Local football round-up: Swans on a roll ahead of big FA Cup clash

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NEWPORT Pagnell Town will go into their FA Cup tie at home to Ardley United on Saturday in good form having picked up a healthy four points from their first two league games of the season.

The Swans welcome the Hellenic League Premier Division side from near Bicester to Willen Road in a preliminary round clash for the right to take on either Camberley Town or Chalfont St Peter in the first qualifying round on September 8.

And Darren Lynch’s men have started the season well, having thrashed Reading Town 6-1 away from home in their FA Cup extra preliminary round tie before earning a good 1-1 draw at United Counties League Premier Division new boys Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday and then beating Yaxley 3-1 at home on Tuesday night.

Newport salvaged a point at Shepshed thanks to John Thorpe’s header from a Keith Williams corner with 10 minutes to play, but they made no mistake at Willen Road three days later.

Daren Dykes gave the Swans the lead after just four minutes and Matt Broomes strengthened their grip on proceedings just after the interval.

And the three points were safely under lock and key when Dom Lawless added a 70th minute third, despite Yaxley pulling a goal back late on.

The Swans crashed out of the FA Cup at the preliminary round stage last season with a penalty shootout defeat to Thame United, meaning that boss Lynch wants to go at least one better this year.

“Ardley are a good side, but I always say whoever wants it more on the day will win,” he said. “We’ve had a good start to the new season so we’ll hope to build on that.

“I would have taken a point at Shepshed before the game, but in the end we actually had the better chances and maybe should have won. We were excellent against Yaxley who are the sort of team we need to beat, but often slip up against.”

Olney Town’s UCL Division One season began with a disappointing 2-0 away loss to Bugbrooke St Michaels, and they will hope for better with a home game against Harrowby United this Saturday.

In the South Midlands League Division One, Stony Stratford Town enjoyed a 2-1 home with over Buckingham Athletic on Tuesday night, as New Bradwell St Peter earned a creditable point with a thrilling 4-4 draw at Winslow United.

For Stony their victory was a second of the season, making it an encouraging six points from four games for them after a 3-0 defeat at London Lions on Saturday.

In Division Two, Old Bradwell United kicked-off their season with a 2-2 draw at Pitstone & Ivinghoe, while Wolverton Town suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Aston Clinton.

This Saturday sees Stony Stratford host Chesham United Reserves, New Bradwell travel to Kentish Town and Wolverton visit Risborough Rangers.

The North Bucks & District League season got underway on Saturday and Great Horwood were quick out of the blocks with a 6-2 thrashing of Potterspury to go top of the Premier Division table.

Great Linford suffered a 5-3 defeat at Grendon Rangers, MK Titans went down 4-2 to Brackley Sports, and Loughton Manor began with an impressive 4-3 beating of Stewkley.

In the Intermediate Division, Potterspury Reserves saw off Wolverton Town Reserves 3-2, while the big winners in Division One were Bow Brickhill Reserves who thumped Padbury Village 4-0. Olney Town won 2-1 at Wicken Sports Reserves.

Hanslope Reserves beat Wing Village 3-2 in Division Two, and Yardley Gobion Reserves put 13 past Padbury Village Reserves, who scored one in reply.