Saturday 1st September 2018
Newport Pagnell Town v Leicester Nirvana
United Counties League Premier Division
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.
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