Boston Town 0-1 Newport Pagnell Town
ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division
Saturday 12th August 2017
Kick off 15:00
DWB Stadium, Tattershall Road, Boston
Swans Notch Up The Points
This was Boston’s first league match of the season and they had high hopes of improving upon last season’s disappointing 20th place finish. During 2016/17 their away league form was better than their home form, with only two league victories to their name at the DWB Stadium. Boston had the first chance when Will Britton shot into the side netting during the opening exchanges. Newport threatened when a Fazel Koriya corner was punched straight to Alex Marius who had his shot blocked as the game became quite frenetic. Craig Parker’s excellent centre was poked over the bar by Ben Davison as the sides took turns to attack. Newport came close when Jordan Spruce’s free kick was flicked on by Taylor Orosz to Koriya who half volleyed the ball straight into the grateful hands of keeper James Lambley. With half an hour gone Tom Liversedge and Jason Field contested the ball in midfield, leaving Field in a crumpled heap, the Referee consulted his Assistant resulting in Liversedge receiving a caution for use of the elbow. The incident forced Field to be substituted and the state of his face after the game suggested the punishment was lenient. The remainder of the half lacked quality as both sides struggled to retain the ball for any great length of time, however, this was mainly due to the high work rate of the defences who broke up moves in the final third with relative ease.
The second period continued in the same manner as the first, both sides had half chances, Fraser Bayliss with a volley narrowly wide of the mark for the Poachers and Orosz flashing a shot across the face of the goal for the Swans. The game was settled in the sixty-third minute with a top-drawer finish when Orosz found Marius who wrong footed one defender before powerfully rifling the ball home for the only goal of the game. The goal settled the visitors as they started to control the match, retaining more possession and creating more threatening moves as they pressed for another goal. A second elbowing saw the Swans Yaw Ofosu floored but the incident was completely missed by the officials. As Newport pushed forward they became susceptible to quick counter attacks from the Poachers who squandered numerous corner kicks as they failed to penetrate the Newport’s outstanding defence who weathered the storm. The host’s best chance came with ten minutes remaining when the impressive Aaron Eyett forced a good save out of Mark Osborn. Newport were also denied by a good save from James Lambley after Josh Winters and Orosz combined well. After the match a delighted Darren Lynch said, “Boston is always a hard place to come and get 3 points, but after breaking our hoodoo last year here and the way we have played in the first 2 games I was confident if we carried on with our form we could get a win!”.
1. James Lambley, 2. Lawrence Lambley, 3. Craig Parker, 4. Simon Ashton, 5. Jason Field (c) (12. Bailey Forth, 34 mins), 6. Richard Ford, 7. Aaron Eyett, 8. Ben Davison, Will Britton, 10. Jordan Nuttell (13. Daniel Worthington, 75 mins), 11. Fraser Bayliss Unused Subs: 14. Jordan Tate, 15. Simon Draper, 16. Daniel Maddison
Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn, 2. Scott Mulkern 3. Jordan Spruce, 4. Stuart Smeathers (c), 5. Yaw Ofosu, 6. Alex Marius, 7. Taylor Orosz, 8. George Shrieves (12. Greg Ling, 66 mins), 9. Tom Liversedge, 10. Fazel Koriya, 11. Sam O’Neill (14. Josh Winters, 71 mins) Unused Subs: 15. Harry Stratton
Referee: Trevor Basker
Assistants: Marcin Nowak, Chris Giles
0-1 Alex Marius (63 mins)
Craig Parker (33 mins)
Ben Davison (54 mins)
Newport Pagnell Town
Tom Liversedge (30 mins)
Yaw Ofosu (56 mins)
Scott Mulkern (86 mins)
Photographs by Andy Gunn.