Newport Pagnell Town 1-1 Peterborough Northern Star

Newport Pagnell Town 1-1 Peterborough Northern Star
Chroma Sport & Trophies United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 4th January 2017
Kick off 15:00
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 107

Swans & Star Serve Up Score Draw

Star were in dismal form coming into the match, without a win in their previous eight league outings. The Swan’s had not fared much better, only recording two victories in eight league matches having turned their focus towards their recent cup exploits. Nevertheless, it was Newport who had the perfect start to the match when Dan George mishandled Sam O’Neill’s centre leaving Luke Emery with the formality of a tap in to open the scoring after only four minutes. On the half hour mark O’Neill’s corner found the head of Darryl Smith who was denied by George’s wonderful save, tipping the ball over the bar. A few moments later Star came close to an equaliser when Jezz Goldson-Williams’ cross-shot held up and glanced off the cross bar. Sam Wilson put in an assured performance, showing some lovely touches as Star probed for a way back into the match, however, it was not until added time in the first period that they found a way through a resolute Swans defence. Wilkins Makate picked up a loose ball on the edge of the centre circle, Newport’s defenders uncharacteristically stood off him as he ran towards goal before showing great technique to bend the ball past keeper Mark Osborn from twenty-five yards with the outside of his foot to take the sides in level at the break.

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Star almost took the lead early in the second half when Adam Pryke’s short back pass left Kieran Blanchard one on one against Osborn, Blanchard struck the ball past the keeper only to see his strike blocked by Pryke who had recovered well to make amends for his error. Mid way through the half Stuart Smeathers tested George as his header from Darryl Smith’s corner was touched round the post by the keeper. The final ten minutes belonged to the Swans as they looked for a late winner. Newport’s recent poor league form coincides with the absence from the team of the influential Liam Smyth who made his first start since early December and it was his free kick that found Pryke in space, great reactions from George saw him palm Pryke’s shot onto the post before gratefully falling on the ball. The keeper was on hand with three minutes left to push Paul Edgeworth’s header round the post and then again in stoppage time he was called on to make two terrific saves in quick succession, firstly from O’Neill’s fierce shot and then from Keith Williams’ sweetly struck effort.

NPTFC Man of the Match: Elliott Sandy

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Teams

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
2. Ollie Wilkinson
[Subbed, 79 mins]
3. Keith Williams
4. Stuart Smeathers (c)
[Subbed, 85 mins]
5. Adam Pryke
[Yellow, 41 mins]
6. Liam Smyth
[Subbed, 68 mins]
7. Darryl Smith
[Yellow]
[Subbed, 81 mins]
8. Elliott Sandy
9. Luke Emery
[Goal, 4 mins]
[Subbed, 62 mins]
10. Dom Lawless
11. Sam O’Neill
[Goal, 45 mins]
[Subbed, 61 mins]
Substitutes
12. Scott Mulkern
[On for 2, 79 mins]
14. Paul Edgeworth
[On for 9, 62 mins]
15. Gary Brook
[On for 7, 81 mins]
16. Dave Baker
[Not Used]

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Peterborough Northern Star
1. Dan George
2. Wilkins Makate (c)
[Goal, 45+1]
3. Dan Wilson
4. Sam Wilson
5. Dan Smith
6. Matt Cox
7. Matt Barber
8. Jake Sansby
9. Jezz Goldson-Williams
[Yellow, 90+1 mins]
[Subbed, 90+1 mins]
10. Kieran Blanchard
[Subbed, 79 mins]
11. Eric Makate
[Subbed, 64 mins]
Substitutes
12. Conor Murphy
[On for 10, 79 mins]
14. Harry Fitzjohn
[Not Used]
15. Lee Barsby
[On for 11, 64 mins]
16. Christian Gordon
[On for 9, 90+1 mins]

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Match Officials

Referee
– Luke Scott

Assistants
– Andrew Payne
– Robert Porter

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Photographs courtesy of Tony Webster.

Report by Andy Gunn, 1617-52

NEXT UP AT WILLEN ROAD

Swans vs Binfield

County Cup Semi Final

11th February 2017 Kick off 3pm

Willen Road, Newport Pagnell, MK16 0DF

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