Local football round-up: Unlucky Swans bow out of FA Cup

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NEWPORT Pagnell Town’s run in the FA Cup unfortunately came to an end on Saturday when they went down 3-2 away at Chalfont St Peter.

The Swans’ unbeaten start to the season – which included two earlier FA Cup wins over Reading Town and Ardley United – came to an end away to their step four hosts as Darren Lynch’s men bowed out of the Cup at the first qualifying round stage.

The Swans looked the better side early on but fell behind to a 10th minute Adam McLeish opener for Chalfont. Daren Dykes levelled for the visitors on 25 minutes, but they fell behind again four minutes before the break – Daniel Hughes the home marksman to make it 2-1 at half time.

And when McLeish netted his second goal for Chalfont after 70 minutes the Swans had it all to do, and a last minute Kyle Welch effort came too late to affect the outcome.

Despite the defeat it’s been a great start to the season for the Swans who get back to United Counties League Premier Division action on Tuesday night with a massive home game against league leaders St Ives Town. Newport go into the game unbeaten in their opening four and then visit Peterborough Northern Star on Saturday.

Elsewhere Olney Town’s poor start to the UCL Division One campaign continued with a 1-0 home defeat to league big boys AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

The table topping Diamonds held on to top spot, but it was a close run thing at East Street, and the contest looked set to end in a scoreless stalemate until the final minute when Alfie Taylor’s sixth goal of the season gave the newcomers a third victory of the season.

The Nurserymen have just three points to show for their opening four games of the season ahead of Saturday’s trip to Northampton ON Chenecks.

Stony Stratford Town’s surprisingly good start to the South Midlands League Division One season continued, although they were held to a 3-3 draw at home to Codicote.

In contrast, New Bradwell St Peter are still looking for their first win after a 5-1 home defeat to Southall, while Cranfield United enjoyed a 3-1 victory at Welwyn Garden City.

Tuesday sees Peters make the short trip to play Buckingham Athletic at Manor Fields and Cranfield host Langford. United are then in FA Trophy action with a second qualifying round trip to Berkhamsted on Saturday. New Bradwell host Bedgrove Dynamos and Stony face Newport Pagnell Town Reserves in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup first round.

In Division Two, Wolverton Town drew 2-2 at home to Totternhoe and Old Bradwell United were beaten 4-3 by Caddington. Wolves and Old Bradwell meet at the New Park in the county cup this Saturday.