LOUGHTON Manor are beginning to emerge as realistic Premier Division title contenders – especially if their 8-0 annihilation of Yardley Gobion is anything go by.
A week after holding top flight rivals City Colts to a 3-3 draw, everything Loughton touched turned to goals against bottom of the table Yardley, with the three points lifting them to third place.
Only Great Horwood – 3-1 winners over Great Linford – and Potterspury, who beat Southcott Village 6-1, have more points than Loughton ahead of their trip to another struggling side, Silverstone, this weekend.
City Colts fell from second place to fifth on the back of a shock 3-0 defeat at Grendon Rangers and will need to get back to winning ways against Southcott to avoid falling further off the pace.
Bow Brickhill beat AFC Santander 2-1 to remain top of the Intermediate Division with a perfect record from seven games.
Their nearest rivals at the top are Wicken Sports who thumped Denbigh Hall Sports 5-0, while Woburn Sands Wanderers beat Hanslope 6-2, City Colts Res lost 2-0 to Grendon Rangers Res, and Wolverton Town Res were beaten 2-1 by Buckingham Town Res.
Bow Brickhill Res stretched their lead at the top of Division One to 12 points courtesy of a 1-0 win at Wicken Sports Res, while second placed Olney slipped up by losing 3-2 to Marsh Gibbon.
Elsewhere Bletchley Bridge recorded their first win of the season by seeing off Charlton & District 4-3, Padbury Village hammered Cage Athletic 9-0, Great Linford Res were 4-2 winners against Stewkley Res, Stoke Hammond beat Southcott Res 4-0, and Woughton lost 8-4 to University of Buckingham.
Comet MK continued their 100 per cent start in Division Two by thrashing Padbury Res 7-2.
They remain top with six wins out of six, but only on goal difference from Scot Youth – 4-1 winners at third placed Great Horwood Res.
Meanwhile St George’s shared eight goals with Hanslope Res and Stantonbury Social Elite lost 3-2 to Westbury.