Local football: Derby win for Swans keeps the pressure on leaders

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NEWPORT Pagnell Town’s march towards the top of the United Counties League Premier Division continued on Tuesday night with a 2-0 win at local rivals Wellingborough Town.

Second half goals from Jared Cunniff and Jordan Spruce maintained the Swans’ unbeaten record, making it six wins from eight games having also seen off Sleaford Town 2-0 at Willen Road on Saturday.

While Darren Lynch’s men were seeing off Wellingborough, early league leaders St Ives Town were keeping up their own undefeated start, thumping AFC Kempston Rovers 6-2.

St Ives stay three points clear of Newport in third, with Holbeach United – 3-1 winners at Peterborough Northern Star – in second place with seven wins out of seven.

But Newport boss Lynch, who praised his side’s togetherness after the win, also expects big spending Spalding United – currently fourth in the table after beating Blackstones 5-1 – to challenge for the title.

“It’s a bit too early to say it’s a three or four horse race but we’re the most consistent teams at the moment,” said Lynch. “We played really well as a team at Wellingborough, just like we did on Saturday.

“It’s not easy when you have an injury list as long as your arm, but we’re defending very well at the moment and the two clean sheets from the last two games are the most pleasing thing of all.

“We’ve got our top scorer Darren Dykes and Richard Armstrong both out injured at the moment, but the lads are sticking together and playing as a good team. The spirit here is second to none.”

New Bradwell St Peter enjoyed a 2-0 win at Hatfield Town in the South Midlands League Challenge Trophy first round on Tuesday night, while Old Bradwell United were thumped 5-0 by Leverstock Green.