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IT’S THREE wins out of three for a fast improving New Bradwell St Peter side - albeit if their last two games were three weeks apart.

Bedford Town were hammered 5-1 on Saturday, with goals from Kemoagna (2), Nicholls, Marsala and Gunn seeing Peters climb to 15th in South Midlands League Division One and away from the relegation dogfight about to kick off below them in the table.

Unfortunately Stony Stratford Town will find themselves right in the middle of that battle, but they’re also heading in the right direction and picked up a crucial win away to near neighbours and relegation rivals Buckingham Athletic - Bhasin, Young and an own goal giving them the points in a 3-1 success.

Stony stay one place and three points off the bottom of the pile, but basement boys Amersham Town have two games in hand, and there’s another huge game for the Ostlers Lane team when Welwyn Garden City visit this Saturday. Meanwhile, Bradwell will have to be at their best to maintain their excellent form as they entertain high-flying AFC Dunstable.

This month’s freezeout gave SML Division Two strugglers MK Wanderers some respite, but they returned with a 6-1 drubbing at Tring Corinthians - Plummer unable to fix the leak with his side’s only goal.

No win in 15 games means the Kents Hill side continue to hold up the rest, while second bottom Bletchley Town were also on the end of another defeat as they fell 2-0 at Risborough and mid-table Old Bradwell United went down 2-1 away to Brache Sparta.

In the United Countes League, Newport Pagnell will remain well in the hunt for promotion going into the new year, but they were left frustrated after letting a two goal lead slip at Deeping Rangers.

The Swans took a 12th minute lead with a solo effort from Lewis Wilson who picked up a loose ball in midfield and rode two tackles before beating Deeping’s keeper Aaron Butcher from 25 yards.

Daren Dykes went close twice before his side extended the lead as Richard Armstrong and Luigi Rocco combined to set up the big Swans striker for his 22nd goal of the season.

But from a position of control the away side contrived to let two points slip through their fingers, Kris Jones heading in Deeping’s first 12 minutes from time and it was the same man who grabbed the equaliser with four minutes remaining.

The Swans’ game at Stewarts & Lloyds Corby on Tuesday evening was postponed, but they will meet on Saturday - weather permitting - with the Northants side coming to Willen Road.

UCL Division One table toppers Olney Town picked up where they left off before the snow arrived as they reached the fourth round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup with an 8-1 home thrashing of Abingdon United.

Neil Griffiths’ side remain eight points clear at the top of the table after an excellent first half of the season which saw the boss named as the division’s manager of the month for October.

Although he only received his award on Saturday, there’s been no let up in form or curse of the accolade for Griffiths, who saw his men run riot against United with goals from Parrish (2), Old, Allan, Blackwell, Johnson, Nash and Kennedy.

“We’ve done so well to be where we are come Christmas and that’s only increased our desire to make sure all our hard work will mean something,” said Griffiths.