Ralph goal secures Swans win


Newport Pagnell Town’s fortunes look to be improving after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Northampton Sileby Rangers on Saturday.

The win, their second in three matches, sees the Swans leap frog their opponents into 15th position in the UCL Premier Division after a difficult start saw them scrapping at the bottom of the table.

Rangers had the better of the early action at Willen Road, but were restricted to long-range efforts as the Newport defence held firm.

At the other end, Sam Maude rattled the crossbar with a fierce strike from the edge of the area.

The both sides came closer to edging in front in the second half, but Swans substitute Ben Clarke was the instigator as he set up Craig Ralph to fire Newport into the lead.

Clarke was cause all kinds of danger for the visitors, but squandered the opportunity to put the game out of reach when through one-on-one with the keeper, but his lofted effort fell just wide of the mark.

Captain John Thorpe was on hand to clear a late Rangers effort inside the six yard box as Swans held on to take all three points.

Newport take a trip to Sleaford Town on Saturday.

Stony Stratford remain 18th in Spartan Midlands Division 1 after slumping to their ninth defeat of the season, losing 3-1 at home to Winslow United on Tuesday night.

In the second of the challenge trophy, Samuel Spearman’s goal wasn’t enough to guide New Bradwell St Peter through as they lost 3-1 to Southall.

Wolverton Town and Broxbourne Borough shared 10 goals in their cup tie, but Town lost out 7-3.