Newport Pagnell Town 6-0 Leicester Nirvana

Newport Pagnell Town 6-0 Leicester Nirvana
Chroma Sport United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 25th March 2017
Kick off 15:00
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 109

Swans Make Hay In The Spring Sunshine

Newport recorded their first ever victory over Nirvana side in emphatic style, scoring six against their visitors without reply. They could not have got off to a better start at a sun drenched Willen Road when they took an early lead after Arjuna Govia failed to collect Liam Smyth’s cross, Gary Brook was on hand to gratefully knock in the opening goal from close range after only four minutes. The home side doubled their lead with twenty-one minutes on the clock when a Keith Williams free kick was headed towards goal by Dave Baker, Govia made a good save but could only manage to parry the ball to Elliott Sandy who made no mistake with his header. Five minutes later Smyth superbly released Sam O’Neill who was wiped out by the advancing keeper, Dom Lawless stepped up to calmly convert the resultant penalty. Newport began to turn on the style and it was not long before Govia was called into action once again, this time diving to his left to produce a good save from Sandy’s low, hard shot as the Swans threatened to run riot. Nirvana produced their first real attempt on the Swan’s goal just before half time when Jurelle Phillip had his long range shot blocked, the striker was first to the loose ball and was again frustrated as his second effort was also blocked.

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Dom Lawless scores from the spot

Newport picked up where they had left off after the break, taking only eight minutes to stretch their lead when Sean Phillips sliced his clearance straight to Lawless who mercilessly rifled his shot into the back of the net. On a rare venture forward Nirvana found some space with a well worked move that ended in Yaegan Gore’s strike being saved by the outstretched leg of Mark Osborn. However, it was only a stay of execution as Lawless scored a fine individual goal, beating three players before beating the keeper with a lovely finish from the edge of the area to claim his hat trick. Three minutes later dogged determination in midfield from Smyth saw him stab the ball through to O’Neill who had the relatively easy task of stroking home the Swan’s sixth goal. Substitutes Shaquille Master and Will Gonga had half chances to give Nirvana a consolation goal in the final ten minutes but neither managed to trouble Osborn’s goal. The Swans defence held firm to record a clean sheet as they came close to scoring another goal when Lawless saw his effort cleared off the line by Gore. The final chance of the afternoon fell to Lawless, Govia did well to tip the striker’s late shot past the post. This was a setback for Nirvana who had named a largely young and inexperienced side as they continue to rebuild their squad, the Swans had too much experience on the day as they controlled the game from the first minute to the last without ever needing to get out of first gear.

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Dave Baker heads towards goal

Teams

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
2. Ollie Wilkinson
[Subbed, 65 mins]
3. Keith Williams
4. Liam Smyth
5. Adam Pryke (c)
6. Dave Baker
7. Gary Brook
[Goal, 5 mins]
[Subbed, 71 mins]
8. Greg Ling
9. Elliott Sandy
[Goal, 21 mins]
[Subbed, 63 mins]
10. Dom Lawless
[Goal (penalty), 26 mins]
[Goal, 53 mins]
[Goal, 72 mins]
11. Sam O’Neill
[Goal, 75 mins]
Substitutes
12. Mason Coleman
[On for 2, 65 mins]
14. George Shrieves
[On for 7, 71 mins]
15. Remy Forrester
[On for 9, 63 mins]
16. Massimo Lagioia
[Not Used]

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Liam Smyth controls the midfield

Leicester Nirvana
13. Arjuna Govia
2. Jahdatin Harper
3. Yaegan Gore
4. Elliott Phillips
5. Sean Phillips (c)
6. Ryan Calver
7. Karabo Motshweni
8. Rahul Parmer
[Subbed, 78 mins]
9. Jordan Nelson
10. Conor Brown-Wingfield
[Subbed, 75 mins]
11. Jurelle Phillip
[Subbed, 73 mins]
Substitutes
12. Will Gonga
[On for 8, 78mins]
14. Shaquille Master
[On for 10, 65 mins]
16. Gurdeep Mudhar
[On for 11, 73 mins]
17. Richard Gerald
[Not Used]

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Sam O’Neill takes on the Nirvana defence

Match Officials

Referee
– Shaun Barry

Assistants
– Andrew Payne
– William Hardie

Feature photograph: Liam Smyth challenges in midfield

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Photographs courtesy of Tony Webster
Report by Andy Gunn 1617/65

Newport Pagnell Town 0-2 Yaxley

Newport Pagnell Town 0-2 Yaxley
Chroma Sport United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 18th March 2017
Kick off 15:00
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 99

Cuckoos At The Double

This was a contest between two of the League’s in-form teams and it was Yaxley who came out on top to complete the league double over the home side, winning by the same margin as in the previous meeting in January. The hosts had a selection headache prior to the match as they were forced into a number changes with Mason Coleman and Taigan Brooks making their first appearances for the Swans first team this season. After five minutes Elliott Sandy’s half-volley forced a save out of visiting keeper Ollie Sutton. Shortly after Dan Cotton fired over for the Cuckoos after picking up a loose ball. Both sides were reduced to half chances, Darryl Smith headed Sam O’Neill’s corner onto the roof of the net for the Swans and Wayne Norris rose to head a Cotton free kick wide of the mark for Yaxley as the sides struggled to break each other down. The crowd witnessed a poor half of football with Sandy’s early shot the only effort on target during the first period.

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After the break Yaxley came out with more energy as Newport started to look a little jaded. Cotton blasted his shot wide after having been played in by Joe Butterworth, the resultant goal kick was poorly cleared and Matt Sparrow found himself alone on the edge of the six-yard box, his shot flew across the area with the goal beckoning. It wasn’t long before another hashed clearance fell straight to Liam Hook, this time the ball was smashed into the net off a stricken defender to open the scoring. Ten minutes later Newport were caught on the break, the Cuckoos doubled their lead as Sparrow squared the ball for Kyle Norton to side foot home. The Swans responded well, within a minute Dom Lawless laid the ball back for Smith who failed to keep his shot down. Norris threw his body on the line to superbly block O’Neill’s driven shot. Yaxley then squandered two golden opportunities to put the game out of sight, the first saw Sparrow denied from three yards out by a wonderful point blank save by Mark Osborn. Then Sparrow latched onto a through ball, he raced on to fire away a shot that was once again well saved by Osborn, the loose ball fell to Phil Stebbing who only had to slot the ball into the open net but somehow managed to find the side netting. Newport had two late Liam Smyth free kicks that found their intended targets but neither header troubled Sutton.

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Teams

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn (c)
2. Mason Coleman
[Subbed, 82 mins]
3. Remy Forrester
[Subbed, 82 mins]
4. Liam Smyth
5. Keith Williams
[Yellow, 43 mins]
6. Ollie Wilkinson
[Yellow, 29 mins]
7. Darryl Smith
[Red, 90+4 mins]
8. Greg Ling
[Yellow, 40 mins]
9. Elliott Sandy
10. Dom Lawless
11. Sam O’Neill
[Yellow, 40 mins]
Substitutes
12. Massimo Lagioia
[Not Used]
14. Taigan Brooks
[On for 2, 82 mins]
15. Gary Brook
[On for 3, 82 mins]

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Yaxley
1. Ollie Sutton
2. Sam Spencer
3. Josh Pike
4. Joe Butterworth
5. Wayne Morris (c)
6. Stuart Wall
[Subbed, 46 mins]
7. Matt Sparrow
8. Liam Hook
[Yellow, 45+5 mins]
[Goal, 59 mins]
9. Phil Stebbing
[Subbed, 80 mins]
10. Dan Cotton
11. Jack Saunders
[Subbed, 90+5 mins]
Substitutes
12. Kyle Nolan
[On for 6, 46 mins]
[Goal, 69 mins]
14. James Hill-Seekings
[Not used]
16. Andy Furnell
[On for 9, 80 mins]
17. Elio Salerno
[On for 11, 90+5 mins]

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Match Officials

Referee
– Wayne Bright

Assistants
– Steve Hoare
– Brian Ebulubu

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Photographs courtesy of Tony Webster.

Report by Andy Gunn 1617/64

Deeping Rangers 0-2 Newport Pagnell Town

Deeping Rangers 0-2 Newport Pagnell Town
Chroma Sports & Trophies United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 4th March 2017
Kick off 15:00
Haydon Whitham Stadium, Market Deeping
Attendance: 135

Emery Is The Pinball Wizard 

Both sides came into this encounter having shown good form in recent weeks but it was a buoyant Newport Pagnell who came out on top as Rangers suffered their first league home reverse of the season. Rangers looked more dangerous in the first half as they almost took the lead after eleven minutes after the ball fell to David Burton-Jones who fired in a low shot across goal, Ollie Wilkinson was in the right place to clear the ball off the goal line. Ranger’s excellent defensive display limited the Swans strike force to feeding off scraps, while the hosts themselves only managed to carve out half chances. Dan Schiavi’s free kick found the head of Jack Cotton but his header lacked power as Mark Osborn comfortably saved. Scott Coupland found himself racing clear only to be denied by the advancing Osborn. Charlie Coulson and Daniel Flack combined well on the stroke of half time, however, the final shot was too weak as it bobbled through to a grateful Osborn.

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Newport were a different team in the second period, showing greater hunger and intensity as they went through the gears. It didn’t take long for Luke Emery to register on the score sheet, the match resembled a pinball game as first Remy Forrester hit the left-hand post, then Wilkinson smashed the rebound against the other upright, eventually Emery took control as he drove the ball into the roof of the net. Rangers look stunned and the Swans capitalised when Elliott Sandy released Forrester who in turn squared the ball for the unmarked Emery to side foot his second of the match and ninth goal in the last three matches. Deeping tried to get themselves back into the contest but the well organised Newport defence stood firm. With nine minutes remaining substitute Tom Waumsley produced a delicious flick that went wide of the post, within a minute Coupland lobbed the ball and forced a lovely fingertip save out of Osborn. Dom Lawless had two golden chances to wrap up the points in added on time, the first saw him knock the ball past keeper Richard Stainsby, great covering from Tom Smith forced Lawless to drive his shot across the face of the goal and narrowly wide. The second saw Lawless win a foot race against Flack before placing his shot agonisingly wide of the target.

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Teams

Deeping Rangers
1. Richard Stainsby
2. Daniel Flack
3. Tom Smith
4. David Burton-Jones (c)
5. Luke Hunnings
[Yellow, 33 mins]
6. Jack Cotton
[Yellow, 35 mins]
7. Charlie Coulson
[Subbed, 78 mins]
8. Henry Dunn
[Subbed, 58 mins]
9. Scott Mooney
10. Scott Coupland
11. Dan Schiavi
Substitutes
12. Tom Waumsley
[On for 7, 78 mins]
14. Jason Kilbride
[On for 8, 58 mins]
15. Norbert Zalejski
[Not Used]
16. Danny Bircham
[Not Used]

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Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
2. Ollie Wilkinson
3. Keith Williams
4. Stuart Smeathers (c)
5. Adam Pryke
[Yellow, 89 mins]
6. Dave Baker
7. Darryl Smith
8. Remy Forrester
[Subbed, 75 mins]
9. Luke Emery
[Goal, 47 mins]
[Goal, 51 mins]
[Yellow, 65 mins]
10. Elliott Sandy
[Subbed, 63 mins]
11. Sam O’Neill
Substitutes
12. Dom Lawless
[On for 10, 63 mins]
14. Liam Smyth
[On for 8, 75 mins]

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Match Officials

Referee
– William Hardie

Assistants
– Martyn Allen
– TBA

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Report and photographs by Andy Gunn 1617/60

Newport Pagnell Town 6-0 Northampton Sileby Rangers

Newport Pagnell Town 6-0 Northampton Sileby Rangers
Chroma Sports & Trophies United Counties League, Premier Division
Tuesday 28th February 2017
Kick off 19:45
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 61

Emery Hits Four To Sink Sileby

Newport took an early lead at a rain soaked Willen Road and it was Saturday’s goal hero Luke Emery who opened the scoring neatly trapping a Remy Forrester corner before turning to fire home in one motion. When Darryl Smith’s free kick crashed against the upright, it was Emery who was on hand to follow up to double the lead. Smith almost got in on the act again when he headed Forrester’s corner powerfully towards goal but alert defending on the line saw the ball cleared to avert the danger. With only eighteen minutes on the clock Emery was upended in the penalty area, converting the spot kick himself to complete his second hat-trick in four days. Newport threatened to run riot as they played with great purpose, they attacked in waves, their slick passing allowing the ball to do the work in extremely difficult conditions. However, Sileby stood firm as James Goff pulled off the first of a string of good saves to deny Sam O’Neill. Goff was called on again soon after to make a wonderful flying save to prevent an Elliott Sandy goal. Sandy was frustrated once again as Harry Osborne blocked a thunderous shot. Rangers did not manage to muster a meaningful attack until the thirty-seventh minute, Swans keeper Mark Osborn made a stunning point blank save when it looked certain that Brian Farrell was about to score for the visitors. On the stroke of half time Osborn showed good hands to save a Michael Byrne free kick.

Goff made another good save early in the second period after Emery and Sandy combined well to set up Smith. Luke Stevens shooting wide from outside the area and Lewis Burgess testing Osborn from thirty yards demonstrated that Sileby were going to compete better after the break and the introduction of Nathaniel Ansu provided a new dimension to Sileby’s play. Newport continued to press and pass well and Smith showed some sublime skills, twisting and turning before curling his shot narrowly over the bar. Dom Lawless was full of running as he raced down the touchline to put a pin point cross onto the head of Emery, Goff saved the initial attempt but could not prevent Emery helping himself to his fourth goal of the night. Rangers came close to a goal when Ansu knocked the ball past Osborn only to see Ollie Wilkinson clear his goal bound shot. Smith then added a fifth as his well struck shot proved too strong for Goff who managed to get a hand to the ball but could not stop it crossing the line. Within a minute the scoring was completed when Lawless chased a through ball, his persistence paying off as he managed to net the Swan’s sixth. Deep into added on time Dave Baker was dismissed and Luke Stevens blasted the resultant free kick over the bar.

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Teams

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
2. Ollie Wilkinson
3. Remy Forrester
[Subbed, 69 mins]
4. Stuart Smeathers (c)
[Subbed, 76 mins]
5. Adam Pryke
6. Dave Baker
[Red, 90+1 mins]
7. Darryl Smith
[Goal, 88 mins]
8. Greg Ling
9. Luke Emery
[Goal, 3 mins]
[Goal, 9 mins]
[Goal, 18 mins]
[Goal, 63 mins]
10. Elliott Sandy
[Subbed, 61 mins]
11. Sam O’Neill
Substitutes
12. Dom Lawless
[On for 10, 61 mins]
[Goal, 83 mins]
14. Keith Williams
[On for 3, 69 mins]
15. Gary Brook
[On for 4, 76 mins]

Northampton Sileby Rangers
1. James Goff
[Yellow, 17 mins]
2. Stuart MacMichael (c)
[Subbed, 67 mins]
3. Lewis Burgess
4. Dalton Bettles
[Yellow, 17 mins]
5. Harry Osborne
6. Bayley Leslie
7. Dominic Okanu
[Yellow, 72 mins]
8. Bruno Lafond
9. Michael Byrne
[Subbed, 53 mins]
10. Luke Stevens
11. Brian Ferrell
Substitutes
12. Nathaniel Ansu
[On for 9, 53 mins]
14. Randy Bondjanga
[On for 2, 67 mins]
15. Luke Uzoma
[Not Used]
16. Kieran Nugent
[Not Used]

Match Officials

Referee
– Abdul Kadir

Assistants
– Richard Armitage
– Robert Porter

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Photograph courtesy of Gary Hefferon.
Report by Andy Gunn 1617/59

Oadby Town 1-5 Newport Pagnell Town

Oadby Town 1-5 Newport Pagnell Town
Chroma Sports & Trophies United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 25th February 2017
Kick off 15:00
Freeway Park, Oadby
Attendance: 103

Super Sub Emery’s Hat-trick Secures Win

The Poachers took an early lead after just five minutes when Carlton Beardmore thumped the ball across the goal from twenty-five yards to give Mark Osborn no chance as he opened the scoring. Newport came close to an equaliser when a mix up in defence left keeper Sam Lomax stranded outside the penalty area, Sam O’Neill’s lob agonisingly cleared the bar by inches. Then it was Oadby’s turn as they almost doubled their lead when Jacob Gill put in a deep cross that was flicked on by Harry Alcock to Beardmore who placed his header wide. For all the huff and puff the remainder of the half provided little in the way of quality goalmouth action; the difficult conditions and heavy pitch made slick passing moves virtually impossible as the game turned into a war of attrition.

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The Swans started more quickly in the second half, in the opening minutes O’Neill put in a beautiful cross-field pass for Dom Lawless who flicked the ball just wide of the upright. In a blistering two-minute onslaught the game was turned on its head as Greg Ling smashed the ball against the post with Ollie Wilkinson following up to score from the rebound to restore parity. Then Wilkinson turned provider as he found Elliott Sandy in space, Sandy produced an exquisite chip over Lomax to give the visitors the lead. With twenty minutes remaining Beardmore had a glorious chance to draw the scores level when he found himself in the clear thirty yards from goal, as he advanced he drew the keeper off his line only to lob the ball wide of the mark after having done all the hard work. Newport had stepped up a gear and their third goal came when Sandy headed on for Luke Emery, Lomax saved with his feet and then saved the follow up from Darryl Smith, however, the ball was only cleared as far as Ling, his perfectly weighted through ball allowed Emery the time and space to coolly slot the ball into the back of the net. With two-minutes on the clock Smith’s corner was headed back across goal by Dave Baker for Emery to hook the ball over the line for his second. In added on time Smith made a superb run from midfield to the goal line before laying the ball back for substitute Emery who gratefully tapped home to complete his hat-trick.

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Teams

Oadby Town
1. Sam Lomax
2. Ben Taylor
3. Joe Hopewell
4. Callum Steer (c)
5. Joel Wolfe
6. Simeon Owen
7. Harry Alcock
8. Callum Armsden
[Subbed, 81 mins]
9. Carlton Beardmore
[Goal, 5 mins]
[Subbed, 76 mins]
10. Jordan Pick
11. Jacob Gill
[Subbed, 46 mins]
Substitutes
12. Tom Bennett
[On for 9, 76 mins]
14. Luke Green
[On for 11, 46 mins]
15. Jack Toon
[On for 8, 81 mins]
16 Adam Bolley
[Not Used]

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
2. Ollie Wilkinson
[Goal, 57 mins]
3. Remy Forrester
[Subbed 81 mins]
4. Stuart Smeathers (c)
[Subbed, 81 mins]
5. Adam Pryke
6. Dave Baker
7. Darryl Smith
[Yellow, 45 mins]
8. Greg Ling
9. Elliott Sandy
[Goal, 59 mins]
10. Dom Lawless
[Subbed, 67 mins]
11. Sam O’Neill
Substitutes
12. Luke Emery
[On for 10, 67 mins]
[Goal, 74 mins]
[Goal, 88 mins]
[Goal, 90+1 mins]
14. Gary brook
[On for 4, 81 mins]
15. Keith Williams
[On for 3, 81 mins]

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Match Officials

Referee
– Mark Wetherall

Assistants
– Stewart Walker
– Ian Davis

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Report and photographs by Andy Gunn 1617/57

Desborough Town 0-1 Newport Pagnell Town

Desborough Town 0-1 Newport Pagnell Town
Chroma Sports & Trophies United Counties League, Premier Division
Tuesday 21st February 2017
Kick off 19:45
Waterworks Field, Desborough
Attendance: 69

Swans Bounce Back To Winning Ways

Darren Lynch was looking for a positive reaction following the weekend’s cup exit and he got it as the Swans set out to prove that their season still has plenty of life. The players came out with purpose against an in-form Desborough side who were unbeaten in eleven league matches, elevating them to third in the table. After fifteen minutes Chris Jones did well to push away Darryl Smith’s twenty-five-yard free kick. Then Smith flicked a Remy Forrester corner on to Stuart Smeathers who had his shot blocked at close range, four minutes later Smeathers was not to be denied as a carbon copy set piece saw the Swans Captain put his team in the lead. Ar Tarn tried to respond, however, John Dean and then Dan Grainger were restricted to long range efforts that were struck straight at keeper Mark Osborn. Ten minutes before the break Newport produced the best passing move of the match as Ollie Wilkinson, Smith and Elliott Sandy combined beautifully before Jones was quick off his line to save at the feet of Sandy. Smith attempted to extend the visitor’s lead with a lob from thirty yards that managed to clear the keeper and the cross bar. Desborough were left frustrated as Adam Pryke superbly blocked John’s shot to preserve the Swans lead at the break.

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After the break, Desborough raised their game, they were full of running and competed for every ball in the second period as they showed exactly why they been in such great form recently. Newport were not to be outdone as they increased the intensity of their game to match that of the hosts, each side had a couple of half chances but it was not until the game had twenty minutes remaining that Ar Tarn posed any real threat to the Newport goal. First Grainger saw his twenty-yard free kick sail harmlessly over the cross bar, then in the final minute a deep free kick found Aidan Bradshaw in space on the edge of the six-yard box, a poor first touch allowed Greg Ling the opportunity to clear the danger. Into added on time Louis Martin hit a fierce shot from just outside the penalty area that was blocked by Smeathers as Newport recorded a notable scalp as they returned to winning ways.

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Teams

Desborough Town
1. Chris Jones
2. Michael Boyle-Chong
3. Merson styles
4. Dan Grainger
[Subbed, 80 mins]
5. Leo Adams
6. Aidan Bradshaw (c)
7. John Dean
[Subbed, 62 mins]
8. Dan White
[Yellow, 73 mins]
9. Olly Jones
10. Will Arnold
[Yellow, 69 mins]
[Subbed, 72 mins]
11. Jake Bettles
Substitutes
12. Billy Henshaw
[Not Used]
14. Liam Boath
[On for 7, 62 mins]
15. Dan Law
[On for 10, 72 mins]
16. Louis Martin
[On for 4, 80 mins]

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
2. Ollie Wilkinson
3. Remy Forrester
4. Stuart Smeathers (c)
[Goal, 21 mins]
5. Adam Pryke
[Yellow, 68 mins]
6. Dave Baker
7. Darryl Smith
8. Greg Ling
[Yellow, 79 mins]
9. Elliott Sandy
10. Dom Lawless
11. Sam O’Neill
[Yellow, 54 mins]
[Subbed, 77 mins]
Substitutes
12. Luke Emery
[Not Used]
14. Gary brook
[Not Used]
15. Keith Williams
[Not Used]

Match Officials

Referee
– David Jarrett

Assistants
– Joseph Collins
– Paul Speakman

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Player photograph courtesy of Tony Webster
Waterworks Field photograph by Andy Gunn
Report by Andy Gunn, 1617/56.

Newport Pagnell Town 2-2 Harborough Town

Newport Pagnell Town 2-2 Harborough Town
Chroma Sports & Trophies United Counties League, Premier Division
Tuesday 14th February 2017
Kick off 20:00
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 58

Swans & Bees Can’t Be Separated

Once again injury decimated the Newport line up as four or five regulars were missing, those who did play had their work cut out against a hardworking, well organised Harborough team. The Bees took the lead on seventeen minutes when captain Ben Williams drilled the ball hard and low into the back of the net from Jack Sutherland’s corner. Newport came close to replying on the half hour mark when Elliott Sandy glanced Remy Forrester’s free kick straight to keeper Glen Giles. A few minutes later Bee’s frontman Barnes Gladman found himself in the clear as he forced a great reaction save from Mark Osborn. The action was now end to end and the Swan’s equaliser came from a set piece, Dave Baker was on the end of Forrester’s corner, powering his header into the roof of the net. However, Harborough managed to get their noses in front just before the break when the ball was flicked on to Gladman who took one touch before striking past the outstretched arm of keeper Osborn to score.

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The Swans came out strongly and dominated the opening exchanges of the second half, Giles denying Sandy with a superb double save. The hosts were attacking in waves and a minute later found themselves level when Ollie Wilkinson released Dom Lawless who was initially denied by Giles, Lawless made no mistake with his second attempt as he smashed the loose ball across the face of the goal to restore parity for a second time. Following the goal the game became disjointed and a little fractious as both sides probed for a winner. With fifteen minutes left Gladman had a golden opportunity to settle the match, one on one with the keeper his shot was wide of the mark. Into the final ten minutes and Giles was once again on hand to deny the Swans with another brilliant double save, this time denying Kelvin Osei-Addo.

Teams

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
2. Ollie Wilkinson
[Yellow, 76 mins]
3. Remy Forrester
4. Dave Baker
[Goal, 37 mins]
[Yellow, 65 mins]
5. Adam Pryke (c)
6. Liam Smyth
[Subbed, 22 mins]
7. Gary Brook
8. Paul Edgeworth
9. Elliott Sandy
[Subbed, 69 mins]
10. Dom Lawless
[Goal, 52 mins]
[Subbed, 69 mins]
11. Sam O’Neill
Substitutes
12. Junior Muya
[Not Used]
14. Kelvin Osei-Addo
[On for 9, 69 mins]
15. Scott Mulkern
[On for 6, 22 mins]
16. Luke Emery
[On for 10, 69 mins]
17. Keith Williams
[Not Used]

Harborough Town
1. Glen Giles
2. Callum Milne
[Yellow, 19 mins]
3. Callum Traynor
4. Jack Sutherland
[Yellow, 83 mins]
5. Ben Williams (c)
[Goal, 17 mins]
[Yellow, 61 mins]
6. Harvey Morgan
[Subbed, 83 mins]
7. Greg Usher
8. Jack Burrows
[Yellow, 41 mins]
9. Barnes Gladman
[Goal, 44 mins]
10. Billy Shepherd
[Yellow, 83 mins]
11. Dino Tuskar
[Subbed, 29 mins]
Substitutes
12. Luks Blackwell
[Not Used]
14. George Bott
[Not Used]
15. Joel Konteh
[On for 11, 29 mins]
17. Costin Tanga-Gibson
[On for 6, 83 mins]

Match Officials

Referee
– Paul Mihalache

Assistants
– Liam Jackson
– Russell Tunney

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Artwork courtesy of Ben Sharpe.
Photograph courtesy of Tony Webster.
Report by Andy Gunn 1617/54.