North Bucks League: Loughton still lead the way

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LOUGHTON Manor are the team to beat in early 2013 after they kept their place at the top of the Premier Division with a 4-1 victory over Southcott Village.

However, no less than four other sides are within striking distance because they have games in hand. Potterspury are best placed to leapfrog Loughton thanks to their 9-1 thrashing of lowly MK Titans, while City Colts beat Great Linford 4-0.

Woburn Sands Wanderers beat Brackley Sports Res 4-2 to remain five points clear at the top of the Intermediate Division, but with games in hand, Bow Brickhill look the best placed of the chasing pack.

City Colts Res drew 2-2 with Hanslope, Denbigh Hall Sports saw off Potterspury Res 2-0 and bottom side Wolverton Town Res lost 2-0 to Buckingham Town Res.

Bow Brickhill Res stretched their superb Division One record to 16 wins out of 16 to stay 21 points clear at the top, winning 5-1 at Olney. Elsewhere Great Linford Res were held to a 1-1 draw by Cage Athletic.

Comet MK made it 12 wins out of 12 by beating Marsh Gibbon Res 2-0, but have to make do with second place in Division Two.

Great Horwood Res held on to top spot despite losing 2-0 to MK Wanderers ‘A’ but Comet and Scot Youth – 6-1 winners over Wesbury – both have five games in hand.

Stantonbury Social Elite drew 1-1 with Twyford United, while Bow Brickhill were 8-1 winners over Stone Magents St John in the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup fourth round and Stoke Hammond beat Wicken Sports 4-3 in the Interdivisional Trophy first round.