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)

 

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

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

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.

Newport Pagnell Town 3-6 Binfield

Newport Pagnell Town 3-6 Binfield
Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy Semi-Final
Saturday 11th February 2017
Kick off 15:00
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 106

Moles Set Up Final Date With Robins

Cup-tied players, injuries and suspensions forced both teams into multiple changes ahead of this County Cup Semi-Final. The Moles took an early advantage as Sean Moore pounced on a slip in defence before going on to score with a fine finish. Binfield continued to dominate for the remainder of the half with Joe Purcell pulling off three good saves to keep the visitors at bay. However, the ball fell kindly for Liam Ferdinand in added time, the striker gratefully cracked the ball home to double the lead going into the break.

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A crazy seven-minute period early in the second period saw the teams trade goals for fun as both sides scored two each. Grant Kemp started the goal frenzy when he calmly slotted under the advancing Purcell. Two minutes later Sam O’Neill scored with a neat turn and chip over Liam Vaughan from twenty yards. The Moles responded when Ferdinand slipped the ball through to James Knight to score. Not to be outdone, the Swans responded again as Adam Pryke set up Dom Lawless who neatly slotted the ball home at the near post.

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Newport pushed for another goal to get back into the game but were caught on the break as Luke Hayden scored Binfield’s fifth. The Swans scored again in the eightieth minute after Vaughan palmed Remy Forrester’s shot straight to Luke Emery who made no mistake from close range. Ferdinand found himself in space as he booked Binfield’s well deserved place in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy for what promises to be a tasty clash against their nearest neighbours Bracknell Town.

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Teams

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Joe Purcell
2. Scott Mulkern
[Subbed, 46 mins]
3. Keith Williams
[Subbed, 46 mins]
4. Stuart Smeathers (c)
[Subbed, 76 mins]
5. Adam Pryke
6. Liam Smyth
[Yellow]
7. Gary Brook
8. Paul Edgeworth
9. Luke Emery
[Goal, 80 mins]
10. Dom Lawless
[Goal, 57 mins]
11. Sam O’Neill
[Goal, 52 mins]
Substitutes
12. Junior Muya
[On for 2, 46 mins]
14. Remy Forrester
[On for 3, 46 mins]
15. Kelvin Osei-Addo
[Not Used]
16. Dave Baker
[On for 4, 76 mins]
[Yellow]

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Binfield
1. Liam Vaughan
2. Jake White
3. Alex Luis (c)
4. Jack Broome
5. Jeff Brown
6. Alex Walton
7. Grant Kemp
[Goal, 50 mins]
[Subbed, 87 mins]
8. Chris Dean
[Subbed, 89 mins]
9. Liam Ferdinand
[Goal, 45+1 mins]
[Goal, 83 mins]
10. James Knight
[Goal, 54 mins]
11. Sean Moore
[Goal, 3 mins]
[Subbed, 46 mins]
Substitutes
12. Luke Hayden
[On for 11, 46 mins]
[Goal, 67 mins]
14. Liam Whyte
[On for 8, 89 mins]
15. Mo Davies
[On for 7, 87 mins]
16. Ross Seldon
[Not Used]

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Match Officials

Referee
– Ryan Dix

Assistants
– David Brennan
– Andrew Devlin

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Photographs courtesy of Tony Webster
Report by Andy Gunn, 1617/53

Newport Pagnell Town 1-1 Peterborough Northern Star

Newport Pagnell Town 1-1 Peterborough Northern Star
Chroma Sport & Trophies United Counties League, Premier Division
Saturday 4th January 2017
Kick off 15:00
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 107

Swans & Star Serve Up Score Draw

Star were in dismal form coming into the match, without a win in their previous eight league outings. The Swan’s had not fared much better, only recording two victories in eight league matches having turned their focus towards their recent cup exploits. Nevertheless, it was Newport who had the perfect start to the match when Dan George mishandled Sam O’Neill’s centre leaving Luke Emery with the formality of a tap in to open the scoring after only four minutes. On the half hour mark O’Neill’s corner found the head of Darryl Smith who was denied by George’s wonderful save, tipping the ball over the bar. A few moments later Star came close to an equaliser when Jezz Goldson-Williams’ cross-shot held up and glanced off the cross bar. Sam Wilson put in an assured performance, showing some lovely touches as Star probed for a way back into the match, however, it was not until added time in the first period that they found a way through a resolute Swans defence. Wilkins Makate picked up a loose ball on the edge of the centre circle, Newport’s defenders uncharacteristically stood off him as he ran towards goal before showing great technique to bend the ball past keeper Mark Osborn from twenty-five yards with the outside of his foot to take the sides in level at the break.

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Star almost took the lead early in the second half when Adam Pryke’s short back pass left Kieran Blanchard one on one against Osborn, Blanchard struck the ball past the keeper only to see his strike blocked by Pryke who had recovered well to make amends for his error. Mid way through the half Stuart Smeathers tested George as his header from Darryl Smith’s corner was touched round the post by the keeper. The final ten minutes belonged to the Swans as they looked for a late winner. Newport’s recent poor league form coincides with the absence from the team of the influential Liam Smyth who made his first start since early December and it was his free kick that found Pryke in space, great reactions from George saw him palm Pryke’s shot onto the post before gratefully falling on the ball. The keeper was on hand with three minutes left to push Paul Edgeworth’s header round the post and then again in stoppage time he was called on to make two terrific saves in quick succession, firstly from O’Neill’s fierce shot and then from Keith Williams’ sweetly struck effort.

NPTFC Man of the Match: Elliott Sandy

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Teams

Newport Pagnell Town
1. Mark Osborn
2. Ollie Wilkinson
[Subbed, 79 mins]
3. Keith Williams
4. Stuart Smeathers (c)
[Subbed, 85 mins]
5. Adam Pryke
[Yellow, 41 mins]
6. Liam Smyth
[Subbed, 68 mins]
7. Darryl Smith
[Yellow]
[Subbed, 81 mins]
8. Elliott Sandy
9. Luke Emery
[Goal, 4 mins]
[Subbed, 62 mins]
10. Dom Lawless
11. Sam O’Neill
[Goal, 45 mins]
[Subbed, 61 mins]
Substitutes
12. Scott Mulkern
[On for 2, 79 mins]
14. Paul Edgeworth
[On for 9, 62 mins]
15. Gary Brook
[On for 7, 81 mins]
16. Dave Baker
[Not Used]

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Peterborough Northern Star
1. Dan George
2. Wilkins Makate (c)
[Goal, 45+1]
3. Dan Wilson
4. Sam Wilson
5. Dan Smith
6. Matt Cox
7. Matt Barber
8. Jake Sansby
9. Jezz Goldson-Williams
[Yellow, 90+1 mins]
[Subbed, 90+1 mins]
10. Kieran Blanchard
[Subbed, 79 mins]
11. Eric Makate
[Subbed, 64 mins]
Substitutes
12. Conor Murphy
[On for 10, 79 mins]
14. Harry Fitzjohn
[Not Used]
15. Lee Barsby
[On for 11, 64 mins]
16. Christian Gordon
[On for 9, 90+1 mins]

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Match Officials

Referee
– Luke Scott

Assistants
– Andrew Payne
– Robert Porter

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Photographs courtesy of Tony Webster.

Report by Andy Gunn, 1617-52

NEXT UP AT WILLEN ROAD

Swans vs Binfield

County Cup Semi Final

11th February 2017 Kick off 3pm

Willen Road, Newport Pagnell, MK16 0DF

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