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.



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)


Referee: J Aldous
Assistants: R Pearson, J Giles


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


Kempston Rovers
Grant Fryer (88 mins)

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


Report & Photograph by Andy Gunn


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.



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


Referee: Abdul Kadir



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


Newport Pagnell Town

Ollie Wilkinson (57 mins)

Tom Liversedge (71 mins)

Kempston Rovers

Ben Shepherd (28 mins)


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


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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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


Referee: Wyndham Trussler

Assistants: Trevor Martin, Scott Hanna


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)