2015/16 Oadby Town 0-1 Newport Pagnell Town

Oadby Town 0-1 Newport Pagnell
United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 24th October 2015
Freeway Park, Oadby
Attendance: 109

6. NP – Stuart Smeathers threads a good pass to Sam O’Neill, Perry Johnson blocks the shot.

8. OT – Jake Duffy hits a free kick high over the crossbar.

13. OT – Dan Henton skews his shot wide of the target.

18. OT – Kev Charley hooks his shot straight to Mark Osborn.

26. NP – Greg Ling sets up Josh Crawley with a one on one against Elliott Taylor who saves with his legs.

32. NP – Fazel Koriya passes to Sam O’Neill who shoots high over the bar.

36. NP – Fazel Koriya’s cross is cut out by Elliott Taylor to deny the unmarked Sam O’Neill a free header on goal.

37. OT – Kev Charley sets up Ben Stephens who flicks the ball past both Mark Osborn and the post.

41. NP – Good work on the right from Liam Smyth gives Fazel Koriya an opportunity on the edge of the box, Elliott Taylor blocks with his feet.

42. OT – Kev Charley nudges the ball towards goal but Mark Osborn safely catches the ball.

42. NP – Josh Crawley slips the ball past Elliott Taylor and just wide of the target.

Half Time: 0-0

48. NP – Josh Crawley turns Chris Hollist before squaring the ball for Fazel Koriya, Ollie Brown-Hill blocking the shot.

50. OT – Following a strong run down the left flank Sam O’Neill cuts inside, wrong footing Borja Moreno Garranzo in the process, before unleashing a fierce shot that is blocked by Chris Hollist.

57. NP – Liam Smyth’s hard hit shot is high and wide.

60. OT – Louis Hamilton crosses and a  double dummy from first Kev Charley then Ben Stephens create the space for Jake Duffy who shoots wide.

63. OT – Louis Hamilton shoots whilst falling and the ball hits the heels of Kev Charley.

66. NP – Lovely play between Stuart Smeathers and Fazel Koriya set up Dom Lawless who slides in to poke the ball agonisingly past the post.

69. NP – RED CARD. Adam Pryke is shown a straight red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity. A penalty is awarded to the Poachers.

69. OT – PENALTY. Ollie Brown-Hill steps up to take the spot kick. Bizarrely the referee allows the kick to be taken with the ball clearly a foot in front of the penalty spot. Mark Osborn dives to his right to pull off a wonderful save.

71. OT – Kev Charley shoots on the turn to force a good save from Mark Osborn.

72. NP – Sam O’Neill passes to Greg Ling who slips in the process of shooting.

73. A long range shot from Borja Moreno Garranzo is saved by Mark Osborn.

76. NP – GOAL. A defence splitting pass from Liam Smyth leaves Fazel Koriya with one defender to beat. As he cuts across the face of the area his heels are clipped but he shows great strength of character to stay on his feet before clinically slotting the ball past Elliott Taylor to score.

85. OT – Jake Duffy hits a free kick straight into the arms of Mark Osborn.

87. OT – Rob Tapp blocks Ollie Brown-Hill’s twenty five yard shot.

90. OT – Liam Smyth blocks Jack Colley’s shot.

90+2. OT – Jake Duffy once again hits a free kick straight into the arms of Mark Osborn.

Full Time: 0-1


                        Fazel Koriya

A good game of football looked unlikely on an uneven mud-bath of a pitch but both sides put on a good display to give the spectators an enjoyable match. The Swan’s struggled to get a foothold in the game with the poor conditions preventing them from playing their normal game. The Poacher’s dominated possession in the first half but lacked penetration and were easily contained by Newport who still managed to create some good chances of their own.

It was a different story after the break as Newport began to grind Oadby down, however, things took a turn when Adam Pryke was dismissed and a penalty awarded. Mark Osborn pulled off a fantastic save to maintain the status quo. Oadby themselves would surely have been reduced to ten men when Fazel Koriya was fouled on his way to scoring the winner, had he gone to floor the referee would have had no choice but to dismiss the defender. It was refreshing to see a player stay on his feet when it would have been easier to go to ground. Despite periods of possession and good football from Oadby the Swan’s never really looked like conceding and their ten men dug deep to see the game out.

After the game Daren Dykes said, “it was a very good win today, playing away to an improving Oadby side. Tough conditions, a boggy pitch and ten men makes it even more pleasing”.

Special mention must be given to Sam O’Neill who suffered a broken nose from a stray elbow in the first half. Unlike the histrionics demonstrated by Wisbech Town’s Luke Hipwell last week, who play acted to get a fellow player sent off, Sam made nothing of the incident, quietly left the field for treatment before returning to play the remainder of the match in the spirit that football should be played.


HT: 0-0
0-1 Fazel Koriya (76 mins)
FT: 0-1

Yellow Cards:
Oadby Town:
Perry Johnson (39 mins)
Newport Pagnell Town:
Liam Smyth (90 mins)

Red Cards:
Newport Pagnell Town:
Adam Pryke (69 mins)

Oadby Town:
1. Elliott Taylor
2. Borja Moreno Garranzo
3. Ollie Brown-Hill
4. Perry Johnson
5. Joe Latham (c) (16. Chris Hollist, 46 mins)
6. Dan Henton
7. Jake Duffy
8. Louis Hamilton (14. Sam Grouse, 81 mins)
9. Kev Charley
10. Ben Stephens
11. Rob Morgan (12. Jack Colley, 73 mins)
Unused subs:
15. Germaine Gordon
17. James Parker

Newport Pagnell Town:
1. Mark Osborn
2. Adam Pryke
3. Keith Williams
4. John Thorpe (c)
5. Stuart Smeathers
6. Liam Smyth
7. Darryl Smith (15. Scott Mulkern, 73 mins)
8. Greg Ling
9. Josh Crawley (12. Dom Lawless, 55 mins)
10. Fazel Koriya (16. Rob Tapp, 86 mins)
11. Sam O’Neill
Unused subs:
14. Rob MacDonald
17. Lewis Smith

Match Officials:
– Oliver Mackey
– Kevan Atkins
– Stuart Ashfield

Player profile photos courtesy of Kelly Parsons.

Photo of Jaycee May O’Connor courtesy of Rebecca Hall.

Other photos taken by Andy Gunn.

This season Newport Pagnell Town FC, Swan Confidential matchday programme and The View From The Shed are proud to support 4 year old Jaycee May O’Conner, a local girl who has Rett Syndrome.


The rare condition, that predominantly affects girls, stunts development of the brain and leads to rapid regression and a loss of skills such as crawling or sitting.
This means that Jaycee May is unable to talk and she also has regular seizures.

Her family are trying to raise funds to buy life changing Tobii Eyegaze technology, the equipment that will finally give Jaycee May a voice and enable her to communicate with others, something that we all take for granted.

For more information on Rett Syndrome and how you can help improve Jaycee May’s quality of life please follow the links below:




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