Tight battle at top for Premiership honours

Grendon Rangers against Southcott on Saturday
Grendon Rangers against Southcott on Saturday

IT’S getting very tight at the top of the Premier Division with four sides battling for title honours.

New leaders MK Wanderers Reserves trounced Deanshanger Athletic 6-1 to go a point clear of Potterspury, who saw their home game in the Premier Division Trophy second round postponed due to an unfit pitch.

Third-placed Southcott Village, on the same points as Potterspury, went down 5-2 at Grendon Rangers in the Trophy second round, Perna grabbing a hat-trick for Grendon and Hankers netting a brace. Fourth-placed Thornborough Athletic, just a point behind MK Wanderers also, kept up their challenge with a 3-3 draw at Loughton Manor. Kelsaw, Watts and Parker scored for Athletic.

Fifth-placed Brackley Sports, who were without a game, have seven points to make up on the second, third and fourth clubs but have three games in hand.

Yardley Gobion won 2-0 at Silverstone, while Stewkley were 6-1 home winners over Wolverton Town, Howe, Hall and Dunn hitting braces apiece.

In the Intermediate Division, leaders Great Horwood maintained their unbeaten run with a 4-1 home win over AFC Santander. Darren Sirrett (2), McCabe and Dixon did the damage for Horwood.

Second-placed Brackley Sports Reserves, who have played four more games than Horwood, won a seven-goal thriller at JM United 4-3.

Stoke Hammond kept up their challenge in third spot with a 7-2 trouncing of Steeple Claydon away, Brunning and Mundy the Claydon scorers.

Mid-table Wicken Sports lost 7-3 at fifth-placed City Colts, Old firing a hat-trick for Colts.Hanslope were 3-1 home winners over Syresham.

Division One leaders Stoke Hammond Wanderers Reserves were in second round Trophy action against Stewkley Reserves, winning 3-0, thanks to a Homer hat-trick.

Fifth-placed Potterspury Reserves were 2-0 winners at Charlton & District in Division One, Chilvers and Lamb the scorers.

Marsh Gibbon’s Render blasted a treble as his side sunk Syresham Reserves 5-0. Hayward and Turner were also on the scoresheet.

Second-to-bottom Twyford United slipped to a 5-1 home defeat against Deanshanger Athletic Reserves, Davis netting for Twyford. Third-placed Grendon Rangers Reserves hammered Woughton 5-0 away. Second-placed Bow Brickhill Reserves went down 5-3 at home to Southcott Village Reserves.

Fourth-placed Buckingham University’s challenge for honours in Division Two has started to falter as they lost 4-2 at home to second-placed Great Linford Reserves. Third-placed Wicken Sports Reserves edged MK Wanderers A 2-1, Collins and Valentine netting. Silverstone Reserves ran out 5-1 winners at Hanslope Reserves, Holloway netting twice. Basement side Marsh Gibbon Reserves lost 5-1 at Wing Village, while Great Horwood Reserves routed Yardley Reserves 6-0 away.

FIXTURES

Saturday January 21

Interdivisional Trophy 2nd round, kick-off 1.30pm: Steeple Claydon v Marsh Gibbon: Thornborough Athletic v Stewkley.

Premier Division: kick-off 2pm: Grendon Rangers v Potterspury, MK Wanderers Reserves v Great Linford, Silverstone v Loughton Manor, Southcott RA v Buckingham Town, Wolverton Town v Brackley Sports, Yardley Gobion v MK Titans.

Intermediate Division: AFC Santander v Syresham, Bow Brickhull v City Colts, Brackley Sports Reserves v Denbigh Hall S & SC, Hanslope v Celtic, Stoke Hammond Wanderers v JM United, Olney v Wicken Sports.

Division One: Deanshanger Athletic Reserves v Charlton, Syresham Reserves v Bletchley Bridge, Twyford United v Westbury, Woughton v Southcott RA Reserves.

Division Two: City Colts Reserves v Yardley Gobion Reserves, Great Horwood Reserves v MK Wanderers A, Great LInford Reserves v Hnaslope Reserves, Marsh Gibbon Reserves v Wolverton Town Reserves, Buckingham University v Steeple Claydon Reserves, Wicken Sports Reserves v Real Padbury, Wing Village v Silverstone Reserves.

Northants Area Cup quarter-final: 130pm: Potterspury Reserves v Stanion Utd.

Marsworth Cup: Downley Albion v Grendon Rangers Reserves.