Newport Pagnell Town Reserves 2-3 Raunds Town Reserves

Newport Pagnell Town Reserves 2-3 Raunds Town Reserves
United Counties League, Reserve League Knockout Cup, Quarter Final
Tuesday 18th October 2016
Kick off 19:45
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 57

Match Report (by Walter Hunt)

After their 6-0 win in the first round of the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup three days earlier Newport Pagnell Town Reserves looked likely to progress in another cup competition for three-quarters of this match, but a disastrous last 25 minutes in which they conceded three goals saw them go out of the UCL Reserve K.O. Cup.

In a lively and entertaining first 20 minutes both teams created chances but neither team was able to get shots on target. Raunds did get the ball in the net following a corner but the referee had seen some pushing and disallowed it.

Newport started to take control as the half progressed, pressing the visitors when they had the ball and creating more chances themselves. The Raunds goalkeeper had to make two good saves as well as coming out of his penalty area to head the ball clear when his defence was caught out by a well-timed through ball.

When Raunds did get into the Newport half the home defence looked calm and well organised.The goal that Newport deserved eventually came in the 42nd minute when Kelvin Osei-Addo found himself through with just the keeper to beat and coolly took the ball round him to score.

Newport started the second half as they had finished the first. After a couple of near misses the reward for their pressure came less than 10 minutes into the half when Jamie Burrows collected a half-cleared ball and scored the second goal.

At that stage Newport looked comfortably in control, but they let Raunds back into the game in the 67th minute when they lost possession after taking too long to clear the ball and let the visitors in to score.

Raunds gained in confidence after the goal. Newport started giving the ball away too easily and the previously solid home defence was not closing down their opponents quickly as they had earlier in the match.

Raunds took advantage of the extra space and time they were now being given around the edge of the penalty area and equalised in the 75th minute with a well struck shot.

Both teams pressed forward looking for the winning goal in the last 15 minutes, but with the Raunds goalkeeper making another good save and Dan Smith hitting two shots just over the bar Newport could not find the final touch needed to restore their lead.

It was Raunds who scored the winning goal in added time. The Newport defence was caught out by a quickly taken throw-in and although Martin MacIntyre got down well to save the initial shot he could only push the ball straight to a Raunds player for an easy tap in.


Newport Pagnell Town Reserves
1. Martin McIntyre
2. Mason Coleman
3. Courtney Brooks
4. Ben Snusher
5. James Pacifica
6. Ben Cole (c)
7. Dan Smith
[Yellow 88 mins]
8. Sam Tamakloe
9. Kelvin Osei-Addo
[Goal 43 mins]
[Subbed 73 mins]
10. Jamie Burrows
[Goal 52 mins]
11. Taigan Brooks
[Subbed 73 mins]
12. Matt Cullis
[Not Used]
14. Steve Watson
[Not Used]
15. John Mills
[For 9, 73 mins]
[Yellow 78 mins]
16. Connor Forman
[Not Used]
17. Nathaniel Beecher
[For 11, 73 mins]

Raunds Town Reserves
1. Sammy Cobley
2. Gary Broadway
3. Jake Wesby
4. Lee Dorrigton
5. Munashe Chirrimuuta
6. Jamie Duncombe
7. Joe Chubb
[Yellow 90+3 mins]
8. Harry Lloyd
[Yellow 79 mins]
9. Mark Weekley
[Subbed 63 mins]
10. Alex Wills
[Goal 67 mins]
11. Danny Tarr
[Subbed 63 mins]
12. Perry Brown
[For 9, 63 mins]
[Goal 75 mins]
[Goal 90+2 mins]
14. Paul James
[For 11, 63 mins]
15. Sam Innes
[Not Used]
17. Jon Shanks
[Not Used]

Match Officials

– Stuart Lathan

Match Report by Walter Hunt.
Match Stats & Facts by Andy Gunn 1617/26


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