NEWPORT Pagnell Town booked their place in the last 64 of the FA Vase on Saturday with an emphatic 5-0 thrashing of Stansted – and manager Darren Lynch says there’s no reason why they can’t go on and win it.
The Swans soon grabbed the initiative at Willen Road as Daren Dykes netted the opening goal after just three minutes, and they doubled their lead less than five later when Richard Armstrong fired home.
Sean McBride’s 25th minute effort all but ended Stansted’s challenge, but the hosts inflicted more misery on the Essex Senior League side in the second half as Armstrong scored his second 10 minutes after the restart and Lewis Wilson put the icing on the cake in the last minute.
The Swans now host Godmanchester Rovers in the third round on December 3, and Lynch believes his side are capable of beating anyone in the competition.
“I’d like to think we’ll go on and win it,” he said. “That’s the incentive. It’s a great competition and already we can’t wait to play Godmanchester in the next round.”
Having previously beaten Henley Town away in the first round and then knocked out a Stansted side who actually lifted the FA Vase in the 1980s, the Swans have now equalled their best run in the competition having also reached the third round stage in 2009.
Then the Swans’ prolific striker, Lynch scored twice away at Brimsdown Rovers but that wasn’t enough as his side were beaten. But now, having succeeded then manager Terry Shrieves, Lynch says he’s confident that Newport can re-write the club’s history books when they take on fellow step five side Godmanchester.
“We think, on our day, we can beat any side in this competition,” said Lynch. “We are capable of scoring lots of goals and I don’t think many teams would like being drawn against us.”
But before their next big day in the FA Vase, Newport visit UCL Premier Division leaders Peterborough Northern Star this Saturday sat fourth in the table and still hopeful of challenging for the league title.