2015/16 Newport Pagnell Town 2-2 Northampton Sileby Rangers

Newport Pagnell Town 2-2 Northampton Sileby Rangers
United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 6th February 2016
Kick off 15:00
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 81


5. SR – Merdy Maki has a curling left foot shot that goes just past the base of the post.

5. NP – Newport attack straight from the goal kick Liam Smyth tries to play Dom Lawless in but the ball holds up in the wind allowing Robert Russell to collect.

11. NP – Darryl Smith has a forty yard shot but it is straight at Robert Russell.

12. SR – GOAL 0-1. Ryan Cottingham pumps a wind assisted free kick into the penalty area from the halfway line, the ball ricochets around before falling at the feet of Stuart Macmichael who smacks the ball into the back of the net.

19. NP – Ryan Cottingham blocks well as Dom Lawless turns and shoots.

21. NP – GOAL 1-1. A beautifully weighted through ball from Liam Smyth puts Dom Lawless clear, Lawless shows great composure to slot the ball past Robert Russell.

23. SR – Mark Osborn saves at the feet of Stuart Macmichael.

25. SR – GOAL 1-2. Merdy Maki restores Ranger’s lead with a goal direct from a corner kick. Maki swings his corner in, it wickedly swerves in the strong wind to beat Mark Osborn at the near post.

33. NP – GOAL 2-2. Liam Smyth crosses to Darryl Smith who cracks the ball onto the underside of the bar, Dom Lawless is first to the rebound to stab the ball over the line.

37. NP – Lewis Burgess blocks a Darryl Smith shot.

38. NP – Fazel Koriya runs thirty yards with the ball before slipping a pass to Josh Crawley whose cross goal shot brushes the base of the post.

40. SR – Brilliant defending as John Thorpe and Adam Pryke stand firm to deny Ife Ogunbayo.

43. SR – Sileby are awarded a free kick on the edge of the area in a central position, Ryan Cottingham blasts the kick over the crossbar.

45+1. NP – PENALTY, MISSED. Joseph Handley brings down Josh Crawley to deny him a goal scoring opportunity, the referee controversially only awards a spot kick. Dom Lawless hits the penalty wide of the right hand upright.

45+2.5 Half Time: 2-2

48. SR – Ife Ogunbayo tries an ambitious shot from thirty yards that is high and wide.

51. NP – Liam Smyth releases Josh Crawley, Robert Russell saves Crawley’s shot with his feet.

54. NP – Josh Crawley threads a delightful ball through to Dom Lawless who is denied by a brilliant Lewis Burgess tackle.

55. SR – Stuart Macmichael rises unopposed to head a corner just over the crossbar.

58. NP – Darryl Smith’s free kick holds up in the wind before wickedly swirling over the bar.

59. NP – Scott Mulkern plays the ball to Paul Edgeworth who shoots over from distance.

65. NP – Paul Edgeworth shoots wide from the edge of the area.

68. NP – Keith Williams combines well with Stuart Smeathers before Williams’ shot is deflected by Taiwo Odutolu straight into the arms of Robert Russell.

69. NP – With Dom Lawless standing unmarked in front of goal, Josh Crawley’s cross is gratefully deflected behind by Joseph Handley for a corner.

71. NP – Josh Crawley hits a forty yard shot wide.

74. NP – Ryan Cottingham gets his head in the way of a Dom Lawless rifled goal bound shot before Rangers manage to scramble the ball clear.

85. NP – Robert Russell does well to save a Liam Smyth free kick.

89. NP – PENALTY, SAVED. A second penalty is awarded to the Swans. Dom Lawless steps up and strikes the ball hard and low, Robert Russell dives to his left to produce an excellent save, tipping the ball past the post.

90+3. NP – Rob Tapp releases Fazel Koriya who centres the ball, Keith Williams agonisingly heads the ball against the crossbar.

90+3.5 Full Time: 2-2


Once again these two sides had to battle through near gale force winds to play a match that provided good entertainment for the spectators. Sileby played with the wind largely at their backs in the first half and they managed the conditions well. The flight of any ball hit at pace was entirely unpredictable and this proved costly to the Swans as both Ranger’s goals had an element of wind assistance about them. The first came after a massive free kick from the halfway line caused enough confusion in the Newport defence for Sileby to capitalise with a well taken goal from Stuart Macmichael. The second had more than a touch of good fortune as the ball swirled unpredictably when Merdy Maki scored directly from a corner. However, it is great credit to both teams as they tried to play passing football, keeping the ball on the ground as much as possible. Newport refused to lay down and came back twice with well taken Dom Lawless goals. It was Lawless, looking to complete his second successive hatrick, who stepped up to miss a penalty at the end of the half.

If the first half was fairly even the second was dominated by Newport as they drove on in search of victory. It was very much a rearguard action for Rangers as they thwarted attack after attack. Sileby’s own attacking ambitions where largely forgotton when, with half an hour left to play, their task was made even harder with the avoidable dismissal of Troy Johnston for two silly yellow cards. There was some impressive defending from the back four as Newport laid siege to Ranger’s goal. Robert Russell came to their rescue with a fine save from a second Dom Lawless penalty in the last minute which appeared to have secured a point. The Swan’s were not quite finished and it was the woodwork that finally denied them all three points as a Keith Williams header agonisingly crashed against the crossbar.


0-1 Stuart Macmichael (12 mins)
1-1 Dom Lawless (21 mins)
1-2 Merdy Maki (25 mins)
2-2 Dom Lawless (33 mins)
Half Time: 2-2
Full Time: 2-2

Yellow Cards

Newport Pagnell Town
John Thorpe (9 mins)
Keith Williams (41 mins)

Northampton Sileby Rangers
Troy Johnston (57 mins)

Red Cards

Northampton Sileby Rangers
Troy Johnston (2nd yellow) (60 mins)


Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
2. Scott Mulkern
3. Keith Williams
4. John Thorpe (c)
5. Adam Pryke
6. Liam Smyth
7. Darryl Smith (14. Rob Tapp, 76 mins)
8. Paul Edgeworth (12. Stuart Smeathers, 67 mins)
9. Dom Lawless
10. Fazel Koriya
11. Josh Crawley
Unused Substitutes
15. Joe Pursell

Northampton Sileby Rangers
1. Robert Russell
2. Joseph Handley
3. Lewis Burgess
4. Leon Simpson (c)
5. Taiwo Odutolu
6. Ryan Cottingham
7. Troy Johnston
8. Merdy Maki (12. Dominic Okanu, 46 mins)
9. Stuart Macmichael
10. Ife Ogunbayo
11. Brian Farrell (15. Luke Baker, 84 mins)
Unused Substitutes
14. Bruno Lafond
16. Alex Patrick
17. Tommy Ayodele


– Matt Jackson
– Chris Sheppard
– Alex Murison


Artwork courtesy of Bravo Sierra Design.

© Andy Gunn


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