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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

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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

 

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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: 

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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: 

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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…………

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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