2015/16 Nirvana 5-1 Swans

Leicester Nirvana 5-1 Newport Pagnell
United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 14th November 2015
Gleneagles Avenue, Leicester
Attendance: 42

Minute By Minute

3. LN – PENALTY – GOAL. A long ball from the defence sets Tendai Chitiza clear, he is clearly offside but the Assistant Referee’s flag mysteriously stays down. As Chitiza heads away from goal in an attempt to round the keeper, Mark Osborn rushes out and pushes the forward off the ball. Matthew Melbourne takes the resultant penalty, Osborn dives to his left to pull off a wonderful save only to see the ball sneak in off the post.

6. NP – A beautiful passing move from back to front sees Scott Mulkern, Greg Ling and Dom Lawless combine well. Lawless shoots wide.

8. LN – Tendai Chitiza picks up a long ball before shooting wide.

11. LN – Good work from Will Gonga as he runs along the edge of the area before shooting into the arms of Mark Osborn.

14. LN – Will Gonga shoots well wide with a long range effort.

16. LN – A classy one-two between Reece Morris and Tendai Chitiza sees Mark Osborn collect a weak shot.

20. NP – Dom Lawless sets up Liam Smyth who has his shot blocked by Sean Doy.

22. LN – Will Gonga threads the ball through to Tendai Chitiza who is denied as Mark Osborn slides out to collect the ball at the striker’s feet.

23. NP – A pin point pass from Rob MacDonald finds Dom Lawless, James Flinders saves the shot.

28. NP – Fazel Koriya’s shot is high over the bar.

30. LN – Reece Morris collects a direct pass from defender Ryan Calver, Morris shoots high and wide.

34. LN – Keith Williams produces a good block following a strong run and shot by Pearson Mwanyongo.

35. NP – A crisp passing move between Liam Smyth, Rob MacDonald and Fazel Koriya slices open the Nirvana defence, Koriya’s shot is only inches over the crossbar.

36. LN – A weak shot from Tendai Chitiza is easily saved by Mark Osborn.

39. NP – A Fazel Koriya free kick is brilliantly saved by James Flinders.

45+2 HALF TIME – Nirvana 1-0 Swans

46. NP – Greg Ling twists and turns on the edge of the area before unleashing a shot that is saved by James Flinders.

48. LN – A world class tackle by Keith Williams denies Will Gonga. The ball falls for Reece Morris who cracks the ball goal bound only to be denied by Mark Osborn. The rebound once again falls at the feet of a Nirvana player, this time it is Matthew Melbourne who thunders a shot that is blocked by Stuart Smeathers. Rob Tapp eventually clears the ball to relieve the danger.

50. NP – Sam O’Neill’s shot is blocked by Sean Phillips.

51. LN – A long ball sets Tendai Chitiza free, his scuffed shot is collected by Mark Osborn.

61. NP – Sam O’Neill sees his curling shot go only just wide.

63. LN – GOAL. Another ball launched from defence finds Reece Morris who fires the ball to Tendai Chitiza at the far post. Chitiza makes a complete mess of the chance but the ball is sliced into his own net as Scott Mulkern slips whilst trying to clear.

71. LN – GOAL. It is Reece Morris’s turn to completely mess up a chance, mis-hitting the ball against the legs of keeper Mark Osborn, however, the ball falls nicely for Morris who does not make a mistake with his second attempt, slamming the ball home from two feet out.

76. LN – A long range shot from Matthew Melbourne is blocked by Keith Williams.

77. NP – Bruno Lobo Brito produces a wonderful pass to Sam O’Neill, his header is brilliantly saved by James Flinders.

78. LN – GOAL. A good run by Mwanyongo set up Morris to score his second of the afternoon with a low shot.

90+1. LN – GOAL. Reece Morris tries a speculative long range shot that is parried by Mark Osborn into the path of Celson Patrocinio who slides the ball home.

90+3. NP – GOAL. A good passing move from midfield between Sam O’Neill and Greg Ling to set up Josh Crawley who scores a consolation goal for Newport.

90+3.5 FULL TIME – Nirvana 5-1 Swans



High winds and heavy rain threatened to disrupt the match but both sides managed to produce an entertaining game. The scoreline bellied the action and did not truly reflect the balance of play. An uneven, bumpy pitch with incredibly long grass and atrocious weather conditions made it difficult for the Swan’s to play their passing football, however, it was perfect for the direct, long ball game that Nirvana adopt. Regardless of the pace and goals up front the stand out player for Nirvana was goal keeper James Flinders who superbly marshalled his back four, which, ultimately, enabled Nirvana to break up attacks in order to pump the ball up to the forwards.

There was a touch of good fortune with four of the Nirvana goals but they did what they do well and that is to put the ball into the back of the net. Newport, on the other hand, have great build up play but all too often the final ball is not good enough, frustratingly delivered too high to relatively short players who need the ball at their feet. If the Swan’s can remedy this area of play they will become serious contenders.

It is easy to see why Nirvana sit proudly at the top of the table but they rely too heavily on a long ball chased by front men who have pace in abundance. Even though this tactic is clearly working well this season in the UCL Premier it will be quickly found out at a higher level. Last season Nirvana were regarded by most as a complete team that played some of the best football you are ever likely to see. This year they are a poor shadow of their former selves, it is so sad to see them reduced to a team that completely bypasses the midfield.


1-0 Matthew Melbourne (Penalty) (3 mins)
HT: 1-0
2-0 Scott Mulkern (Own Goal) (63 mins)
3-0 Reece Morris (78 mins)
4-0 Pearson Mwanyongo (82 mins)
5-0 Celson Patrocinio (90+1 mins)
5-1 Josh Crawley (90+3 mins)
FT: 5-1

Yellow Cards

Leicester Nirvana:
Francis Lynch (67 mins)
Newport Pagnell Town:
Rob Tapp (15 mins)
Liam Smyth (60 mins)


Leicester Nirvana:
1. James Flinders
2. Sean Phillips
3. Francis Lynch (15. Shaquille-O’Neil Brooks, 75 mins)
4. Sean Doy
5. Ryan Calver
6. Mahmoud Juma
7. Pearson Mwanyongo (16. Alex Biggs, 82 mins)
8. Reece Morris
9. Tendai Chitiza
10. Matthew Melbourne (c) (12. Celson Patrocinio, 78 mins)
11. Will Gonga
Unused Subs:
14. Luke Day
17. Aaron Harris

Newport Pagnell Town:
1. Mark Osborn
2. Scott Mulkern
3. Rob Tapp
4. Keith Williams (c)
5. Stuart Smeathers
6. Liam Smyth (14. Bruno Lobo Brito, 75 mins)
7. Rob MacDonald (12. Josh Crawley, 52 mins)
8. Greg Ling
9. Dom Lawless
10. Fazel Koriya
11. Sam O’Neill
Unused Subs:
15. Joe Purcell


Referee – Wayne Chalmers
Assistant – Mark Connolly
Assistant – John Carr


Match Preview

Leicester Nirvana v Newport Pagnell Town
United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 14th November
Kick off – 15:00

Nirvana sit with a comfortable 13 point lead at the top of the UCL Premier Division, however, should Holbeach United and AFC Kempston Rovers win their games in hand they will be breathing down the necks of the Leicestershire side. The league leaders cemented their position with an emphatic midweek win over Desborough Town, bouncing back after a shock defeat to Cogenhoe United at the weekend. The win demonstrates Nirvana’s strength in that they score goals, in abundance, from all over the park. Five different players added to their goal haul in the 6-1 demolition of Ar Tarn.

A quick look at the statistics show that these are two entertaining teams and goals are virtually guaranteed when they play. The Swan’s have already found out that teams write Nirvana off at their peril. The sides have crossed paths twice in recent months with Nirvana running out victorious on both occasions. Nirvana will be wary of a Newport side that plays good, patient passing football. The Swan’s create many goal scoring opportunities themselves and but for a couple of defensive nightmares may easily have won both encounters played this season.

Leicester Nirvana manager Damion Beckford-Quailey was honoured by the UCL when he was named ‘Manager of the Month’ for September. I am sure that this will be the first of many accolades coming his way this season.

Where they stand in the league

Newport Pagnell Town = 4th
P15 W9 D3 L3 F31 A21 GD+10 Pts 30

Leicester Nirvana = 1st
P19 W15 D2 L2 F62 A23 GD+39 Pts 47

League Form

Newport Pagnell Town last six results:
W – 31 Oct. NP 4-3 Boston Town
D – 27 Oct. NP 2-2 Wellingborough Town
W – 24 Oct. Oadby Town 0-1 NP
L – 17 Oct. NP 0-1 Wisbech Town
W – 13 Oct. Eynesbury Rovers 0-3 NP
W – 10 Oct. NP 1-0 Kirby Muxloe

Leicester Nirvana last six results:
W – 10 Nov. LN 6-1 Desborough Town
L – 7 Nov. Cogenhoe United 4-3 LN
W – 31 Oct. LN 4-2 Peterborough Northern Star
W – 27 Oct. LN 4-0 Northampton Sileby Rangers
W – 24 Oct. Boston Town 2-3 LN
L – 17 Oct. LN 0-2 Eynesbury Rovers

We’ve met before

26 Sep 2015 Willen Road
Newport Pagnell Town 2-4 Leicester Nirvana
United Counties League, Premier Division

Read the match report:


18 Sep 2015 Gleneagles Avenue
Leicester Nirvana 2-1 Newport Pagnell Town
United Counties League Knockout Cup, Preliminary Round

Read the match report:



Matchday Information & Directions

Admission & Programme Prices:
Contact Leicester Nirvana FC.

Route to Leicester Nirvana:
From M1 – Exit at Jct 22 (A50 / A511 to Leicester / Coalville). Follow A50 towards Leicester until you reach signs for A563 Glenfirth Way. After Saintsbury’s turn right, then immediately left into Gleneagles Avenue. Entrance is at bottom of the cul-de-sac.

Leicester Nirvana FC
Gleneagles Avenue (Highfield Rangers FC)
441 Gleneagles Avenue

Leicester Nirvana FC Contact Details:

Website – http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/thurnbynirvana/

Twitter – @LeicNirvana

If you cannot make it to the game you can follow the action on Twitter via @nptfc

Match Report will appear at:


Alternatively follow the link on Twitter via @SwanMatchReport

Coming Up

Next 4 Swans games:
17th Nov Northampton Sileby Rangers (a)
21st Nov Desborough Town (h)
24th Nov Northampton Spencer (h)
28th Nov Peterborough Northern Star (a)

Artwork courtesy of Bravo Sierra Designs.

© Andy Gunn


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