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UCLP; Swans boss looking to avenge cup defeat

Saturday 24th February 2018

Newport Pagnell v Rothwell Corinthians

UCL Premier Division

Willen Road

K.O. 3.00pm

Newport Pagnell host Rothwell Corinthians on Saturday looking for three points as the promotion battle at the top of the UCL Premier Division hots up. Just six points separate the top five sides, and Town are just a point off second going into the game.

Newport dropped two points last week-end when they conceded an equaliser with just five minutes left, the point gained by Wisbech in that game keeping them above Town in the table.

Town boss Darren Lynch spoke to Sports Shots ahead of the game on Saturday:

Darren Lynch

I thought we were very unlucky not to take all three points from last week’s game, we were 2-1 up with five minutes left. We really need to see games out like that! We move onto this week and another tough game as they have already visited us at Willen Road this season in the league cup, and beaten us, so we will have to be at our very best once again. But we have no injury concerns and no suspensions, although Harry Stratton has departed us for Kempston Rovers

Sports Shots would like to thank Darren for this weeks update

UCLPrem; Newport Pagnell Town 0-2 Holbeach Utd

Newport Pagnell Town – 0

Holbeach United – 2

The top of the table clash at Newport Pagnell Town on Saturday saw third placed Holbeach travel back to Lincolnshire with all three points to complete a thoroughly miserable Christmas week for the league leaders. Barely had supporters found their regular spot inside the ground when the away side took the lead, and from there looked fairly comfortable for a spell, and when Newport finally got their game going they simply couldn’t put a formula together to breach the ‘Beach backline.

The visitors took the lead inside twenty five seconds of the start when Lewis Leckie flashed the ball across Mark Osbourne in the Town goal and inside the far bottom corner to stun their hosts. Newport found it difficult to maintain any possession from there and were always at risk of conceding again, and on nine minutes Leckie again drove at the defence cutting in from the left his shot had to be smothered by Osbourne at the foot of his near post.

Holbeach were the better side for the opening twenty minutes but Newport grew into the game and should have had something more when Harry Stratton received the ball wide out on the left, cleverly beating his man his cross then eluded everyone in the area and rolled harmlessly away to safety. Moments later a corner swung in found the head of Dave Baker but he could only steer over the top.

Another Newport chance spurned

As the half wore on the home side were enjoying more of the play and again missed a great chance when a cross from Taylor Orosz was met at the back post by Fazel Koriya who headed back across the goal face but amidst a crowded box a defender was on hand to beat everyone to the ball and again the chance gone.

The United defence was standing resolute and just past the half hour mark a superb cross from Stratton almost on the corner flag looked destined for the forehead of Luke Emery, but a defender got back to cover at the last second to clear for a corner. From the corner Damon Herbert threw himself at the ball but could only head over. H/T: 0-1

Town should have been level six minutes into the second half when Josh Winters got down the left and put the ball into the six-yard box where at the front post Emery got to the ball first but could only stab wide. A Holbeach corner was then swung into the box and almost falling over each other Nick Jackson & Dan Dougill both competed for the ball but headed over.

On the hour mark Holbeach doubled their lead and virtually killed the game off when a ball up to George Zuerner saw him cushion the ball down to Leckie who spotted Osbourne off his goal line, and brilliantly lobbed over the Town keeper and in.

Newport tried to get back in the game from there, but a free kick on the corner of the box typified their afternoon when Greg Ling curled the ball into the danger area but a couple of bounces saw the ball disappear off for a goal kick.

Whilst the home side tried to get a foot back in the game they were always susceptible to the counter, and almost conceded a third on seventy-two minutes when a cross from Zuerner found Leckie who headed back across Osbourne who had to fall away to his left to save.

Leckie scored both Holbeach goals

Newport substitute Jordan Spruce then saw his cross met by the head of Winters in front of goal, but United keeper Ricky Drury was behind it all the way, and another deep cross moments later found Emery at the back post whose shot was brilliantly blocked by Spencer Tinkler earning him plenty of slaps on the back from his team mates.

The corner was met on the twelve yard spot by Herbert who blazed high over the crossbar, and there was just time for another Holbeach counter when Harry Beckley got away down the right and crossed into Leckie who would have had the whole goal to aim at, but covering back Adam Pryke got enough on the ball to turn it away.

At the end of play Newport’s lead at the top of the table had been cut to six points, with teams below them having up to three games in hand over them; with their next three games all away inside the next couple of weeks, Newport still have their destiny in their own hands. F/T: 0-2

Attendance: 159

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Town assistant manager Maff Childs: 

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UCLPrem; Tom Liversedge looks ahead to Saturday v Holbeach

Saturday 30th December 2017

Newport Pagnell Town v Holbeach United

United Counties League Premier Division

Willen Road

K.O. 2.00pm

Newport Pagnell Town host Holbeach United on Saturday at Willen Road at the slightly earlier time of 2pm. The game is dependent on a 9.30am pitch inspection to be held due to the recent weather, and the club ensures an early decision will be made. Should the game get the go ahead it will be the game of the day in the UCL Premier as top play third, and with both sides losing on Tuesday the pressure at the top of the league will now increase as we go into 2018.

This week Sports Shots caught up with Town striker Tom Liversedge and asked what they know about their opponents:

We don’t know too much about them to be honest, but we’re expecting them to be big and strong as they always have been. They are where they are in the league for a reason so we know it will be a tough game

We asked if the squad are confident of holding on to their current position as league leaders?

The gaffer (Darren Lynch) has built a decent squad this year and I know we’re capable of achieving promotion providing we apply ourselves right in every game we have left. Every team wants to beat ‘top of the league’ and that automatically lifts anyone we play at the moment, we just have to ensure we stick to playing how we have all season and if we can then that gives us a great chance

Tom Liversedge (Newport Pagnell Town FC)

With a defeat & a draw over Christmas, has anything changed to cause the dip in recent form?

We have no excuses for the last two games, we simply weren’t good enough and that is something we are desperate to put right, starting on Saturday

So how is life for Tom at Newport?

I’m really enjoying it here, we have a great bunch of lads and we are a really tight nit bunch and that always helps when you have long old season ahead

Finally, having played previously for Bedford Town & AFC Rushden & Diamonds amongst others, we asked Tom how his current club compares to his previous clubs:

I’ve had my fair share of clubs but I can honestly say this is up there with the best. I had the choice of quite a few clubs to join this season after deciding to start playing again following a long knee injury, but after playing a few games with this group we have, chatting to the gaffer, & seeing the set up here it was an easy choice. I like things to be done properly and I knew from the start that would be the case at Newport

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

Newport Pagnell Town 2-2 Deeping Rangers 2 UCL

Newport Pagnell Town – 2

Deeping Rangers – 2

Newport Pagnell remain in pole position in the UCL Premier Division title race after this draw on Saturday against close rivals Deeping Rangers, but could have been so much better had they converted their chances in the first forty-five minutes. Credit to Deeping who equalised just before the break and took the lead seconds after the restart, then piled on plenty of pressure in the second half but came up against a resolute Town back line that refused to be beaten again, and results in other games meant the draw kept the gap at the top intact. This may well be a crucial point come the end of the season!

An eighth minute Harry Stratton cross from the right saw a glancing header from Jordan Spruce which flew wide of Richard Stainsby in the Rangers goal, and moments later a long distance drive from Deeping skipper David Burton-Jones was always rising as it sailed over the top.

Another ring wing cross from Stratton then saw Tom Liversedge fighting to get to the ball, as he got laces to the ball it was enough to take the flight away from Spruce who was waiting in the middle and he could only stab wide as he tried to reposition himself under pressure.

Harry Stratton a constant threat

Newport continued to pose the bigger threat, and as another cross was headed clear by the Rangers defence, Josh Winters was waiting on the eighteen yard line but off the ground he chested the ball up and snatched at his shot which only helped it over the top.

On twenty-four minutes Town striker Fazel Koriya and Rangers full back Daniel Flack tussled for a loose ball inside the Deeping area, the Newport man did well to wrap his leg around the defender and get a shot away but only lifted the ball over the top, before Spruce tried a long range effort that never really had enough power to trouble Stainsby.

Then eleven minutes before the break the home side took the lead when a flick on saw Koriya in between the Deeping defence, Jonathan Clay & Flack gave chase but the pacey forward was too quick and as he approached the box he noted Stainsby off his line and superbly lifted over the stranded keeper and into the unguarded net.

Rangers almost threatened immediately when a clever pass from Burton-Jones set away Scott Mooney but Newport keeper Mark Osbourne was quick off his line to avert any danger. But a minute before the interval the away side drew level when a Newport move broke down in midfield, the ball knocked up to Mooney who looked no threat at all drifting slightly right of goal, but he flashed his shot past Osbourne and in. H/T: 1-1

Newport were caught cold from the whistle when just twenty one seconds into the second half Deeping took the lead, Henry Dunn was fed inside the box by Scott Coupland and he made no mistake smashing past Osbourne.

Liversedge upended for penalty

That lead lasted just five minutes, a cross from the Town right saw Stainsby and Spruce compete for the ball on the six-yard line but both miss, the ball squeezed through a mass of bodies to Liversedge who controlled before crashing the ball back off the goal frame, a hasty clearance only saw the ball knocked back into Liversedge with back to goal who was floored by a challenge from Flack and the referee pointed to the spot.

Koriya sent Stainsby the wrong way from the spot kick and again the game was level. Both sides had chances to win the game from that point in a much fairer contested remainder, both trying to win the game but also defending well enough not to lose.

A Deeping cross from their right saw centre-half Luke Hunnings climb highest to thump a header over Osbourne’s crossbar. The closest the game came to a winner was nine minutes from time when a free kick to the visitor’s way out on their left saw the cross sent in by Daniel Schiavi and almost deceive everyone including Osbourne who had to back pedal and tip over his crossbar.

With neither side really wanting the draw, both defences stood strong and saw the game out and a point apiece didn’t make any difference to the league table as Wisbech & Holbeach drew their respective games whilst Leicester Nirvana was called off meaning Newport ended the day retaining their eight point lead at the top. F/T: 2-2

Attendance: 116

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After the match Sports Shots spoke to Newport manager Darren Lynch: 

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Winters & Emery discuss Newport Pagnell Town FC

Saturday 9th December 2017

Newport Pagnell Town v Deeping Rangers

United Counties Premier Division

Willen Road

KO: 3.00pm

Newport Pagnell entertain Deeping Rangers on Saturday at Willen Road and look to extend their winning run to five games and at least maintain their eight-point lead at the top of the league table. Darren Lynch’s men will be looking to avenge their defeat at Deeping back in October and make the most of their next five matches where four are at home. Sports Shots spoke with Josh Winters and Luke Emery ahead of the game:

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We asked Josh if he feels Newport can maintain their position:

I think the next six weeks are going to be crucial, we play Deeping & Eynesbury this side of Christmas and then Holbeach, Leicester Nirvana & Wisbech all straight after. If we show the same commitment and desire we’ve shown the last few weeks, we’ll be fine

Luke also acknowledged the feel-good factor around the club:

I think everyone in and around the club has enjoyed our start to this season, there is a really good atmosphere around the team, the squad and the whole club in general

Luke doesn’t see any weak area’s in the squad:

I don’t really see anywhere on the pitch we need to improve on at the moment, we just need to treat every game as a big game and not relax for any moment

Josh has enjoyed his time at Newport so far:

I’ve been at Kempston for the past couple of years and thoroughly enjoyed my time there, however this season they couldn’t really guarantee me as much playing time as I would have liked. I knew quite a few of the lads here and I knew they would be strong this season so I spoke to the gaffer and here we are. It’s a really great group to be involved with and I am back enjoying my football

Josh Winters

Josh explained who he thinks will be Town’s biggest rivals in the remainder:

I don’t think there are any easy games in this division as recent results have shown. Sleaford beat Leicester and we only just scraped through against St Andrews, however I think the four main sides scrapping it out will be Deeping, Holbeach, Wisbech and ourselves. Whoever proves the more consistent I think will have the edge

Luke looked back at the defeat at Deeping just a few weeks ago:

It was a close game back in October, we took the lead twice but conceded some scrappy goals and before we knew it they were winning the game. Saturday should hopefully be a totally different affair

Goals will decide who finishes higher and Luke is enjoying a successful spell:

We go into every game wanting to win, and it’s really good that we have three strikers that are all in double figures for the season already. However, our goals are coming from all the pitch, it’s not just us front men that are contributing to our success

Josh also commended the strike force:

Our front line is very good, all slightly different with different qualities, fingers crossed they can keep sharing the goals around and keep firing & kick us on in the second half of the season

Luke Emery

What does Luke see as an end of season target?

I want to hit thirty goals this term, but more importantly we want that trophy come the end of the season! It’s a team game so as long as we are getting the results we need nothing else really matters

We asked Josh if he thinks the club would compete should they gain promotion:

Definitely, having played in the league above a few times for Kempston and Bedford I don’t think it is too dissimilar to the UCL, fair enough it’s quicker and the players are generally fitter but it’s not as physical. No doubt the gaffer will strengthen the areas he feels we need and we’d give it a really good go. But there is a lot of football to be played before we can start thinking about that

Sports Shots would like to thank both players for taking the time out to speak to Sports Shots this week. If you can’t make the game, stay updated with Sports Shots on Facebook and Twitter.

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, quarter final draw: Find out who our teams face!

Our three sides in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy avoided each other when the draw was made this lunchtime.

Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy

Buckingham Athletic, Newport Pagnell Town reserves and Winslow United were all pulled out out of the trophy separately, with only the Swans set to travel.

See the full draw as it was made live;

Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy Quarter Final draw
Buckingham Athletic v Marlow United
Chalvey Sports or Sandhurst Town v Newport Pagnell Town
Saxton Rovers v Kintbury Rangers
Winslow United v Langley

So what do we know about the teams our sides have been paired with?

Buckingham Athletic manager Mark Carter

Buckingham Athletic host Marlow United, who were runners-up in the competition last season.

Marlow, who defeated Aston Clinton 3-2 in the last round, are currently fourth in the Thames Valley Premier League.

Paul Alleyne

Winslow United bagged their first home draw in this season’s competition with current East Berks League, Premier Division Champions Langley (Slough) set to visit Elmfields gate.

Langley are currently second in the division this season having won every one of their five league matches to date.

Newport Pagnell Town reserves head to the winners of the tie between Chalvey Sports, the current Uhlsport Hellenic Football League, Division 2 East Champions, or Sandhurst Town, who play in the Uhlsport Hellenic Football League, Division 1 East. The two sides battle it out this Saturday to see who takes the final quarter-final place.

Ties will take place on Saturday 3rd February 2018.


B&B Senior Trophy, 3R: Old Bradwell suffered derby defeat to Swans

Old Bradwell United had a penalty saved as Newport Pagnell Town reserves progressed into the quarter-finals of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy with a 2-1 victory yesterday.

After a goalless first half, the visitors took the lead through Scott Mulkern before Barry Rooney headed in Aaron Bhasin’s corner to put David Keene’s side back on level terms.

Mulkern then grabbed his second for the Swans to put his side back in front.

There was late drama as the home side were awarded a penalty which saw Jonny Thick produce a fine save from Rooney and it was David Ashcroft’s side who progressed into the last eight.

Old Bradwell United: Liam Jahn, Zac Ferris, Shaun Ennis, Dan Smith, Aaron Bhasin, Peter Maxey, Carl Bryce, Billy Batten, Ross Butler, Ben Green, Barry Rooney.

Subs: Tyler Garlick, Scott Parker , Peter Bentley.

Newport Pagnell Town reserves: Jonny Thick, Connor Forman, Scott Mulkern, Ben Snusher (c), Juma Omar, Courtney Brooks, Jamie Burrows, Liam Smyth, Matt Cullis, Taigan Brooks, Dan Smith

Subs: Trey Kwayie, Kyran Gadsden, Mambo Kouadio, Luke Burrows, Reece Akano

Newport Pagnell Town 2-1 Yaxley

Newport Pagnell Town – 2

Yaxley – 1

Newport Pagnell Town got back to winning ways on Saturday with a hard fought win over Yaxley and had to do it the hard way after falling behind late in the first half, but managed to level before the break and then score a second half winner to send Darren Lynch’s side up to second in the United Counties League Premier Division with two points separating them from top spot but with a game in hand. The second half threatened to boil over on a couple of occasions but a lenient referee only showed yellow cards to allow both sides to complete the match with their full complement of players, whereas a different official could have changed the course of the game and the result.

The home side had a let off as early as the third minute when a loose ball back to Swans keeper Mark Osbourne left him short and Phil Stebbing was in like a flash to take the ball around the shot stopper but off balance he mishit his shot wide. Newport then did get the ball in the back of the Yaxley net after Luke Emery chased down a ball down the right channel and from the byline squared into the box where Fazel Koriya headed home but much to Emery’s amusement the assistant linesman had his flag raised to indicate the ball had gone out before the cross.

Newport keeper Osbourne then had a nervous moment when a goal kick from one side of his area only found Liam Hook some thirty yards from goal, the Yaxley midfielder hit it first time going for the wide open goal but pulled his effort wide. The Swans were awarded a free kick just past the half hour mark some twenty yards from goal where Josh Winters curled the ball over the wall but into the waiting gloves of Aaron Butcher. Straight up the other end and Yaxley were awarded a free kick in a similar position only for Hook to also thump the ball into the goalkeeper’s gloves.

The visitor’s then took the lead on thirty nine minutes, from a simple throw in on their right Matt Sparrow was sent down the wing and he fizzed his cross between a couple of defenders who were wrong footed and couldn’t clear, and running in behind Stebbing slammed home. Clearly rocked by the goal the home side went almost immediately on the attack, and as Taylor Orosz drove at goal from midfield he evaded a couple of challenges before receiving a nudge from Danny Emmington inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Fazel Koriya made no mistake from the spot to level the game.

Koriya levels from spot

Yaxley ended the half on the attack, winning a corner which Osbourne pushed away and hitting the loose ball first time was Josh Pike who could only lift over the top, before another Stebbing goal bound shot was blocked at the last by a diving block from defender Olly Wilkinson. H/T: 1-1

Newport were almost caught out early in the second half by a counter attack which was instigated when they lost possession high up the pitch, and Sparrow was again sent long down the Yaxley right but his pace was too much for his team mates, and as he sent the ball across the goal face no one was anywhere near up with it and simply rolled out for a goal kick.

Harry Stratton tried his luck from the edge of the box just past the half hour mark forcing Butcher to push the ball past his post for a corner. Two minutes later and The Swans were ahead, a free kick out on their left was crossed by Koriya and jumping highest amongst a mass of bodies was Adam Pryke whose glancing header took the ball past Butcher and into the bottom corner.

Pryke scores winner

Newport then gained some confidence that the game was theirs and a cross from the right saw another glancing header from Emery but comfortable for Butcher to collect. With fifteen minutes left Stratton and Emery combined well on the left and the latter saw his shot pushed two handed around the post by the Yaxley keeper.

Substitute Tom Liversedge then threatened down the left and as he skipped a challenge and got towards goal he opted to shoot low at the near post, Butcher simply smothered the ball whereas Koriya was in front of goal and unmarked as the easier option. The remainder of the game saw Yaxley trying to get back in the game without really threatening except for the odd half chance, and Newport created the better opportunities only to be thwarted by Butcher in the Yaxley goal. F/T: 2-1

After the game Sports Shots caught up with manager Darren Lynch:


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CS&TFL,PD: Newport Pagnell boss Lynch talks to Sports Shots ahead of Yaxley visit

Sports Shots caught up with manager Darren Lynch ahead of the game, to see how he feels the season has gone so far, and for the season ahead.

Darren Lynch

Lynch said:

We’ve had a good start to the season. If I’m totally honest then I’d say it’s been much better than I had hoped for. Our long term aim for this season is to win the title and get promotion, something I feel we can achieve.

Looking to Saturday’s game against Yaxley, Lynch is looking to get back on track after a couple of defeats recently.

Our preparation for this weekend hasn’t really been too great, after losing our last league game we were then knocked out of the county cup on Tuesday night at Windsor, but we are still third in the league and have games in hand.

There are positives and negatives so far for The Swans though.

The squad I have now is arguably the best I’ve ever had since being manager here; the last two games have probably been the only negatives so far for us this term.

Non-League Day 2017

This Saturday see’s the annual celebration of non-league day, started seven years ago to promote non-league football during the ‘international break’ and to encourage people to “support their local team”.


Supporters up and down the country face a week-end of discontent with no top flight matches due to the international break, but are encouraged instead of sitting at home or going shopping to go out and discover just what their local non-league football scene offers.

Many clubs offer special deals in order to encourage more support this week-end, in the hope a few will come along and enjoy what they see and return again later in the season. Clubs often use the week-end to try and raise money for charity.

Read why ‘NLD’ was set up:

Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.

Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.

Many non-league clubs are almost exclusively volunteer run, with money taken at the turnstiles often funding thriving youth set-ups, projects and facilities which are of benefit to the whole community. The level of skill on offer at non-league grounds will never compare to that at the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford, for example, but there are other sides to the experience, from which the smaller club will always win hands down. The vast majority of games still kick off at 3pm, ticket prices are realistic, you can often stand (and drink!) anywhere in the ground and will always be guaranteed a warm welcome by people who run their clubs for a love of the game.

Whether you’re a Premier League or Championship fan without a game, a League One or League Two supporter who can’t make an away trip, or just someone who is curious about what their local club has to offer, there is sure to be something to interest everyone

If you are looking for a game to attend Saturday use link provided, all you need to tap in is your postcode:


Sports Shots urges everyone to get out this week-end and discover the teams that are local to you! You never know, you may find a new passion, and when entry costs anything from £4 you’ll have enough to take the kids, other half and some places even admit your pet dog if you ask nicely. (Twitter page ‘non-league dogs’ love these pictures if you do!)


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