2015/16 Newport Pagnell Town 2-2 Wellingborough Town

Newport Pagnell 2-2 Wellingborough Town
United Counties League, Premier Division
Tuesday 27th October 2015
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 92

4. WT – GOAL 0-1. Wes Emery drives a free kick deep into the penalty area, the ball is headed in at the far post by Nathan Burrows to give the Doughboys the lead.

8. WT – Adam Randall’s shot from distance is saved by Mark Osborn.

9. WT – Adam Randall flips the ball up and strikes from thirty yards but is wide of the mark.

15. WT – A good run from Ben Baines sets up Nathan Burrows who, under pressure from Adam Pryke, scuffs his shot, Mark Osborn tips the ball past the post.

24. NP – Keith Williams sets up Liam Smyth who steadies the ball before shooting over the bar.

34. NP – Fazel Koriya’s shot is blocked by Danny Mortimer, Liam Smyth is wide with the follow up.

39. NP – Fazel Koriya produces a beautiful back heel to set Dom Lawless free but he only manages to shoot over the crossbar.

43. NP – GOAL 1-1. The ball is given away in midfield by the Doughboys, Fazel Koriya slips the ball into the path of Dom Lawless who goes through the middle to score.

Half Time: 1-1


                        Dom Lawless

50. WT – Good work from Danny Mortimer creates space for Wes Emery to shoot, Mark Osborn pushes the ball past the post.

50. NP – Greg Ling waltzes past three Wellingborough players before passing to Dom Lawless who shoots inches wide.

54. WT – Steve Botterill has a vicious shot that goes wide.

61. WT – GOAL 1-2. Wes Emery pounces on a bad defensive header by John Thorpe to lob the keeper to restore Wellingborough’s lead.

66. NP – Stuart Smeathers is agonisingly close to heading home from Darryl Smith’s corner.

67. NP – Darryl Smith heads inches wide from Sam O’Neill’s corner.

69. WT – Mark Osborn easily saves Mark Randall’s effort from outside the penalty area.

71. NP – A poor punch by Aaron Bellairs following Darryl Smith’s corner is brought down by Greg Ling who then forces the keeper to pull off a fine save to deny the Swans.

72. NP – Yet another Newport corner  leads to a good stop by Aaron Bellairs, this time saving John Thorpe’s header.

73. NP – Josh Crawley heads the ball on for Darryl Smith who riffles a shot into the side netting.

74. NP – GOAL 2-2. Greg Ling steals the ball in the middle of the park and his pass opens up the defence for Josh Crawley to strike home the equaliser.

84. NP – Darryl Smith’s free kick is superbly cut out by Danny Mortimer who diverts the ball wide of the goal.

89. NP – Aaron Bellairs saves Rob MacDonald’s shot.

90+1. WT – Daniel Uche hits a hopeful forty yard shot high over the bar.

90+2. NP – Danny Mortimer is once again in the right place, this time to block a shot from Greg Ling.

90+4. NP – Aaron Bellairs saves from Sam O’Neill.

90+6. NP – RED CARD. A straight red is shown to John Thorpe for a rash tackle on Scott Liebscher.

Full Time: 2-2


                      Josh Crawley

The game started at a fast pace and it was the Doughboys who took an early lead with a clinical header from Nathan Burrows. Newport were time and time again frustrated by the Wellingborough offside trap. This proved to be a risky strategy for the visitors and eventually the Dom Lawless managed to beat the assistant referee’s flag to score his first goal since his return to Willen Road.

With the game at a stalemate Newport took control after the break and had numerous half chances to break the deadlock. However, it was a Newport defensive mistake that gifted the visitor’s with their second when Wes Emery pounced on a slack back header to restore the Doughboy’s lead. Wellingborough had spent most of the half defending a draw and now they were in the lead they were holding on for a rare three points. With sixteen minutes left Greg Ling sprung the offside trap and gave Josh Crawley the perfect pass to strike home the equaliser. The match was deep into added on time when John Thorpe was dismissed for an industrial tackle on Scott Liebscher.

Going forward the Doughboy’s have a spirited attack and could prove to be a test for most sides but it is not difficult to see why they are currently sitting second from bottom in the table as they rely too heavily on a tedious offside trap. Playing with a narrow back four who also play a very high defensive line this is a risky tactic. It is also quite clear to see that this season’s instability off the field, with various management changes, has taken it’s toll on the field.

Newport will be ruing missing the opportunity to go third with a performance that lacked a cutting edge as they rarely troubled Doughboy’s keeper, Aaron Bellairs. There will also be concern as they had a player dismissed for the third game in a row.


This week’s special mention goes to Wellingborough Town fan, Paul who made a donation to Jaycee May’s Eyegaze appeal (details below). This is just another reminder of what is so great about local, non league football.

0-1 Nathan Burrows (4 mins)
1-1 Dom Lawless (43 mins)
HT: 1-1
1-2 Wes Emery (61 mins)
2-2 Josh Crawley (74 mins)
FT: 2-2

Yellow Cards:
Newport Pagnell Town:
Greg Ling (31 mins)
Wellingborough Town:
Wes Emery (31 mins)

Red Cards:
Newport Pagnell Town:
John Thorpe (90+6 mins)

Newport Pagnell Town:
1. Mark Osborn
2. Adam Pryke
3. Keith Williams
4. John Thorpe (c)
5. Stuart Smeathers
6. Liam Smyth (12. Josh Crawley, 65 mins)
7. Darryl Smith
8. Greg Ling
9. Dom Lawless (14. Rob MacDonald, 73 mins)
10. Fazel Koriya
11. Sam O’Neill
Unused Subs:
15. Rob Tapp
16. Scott Mulkern
17.Lewis Smith

Wellingborough Town:
1. Aaron Bellairs
2. Joe Rich (c)
3. Danny Mortimer
4. Steve Botterill
5. Dan Spaughton
6. Adam Randall
7. Marcinho Kezman (14. Mark Pryor, 54 mins) (15. Justin Dowling, 73 mins)
8. Ben Baines
9. Nathan Burrows (12. Scott Liebscher, 59 mins)
10. Wes Emery
11. Daniel Uche
Unused Subs:
16. Nathan Stewart

Referee – Darren Lander
Assistants – Robert Porter, Jakub Gierczyk

Artwork courtesy of Bravo Sierra Designs.

Player profile photos courtesy of Kelly Parsons.

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


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’Connor, 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:




© Andy Gunn


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