LOCAL bragging rights were at stake on Saturday as the city’s teams went head-to-head in the opening round of county cup action.
The pick of the games brought a rare local derby clash between United Counties League Division One high-flyers Olney Town and North Bucks League Premier outfit Wolverton Town.
Wolves more than held their own against their higher ranked hosts, losing out late in the game after clawing their way back to draw level from being 2-0 down.
Stewart Allan’s hat-trick for Olney proved key though as the Nurserymen emerged with a 4-2 win, seeing them through to the second round.
Allan opened the scoring 17 minutes in and then doubled the Nurserymen’s advantage two minutes into the second half.
Wolverton fought back with goals from Deke Collins after 50 minutes and Leon Jones on 72, but Allen completed his hat-trick 10 minutes from time and Olney sealed their win with a goal from Tom Gordon at the death.
Olney avoided a banana skin, but MK Wanderers didn’t as the South Midlands League Division Two strugglers were knocked out by North Bucks outfit MK Titans in a 2-1 away win.
SML Division One sides Stony Stratford Town and New Bradwell St Peter had no such problems though, with Peters recording a 5-0 home win over Aston Park, and Stony winning 3-1 against near neighbours Old Bradwell United. Also through to the next round are Bletchley Town who won 3-2 at P & IC United.
There was more cup action on Tuesday night with Stony drawn against Bedford in the SML Cup, but this time it didn’t go their way as they crashed 5-0 to Bedford.
Also involved in the first round were Cranfield United who sealed a very impressive 2-1 win away at Tokyngton Manor.
It’s been a magnificent start to the season for Cranfield who sit second in Division One, just two points behind Harpenden Town and with two games in hand.
Under the guidance of joint managers Lee Bearman and Pat Booden, United have won seven of their first 10 games and have the infrastructure in place to be promoted – making that their ambition this season.
Two wins in a week have lifted spirits at Willen Road as Newport Pagnell earned a 2-0 win away at Wellingborough Town on Tuesday night, three days after winning 2-1 at Blackstones.
After a poor start those wins have lifted them into mid-table in the UCL Premier, but a tough test against Spalding United awaits on Saturday, while Division One title chasers Olney visit Bourne where a win will put them top.
MK SUNDAY LEAGUE
SUNDAY saw first round of Berks & Bucks Sunday Junior Trophy action and MK United and Stantonbury Social B are through to the second round.
United beat Buckingham 4-3 and Stantonbury saw off MK Legends 5-4 on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Punjab United went down 5-3 to Longwick Sports Club and New City Saints lost 4-0 against Elm Farm Reserves.
On the league front Stony Stratford kicked off their Premier Division season as the defending champions had a hard fought 3-1 win against Stantonbury Social A who sit bottom of the table having lost their first three games.
Great Mile Ash currently top the table after a 7-0 win over Loughton Athletic, but Willen are hot on their heels as they kept up their 100 per cent start with a hard fought 3-2 win against Trade 2U.
Open University lost out in a seven goal thriller for the second week running losing 4-3 to Kings Arms, while CS Athletic and FC Lifesearch played out a 1-1 draw.
The pick of this weekend’s games sees Stony entertain Great Mile Ash and Willen host Kings Arms.
The only game in Division One saw FC MMIX earn a 2-1 win against AFC Santander.
The two sides with 100 per cent starts have tough games this Sunday as leaders Olney Town travel to Stacey Bushes and Stantonbury Social B go to New City Saints.
NORTH BUCKS & DISTRICT LEAGUE
AFTER losing for the first time this season, MK Wanedrers bounced back in emphatic fashion to thrash Deanshanger Athletic 6-0, keeping them top of the Premier Division.
Their closest challengers are Potterspury who were gifted their fifth of the season as opponents Buckingham Town Reserves did not raise a side.
Great Horwood top the Intermediate table ahead of City Colts after both sides enjoyed 2-0 wins last time out. Horwood saw off MK Churches while Colts beat Hanslope.
At the wrong end of the table remain AFC Santander who have only played three games, the latest a 6-2 defeat to Syresham. MK Titans Res lost 4-3 to Stoke Hammond Wanderers and are still looking for their first win after six games, while Olney Town went down 4-1 to J.M. United. Other matches saw Bow Brickhill beat Steeple Claydon 4-3 and Celtic MK go down 3-1 to Brackley Sports.
The stand out result in Division One was a 5-1 win for Potterspury Res at Woughton, as Bletchley Bridge lost 2-1 to Deanshanger Res and Bow Brickhill Res were 4-2 winners over Syresham Res.
MK Wanderers A stay top of Division Two after their 4-3 win at Real Padbury while City Colts Res thrashed Great Horwood Res 6-0 and Wolverton Res drew 0-0 at Silverstone.
This weekend’s action sees the first round of Interdivisional Trophy action. City Colts are up against Olney Town, MK Titans face Stoke Hammond, MK Churches welcome Twyford United, Loughton Manor travel to Wing and Real Padbury host Denbigh Hall Sports.