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FA Vase 1st Round Draw details

The FA Vase 1st round draw was made on Monday, and our two local sides left in the competition were given draws against unfamiliar opposition.

Newport Pagnell (step 5) face a trip to Essex to face Thurlow Nunn First Division South side Newbury Forest (step 6), to find out more on their season so far follow this link: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do?divisionseason=264345034&teamID=150381081

Meanwhile Buckingham Athletic (step 6) have a home tie with FC Clapton (step 5) to look forward to, again from the same league as above but the premier division and in the last round they knocked out former South Midlands Premier side Hoddeston Town, their season details can be found using this link: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do?divisionseason=212697694&teamID=29290182

Ties to be played weekend of 13th October

1 Hallam v Charnock Richard
2 Northwich Victoria v Cammell Laird 1907
3 Litherland Remyca v Thackley
4 Padiham or Prestwich Heys v Garforth Town
5 Irlam v Handsworth Parramore
6 Staveley MW v Silsden
7 Bedlington Terriers v Whickham
8 Sunderland RCA v Bridlington Town
9 Hebburn Town v City of Liverpool
10 Cheadle Town or Vauxhall Motors v Seaham Red Star
11 Squires Gate v Sandbach United
12 Bishop Auckland v Hemsworth MW
13 Swallownest v Garstang
14 Steeton v Avro
15 Runcorn Town v Guisborough Town
16 Billingham Town v Dunston UTS
17 Winterton Rangers v Lower Breck
18 Nelson v Ashington
19 Shildon v Glasshoughton Welfare
20 Barton Town v Brandon United
21 Shepshed Dynamo v Bewdley Town
22 Cadbury Athletic v Hanley Town
23 Aylestone Park v Blidworth Welfare
24 Lye Town v Chelmsley Town
25 Romulus v Wellington FC
26 Bustleholme v NKF Burbage
27 Coventry United v Wednesfield
28 Loughborough University v Heather St Johns
29 Wellington Amateurs v Leicester Nirvana
30 Belper United v Quorn
31 Brocton v Highgate United
32 Heanor Town v Ilkeston Town
33 Sporting Khalsa v Winsford United
34 Saffron Dynamo v Pinxton or Bottesford Town
35 Barrow Town v Dronfield Town
36 Hereford Lads Club v Paget Rangers
37 Eastwood Community v South Normanton Athletic
38 Boldmere St Michaels v Rugby Town
39 Hucknall Town v Black Country Rangers
40 Worcester City v Long Eaton United
41 Smethwick v Uttoxeter Town or Walsall Wood
42 Baldock Town v Brimsdown
43 Little Oakley v Enfield 1893
44 Newmarket Town v Deeping Rangers
45 Great Yarmouth Town v Wroxham
46 Colney Heath v Histon
47 FC Deportivo Galicia v Irchester United
48 Buckingham Athletic v FC Clacton
49 Newbury Forest v Newport Pagnell Town
50 Biggleswade United v Holbeach United
51 Haverhill Borough v Framlington Town or Swaffham Town
52 Enfield Borough v Kirkley & Pakefield
53 London Colney v Wellingborough Town
54 Southend Manor v Redbridge
55 May & Baker Eastbrook Community v North Greenford United
56 Thame Rangers v Crawley Green
57 West Essex v Godmanchester Rovers
58 Takeley v Wodson Park
59 Codicote v Wantage Town
60 Harefield United v Woodbridge Town
61 Stowmarket Town v Harpenden Town
62 Sleaford Town v Peterborough Northern Star
63 Leverstock Green v Sawbridgeworth Town
64 Sidlesham v Chatham Town
65 Redhill v Peacehaven & Telscombe
66 Sheppey United v East Preston
67 Wick v Lordswood
68 Corinthian v Deal Town
69 Eversley & California v Horndean
70 Southall v Sheerwater
71 Bugbrooke St Michaels v CB Hounslow United or Spelthorne Sports
72 Rayners Lane v Abbey Rangers
73 Bearsted v Beckenham Town
74 Canterbury City v Saltdean United
75 Broadfields United v Banstead Athletic
76 Hanworth Villa v Pagham
77 Sutton Common Rovers v Cobham
78 Chertsey Town v Flackwell Heath
79 AFC Croydon Athletic v Fareham Town
80 Horsham YMCA v Kensington Borough
81 St Panteleimon v Cray Valley (PM)
82 Bedfont & Feltham v Erith Town
83 Newhaven v Rusthall
84 Tunbridge Wells or Bridon Ropes v AFC Uckfield Town
85 Steyning Town Community v Walton & Hersham
86 Bashley v Baffins Milton Rovers
87 Saltash United v Westbury United
88 Brimscombe & Thrupp v Cribbs
89 Longwell Green Sports v Brockenhurst
90 Ivybridge Town v Holyport
91 Torpoint Athletic v Sholing
92 Exmouth Town v Elburton Villa
93 Cheddar v Totton & Eling
94 Roman Glass St George v Malmesbury Victoria
95 Andover Town v Badshot Lea
96 Odd Down v Willand Rovers
97 Verwood Town or Alresford Town v Abingdon United
98 Bridport v Falmouth Town
99 Camelford or Bodmin Town v AFC Stoneham
100 Bournemouth v Newquay
101 Longlevens or Tuffley Rovers v Tavistock
102 Cadbury Heath v Sidmouth Town
103 AFC St Austell v Plymouth Parkway
104 Almondsbury v Bitton
105 Shaftesbury v Hamworthy United

UCLP; Pryke is Adam-ant his side will improve and challenge at the top

Saturday 1st September 2018

Newport Pagnell Town v Leicester Nirvana

United Counties League Premier Division

Willen Road

K.O. 3.00pm

Newport Pagnell Town host Leicester Nirvana on Saturday looking to build upon their first point of the season they gained two weeks previously and get their season kick started after the disappointing one point from six in their opening two games. An early exit from this season’s FA Cup has also added to the woe at Willen Road, so a win on Saturday would be most welcome although their guests have tasted success already this term, with a win, a draw & a defeat in their opening three matches.

Adam Pryke

Sports Shots this week caught up with defender Adam Pryke to reflect on the Newport opening games:

No definitely not the start we wanted, it’s been far from it! I don’t think anyone can give a single reason why we haven’t started this season as well as we should have, its been a number of things. Coming into this season off the back of a frustrating end to last year, we should have kicked on and we just haven’t. We haven’t been good enough at both ends of the pitch & that’s shown in our results but as a squad we know that. But we are only two league games in and we have plenty of time to turn it round

Did the point against Wellingborough feel like the start of the season for Town?

Our season started in the first game! The game against Wellingborough was an improvement on the first game definitely, but still not the standard we expect from ourselves. To be fair Wellingborough weren’t a bad side but we won’t be happy until we have three points under our belts, that’s when we can start to kick on and in football its funny what a win can do for things to then start clicking into place

What do Newport expect from their opponents this weekend?

In all honesty we haven’t even spoken about their form, it’s too early to worry about other teams results with people on holiday & new players etc. Leicester have always been a decent side since they’ve been in our league and its never an easy game against them, we’ve had some good battles against them over the last few years so we expect the same again this week

So how has the start of this season been for Adam?

My pre-season was good, I felt fit and played every minute, but the start of my season then has been awful, a couple of mistakes and not the level I expect of myself. I’ve just got to improve and keep working hard & put right what went wrong, for the rest of the season

We asked Adam who he see’s as being challengers for the top of the table at the end of the season:

It’s so hard to say, Rugby were apparently one of the favourites at the start, but even they’ve dropped points. Daventry have banged in a lot of goals & Deeping are always hard to beat. Saying that Yaxley won it last year & I think they were like tenth at Christmas so in this league no one knows who is going to win it until its done, but I do expect & want to see us up there too!

Finally, how far away does Adam feel his team are from challenging?

Not far, we showed last season in how close we came, just three points off promotion was really hard to take. We have to move past that now and focus on this season, sort out our form and get a run together then we’ll have every chance of challenging up at the top of the table

FAC; New FA Cup prize fund starts this week-end

The FA Cup begins this week-end as 184 fixtures are played over the next few days in the extra-preliminary round of the world’s oldest national cup competition.

Brackley Town Saints, Newport Pagnell Town & Winslow United embark on their campaigns locally knowing a victory will bring in £2,250 plus a chance at another £2,890 (or £960 for losing) in the next round.

The extra preliminary & preliminary rounds also pay out this year to the losers meaning each of the sides are guaranteed at least £750 for their endeavours.

The full list of funds is as follows:

Extra Preliminary Round winners (184 teams) £2,250

Extra Preliminary Round losers (184 teams) £750

Preliminary Round winners (160 teams) £2,890

Preliminary Round losers (160 teams) £960

First Round Qualifying winners (116 teams) £6,000

Second Round Qualifying winners (80 teams) £9,000

Third Round Qualifying winners (40 teams) £15,000

Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32 teams) £25,000

First Round Proper winners (40 teams) £36,000

Second Round Proper winners (20 teams) £54,000

Third Round Proper winners (32 teams) £135,000

Fourth Round Proper winners (16 teams) £180,000

Fifth Round Proper winners (8 teams) £360,000

Quarter Final winners (4 teams) £720,000

Semi Final losers (2 teams) £900,000

Semi Final winners (2 teams) £1,800,000

Final runners-up (1) £1,800,000

Final winners (1) £3,600,000

Sports Shots wishes all out teams the very best of luck this season in their relevant cup competitions.

For the full draw for the first two rounds, follow this link: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?cat=207

UCL1; Newport Pagnell Town v Sleaford preview

With the football World Cup long forgotten from this summer, the new football season begins this week-end.

Newport Pagnell Town begin their Future Lions United Counties League Division One campaign on Saturday when they host Sleaford on Saturday at Willen Road.

Darren Lynch

After missing out on promotion last year by the narrowest of margins, Town will again be amongst the favourites in the battle for promotion, and this week Sports Shots caught up with manager Darren Lynch and asked how the summer has been at the club:

Pre-season has gone quite well off the field as I’ve been able too retain the whole squad from last season apart from Luke Emery & Taylor Orosz who have both left for Daventry.

The squad are ready for the beginning of the season and have worked hard over the last couple of weeks and I’m hoping that we get off to a perfect start on Saturday against an improved Sleaford side who will be a much better opponent than last season.

We have a few missing on sat due to injuries & holidays but I’m happy with my squad and there will be no excuses!

Sports Shots would like to thank Darren for his time this week.

UCL; Newport Pagnell Town in new sponsorship deal

IT support service provider Dragon Information Systems Ltd and Newport Pagnell Town Football Club are proud to announce their brand new partnership. The new club sponsors are delighted to announce support for all future IT requirements of the football club.

From left to right: Lionel Naidoo, Managing Director: Dragon IS Ian Ford, Senior Director of Football: NPTFC Darren Lynch, 1st Team Manager: NPTFC Julie Ford, Head of Youth: NPTFC Darren Clarke, Reserves Manager: NPTFC Simon Wright, Head of Finance and Administration: Dragon IS

Following the fantastic success for the NPTFC first team over the last 2 seasons, the Swans narrowly missed out on promotion in the last campaign by just 3 points. The club are confident that with the backing of major local businesses like Dragon IS they can go one better next season by winning promotion and bringing Southern League football to the town for the first time in its history.

NPTFC was founded in 1963 and is now the second biggest club in the Milton Keynes area. It’s now a thriving club with 365 young players registered to 30 Youth teams across 13 different age groups with children from 4-18yrs able to enjoy football development opportunities with trained & qualified volunteer coaching staff.

The club also boasts 3 adult teams with its first team playing at semi-professional level in the UCL Premier League. The Swans have a strategy in place and aim to be playing 2 levels up over the next 5 years whilst keeping the focus on bringing the youth through and providing senior football opportunities at a high enough level to retain local talent.

The club recognises that the use of technology could certainly support their ambition particularly in the development of young players through recorded match playback and “inform and improve” coaching sessions.

This is where Dragon IS steps in. The company will provide the club with the necessary IT hardware, software and support. The equipment will enable coaching teams to capture live action and transfer raw video to usable footage for training purposes. And as a special treat for its fans NPTFC also plan to use the IT support to post edited match highlights, creating an opportunity to watch again and again some wonderful sporting moments across their official social media networks.

Ian Ford, head of football at NPTFC, said: “It’s always great when local businesses and sports can combine to add value for the local community and its facilities. For this latest project, Dragon IS has agreed to provide the club high spec computer equipment which will be able to cope with the elements & capacity required to produce video recordings and match analysis. We simply wouldn’t be able to afford this type of equipment on a typical non-league football club budget, so this really has made an aspiration become a reality for us.”

Lionel Naidoo, Managing Director of Dragon IS, said: “We are a local company, with a desire to work positively within our community. We were contacted by NPTFC as they needed specialist IT equipment and we offered our services so they can succeed with their plans. As the values of NPTFC underlie the business ethics of Dragon IS it was an easy decision to support them as a part of our corporate social responsibility programme.”

NPTFC encourage, develop and promote local youth to participate in sport. To enjoy and compete at various levels, to respect and value team members.

“At NPTFC we certainly appreciate the commitment Dragon IS has shown to the Club; we look forward to growing the relationship with our new partner and to capturing some amazing footage for supporters, players and officials to share,” added the Club, after Dragon IS presented the equipment to the club on the 29th May 2018.

About Dragon Information Systems

Dragon IS is an IT MSP. We’re a team of specialist engineers that love working with people and are crazy about technology.

Dragon IS has been built around our passion for technology and business systems. We use our years of experience in technology support, combined with extensive business knowledge, to proactively manage businesses’ technology landscapes. And we can assist with driving your technology projects forward successfully and on time.

Dragon IS ensures you experience true passionate IT support from a dedicated technology partner. If it has a screen and buttons, we’re interested in helping!

Website: http://www.dragon-is.com

Photograph credit: Ray Smith, Photographer: NPTFC

New step 5 & 6 non-league football allocations revealed

The new divisional provisional allocations for our local step 5 & 6 clubs have finally been revealed today by the FA and their relevant football leagues.

South Midlands League:

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Premier Division

  • Arlesey Town,  Baldock, North Greenford United and Potton United in
  • No club relegated – both Cockfosters and Stotfold reprieved.

Division One

  • Amersham Town, Park View – promotions confirmed
  • Buckingham Town and Hashtag United new clubs in
  • FC Broxbourne Borough, St Neots Town Reserves both relegated to Step 7

 

United Counties League:

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Premier Division

  • Pinchbeck (promoted) & Rugby Town (moved across) in
  • Northampton Sileby Rangers & St Andrews relegated
  • League reduced from 22 teams to 20

Division One

  • Anstey Nomads, Aylestone Park, Birstall United Social & Holwell Sports in
  • Northampton Sileby Rangers & St Andrews in relegated from Premier Division

 

Hellenic League:

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Premier Division

  • Ardley United, Bishop’s Cleeve, Holmer Green, Shrivenham & Virginia Water in
  • Burnham & Woodley United relegated

Division One East

  • Abingdon Town, Burnham & Chalvey Sports in

Division One West

  • Almondsbury, Carterton, Malmesbury Victoria & Woodley United in
  • Division increased to 14 from 13

 

All clubs have seven days to appeal, step 7 allocations to be discussed w/c 28th May.

 

The entire allocation for steps 5 & 6 nationwide can be viewed by clicking here: NLS 5.6 Club Allocations 2018-19 v25.5.18 FINAL

 

UCLP; Peterborough Northern Star 1-1 Newport Pagnell Town

Peterborough Northern Star – 1

Newport Pagnell Town – 1

Newport Pagnell Town ended their season with a draw at Peterborough Northern Star but had the chances to have put this game to bed by half-time, and were left to rue those missed opportunities when their hosts equalised with a wonder goal before the half-hour mark. Town continued to dominate after the interval but the Northern Star defence withstood everything thrown at them, and had chances of their own on the counter attack, but the baking hot sunshine could not help muster up a winning goal, and Town end their campaign in third place in the United Counties Premier Division just missing out on promotion.

Town had their first chance on four minutes when Greg Ling laid off to Dom Lawless who fired over the bar, whilst at the other end Ben Moore put a ball over the Newport backline for James Hill-Seekings to chase down but Town keeper Mark Osborn was off his line to gather in a flash.

The visitors deservedly took the lead on thirteen minutes when Lawless squared to Ling inside the penalty arc and he curled around Star keeper Simon Dalton into the top corner. Newport continued to press, Dalton made a great save on his six-yard line from a Lawless drive, and the rebound fell outside the box to Liam Smyth who absolutely belted the ball over the crossbar.

Greg Ling in action

As the game wore on, the pace up front of Fazel Koriya had the Peterborough defence stretched time after time but Town just could not find that final ball and the chances went begging. They were made to pay on twenty-six minutes when the hosts levelled, Jake Sansby collected the ball some thirty yards or so from goal, noting Osborn off his line he launched an up & under that saw the keeper back pedal but all to no avail, one to remember for the striker!

Back came the away side, Luke Emery saw a shot from the edge of the box take the slightest of deflections that saw Dalton fall away to his right to save, before Ling tried again from distance forcing Dalton to use both hands to push away. Koriya then curled an effort over the top from the corner of the box, and Lawless made a diagonal run across midfield before driving over Dalton’s goal frame. H/T: 1-1

Five minutes after the break the home side saw Charlie Matthews receive the ball on the edge of the area, his first time effort sliced away from goal with the outside of the boot, the ball was retrieved and fired back in but the Town defence cleared, and from there it was all about Newport for the opening stages of the half, but again the final ball cost them of any real decent chances at goal.

Simon Dalton kept Town at bay

The visitors introduced Tom Liversedge twenty minutes in, and he made an immediate impact, he saw two shots almost immediately blocked, the second falling nicely to Josh Winters to knock into the net however a raised flag denied the goal. Moments later commanding centre-half Yaw Ofosu pushed forward in possession, he fed Ling out on the left who crossed to the back post where Liversedge who forced a brilliant save from Dalton, using both hands to push away.

Taylor Orosz was introduced to the action for the away side, he got away down the left wing beating Star centre-half Matt Cox and crossed into Liversedge who was again thwarted by a great instinctive save from Dalton. Adam Pryke burst forward to cross into Liversedge, his shot blocked by a defender fell to Winters, his shot was saved by Dalton and looped up high, Orosz went up with full back Jack Wilson but as Dalton struggled to get across to cover the Newport substitute could only nod over.

Orosz then got away down the left, as he drove into the box he flashed the ball across the goal face and wide of the far post, and in the final minute the home side saw Harry Catanach fed in to the right of goal, he tried a delicate little chip over Osborn that beat the keeper but also cleared the bar. F/T: 1-1

Attendance: 58

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Swans boss Darren Lynch: 

For match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxGNFfV

UCLP; Newport Pagnell Town 1-0 Boston Town

Newport Pagnell Town – 1

Boston Town – 0

If Newport Pagnell Town clinch promotion over one of their rivals by a point or two, then they will surely look back on this game as one of the most important wins of their campaign, as for ninety three minutes it looked like a goalless stalemate would leave The Swans kicking themselves having not converted any of the numerous chances they created. With all the sides around them at the top of the United Counties Premier Division winning, it looked like a frustrating afternoon for Darren Lynch’s men as time ticked away, but deep in added time Adam Pryke struck to sink Boston hearts and keep his side firmly involved in the promotion scrap, and boost their confidence ahead of next week’s six-pointer at Wisbech Town.

The opening minutes were rather cagey in a rare Saturday of sunshine, Michael Lyons got down the right for Newport and drove a cross into the box, Fazel Koriya under pressure managed to get a snap shot at goal which Boston keeper Seth Greaves did well getting down to block. At the opposite end Richard Ford cut in from the left wing but under pressure could only fire straight at Swans custodian Mark Osbourne, before Newport threatened again when Lyons played a great one-two with Luke Emery but could only flash his shot wide of Greaves right hand post.

Michael Lyons went close early on

On sixteen minutes Pryke got down the Newport right, from almost on the corner flag he fizzed the ball across the six yard box but no team mates were anywhere near to get a touch with Greaves stranded, and the next attack saw Damon Herbert try his luck from twenty-five yards but clear the crossbar with some ease. At the other end Cameron Johnson was fed out to the left of Osbourne’s goal and he advanced before unleashing a fierce drive but again high over the crossbar.

Lyons tried his luck from the edge of the Boston area but using the outside of his boot the ball spun away from goal, before the Newport backline got caught when Lewis Scattergood got in behind to the left of goal, however he drove across the goal face and with no team mates up with him the ball drifted harmlessly away for a goal kick.

Lawless received a pass with back to goal some twenty yards from goal, up against Olly Pinner the recently returned striker went down under the challenge and whilst his team mates called for a free kick, he picked himself up and got his shot away but easily cleared Greaves crossbar, and shortly before the half time whistle Boston were in when Johnson got away behind the Newport defence, just as he looked to have got away from Yaw Ofosu he shaped up to shoot but a brilliant recovery from the central defender saw him get the block & divert for a corner. H/T: 0-0

Newport continued to press after the break, a deep cross from the wing found the head of Emery but he was under the ball and could only steer into the hands of Greaves, before another cross from the right saw Emery again get the header in, as it looped towards goal Greaves had to leap and turn over his crossbar for a corner.

Johnson threatened again for Boston getting down the left, from the edge of the six-yard box he forced Osbourne to get down low to his left to smoother his low drive, and Pryke then seized upon a loose ball in midfield before driving forward and shooting from distance, but wide of Greaves right hand post.

Dave Baker scores but offside

The home side continued to be frustrated as the half wore on, and the clouds darkened, with passes & crosses going astray, and the threat of being hit on the counter by their guests, the likelihood of a goal appeared to diminish by the minute. A ball over the Boston defence saw Lyons retrieve and lay off to Lawless, his first effort blocked and rebounded to him, as he tried again another flying block came in and the danger was cleared.

A free kick to Newport saw Liam Smyth float the ball over everyone and creeping in behind Dave Baker got the touch to divert home past Greaves, however the assistant referee had his flag raised to deny the opener. Boston were now defending for their lives as their hosts pushed hard for that elusive goal, Lawless attacked down the right and fizzed the ball into the area, as a defender tried to clear the ball rebounded off his team mate and fell nicely for Stuart Smeathers to shoot from twelve yards out, but again a defender threw himself at the shot to block, and eventually clear.

A Lyons cross from the left then saw Newport substitute Tom Liversedge head over late on, and it seemed the game was destined for stalemate. However, three minutes into added on time a Baker throw on the right saw Liversedge flick on, and on the edge of the six yard box Pryke was quickest to react and fired home to spark wild celebrations on and off the pitch. F/T: 1-0

Attendance: 123

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After the game Sports Shots spoke to Swans boss Darren Lynch: 
And also winning goal scorer Adam Pryke: 

For match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmfHTcYF

UCLP; Swans hoping to avoid being poached

Saturday 7th April 2018

Newport Pagnell Town v Boston Town

United Counties League Premier Division

Willen Road

K.O. 3.00pm

Newport Pagnell Town host Boston Town on Saturday in their penultimate home league fixture of the campaign, in a game that is must win if they are to keep the pressure on those around them in the race to promotion, or even the league title. Town haven’t played for over a fortnight due to the weather and face a resurgent Boston side that have won their last four games after enduring a long spell of eleven games without a win previously.

Newport currently sit third in the United Counties Premier League table, seven points off top placed Yaxley but with three games in hand, and just a point off second placed Wisbech Town whom they are level on games with, and visit next week-end in what will be a huge six-pointer for both sides.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with recent returning striker Dominic Lawless and defender Adam Pryke, and asked Adam if Saturday’s game is must win at all costs?

Yes most definitely, to be honest we won’t even consider Boston’s league position, they are a decent side and they’ve beat some good teams this season so we won’t under estimate them. At this stage of the season, with only a few games left for us to play, a win is the most important thing no matter how it comes

Dom agreed it won’t be an easy game:

It’s massively important for us to win our home games, but this game will not be easy as Boston have picked up over the last few weeks & have beaten teams in and around us so we can’t go into the game looking at the league table & thinking it’s going to be a walk in the park. Boston always give you a battle!

We asked Adam what the squad have been up to with the recent enforced time off:

Running, training and more running! It’s frustrating because for any player to be training on a Saturday instead of playing is a mission. But we need to stay fit and make sure we are ready to play, & maintain our form as soon as the games are back on

Dom Lawless

With Dom recently re-joining Town, we asked how easy a decision it was:

To be honest it was an easy decision to go back home, as you can imagine I had a lot of offers from step three & four clubs but once Lynchy spoke to me my mind was made up immediately. For us to win the league or gain promotion would mean the world to me

Any changes since he’s been away?

Yes definitely, the club are 100% behind the gaffer & the lads now, which is down to the new chairman, it hasn’t always been like that before & the manager had to work with what he had. Also Gouldy our coach has been a massive reason why Newport have been flying this season! He lets you know your job, is very organised, has masses of experience and is a huge positive for the club

Does Adam think that having six of their last eight games away from home will affect the side?

With eight games left there are a lot of points still up for grabs, and our aim is to take as many as we can. It doesn’t matter whether the games are home or away at this stage really, other than the cost of fuel. The important thing is to turn up to every single game with the right mentality & attitude to get the job done on the pitch. Plus a journey on a minibus back with three points isn’t a bad way to spend a Saturday evening

What does Adam think it will take to get promotion?

Having more points that the others! Our aim going into these final few games is to win every single one of them, it’s so tight at the top and is anyone’s title at this stage. We need to have the belief, work hard & be consistent, if we can achieve all those then the ability the lads have will do the rest

Adam Pryke

We asked Dom if he thinks Newport would cope at a higher level should they gain promotion:

I think Newport would cope really well, Milton Keynes has been crying out for a club to play at that level for too long. It’s a very good catchment area & there are too many players that live in and around the area that have to travel to other area’s to play step three and four. So if we were to get promoted I don’t think the gaffer would struggle to improve on an already very talented squad

Finally, we enquired how Dom’s season had been before coming home?

Personally I’ve had a very good season, scored a load of goals & for most of the season have been playing up top on my own. It all comes down to looking after yourself on and off the pitch & it’s really helped. Hard work really does pay off, and having a very good pre-season with Eynesbury helped as well

And how has the season been for Adam:

Well it started off very badly for me as I had no club to play for, but that stuff happens sometimes. I quickly got myself playing again and then came back home, and have enjoyed my football. It’s been good ever since, but we haven’t achieved anything yet…………

UCLP; Swans fly the nest in search of promotion points

Saturday 31st March 2018

Rothwell Corinthians v Newport Pagnell Town

Seargents Lawn

Monday 2nd April 2018

Cogenhoe United v Newport Pagnell Town

Compton Park

United Counties League Premier Division

K.O. 3.00pm

3rd placed Newport Pagnell Town face two away trips in as many days over the Easter period, starting with the trip to Rothwell on Saturday and then onto Cogenhoe on Monday, and with just eight league games left to play a win in both games is essential. The tension at the top of the Premier Division table is really bubbling up and the final eight games really are the proverbial ‘cup finals’ for Darren Lynch’s men.

As the pressure mounts, Deeping Rangers have dropped points recently but both Yaxley (1st) & Wisbech (2nd) have won five and three consecutive games respectively, so Newport simply must win to keep the heat on those above them, albeit with three games in hand on Yaxley, they are adrift by seven points, and just a point behind Wisbech having played the same amount of games. An exciting run in is assured.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Swans manager Darren Lynch and asked how difficult it is getting a squad for two games in three days?

We have a really tight knit squad here, & our team spirit is brilliant so it’s not too hard to get them together, especially with the games so close together

How does Darren think his side is faring in the promotion race?

Every team has a blip and at the moment sides are dropping points against lower placed clubs, so I think as long as we can carry on in the form we’re in, keep some consistency then we have a great chance

Darren Lynch

How important will resigning Dom Lawless be?

Signing the league top scorer was always going to make us stronger & I’m glad Dom got off the mark last week, going into the business end of the season I now have four top strikers and each one will be vital in our run in

And finally, onto the two games, how does the manager see things going?

We beat them at home last month at Willen Road, but Rothwell are always a different proposition at home, and we have struggled over there in previous seasons, so it’s vital that if we have any aspirations to win this league we must turn up on Saturday with the attitude that this is the first of our eight cup finals.

Then we travel to Cogenhoe on Monday who beat us at our place on Boxing Day and are on a great run at the moment. But I’m confident that if we play the way we know we can, then we can beat anyone on our day

Sports Shots would like to thank Darren for his time this week.