Harrowby United 1-4 Newport Pagnell
United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 12th September 2015
Environcom Stadium, Grantham
A tyre blowout on the team bus on the way to the Environcom Stadium failed to ruin Newport’s day. The Swans fashioned three early chances to no avail before Josh Crawley’s glancing near post header from Darryl Smith’s right wing corner gave Newport a deserved lead on 28 minutes. However, the Arrows equalised three minutes later when Scott Webb’s quickly taken free kick caught the Newport defence napping, enabling Danny Durkin to slot the ball past Josh McAdoo. The excitement continued as, within a minute, Newport were back in front. Another well taken corner by Darryl Smith created havoc in the Harrowby penalty area when Crawley’s shot was blocked on the line, Sam O’Neill was first to the rebound as he lashed the ball home through a crowd of players.
The chances kept coming with Darryl Smith and Crawley missing good opportunities to extend the Swan’s lead. Harrowby also squandered the chance to get back on level terms when Sam Hill headed wide from a Webb free kick.
Darryl Smith and Rob Tapp combined well on the right for the Swans but the cross was turned wide at the near post before Crawley could get to the ball.
Newport extended their lead on 44 minutes as Darryl Smith’s perfectly weighted pass sent Crawley clear to coolly score his second of the match. Three minutes later Keith Williams and Greg Ling gave O’Neill the chance to also grab a brace, he easily converted the simple chance after latching on to Ling’s through ball to give Newport a commanding half time lead.
The Arrows started the second half with a lot more determination and aggression than they showed in the first period but it was Newport who carved out the first chance on goal. O’Neill was unable to hit the target with a deft lob following a good interchange with Crawley.
Craig Bridge almost reduced the arrears when he was clear only to see his shot saved well by McAdoo. Durkin then tried his luck and probably should have scored but somehow managed to chip the ball over the keeper and the bar.
The Arrow’s improved intensity of play failed to tell as the Swan’s defensive line remained solid. Williams felt confident enough to move forward to test keeper Jack Drury. Harrowby had one more chance to score when Webb managed to poke the ball towards the goal, only to see his effort go harmlessly the wrong side of the post. The Swans looked impressive in the first half and comfortable in the second and it was the visitors who had the final attempt on goal following great wing play from right back Rob Tapp providing a quality cross for debutant Bruno Lobo Brito who’s shot went just wide.
0-1 Josh Crawley (28 mins)
1-1 Danny Durkin (31 mins)
1-2 Sam O’Neill (32 mins)
1-3 Josh Crawley (44 mins)
1-4 Sam O’Neill (45+2 mins)
Newport Pagnell Town
1. Jack Drury
2. Sam Weatherstone
3. Lewis Watson
4. John Currall (14. Matt Taylor, 62 mins)
5. Jack Whyley (c)
6. Sam Hill (15. Christian Andersen, 46 mins)
7. Craig Bridge
8. Simon Bolland
9. Danny Durkin
10. Rick Brewer
11. Scott Webb
12. Billy Stubbs
21. Craig Rhodes
Newport Pagnell Town
1. Josh McAdoo
2. Rob Tapp
3. Keith Williams
4. Stuart Smeathers (c)
5. Adam Pryke
6. Liam Smyth
7. Darryl Smith (14. Lukasz Filipiak, 62 mins)
8. Greg Ling
9. Josh Crawley (17. Bruno Lobo Brito, 75 mins)
10. Fazel Koriya (12. Scott Mulkern, 85 mins)
11. Sam O’Neill
15. Lewis Smith
16. Matt Brady
– Paul McVey
– Zahid Bashir
– Charles Keats
Photograph of Sam O’Neill courtesy of Kelly Parsons.
Photograph of damaged tyre courtesy of Josh McAdoo.
Photograph of programme cover by Andy Gunn.
© Andy Gunn