Kempston Rovers 4-1 Newport Pagnell Town

Kempston Rovers 4-1 Newport Pagnell Town
Emirates FA Cup, Preliminary Round Replay
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Kick off 19:45
Hillgrounds, Kempston
Attendance: 142

Rovers Breeze Into The Next Round

The game started at a good pace with both sides playing positive football. During the early exchanges Fazel Koriya controlled a high ball before having his half-volley blocked by Alex Stoyles, at the other end Ash Fuller’s good centre was met by an excellent defensive header from Ollie Wilkinson to cut out a promising Rovers attack. The match turned on a three-minute period midway through the first period when two quick goals from Jake Newman swung the balance in Kempston’s favour. Newman looked offside for the opening goal but the flag stayed down as the Swans defence stopped, waiting for the decision, the striker took full advantage as he ran on to score. Almost immediately Rovers hammered home their advantage when Callum Lewis pounced on a defensive error to find the unmarked Newman who gratefully slotted home his second goal. Newport’s heads visibly dropped as Kempston pushed to put the tie beyond reach, Fuller was superb as he continually asked questions of the visitor’s back four, he came close only to be denied by Mark Osborn. The Swan’s defended resolutely as they held on and looked as if they might go into the break with a two-goal deficit but in the dying moments Stoyles headed a corner goalward and it was Newman who was on hand to nod the ball over the line to complete his hattrick.

Newport had recovered from being behind in the original match of the tie but on this occasion they gave the ball away too much as their strikers became isolated and easily controlled by the home side’s defence. The Swan’s best chance came from a corner that Stuart Smeathers headed narrowly wide. Osborn was once again the saviour as his outstretched leg thwarted Fuller. Rovers looked to be in total control, however, the introduction of Chris Wreh with half an hour remaining gave Newport more potency up front, time after time Wreh ran at the Kempston defence who started to look more vulnerable. Within five minutes of coming on Wreh brilliantly broke through and squared the ball for Koriya who hammered the ball into the back of the net to give the Swans a glimmer of hope. However, Kempston were well organised and showed good composure as they stifled Newport’s attacks whilst continuing to pose a threat themselves. Any hope the Swans had were dashed when the ball was gifted to George Boland who broke through to slot the ball past the advancing Osborn to finally seal the tie. Kempston Rover’s victory means that they will now host Wisbech Town in the Emirates FA Cup First Round Qualifying. The tie is scheduled to be played on 2nd September.

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Teams

Kempston Rovers
1. Martin Conway, 2. Michael Lyon (16. Kyal McNulty, 78 mins) 3. Damon Herbert, 4. Robbie Goodman, 5. Alex Stoyles (15. George Boland, 71 mins), 6. Grant Fryer, 7. Ben Shepherd, 8. Callum Lewis, 9. Jake Newman, 10. Sam Johnson (14. Nathan Tshikuna, 81 mins), 11. Ash Fuller (c)
Unused Substitutes: 12. Jamaine Ivy, 17. Ricki Wigg-Booden, 18. Josh Sturnioli, GK. Carl Knox

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn, 2. Ollie Wilkinson, 3. Jordan Spruce, 4. Stuart Smeathers (c), 5. Yaw Ofosu, 6. Josh Winters (12. Alex Marius, 84 mins), 7. Taylor Orosz, 8. Greg Ling (14. George Shrieves, 84 mins), 9. Tom Liversedge, 10. Fazel Koriya, 11. Harry Stratton (15. Chris Wreh, 63 mins)

Officials

Referee: J Aldous
Assistants: R Pearson, J Giles

Goalscorers

1-0 Jake Newman (12 mins)
2-0 Jake Newman (12 mins)
3-0 Jake Newman (12 mins)
HT 3-0
3-1 Fazel Koriya (63 mins)
4-1 George Boland (77 mins)
FT 4-1

Cautions

Kempston Rovers
Grant Fryer (88 mins)

Newport Pagnell Town
Jordan Spruce (54 mins)
Greg Ling (71 mins)
Yaw Ofosu (79 mins)

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Newport Pagnell Town 3-3 Kempston Rovers

Newport Pagnell Town 3-3 Kempston Rovers

Emirates FA Cup, Preliminary Round

Saturday 19th August 2017

Kick off 15:00

Willen Road, Newport Pagnell

Attendance: 152

Stalemate For Swans

 Virtually from the kick off Kempston took control of proceedings as they dominated possession.  Shortly after Ash Fuller had his shot pushed around the post by Mark Osborn, Rovers were on the attack again, this time they were not going to be denied as a superb run and cross from Sam Johnson found Jake Newman who was on hand to slot home the opening goal. With twenty-four minutes on the clock it seemed as if Newport were in for a long afternoon when Kempston doubled their lead; Newman and Jamaine Ivy combined well to set up Johnson who put the ball beyond the reach of the wrong-footed Osborn. The Swan’s had been hemmed in their own half for large periods and their first attempt on goal came with half an hour played, Tom Liversedge hitting the ball over the bar and it was with less than ten minutes left that they had their most fluid move of the half as a lovely one-two between Liversedge and Greg Ling saw the striker threaten the visitors goal. Rovers came close to extending their lead, Fuller’s riffled shot cannoned off the upright before Osborn could claim the ball.


During the first half the Walnut Boys had looked fitter, better organised and more assured than their hosts, however, the Swans came out with more purpose and set about overhauling the two goal deficit. The game became more open as Johnson dug out a beautiful pass for Fuller who was thwarted by a great diving save from Osborn. The momentum was swinging towards Newport, Ling’s clever, pin point free kick allowed the unmarked Liversedge a free header to pull a goal back. Harry Stratton tested Martin Conway with fifteen minutes remaining, the keeper doing well to tip the ball over the crossbar. The respite was short lived as a Fazel Koriya corner was powerfully headed against the post by Yaw Ofosu, Stratton slammed the rebound home to bring the scores level. Within a minute Stratton tried his luck again, spotting Conway off his line Stratton’s forty-yard lob was only inches over the bar. The Walnut Boys were rattled, however, their response was swift, within three minutes of the equaliser Newman worked the ball through to Fuller to tap home to restore their lead. The Swans had nothing to lose as the magic of the cup drove them on, Stratton had a shot blocked and Smeathers glanced a header wide. Kempston were looking to hurt their opposition on the break and Newman had a good chance to wrap the tie up, only a good save from Osborn kept his side in the game. Into the final minutes and Taylor Orosz brought a great save out of Conway, the ball was once again driven into the net to bring the scores level when Stratton was first to the rebound. A much improved second period from Newport was almost was capped off as they had one final chance deep into added on time but Alex Stoyles blocked Chris Wreh’s goal bound shot to deny what would have been a dramatic winner.

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 Teams

Newport Pagnell Town

1.Mark Osborn, 2. Ollie Wilkinson, 3. Jordan Spruce (16. Chris Wreh, 88 mins), 4. Stuart Smeathers (c), 5. Yaw Ofosu, 6. Alex Marius (12. Josh Winters, 52 mins), 7. Taylor Orosz, 8. George Shrieves (15. Harry Stratton, 66 mins), 9. Tom Liversedge, 10. Fazel Koriya, 11. Greg Ling

Unused Substitutes: 14. Scott Mulkern

Kempston Rovers

1.Martin Conway, 2. Kyal McNulty, 3. Damon Herbert, 4. Robbie Goodman, 5. David Murphy, 6. Callum Lewis, 7. Ben Shepherd (12. George Boland, 59 mins), 8. Sam Johnson, 9. Jake Newman, 10. Jamaine Ivy (15. Ricki Wigg-Booden, 83 mins), 11. Ash Fuller (c) (17. Alex Stoyles, 90+1 mins)

Unused Substitutes: 14. Nathan Tshikuna, GK. Carl Knox

Officials

Referee: Abdul Kadir

Assistants:

Goalscorers

0-1 Jake Newman (12 mins)

0-2 Sam Johnson (24 mins)

HT 0-2

1-2 Tom Liversedge (63 mins)

2-2 Harry Stratton (77 mins)

2-3 Ash Fuller (80 mins)

3-3 Harry Stratton (89 mins)

FT 3-3

Cautions

Newport Pagnell Town

Ollie Wilkinson (57 mins)

Tom Liversedge (71 mins)

Kempston Rovers

Ben Shepherd (28 mins)

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Report by Andy Gunn

Photograph courtesy of Wayne Harmes

Huntingdon Town 1-4 Newport Pagnell Town

Huntingdon Town 1-4 Newport Pagnell Town
The Emirates FA Cup, Extra Preliminary Round
Saturday 5th August 2017
Kick off 15:00
Jubilee Park, Huntingdon
Attendance: 54

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Swans Set Up Local Derby

The Swans made a quick start in this all UCL Emirates FA Cup tie, with the first move of the game Taylor Orosz latched onto a long ball and ran on before firing over the bar. The home side failed to clear the half way line as Newport pressed forward, Tom Liversledge’s long range effort was caught by Tom Smith in the Huntingdon goal. It did not take the Swans long before they mounted another attack, Liversedge looked as if he was being pulled back as he broke through but the striker showed good strength to stay on his feet before stroking the visitors into a third minute lead. The host’s defence looked shaky but managed to hold firm as Fazel Koriya and Orosz were denied before Koriya had another attempt cleared off the line by Odie Wason. Huntingdon showed glimmers of hope as Liam Rodden and Richard Baines combined well, however, Ollie Wilkinson put in a commanding performance in defence, not allowing Huntingdon to get a foothold in the game. It was not until twenty minutes had been played that Huntingdon mustered their first serious attack, resulting in Mark Osborn getting down well to save Chris Down’s thirty-yard free kick. A superb run down the line by Sam O’Neill saw him slip the ball to Koriya who wrong footed his marker, allowing him the space and time to place his shot past the keeper to double the lead after thirty minutes. The Huntingdon defence did their best to keep things tight at the back but Newport’s movement was simply too good when Jordan Spruce broke down the left just before the break, Koriya was on hand once again to run on and calmly score his second.

Huntingdon came out for the second half with a lot more purpose than they had showed in the first period and within a couple of minutes Down was allowed too much space as he saw his header go agonisingly the wrong side of the post. The Swans still posed a threat as O’Neill and Koriya combined well, Koriya was unlucky to see his effort deflected onto the crossbar and away to safety. George Shrieves played a clever chip to set up O’Neill who shot narrowly wide. The game became more stretched and with twenty minutes remaining as Down struck the ball over the bar for the home side. Koriya missed the chance to complete his hatrick when his free kick from the edge of the area sailed inches over. The action was now end to end as James Seymour made a rare appearance in the Newport penalty area, his fine run ending with a shot that was wide of the mark. Huntingdon were becoming more confident and some lovely build up play was rewarded with a tidy finish from the edge of the area from Antonio Dello Russo to pull a goal back with fifteen minutes remaining. The goal sparked some life back into the Swans and it was a towering headed Yaw Ofosu goal from a Koriya corner that finally ended any hopes of a Huntingdon comeback. The victory means Newport will now play local rivals, Kempston Rovers, at Willen Road (MK16 0DF) on the 19th August in the Preliminary Round.

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Teams

Huntingdon Town

1. Tom Smith, 2. James Seymour (c), 3. Callum Walter (14. Josh Watson, 55 mins), 4. Christian Le, 5. Steven Slack, 6. Odie Wason, 7. Liam Rodden (15. Antonio Dello Russo, 67 mins), 8. Jake Waterworth, 9. Richard Baines, 10. Chris Down, 11. Jamie Waterworth (12. Connor Clarke, 70 mins) Unused Subs: 16. Ben Page, 17. Goran Smilkov

Newport Pagnell Town

1. Mark Osborn (c), 2. Scott Mulkern (12. Junior Zambetakis, 86 mins), 3. Jordan Spruce, 4. Ollie Wilkinson, 5. Yaw Ofosu, 6. Alex Marius, 7. Taylor Orosz, 8. George Shrieves (14. Ryan Thirkell, 74 mins), 9. Tom Liversedge (15. Harry Stratton, 69 mins), 10. Fazel Koriya, 11. Sam O’Neill

Officials

Referee: Wyndham Trussler

Assistants: Trevor Martin, Scott Hanna

Goalscorers

0-1 Tom Liversedge (3 mins)

0-2 Fazel Koriya (30 mins)

0-3 Fazel Koriya (42 mins)

HT 0-3

1-3 Antonio Dello Russo (76 mins)

1-4 Yaw Ofosu (81 mins)

FT 1-4

Yellow Cards

Huntingdon Town

Steven Slack (17 mins)

Callum Walter (33 mins)

Jake Waterworth (34 mins)

James Seymour (54 mins)

Odie Wason (71 mins)

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Newport Pagnell Town 0-1 Biggleswsde United

Emirates Newport Pagnell Town 0-1 Biggleswsde United
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Saturday 6th August 2016
Kick off 15:00
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 146

Timeline

10. NP –  Darren Lynch side foots the ball over the crossbar from a Darryl Smith corner.
33. BU – Abraham Eze fires in a shot following a corner, the ball is deflected by Adam Pryke on the goal line and onto the angle of crossbar and post. Kane Farrell is first to the rebound and rifles his shot towards goal forcing Mark Osborn into a good save.
45. NP – Dom Lawless releases Darren Lynch who shoots across goal.
45+1. NP – Dom Lawless receives the ball with his back to goal, he turns and shoots over the bar.
45+2 Half Time: 0-0
47. BU – Kane Farrell strikes a free kick over the crossbar.
50. BU – Charlie Black finds Scott Bachelor who turns and shoots straight at Mark Osborn.
52. BU – GOAL 0-1. Scott Batchelor chases down a short back pass, Mark Osborn is first to the ball but only manages to play his clearance into the path of Sergio Lopez who calmly lobs home from 25 yards.
69. NP – Paul Edgeworth’s shoots high from 30 yards.
76. BU – Charlie Black’s curling shot from outside the area is saved by Mark Osborn.
79. NP – Collins Laryea threads the ball to Darryl Smith who’s scuffed shot is collected by Tom Wyant.
84. NP – Paul Edgeworth shoots over from distance.
87. NP – Liam Smyth’s free kick finds Dom Lawless who’s shot is charged down in the area a defender, calls for hand ball are waved away by the referee.
90+3. NP – Darryl Smith lays a free kick off to Dom Lawless who shoots wide.
90+4. NP – Darryl Smith’s lob is touched over the crossbar by Tom Wyant.
90+4 Full Time: 0-1

Summary

The Swans came into the match with a depleted squad due to injury. With eight first team players out this was always going to be a tough task. Manager Darren Lynch was forced to pull his boots on for his first senior appearance since the 2013/14 season. The first half was played at a good tempo and was a reasonably entertaining affair as the players pitted their skills against each other, however, the sides cancelled each other out and goal chances were scarce. The Referee sensibly paused the game for hydration breaks in the searing heat.
The second half was very flat and fell way short of the first period as the players suffered in the heat. Newport struggled to get into the game as Biggleswsde pushed forward, exploiting gaps in the midfield as the Swan’s began to tire. Time and again United squandered their superior possession and failed to pose any real threat on the Newport goal. The winning strike came following a defensive mistake as Scott Batchelor chased down a short back pass, Mark Osborn was first to the ball but only managed to play his clearance into the path of Sergio Lopez who calmly lobbed home from 25 yards. The remainder of the match was largely played out in the middle of the park as repeated forward moves from both sides broke down on the edge of the penalty area. The Swan’s pushed hard for an equaliser in the final minutes but Biggleswsde held on for the win and progress to the Preliminary Round where they will face Aylesbury United away.

Goals

Half Time: 0-0
0-1 Sergio Lopez (52 mins)
Full Time: 0-1

Yellow Cards

Newport Pagnell Town
Remy Forrester (62 mins)
Liam Smyth (70 mins)
Connor Forman (86 mins)

Biggleswsde United
Gareth Hunt (41 mins)
Scott Batchelor (70 mins)
Charlie Black (83 mins)

Red Cards

None.

Teams

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
2. Adam Pryke (c)
3. Remy Forrester
4. Liam Smyth
5. Paul Edgeworth
6. George Shrieves (12. Gary Brook, 66 mins)
7. Darryl Smith
8. Greg Ling (14. Collins Laryea, 66 mins)
9. Darren Lynch
10. Dom Lawless
11. Jamie Burrows (15. Connor Forman, 82 mins)

Biggleswsde United
1. Tom Wyant
17. Kane Farrell
3. Nyasha Sagwete
4. Lee Bilcock
5. Martin Russell (c)
8. Gareth Hunt
7. Jake O’Neill
6. Nick Elliot (12. Matt Cooper, 71 mins)
9. Charlie Black
10. Sergio Lopez (14. Liam Sweeney, 88 mins)
11. Abraham Eze (16. Scott Batchelor, 46 mins)
Unused Substitutes
15. Kevin Owusu
2. Josh Sturniolo
GK. Adam Counihan

Match Officials

Referee
– Kevin Bungay

Assistants
– Stuart Wood
– Steve Wilkes

Photographs by Andy Gunn.
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2015/16 MK Dons Ladies 0-4 Crystal Palace Ladies

MK Dons Ladies 0-4 Crystal Palace Ladies
Women’s FA Cup, 1st Round
Sunday 6th December 2015
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 83

Minute By Minute

1. MK – Vicky Holland tries to chip Chanell Yardley but clears the bar as well as the keeper.

6. MK – Leah Cudone’s header from Claire Hollingsworth’s corner is cleared off the line. Chanell Yardley produces a good save as Vicky Holland fires in the rebound.

11. CP – A cross from Pamela McRoberts almost creeps in under the bar but Emma Kirby is alert to the danger.

16. CP – Claire Hollingsworth makes a great tackle to stop Roschelle Shakes after she is put through on goal by Gemma Bryan.

20. CP – Gemma Bryan shoots high after a terrific run from the half way line to the penalty area.

26. MK – A Sam Gillings cross causes confusion in the Palace box, the ball is deflected off a defender to Leah Cudone who shoots over.

27. CP – GOAL 0-1. Pamela McRoberts crosses from the right to Alma Donohoe who miss hits her first shot before making no mistake with her second.

34. MK – Hannah Barrett crosses from the left, Sophie Watson diverts the ball towards goal before Katy Morris clears the danger.

35. MK – Leah Cudone shoots over from thirty yards.

41. MK – Sophie Watson controls a lovely pass from Hannah Barrett but cannot keep her shot down.

45+1 HALF TIME: 0-1

48. CP – Alma Donohoe shoots wide from a Rochelle Shakes cross.

51-54. CP – PENALTY & GOAL 0-2. Emma Kirby was adjudged to have fouled Roschelle Shakes, the striker was replaced by Nicha Pyelt due to the injury sustained. Freya Holdaway stepped up to confidently despatch the spot kick.

60. CP – Gemma Bryan shoots over.

62. MK – Hannah Barrett’s sharp shot is well saved by Chanell Yardley.

64. CP – Gemma Bryan’s fierce shot is tipped over by Emma Kirby.

65. CP – GOAL 0-3. A good run down the right by Gemma Bryan results in a pass across the area that is prodded home by Alma Donohoe.

77. CP – Gemma Bryan faced up to two defenders before getting a shot away that did not trouble Emma Kirby.

82. CP – GOAL 0-4. Gemma Bryan runs onto a through ball before slotting home Palace’s fourth goal.

86. MK – Heather McDonnell heads wide from a Charley Wright corner.

88. CP – Emma Kirby saves a shot from Gemma Bryan.

90+0 FULL TIME: 0-4

Summary

Both sides played some lovely football in this cup clash but it was Palace who proved too strong for the Dons. It was Milton Keynes who started strongest, dominating the early exchanges, however, once Palace found their feet they grew in confidence and controlled the remaining seventy five minutes. Gemma Bryan and Freya Holdaway were a constant threat in attack and tormented the Dons defence who were exceptional despite the scoreline. Palace eventually ran out as deserved winners and progress into the next round.

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Goals

0-1 Alma Donohoe (27 mins)
HT : 0-1
0-2 Freya Holdaway (Penalty, 54 mins)
0-3 Alma Donohoe (65 mins)
0-4 Gemma Bryan (82 mins)
FT: 0-4

Yellow Cards

None.

Red Cards

None.

Teams

MK Dons Ladies
1. Emma Kirby
2. Rosie Anderson (12. Zoe Lander, 17 mins)
3. Sam Gillings
4. Vicky Holland
5. Claire Hollingsworth
6. Leanne Doyle
7. Heather McDonnell
8. Charley Wright
9. Hannah Barrett (c) (14. Charley Clarke, 64 mins)
10. Sophie Watson
11. Leah Cudone

Crystal Palace Ladies
1. Chanell Yardley
2. Pamela McRoberts
3. Alma Donohoe
4. Alex Elson (14. Leanne Bell, 72 mins)
5. Katy Morris (c)
6. Sarah Jones
7. Abigail Igbavboa
8. Stephanie Mann
9. Roschelle Shakes (12. Nicha Pyelt, 53 mins)
10. Gemma Bryan
11. Freya Holdaway

Officials

Referee
– James Bird
Assistants
– tbc
– tbc

Photographs by Andy Gunn.

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2015/16 AFC Dunstable 2-1 Newport Pagnell Town

AFC Dunstable 2-1 Newport Pagnell Town
FA Cup Preliminary Round, Replay
Tuesday 1st September 2015
Creasey Park Stadium, Dunstable
Attendance: 138

Newport had a tough task coming into the game, the influential Carney brothers returned to a Dunstable team that had won every match so far this season with the exception of the draw at the weekend that forced the replay. The Swans had to do two things to give themselves a chance of progressing to the First Qualifying Round away to Leiston. Firstly, they needed to improve upon a lack lustre performance in the first game and secondly, they had to try to stop AFC scoring sensation Bernie Christie.

An energetic start from the two teams saw Newport come out on top in the early exchanges. Both sides had half chances until a wild Dunstable clearance saw the ball ricochet back into the path of the on rushing Josh Crawley who’s shot went just the wrong side of the post. Shortly after, Crawley was in the thick of the action again, latching on to a smart through ball from Adam Pryke only to be completely wiped out by the Dunstable keeper, Ricky Perks. The referee awarded the spot kick but did not even speak to Perks when a caution should surely have been brandished. It was Crawley who dusted himself down to confidently slot home the penalty to give Newport a 24 minute lead.

Liam Smyth dominated the midfield and Fazel Koriya showed some fantastic ball control as the Swans comfortably dictated the game for the rest of the half until added on time when a Newman Carney free kick was ushered safely out of play. The same player drove in a fierce corner, Crawley got his head to the ball first only to see it divert into his own net. Newport will have felt aggrieved to have gone in at the break without their lead intact.

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Where the first half belonged to Newport, the second belonged to Dunstable. They should have been awarded a free kick in the area when Keith Williams cushioned the ball back into the arms of keeper Mark Osborne, the referee and his assistants were the only people in the ground who thought otherwise.

The Swans gave away too many soft free kicks throughout the half and AFC attempted to utilise their height advantage by bombarding the Newport penalty area with long, high free kicks. With fifteen minutes remaining Jason Beck crashed a header against the post and for a moment it looked as if the ball would creep into the net but Scott Mulkern cleared the ball off the line to save the day. Before Newport had time to draw breath Terry Griffith thumped the ball onto the crossbar.

Newport offered occasional threats to the Dunstable goal, however, Newman Carney and Courtney Massey marshalled the defence well and the Swans were unable to break through.

The game was a tight affair and was destined for a dramatic climax. It was nearly the Swans who won the day when a brilliant defence splitting pass from the impressive Sam O’Neill gave Crawley a sight of goal, not for the first time Massey came to AFC’s rescue with a world class tackle and clearance. Deep into added on time a Dunstable corner was flung to the back post where Beck, desperate to make amends for his dismissal in the first game, managed to head the ball back for Leon Cashman to smash the ball into the back of the net with the last kick of the game.

AFC boss Steve Heath heaped praise on the visitors; “that was well and truly a great FA Cup tie. You have to give Newport enormous credit. I thought on Saturday they were quite average and had the opportunity to kill us off with 10 men but did not, tonight though they excelled especially in the first half”.

This was a vast improvement in performance by the Swans and even though they managed to shackle BJ Christie, this tie was balanced on a knife edge and could have gone either way. Ultimately Newport were made to rue their inability to see off the ten men from Dunstable in the original tie at Willen Road three days earlier. Although AFC won the tie with the last kick of the game to leave Newport heartbroken, the Swans will feel proud that they pushed a good side all the way.

Goals:
0-1 24 mins Josh Crawley (penalty)
1-1 45+3 mins Josh Crawley (own goal)
HT 1-1
2-1 90+2 Leon Cashman
FT: 2-1

Yellow Cards:
AFC: N Carney, Cashman

AFC Dunstable:
1.Ricky Perks 2.Courtney Massey 3.Newnan Carney 4.Terry Griffiths 5.Danny Ryan (15.Jason Beck, 66 mins) 6.Taishan Griffith (17.Danny Jones, 59 mins) 7.Brendan Carney 8.Moses Olaleye (c), 9.Bernie Christie, 10.Johnathon Cooper 11.Leon Cashman
Unused subs: 12.Roy Byron 14.Joshua Humbert 16.Fabio Bufano

Newport Pagnell Town:
1.Mark Osbourne 2.Lewis Smith (12.Scott Mulkern, 26 mins), 3.Keith Williams 4.Stuart Smeathers (c) 5.Adam Pryke 6.Liam Smyth 7.Darryl Smith 8.Rob Tapp 9.Josh Crawley 10.Fazel Koriya 11.Sam O’Neill
Unused subs: 14.Matt Brady 15.Lukasz Filipiak 16.Josh McAdoo

Officials:
Referee: L Scott
Assistants: J Campbell, J Giles

Photograph courtesy of Kelly Parsons.

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Praise from AFC Dunstable:

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2015/16 Newport Pagnell Town 1-1 AFC Dunstable

Newport Pagnell Town 1-1 AFC Dunstable
FA Cup Preliminary Round
Saturday 29th August 2015
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 110

Swans Manager Darren Lynch had only fourteen players available for the FA Cup meeting with AFC Dunstable. Considering the quality of the opposition and the number of players the Swans had missing a draw was an excellent result.

The sides were battling for a place in the First Qualifying Round and the dubious honour of playing away to Isthmian League Premier (step 3) leaders Leiston of Suffolk. It was Dunstable who broke the deadlock scoring with their first attack on nine minutes, Taishan Griffith won a footrace with Lewie Smith down the left flank and managed to put the ball back across the area for Bernie Christie who’s miss-hit shot thundered into the ground and the high bounce took it beyond the reach of Mark Osbourne and into the net.

Dunstable proceeded to take control of the first half as the Newport defence sat deeper and deeper. Chances were few and far between with neither keeper being seriously troubled. The visitors were looking comfortable but all that changed in the 36th minute when Jason Beck inexplicably head butted Rob Tapp, the unsighted referee consulted his assistant and a straight red card was issued to Beck, who was playing his first match for Dunstable.

Dunstable had to reorganise after the break as, for them, the second half was all about getting bodies behind the ball and relying on the pace their front runners. However, it took Newport ten minutes to break even, a goal line clearance from a Stuart Smeathers header fell to Greg Ling who’s shot was blocked but the ball landed at the feet of Josh Crawley who finally managed to finish the move off with a goal.

The Swans continued to probe to no avail, unable to pierce the solid Dunstable defensive line. It was not until the remaining ten minutes of the game that Dunstable once again posed a goal threat of their own. The lively Dale Turney, who had taken all the free kicks and corners for the visitors was replaced on 84 minutes but shortly before his replacement Turney took a neat free kick around the back of the Swans back four that released Leon Cashman who tamely fired wide. A succession of free kicks followed with Dunstable unable to capitalise.

In truth, this was not the best game of football for the spectators, Newport were poor and Dunstable played reasonably well without creating the magic needed to win the tie. Dunstable will be sorely disappointed with Beck, without his naive actions they would surely have won the game. The stand out player was Dunstable’s Leon Cashman who was their best defender and arguably their most dangerous attacker as well.

The Swans now look forward to another tough game against AFC Dunstable at Creasey Park in the replay on Tuesday.

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Goals:
4 mins 0-1 Bernie Christie
55 mins 1-1 Josh Crawley
HT 0-1
FT 1-1

Yellow Cards
NP: Greg Ling, Rob Tapp, Lewie Smith, Adam Pryke

Red Cards:
AFC: Jason Beck

Newport Pagnell Town:
1.Mark Osbourne 2.Lewis Smith (12.Scott Mulkern, 85mins), 3.RobTapp 4.Stuart Smeathers (c) 5.Adam Pryke 6.Liam Smyth 7.Darryl Smith (14.Rob MacDonald, 72mins), 8.Greg Ling 9.Josh Crawley 10.Fazel Koriya 11.Sam O’Neill Unused subs: 15.Lukasz Filipiak

AFC Dunstable:
1.Ricky Perks, 2.Courtney Massey, 3.Jason Beck, 4.Terry Griffith’s, 5.Leon Cashman 6.Taishan Griffith, 7.Dale Turney (12.Johnathon Cooper, 84mins), 8.Moses Olaleye (c), 9.Bernie Christie, 10.Joshua Humbert, 11.Jermaine Hall (16.Brandon Carney, 60mins)
Unused subs: 14.Danny Ryan, 15.Roy Byron, 17.Newman Carney

Officials: Doug Steele, Lorraine Stone, Andrew Hinde

Artwork courtesy of Bravo Sierra Designs.

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