Newport Pagnell Town 3-1 Eynesbury Rovers
ChromaSport United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 16th December 2017
Kick off 15:00
Swans Secure Three Vital Points
The Swans gave their supporters the perfect present in their last home game before Christmas as they took all three points from their encounter with Eynesbury Rovers. However, it was Rovers who started more quickly and Rob Ducket thought he had put his side in front in the ninth minute but an early flag from the assistant referee ruled the goal out for offside. The visitors settled more quickly and came close again when Jack Uttridge pumped the ball forward, Steve Gentle headed on to Rob Ducket who tested Mark Osborn with a fierce shot. Dom Lawless had a glorious chance to put Rovers in front, however, he managed to shoot over the bar from nine-yards with the goal beckoning. Newport broke quickly, went straight down the other end, Fazel Koriya squared the ball for Tom Liversedge who made no mistake, rifling the ball home to open the scoring. The Swans had their best period of the game as they began to hold the balance of play. Just past the half hour mark Damon Herbert put a delicious cross into the box for Stuart Smeathers who smacked his header against the post. Rovers scrambled the ball clear but before they could fully regain their composure Josh Winters set up Koriya who side footed his sixteenth league goal of the season to double the lead. Within a couple of minutes Eynesbury were left fuming after their player was clearly upended inside the box, however, the referee waved away their claims as he awarded a free kick outside the area. Dan Draper struck a late free kick straight into the arms of Mark Osborn as the visitors tried to get a foothold into the game.
Fazel Koriya, 20 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions.
Eynesbury came out for the second period with a new determination and almost immediately Rob Ducket forced a good save out of Osborn. Newport appeared to be sitting too deep, which allowed Rovers time and space to launch themselves forward. Osborn did well to touch the ball over the bar from a corner before a calamitous mix up in the Swan’s defence allowed Craig Smith to get on to the end of Uttridge’s through ball and to run the ball into an empty net. Eynesbury could not keep up the pressure, gaps started to appear at the back as they pushed for an equaliser and the game was all but over when Newport exploited the space on offer to create the best move of the game that culminated in Koriya flicking on Liversedge’s pass for Harry Stratton who calmly restored Newport’s two goal lead. Uttridge flashed a shot across the face of goal as the home side defended superbly. With eight minutes remaining it was Newport who had a nailed-on penalty claim denied when Taylor Orosz was flattened in the penalty area, the referee chose to ignore his assistant’s flag and waved play on. In a frantic end to the game both sides had half chances without troubling either keeper. Rovers had a great chance to score in the dying moments of the match, Gentle played the ball in to the box and just as Dom Lawless was about to score he was denied by an outstanding interception from Herbert.
Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn, 2. Dave Baker, 3. Damon Herbert, 4. Stuart Smeathers (c), 5. Adam Pryke, 6. Josh Winters, 7. Harry Stratton, 8. Liam Smyth, 9. Tom Liversedge (14. Taylor Orosz, 79′), 10. Fazel Koriya (12. Luke Emery, 68′), 11. Jordan Spruce (15. Sam O’Neill, 82′)
Goals: Tom Liversedge (25), Fazel Koriya (34’), Harry Stratton (64’)
1. Josh Bonalti, 2. Matt Miles, 3. Jack Uttridge, 4. Curtis Hartley, 5. Steve Gentle, 6. Jim Ducket (c), 7. Jordan Brown (14. Jack Warwick, 72’), 8. Dan Draper (12. Hayden Bream, 72’), 9. Dom Lawless, 10. Craig Smith, 11. Rob Ducket
Unused Substitutes: 15. Dylan Gittings,
Goals: Craig Smith (59’)
Bookings: Jack Uttridge (36’), Curtis Hartley (49’), Rob Ducket (60′)
Referee: Matthew Paul
Assistants: Simon Castleman, Seth Galia