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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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]
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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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]
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

– Wayne Bright

– Steve Hoare
– Brian Ebulubu

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Photographs courtesy of Tony Webster.

Report by Andy Gunn 1617/64