2015/16 Newport Pagnell Town 3-1 Holbeach United

Newport Pagnell Town 3-1 Holbeach United
United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 26th March 2016
Kick off 15:00
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 105


5. NP – Fazel Koriya’s free kick is flicked on by Greg Ling before being cleared by Paul Newcombe.

12. NP – Daryl Smith heads wide from a lovely floated free kick taken by Scott Mulkern.

18. HU – Aaron Eyett holds the ball up in the wind for Sam Coughlan, whose shot is saved by Mark Osborn.

21. NP – GOAL 1-0. A stunningly simple but brilliant move leads to the opening goal as Scott Mulkern’s sublime free kick releases Dom Lawless who controls the ball before striking home from a tight angle.

23. NP – A Greg Ling corner causes chaos in the Tiger’s penalty area before Ricky Drury claims the ball.

31. HU – Aaron Eyett and Sam Coughlan combine again resulting in a shot over the bar from Coughlan.

36. NP – Daryl Smith heads wide from a Sam O’Neill corner.

39. NP – A swift move between Scott Mulkern, Sam O’Neill and Dom Lawless sees Ricky Drury save Lawless’ shot.

44. NP – GOAL 2-0. A deep floated free kick from Keith Williams finds Daryl Smith who powers his header into the net off the body of Ollie Gale.

45+3. HU – A late Aaron Eyett free kick just outside the area fails to threaten the Swan’s goal.

45+3 Half Time: 2-0

54. NP – GOAL 3-0. Great footwork from Sam O’Neill to beat his defender before passing to Daryl Smith who side foots the ball home.

59. HU – Ricky Drury’s goal kick carries in the wind to Sam Coughlan who shoots over.

65. NP – Dom Lawless’ cross-shot is easily collected by Ricky Drury.

68. NP – Sam O’Neill’s corner is headed towards goal by Daryl Smith, the ball is cleared straight to Stuart Smeathers whose shot from the rebound is deflected behind.

70. NP – Red Card. The referee dismisses Daryl Smith for putting an arm in the face of Nick Jackson as they compete for a header.

74. HU – Sam Coughlan shows good skill before driving his shot straight at Mark Osborn.

79. HU – Christopher Ward heads Andrew Tidswell’s corner wide of the target.

81. HU – GOAL 3-1. Aaron Eyett releases Sam Coughlan whose hard shot is parried by Mark Osborn straight into the path of Josh Ford who taps the loose ball in from two yards.

86. HU – Mark Osborn saves Aaron Eyett’s shot from distance.

90+3 Full Time: 3-1


The Swans put on a classy display to control the game against a good, in form Tiger’s side. Their passing was crisp and their composure on the ball was a far cry from earlier in the season when possession would have been lost all too easily. They closed down their opponents quickly and competed well for the second ball, denying Holbeach time and space and ultimately a foothold in the game. The performance was all the more impressive as Newport adapted their play to cope with worsening weather conditions whilst not compromising their attractive style of play. By the break they had a commanding and deserved two goal lead.

The pattern of play continued in the second period as the Swan’s increased their lead. However, the status quo dramatically changed with twenty minutes remaining. Holbeach had an extra man following Daryl Smith’s dismissal, allowing the Tiger’s more time on the ball. They pressed well and Sam Coughlan, whose threat had been stifled, started to shine. However, the Swan’s resilient defence stood firm and managed to see the game out, only conceding once.



1-0 Dom Lawless (21 mins)
2-0 Daryl Smith (44 mins)
Half Time: 2-0
3-0 Daryl Smith (54 mins)
3-1 Josh Ford (81 mins)
Full Time: 3-1

Yellow Cards


Red Cards

Newport Pagnell Town
Daryl Smith (70 mins)


Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
2. Scott Mulkern
3. Keith Williams (c)
4. Stuart Smeathers
5. Adam Pryke
6. Paul Edgeworth (12. Rob Tapp, 66 mins)
7. Daryl Smith
8. Greg Ling (15. John Thorpe, 76 mins)
9. Dom Lawless
10. Fazel Koriya (14. George Shrieves, 87 mins)
11. Sam O’Neill
Unused Substitutes
16. Dave Baker
17. Joe Pursell

Holbeach United
1. Ricky Drury
2. Daniel Worthington
3. John Smith
4. Ollie Gale
5. Christopher Ward
6. Nick Jackson
7. Aaron Eyett
8. Andrew Tidswell (c)
9. Josh Ford
10. Sean Coughlan
11. Paul Newcombe
Unused Substitutes
12. Luke Russon
14. Jordan Thomas
15. Tom Roberts
17. Matt Warfield


– Gavin Jolley 
– Tunde Ajisola 
– Piotr Kwak


Form Guide

Newport Pagnell Town
W = 1-0 (h) Deeping Rangers, 19th Mar, UCL
W = 2-0 (h) Sleaford Town, 12th Mar, UCL
L = 3-2 (a) Boston Town, 5th Mar, UCL
W = 1-0 (h) Holmer Green, 1st Mar, BBFA Senior Trophy, SF
W = 0-2 (a) Desborough Town, 27th Feb, UCL
W = 2-1 (h) Yaxley, 20th Feb, UCL

The Swan’s have won 8 out of the last 10 matches in all competitions

Holbeach United
W = 2-0 (h) Wisbech Town, 23rd Mar, UCL League Cup
W = 4-2 (h) Cogenhoe United, 19th Mar, UCL
W = 1-0 (h) Boston Town, 16th Mar, UCL League Cup
W = 1-5 (a) Cogenhoe United, 19th Mar, UCL
L = 2-1 (a) Wellingborough Town, 1st Mar, UCL
W = 3-1 (h) Huntingdon Town, 27th Feb, UCL

The Tigers have won 6 out of the last 10 matches in all competitions.

We’ve Met Before

Holbeach United 2-1 Newport Pagnell Town
United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 14th March 2015
Carters Park, Holbeach

Newport Pagnell Town 1-3 Holbeach United
United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 8th November 2014
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell


Artwork courtesy of Bravo Sierra Designs.

Photographs courtesy of Tony Webster.

© Andy Gunn


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