Newport Pagnell Town 4-0 St Andrews

Newport Pagnell Town 4-0 St Andrews
ChromaSport United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 7th October 2017
Kick off 15:00
Willen Road, MK16 0DF
Attendance: 134

St Andrews Put To The Sword

Newport were straight onto the front foot when, in the first minute, Harry Stratton passed from the left wing to Taylor Orosz who set up Josh Winters who volleyed wide. Ryan Elliott claimed a Luke Emery header before St Andrews broke away, Lewis Turland picked the ball up in midfield, turning and shooting over from twenty-five-yards. The Swans opened the scoring when Stratton found Emery in space, he side stepped the keeper before finishing from close range. Newport were looking dangerous up front, however, they failed to capitalise when Alex Marius and Fazel Koriya had shots blocked as the St Andrews’ defence threw their bodies on the line time and time again. In a frantic period towards the end of the half, Stratton forced a good save out of Elliott and Marius struck the ball wide of the mark. St Andrews responded, Matthew Baird breaking into the penalty area and squaring the ball to Kyrie Foster who hit his shot straight at Mark Osborn. Orosz came close to doubling the lead in the dying moments when his shot was blocked, he was first to the rebound only to be denied by a full-length diving save from Elliott at the far post.

It took the Swans less than ten minutes to double their lead, Emery’s low shot across goal evaded Elliott’s grasp as it went in off the post. Within three minutes they put the result beyond doubt, Emery went on a mazy run, beating three players before crossing the ball for Koriya to tap in the host’s third goal. Almost straight from the restart, Newport won the ball, Koriya chased a through ball but Elliott was alert and was quickly out to avert the danger. In a carbon copy incident, Foster broke from midfield for the visitors, only to be denied as Osborn advanced quickly to save at the striker’s feet. The final goal capped a period of lovely football from the Swans as they crisply passed the ball around the park, the move ending with a pin point Ollie Wilkinson centre that Emery rose majestically to powerfully head home, completing his hatrick in the process.

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Hatrick Hero, Luke Emery

Teams

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn, 2. Ollie Wilkinson, 3. Jordan Spruce (12. Mass Lagioia, 66 mins), 4. Stuart Smeathers (c), 5. Adam Pryke, 6. Alex Marius (14. Dave Baker, 60 mins), 7. Taylor Orosz, 8. Josh Winters, 9. Luke Emery, 10. Fazel Koriya, 11. Harry Stratton
Unused Substitutes: 15. Damon Herbert

St Andrews
1. Ryan Elliott, 2. Ennis Fyffe, 3. Ryan Hodkinson (c), 4. Lewis Hill, 5. James Hogan, 6. Luay Bashir, 7. Tinashe Chavundura, 8. Dan Kitching, 9. Matthew Baird, 10. Kyrie Foster, 11. Lewis Turland
Unused Substitutes: 14. Luke West, 15. Callum Robinson

Officials

Referee: Andrew Hitchcox
Assistants: Keith Lawrence, Malcolm Clarke

Goalscorers

1-0 Luke Emery (14 mins)
HT 1-0
2-0 Luke Emery (54 mins)
3-0 Fazel Koriya (57 mins)
4-0 Luke Emery (73 mins)
FT 4-0

Cautions

Newport Pagnell Town
Jordan Spruce (66 mins)

Photograph of Willen road courtesy of Andy Gunn.
Report by Andy Gunn, NPTFC Media Team

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Newport Pagnell Town 3-2 Oadby Town

Newport Pagnell Town 3-2 Oadby Town
ChromaSport United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 30th September 2017
Kick off 15:00
Willen Road, MK16 0DF
Attendance: 113

Cool Koriya Spot On

Newport looked sluggish in the opening minutes of the match and Oadby looked like they would advantage when Lamar Parkes broke into the penalty area in the third minute only to be body checked by Stuart Smeathers, the referee waved away shouts for a penalty as the ball drifted harmlessly behind. Josh Winters provided the first chance for the Swans when he tested Tom Hubbard with a stinging twenty-five-yard free kick, the keeper, diving to his left pushed the ball to safety. The game quickly settled into a fast-paced, end to end contest as Keaton Towers sent a free kick into the area for the visitors, only to see Parkes head wide of the mark. Greg Ling’s perfectly weighted through ball found Luke Emery who was denied by a good save from Hubbard. From the clearance, Carlton Beardmore broke away and forced a save out of Mark Osborn at the other end. Harry Stratton then put in a top quality cross for the unmarked Tom Liversedge who volleyed his shot over the bar. It was the Poacher’s turn to attack and this time Parkes set up Luke Shaw who’s thunderous shot was well blocked by Dave Baker, however, the Swans failed to clear the ball, allowing Parkes too much room as he scored with a sweetly struck shot from thirty yards. Within seven minutes the home side were awarded a penalty when Kieran Hefford gave the referee an easy decision, clearly handling the ball inside the box. Fazel Koriya showed great patience as the opposition did their best to put him off before calmly firing the spot-kick high to the keeper’s right to level the scores. Parity only lasted five minutes before Josh Walsh took advantage of some lazy defending by the home side to slip the outstanding Parkes in to score his second of the match and for the first time in the league this season the Swans found themselves behind at the break.

The second half was a much more one sided affair as Newport came out showing more determination as they tore open the Oadby defence in the opening minutes, Emery, Stratton and Koriya combining beautifully resulting in Koriya’s shot going just past the post. Oadby seemed more jaded after the break and only managed one meaningful attack when Jonathon Berarey headed Aniyah King’s free-kick wide of the mark. The Swans pushed for an equaliser with Emery and Smeathers coming close. They had to wait until the sixty-eighth minute when King hacked Stratton down in the area, Koriya, once again, coolly converted the penalty kick. The Poachers defence were sitting deeper and deeper as Newport increased the pressure, hemming them in in their own half of the pitch. The Swans persistence eventually paid off when Ollie Wilkinson’s free-kick was headed back across goal, Adam Pryke anticipated well as he stole between the static defenders to poke the ball home for the winning goal.

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Fazel Koriya

Teams

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn, 2. Ollie Wilkinson, 3. Dave Baker, 4. Stuart Smeathers (c), 5. Adam Pryke, 6. Josh Winters, 7. Harry Stratton (12. Alex Marius, 74 mins), 8. Greg Ling (14. Jordan Spruce, 59 mins), 9. Tom Liversedge, 10. Luke Emery, 11. Fazel Koriya
Unused Substitutes: 15. Damon Herbert

Oadby Town
1. Tom Hubbard, 2. Aniyah King, 3. Ryan Hawker (c) (16. Conor Brown-Wingfield), 4. Nimo Darkwah, 5. Kieran Hefford, 6. Keaton Towers (14. Sanni-Oba Mahoud, 82 mins), 7. Luke Shaw, 8. Lamar Parkes, 9. Carlton Beardmore, 10. Jonathon Berarey (12. Harry Alcock, 76 mins), 11. Josh Walsh

Officials

Referee: Jake Webster
Assistants: William Hardie, Callum Jones

Goalscorers

0-1 Lamar Parkes (27 mins)
1-1 Fazel Koriya (34mins, penalty)
1-2 Lamar Parkes (39 mins)
HT 1-2
2-2 Fazel Koriya (68 mins, penalty)
3-2 Adam Pryke (73 mins)
FT 3-2

Cautions

Oadby Town
Keaton Towers (63 mins)
Carlton Beardmore (69 mins)
Tom Hubbard (73 mins)
Luke Shaw (89 mins)

Photograph of Fazel Koriya courtesy of Ray Smith.
Photograph of Willen Road courtesy of Andy Gunn.
Report by Andy Gunn.

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Harborough Town 0-1 Newport Pagnell Town

Harborough Town 0-1 Newport Pagnell Town
ChromaSport United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 23rd September 2017
Kick off 15:00
Bowdens Park
Attendance:  tbc

Smeathers Heads The Way

The first half was not the best advert for local football, Harborough were not great and Newport were even worse. The home side dominated possession and it would be easy to say that they lacked potency up front as they failed to press home their advantage, however, the truth is that the Swans have a hard working, solid defensive unit. The Swans, on the other hand, created most of their own problems by gifting the ball to their opponents all too often. There were glimmers of hope from both sides that the game would spark into life. Luke Emery was superbly denied as Ben Dearsley rushed from his goal to clear. A couple of minutes later, George Shrieves broke down the right before putting in a lovely cross for Emery, the keeper once again made sure the scoresheet remained blank. Harborough also had opportunities to open the scoring, Harry Henbury played the ball back for Jack Sutherland who could not get enough power in his shot to beat Mark Osborn and Barnes Gladman also had a half chance but his mishit shot rolled through to the grateful keeper.

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Newport came out quickly and matched Harborough’s aggression and energy of the first half. In the first minute after the break, Josh Winters released Emery into the penalty area, Dearsley saving Emery’s low shot. Gladman lost out to Osborn in a foot race as Harborough looked to get a foothold in the half. The Swans broke straight down the other end, Jordan Spruce knocking Ollie Wilkinson’s free kick down for Winters who could not keep his shot down. The first moment of real quality came on the hour mark, Jake Stronge and Wilkinson combined well to get the ball to Greg Ling who headed narrowly wide. Harborough hit back, this time it was Gladman who had a clear sight on goal, flashing his shot over the crossbar. The only goal of the game came when Stuart Smeathers rose unmarked to powerfully head home a Ling corner. Ten minutes later the Swans came close to doubling their lead, Stronge squaring the ball to Winters who smashed the ball against the upright. Harborough’s best chance to equalise came in the final minute of normal time, Osborn tipped James Mee’s deep free-kick only to see Alexis Alcindor keep the ball in play before putting his shot into the side-netting. Into added time Newport had a gilt-edged chance to wrap up the points after superb work down the left by Shrieves left Stronge unmarked in the area, the ball fell to Stronge’s wrong foot as he put the chance over the bar with only Dearsley to beat. It is guaranteed that any visiting team will get a tough match at Bowdens Park, this contest was no different and the Swans had to show resilience and determination to get the win, as they ground out a hard-fought victory to register three points.

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Stuart Smeathers

Teams

Harborough Town
1. Ben Dearsley, 2. Tony Bartlett, 3. Callum Traynor, 4. Callum Milne (15. Dino Tuksar, 63 mins), 5. Ben Williams (c), 6. Ryan Watkin, 7. Harry Henbury, 8. James Mee, 9. Barnes Gladman (16. Greg Usher, 63 mins), 10. Aaron Preston, 11. Jack Sutherland (12. Alexis Alcindor, 86 mins)
Unused Substitutes: 14. Dean McBride

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn, 2. Ollie Wilkinson, 3. Damon Herbert, 4. Stuart Smeathers (c), 5. Adam Pryke, 6. Josh Winters, 7. Taylor Orosz (14. Jake Stronge, 9 mins), 8. Greg Ling, 9. Luke Emery, 10. George Shrieves, 11. Jordan Spruce
Unused Substitutes: 12. Yaw Ofosu, 15. Junior Zambetakis

Officials

Referee: Ian Ruddock
Assistants: Ryan Heads, Jolyon Dales

Goalscorers

HT 0-0
0-1 Stuart Smeathers (63 mins)
FT 0-1

Cautions

Harborough Town
Ben Williams (74 mins)
James Mee (84 mins)
Ryan Watkin (90+4 mins)

Newport Pagnell Town
Josh Winters (33 mins)
Greg Ling (45 mins)
Luke Emery (90+4 mins)

Photographs courtesy of Wayne Harmes.
Report by Andy Gunn.

Wellingborough Whitworth 2-4 Newport Pagnell Town

Wellingborough Whitworth 2-4 Newport Pagnell Town
ChromaSport United Counties League, Premier
Friday 8th September 2017
Kick off 19:45
Victoria Mill Ground, London Road, Wellingborough
Attendance:  127

Swans Grind Out Win

The Flourmen started the match on the front foot against unbeaten Newport. Remy Brittain was their catalyst as he repeatedly found Jamie Black and Cavell Jarvis in space, however, the Swans’ back three calmly dealt with most attacks and when their opponents did get the upper hand they failed to trouble keeper Mark Osborn. At the other end, Newport had half chances that were comfortably thwarted as both sides looked to get the vital breakthrough. The goal that broke the deadlock was a beauty that Newport’s defenders could do nothing to stop; Brittain broke down the right flank with pace before putting in the perfect centre that was volleyed into the net by Cavell Jarvis. It was no more than Whitworth’s play deserved as they had shown more attacking intent in the opening half hour. The swans demonstrated that they have added steel and determination to their repertoire as they held firm to avoid conceding a second. The pivotal moment of the game came two minutes after the goal when an enforced substitution meant a tactical change as Newport reverted to four at the back, this instantly eliminated the space that the Flourmen had enjoyed and gave the Swans more control as they started to play out from the back, with the ball on the deck they started to impose themselves on the game. Three minutes before the break they were level when Tom Liversedge’s shot was blocked, Fazel Koriya was first to the ball, giving Lee Baxter no chance as he found the top corner with a beautifully lofted shot.

Newport started the second half confidently and as their possession increased Whitworth started to lose their composure, it was not long before Liversedge headed on for Taylor Orosz who beat one defender before smacking the ball onto the upright, Luke Emery was on hand to calmly find the back of the net to give his side the advantage. Whitworth came close to an equaliser when Ryan Baxter’s deep free kick was headed narrowly past the post by Benjamin Harris. Newport looked to have wrapped up the points when Liversedge played Emery in, the striker wrong footed one defender before rounding the keeper to score his second of the match. Whitworth did not give up as they continued to fight for a spoil of the points and with ten minutes remaining they reduced the deficit as a goalmouth scramble following a corner resulted in Jarvis blasting the ball home. It was too little too late as Newport continued to dominate, they restored their two goal lead when Ollie Wilkinson’s quick thinking released Emery who squared the ball to Orosz who made no mistake with a scorching shot from the edge of the area. Not many sides will leave the Victoria Mill Ground with three points this season and this could prove to be a vital win for the Swans in their second away evening match in three days against tough opposition.

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Teams

Wellingborough Whitworth
1. Lee Baxter (c), 2. Connor Mallows, 3. Ryan Baxter, 4. Matty Judge (15. Luke McDonald, 77 mins), 5. Ash Hunt, 6. Benjamin Harris, 7. Remy Brittain (12. Jack Dyson, 60 mins), 8. Ryan Archer, 9. Cavell Jarvis, 10. Jordan Pendered (16. Dean Hall, 70 mins), 11. Jamie Black
Unused Substitutes: 14. Conor Bell, 17. Jonny Hazell

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn, 2. Ollie Wilkinson, 3. Adam Pryke, 4. Stuart Smeathers (c), 5. Josh Winters (14. Jordan Spruce, 34 mins), 6. Greg Ling, 7. Taylor Orosz (12. George Shrieves, 86 mins), 8. Luke Emery, 9. Tom Liversedge, 10. Fazel Koriya, 11. Sam O’Neill (15. Yaw Ofosu, 90+3 mins)

Officials

Referee: Jacob Lehane
Assistants: James Anderson, Scott Hanna

Goalscorers

1-0 Cavell Jarvis (32 mins)
1-1 Fazel Koriya (42 mins)
HT 1-1
1-2 Luke Emery (54 mins)
1-3 Luke Emery (74 mins)
2-3 Cavell Jarvis (79 mins)
2-4 Taylor Orosz (84 mins)
FT 2-4

Cautions

Wellingborough Whitworth
Cavell Jarvis (Yellow 44 mins)
Matty Judge (Yellow 75 mins)
Ryan Baxter (Yellow 76 mins)

Newport Pagnell Town
Sam O’Neill (Yellow 38 mins)
Greg Ling (Yellow 69 mins)

Report and photographs by Andy Gunn

ON Chenecks 1-5 Newport Pagnell Town

ON Chenecks 1-5 Newport Pagnell Town
ChromaSport United Counties League, Premier
Wednesday 6th September 2017
Kick off 19:45
Billing Road, Northampton
Attendance: 74

Swans Punish Chenecks

This was Chenecks’ first home league match of the season and they were looking to halt their poor start, having lost all of their first four games on their travels. It was always going to be tough for them against a buoyant Newport side, however, the hosts started brightly when Simon Underwood headed a deep Adam Spalding free kick wide of the upright in the opening minutes. The game quickly settled into a competitive match as both sides contested the ball well. The Swans came close to opening the scoring through Greg Ling and Taylor Orosz, the latter forcing a corner that was not cleared as a deflection found Adam Pryke who smacked the ball into the net from close range. The goal dented Chenecks’ belief and Newport looked to extend their lead as Sam O’Neill curled a shot just wide of the far post and Orosz was denied by a superb last-ditch tackle by Joe Lewington. Chenecks tried to gain a foothold in the game as Max Payne and Charlie Green had half chances that were well dealt with by Mark Osborn.

Chenecks came out for the second period with renewed vigour, once again having the first opportunity of the half when Green riffled a shot against his own player, although, Osborn was well placed to make the save. Newport stepped up a gear as Tom Liversedge fed the ball to Josh Winters who ran on to deliver a lovely cross that Orosz headed inches wide. Orosz was then on hand to chip the ball to Liversedge who was thwarted as Janis Lauskinieks showed excellent reactions to save with his feet. Newport slowly cranked up the pressure as Greg Ling launched a thirty-five-yard pile driver that Lauskinieks did well to stop. With fifteen minutes remaining the game still looked in the balance, Ling and Winters were combining well in the middle of the park as the visitors controlled the game but Chenecks were still competing well and making the Swans work hard for their possession. However, Newport sensed victory when Luke Emery laid the ball off to Liversedge who found the bottom corner of the net with a well struck thirty-yard daisy cutter in the seventy-fifth minute. The goal heralded the start of a devastating period as the Swan’s blitzed four goals in eight-minutes that put the result beyond doubt. Chenecks’ were on the ropes and when Winters collected Orosz’s slide rule pass to slot home the third goal their resistance was all but over. Emery then scored a quick brace to compound the host’s misery, confidently stroking in the fourth goal before capping off the best move of the match producing an exquisite header from Ollie Wilkinson’s perfect clipped pass that gave Lauskinieks no chance. Chenecks regrouped and once more lifted their game as they went in search of a consolation goal, they got their reward in added on time when the referee awarded a penalty after the ball bounced awkwardly onto the arm of a defender, Gokhan Ulker sent Osborn the wrong way as he converted the spot kick. The home side performed much better than their league position suggested they would and this was a hard-earned victory for the Swans who showed grit and determination alongside their quality play against a Chenecks side who pushed them all the way.

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Teams

ON Chenecks

1. Janis Lauskinieks, 2. Zac Williams (17. Calvin Budd, 61 mins), 3. Adam Spalding, 4. Joe Lewington (c), 5. Simon Underwood, 6. Jake Nagy, 7. Max Payne (16. Brandon Williams, 74 mins), 8. Danny Quigley, 9. Tobi Shoyoye (12. Adam Hancock, 68 mins), 10. Charlie Green, 11. Gokhan Ulker
Unused Substitutes: 14. Tom Caton, 15. Luke Tolworthy

Newport Pagnell Town

1. Mark Osborn, 2. Ollie Wilkinson, 3. Jordan Spruce, 4. Stuart Smeathers (c), 5. Adam Pryke, 6. Josh Winters, 7. Taylor Orosz (14. Alex Marius, 85 mins), 8. Greg Ling, 9. Tom Liversedge (12. George Shrieves, 79 mins), 10. Fazel Koriya, 11. Sam O’Neill (15. Luke Emery, 64 mins)
Unused Substitutes: 16. Harry Stratton, 17. Chris Wreh

Officials

Referee: Lewis Smith
Assistants: Brian Ebulubu, Laurie Parnham

Goalscorers

0-1 Adam Pryke (21 mins)
HT 0-1
0-2 Tom Liversedge (75 mins)
0-3 Josh Winters (78 mins)
0-4 Luke Emery (80 mins)
0-5 Luke Emery (83 mins)
1-5 Gokhan Ulker (Penalty 90+1 mins)
FT 1-5

Cautions

None

Report and photographs by Andy Gunn

Boston Town 0-1 Newport Pagnell Town

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
Attendance: 110

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.

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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!”.

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Teams

Boston Town

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

Officials

Referee: Trevor Basker
Assistants: Marcin Nowak, Chris Giles

Goalscorers

HT 0-0
0-1 Alex Marius (63 mins)
FT 0-1

Cautions

Boston Town
Craig Parker (33 mins)
Ben Davison (54 mins)

Newport Pagnell Town
Tom Liversedge (30 mins)
Yaw Ofosu (56 mins)
Scott Mulkern (86 mins)

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Photographs by Andy Gunn.

Newport Pagnell Town 3-1 Northampton Sileby Rangers

Newport Pagnell Town 3-1 Northampton Sileby Rangers
ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties Premier League, Premier Division
Tuesday 8th August 2017
Kick off 19:45
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell, MK16 0DF
Attendance:  73

Swans Get Season Off To A Winning Start

It did not take the Swans long to pick up where they had left off following their Emirates FA Cup victory over Huntingdon Town. Within five minutes Fazel Koriya threaded the ball through to Tom Liversedge who could only manage to shoot straight at Ollie Reynolds in the Sileby goal. Newport continued to apply pressure as they took control of the game, however, they lacked the final touch to convert their possession into goals. Sam O’Neill, Alex Marius and Liversedge combined well, only to be thwarted by Reynolds who was then called upon to claw out Koriya’s goal bound corner. It looked as if lady luck had deserted the home side when Liversedge brilliantly flicked his header on to Koriya who had his shot saved by Reynolds, Taylor Orosz put the ball back in for Koriya who managed to clear the crossbar from close range. Alex Marius, Orosz and O’Neill all had good chances before Rangers mounted their first attempt on the Newport goal when Jory Mann hit a tame shot straight to Mark Osborn with ten minutes of the half remaining. The thirty-eighth minute saw a bizarre twist when Colum Nugent headed Orosz’s cross towards his own goal, the ball somehow evaded the keeper to give the Swans a somewhat fortunate goal but well deserved lead. Sileby rallied as Collins Antubrah and Stephen Grimley had long range efforts comfortably dealt with by Osborn. In the final minute of the half Reynolds produced a fantastic save to deny O’Neill not once but twice, however, Newport were not to be denied as Yaw Ofosu’s pass split the defence to leave Koriya in space and bearing down on goal, this time the striker made no mistake as he calmly slotted home to double the lead at the break.

Newport started the second half in the same manner that they had finished the first as Koriya set up Orosz who was unable to beat Reynolds at the near post. The hosts looked dangerous as they pushed to extend their lead but Sileby showed more hunger in the second period as Grimley and Dylan Panter held the Swans wingers at bay. Rangers started to have more threat going forward as Nathaniel Ansu’s deflected shot curled narrowly past the post and Mann directed his strike into Osborn’s hands. At the other end Orosz continued to run amok as he saw a couple of shots sail wide of the mark, he then broke free to put a pin point cross onto the head of Liversedge who struck the post with his header. Within a minute Jordan Spruce sent a deep free kick into the area and it was Orosz who rose to head the ball powerfully past Reynolds to extend the lead with fifteen minutes left. James Elkington-Soan latched onto a through ball as the game entered its final stages, he side footed the keeper before passing the ball into the back of the net for a consolation Sileby goal. Considering the amount of rain that had fallen in the previous twenty-four hours this was an entertaining affair for the brave souls who endured the cold blustery conditions, and as for players wearing gloves in August… welcome to the British summer!

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Teams

Newport Pagnell Town

  1. Mark Osborn, 2. Scott Mulkern (14. Harry Stratton, 54 mins), 3. Jordan Spruce, 4. Stuart Smeathers (c), 5. Yaw Ofosu, 6. Alex Marius (Greg Ling, 63 mins), 7. Taylor Orosz, 8. George Shrieves, 9. Tom Liversedge, 10. Fazel Koriya, 11. Sam O’Neill, Unused Substitutes: 15. Ryan Thirkell

Northampton Sileby Rangers

  1. Ollie Reynolds, 2. Dylan Panter, 3. Stephen Grimley, 4. Jamie Turner (15. Tobi Shoyoye, 68 mins), 5. Josh Going, 6. Colum Nugent, 7. Collins Antrubrah, 8. Troy Johnston, 9. Scott Sandy (12. James Elkinigton-Soan, 62 mins), 10. Jory Mann (c), 11. Nathaniel Ansu, Unused Substitutes: 14. Connor Bellamy

Officials

Referee: Nicholas Fuller

Assistants: Anthony Fitch, Piotr Kwak

Goalscorers

1-0 og Colum Nugent (38 mins)

2-0 Fazel Koriya (45+1 mins)

HT 2-0

3-0 Taylor Orosz (75 mins)

3-1 James Elkington-Soan (89 mins)

FT 3-1

Cautions

Newport Pagnell Town:

Stuart Smeathers (53 mins)

Greg Ling (73 mins)

Northampton Sileby Rangers:

Troy Johnston (20 mins)

Nathaniel Ansu (90+1 mins)