Yaxley 2-0 Newport Pagnell Town

Yaxley 2-0 Newport Pagnell Town
ChromaSport United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 21st January 2017
Kick off 15:00
In2itive Park, Yaxley
Attendance: 97

Swans Falter In The Cuckoos Nest

Newport have not won a league match at Leading Drove since the 2012/13 season and it was to be an unlucky hunting ground once again as the home side took the honours on a cold afternoon in Cambridgeshire. The opening goal of the game came in slightly fortunate circumstances; when Dan Cotton took a free kick from the left-hand touchline it appeared to be harmlessly drifting behind for a goal kick but the ball kicked off the artificial surface, took a deflection and found its way past the wrong-footed Mark Osborn and into the back of the net. There were no complaints from Cotton as he gratefully claimed the goal to add to his impressive tally for the season. Both sides continued to play some good football in the middle of the park without converting their moves into any meaningful goal threat as the game became quite flat.

The second period continued in the same fashion with both sides overplaying passes and failing to gauge the pace of the ball. Jack Saunders stood out as the player of the match, running endlessly and showing some good footwork. Newport stepped up a gear in the final third of the match as they pushed for an equaliser but stout defending by the Cuckoos thwarted many promising moves. Deep into added on time the Swans keeper advanced up the pitch to add fire power to a last gasp corner, the ball fell kindly for the Cuckoos who quickly played the ball up field for Liam Hook, with Osborn now stranded in the middle of the park Hook had the easy task of putting the ball into the back of an empty net. Overall this was an even contest that could easily have gone either way, however, it was Yaxley who converted their chances and managed a clean sheet, claiming all three points in the process. Ultimately the Swans were the architects of their own downfall conceding two goals with some uncharacteristic sloppy defending.

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Teams

Yaxley
1. Oliver Sutton
2. Scott Bogusz
3. Josh Pike
4. Joe Butterworth
5. Stuart Wall
6. Wayne Morris (c)
[Yellow]
7. Liam Hook
[Goal, 90+1 mins]
[Subbed, 90+2 mins]
8. Rob Hughes
9. Phil Stebbings
[Subbed, 66 mins]
10. Dan Cotton
[Yellow, 21 mins]
[Goal, 24 mins]
11. Jack Saunders
[Subbed, 85 mins]
Substitutes
12. John-Paul Duncliffe
[On for 7, 90+2 mins]
14. Sam Spencer
[Not Used]
15. Matt Sparrow
[Not Used]
16. Charlie Sanders
[On for 11, 85 mins]
17. Kyle Nolan
[On for 9, 66 mins]

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
[Yellow, 89 mins]
2. Ollie Wilkinson
3. Keith Williams
4. Stuart Smeathers (c)
5. Adam Pryke
[Yellow, 72 mins]
6. Junior Muya
7. Darryl Smith
[Yellow, 23 mins]
8. Greg Ling
[Yellow, 57 mins]
9. Luke Emery
10. Dom Lawless
11. Elliott Sandy
Substitutes
12. Scott Mulkern
[Not Used]
14. Gary Brook
[Not Used]
15. Paul Edgeworth
[Not Used]
16. Kelvin Osei-Addo
[Not Used]
17. Remy Forrester
[Not Used]

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Match Officials

Referee
– James Wetherall

Assistants
– Robert Goldstone
– Adrian Johnson

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Report & Photographs by Andy Gunn, NPTFC Media Team

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