Newport Pagnell Town 1-1 AFC Dunstable
FA Cup Preliminary Round
Saturday 29th August 2015
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Swans Manager Darren Lynch had only fourteen players available for the FA Cup meeting with AFC Dunstable. Considering the quality of the opposition and the number of players the Swans had missing a draw was an excellent result.
The sides were battling for a place in the First Qualifying Round and the dubious honour of playing away to Isthmian League Premier (step 3) leaders Leiston of Suffolk. It was Dunstable who broke the deadlock scoring with their first attack on nine minutes, Taishan Griffith won a footrace with Lewie Smith down the left flank and managed to put the ball back across the area for Bernie Christie who’s miss-hit shot thundered into the ground and the high bounce took it beyond the reach of Mark Osbourne and into the net.
Dunstable proceeded to take control of the first half as the Newport defence sat deeper and deeper. Chances were few and far between with neither keeper being seriously troubled. The visitors were looking comfortable but all that changed in the 36th minute when Jason Beck inexplicably head butted Rob Tapp, the unsighted referee consulted his assistant and a straight red card was issued to Beck, who was playing his first match for Dunstable.
Dunstable had to reorganise after the break as, for them, the second half was all about getting bodies behind the ball and relying on the pace their front runners. However, it took Newport ten minutes to break even, a goal line clearance from a Stuart Smeathers header fell to Greg Ling who’s shot was blocked but the ball landed at the feet of Josh Crawley who finally managed to finish the move off with a goal.
The Swans continued to probe to no avail, unable to pierce the solid Dunstable defensive line. It was not until the remaining ten minutes of the game that Dunstable once again posed a goal threat of their own. The lively Dale Turney, who had taken all the free kicks and corners for the visitors was replaced on 84 minutes but shortly before his replacement Turney took a neat free kick around the back of the Swans back four that released Leon Cashman who tamely fired wide. A succession of free kicks followed with Dunstable unable to capitalise.
In truth, this was not the best game of football for the spectators, Newport were poor and Dunstable played reasonably well without creating the magic needed to win the tie. Dunstable will be sorely disappointed with Beck, without his naive actions they would surely have won the game. The stand out player was Dunstable’s Leon Cashman who was their best defender and arguably their most dangerous attacker as well.
The Swans now look forward to another tough game against AFC Dunstable at Creasey Park in the replay on Tuesday.
4 mins 0-1 Bernie Christie
55 mins 1-1 Josh Crawley
NP: Greg Ling, Rob Tapp, Lewie Smith, Adam Pryke
AFC: Jason Beck
Newport Pagnell Town:
1.Mark Osbourne 2.Lewis Smith (12.Scott Mulkern, 85mins), 3.RobTapp 4.Stuart Smeathers (c) 5.Adam Pryke 6.Liam Smyth 7.Darryl Smith (14.Rob MacDonald, 72mins), 8.Greg Ling 9.Josh Crawley 10.Fazel Koriya 11.Sam O’Neill Unused subs: 15.Lukasz Filipiak
1.Ricky Perks, 2.Courtney Massey, 3.Jason Beck, 4.Terry Griffith’s, 5.Leon Cashman 6.Taishan Griffith, 7.Dale Turney (12.Johnathon Cooper, 84mins), 8.Moses Olaleye (c), 9.Bernie Christie, 10.Joshua Humbert, 11.Jermaine Hall (16.Brandon Carney, 60mins)
Unused subs: 14.Danny Ryan, 15.Roy Byron, 17.Newman Carney
Officials: Doug Steele, Lorraine Stone, Andrew Hinde
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