Wellingborough Town 1-3 Newport Pagnell Town

Wellingborough Town 1-3 Newport Pagnell Town
United Counties League, Premier Division
Tuesday 1st November 2016
Kick off 19:45
Dog & Duck, Wellingborough
Attendance: 64

Newport Too Strong For The Doughboys

Newport Pagnell were looking to avenge their only home league defeat of the season so far after the Doughboys took all three points at Willen Road back in September with a victory that propelled them to top spot in the early season league table. Wellingborough have not fared quite as well since and found themselves sitting in 13th in the table prior to this fixture. After four league away games on the bounce the hosts made a losing return to the Dog & Duck as the Swans ran out 3-1 victors on the night. The opening ten minutes was end to end action with both sides creating three good chances apiece. The first real opportunity fell to Dom Lawless, following a lovely one two between Greg Ling and Luke Emery, Ling found Lawless who was in the right place to score the opening goal of the game. Within a minute Deven Ellwood’s shot from outside the area hit the crossbar as the hosts searched for a quick reply, Albert Akinremi had two more good chances before Darryl Smith first forced a fine save out of Aaron Belairs before seeing his cute flick go past the post minutes later. As the half progressed Newport’s flair and energetic play started to pay dividends and on twenty-five minutes Smith tapped Liam Smyth’s free kick over the line to double the lead. However, the Swans didn’t have it all their own way and with ten minutes remaining before the break the Doughboys conjured up their best move of the half when good work down the right by Jack Wisniewski allowed him the space to put a delightful cross onto the head of the ever impressive Alfie Taylor who forced a flying save out of Mark Osborn. The visitors struck again with only a couple of minutes of the first half remaining when Emery went on a super run, ending in a sweetly struck goal that put Newport in total control as the teams went in for their half time cuppa.

The third Newport goal before half time proved to be critical as Wellingborough are a strong team that has spirit in abundance and a dogged determination not to give up on a lost cause. It is vital that teams score early against them or they will eventually wear their opponents down, as they did at Willen Road earlier in the season. Newport had more chances to increase their lead but the Doughboys held firm and also provided a goal threat of their own as they started to be more competitive in the centre of the park. They left it too late to get on the scoresheet; there were only seven minutes remaining when Adam Randall’s corner was met by Ellwood who powered his header into the roof of the net. It was no more than they deserved for their endeavours but it wasn’t to be for Wellingborough, despite having chances they lost out to a classy Newport side who have shown great form in recent weeks. Victory over the Doughboys extended the Swan’s unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions with this being their fifth consecutive win.



Wellingborough Town
1. Aaron Bellairs
2. Adam Speight
3. Danny Mortimer
4. Joe Rich (c)
5. Jake Gillingwater
[Subbed, 46 mins]
6. Adam Randall
7. Nathan Wills
[Subbed, 79 mins]
8. Deven Ellwood
[Goal, 83 mins]
9. Alfie Taylor
10. Jack Wisniewski
11. Albert Akinremi
[Subbed, 79 mins]
12. Oluwagbemiga Adesina
[For 7, 79 mins]
14. Lewis Sheridan
[For 5, 46 mins]
15. Jon Mitchell
[For 11, 79 mins]

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
2. Dave Baker
[Yellow, 90+2 mins]
3. Scott Mulkern
4. Stuart Smeathers (c)
5. Adam Pryke
6. Liam Smyth
7. Darryl Smith
[Goal, 25 mins]
8. Greg Ling
[Subbed, 79 mins]
9. Luke Emery
[Goal, 42 mins]
10. Dom Lawless
[Goal, 5 mins]
[Yellow, 20 mins]
[Subbed, 69 mins]
11. Sam O’Neill
[Subbed, 79 mins]
12. Fazel Koriya
[For 10, 69 mins]
14. George Shrieves
[For 8, 79 mins]
15. Ollie Wilkinson
[Not Used]
16. Remy Forrester
[For 11, 79 mins]

Match Officials

– Paul Mihalache
– Bruce Stevens
– Peter Wilson


Photographs courtesy of Andy Gunn.

Andy Gunn 1617/31



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