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UCL; Newport Pagnell Town 1-2 Rugby Town

Newport Pagnell Town – 1

Rugby Town – 2


Newport Pagnell were beaten at home on Saturday by the divisions second place side Rugby Town, but for forty seven minutes looked worth of getting something from the game, taking the lead shortly before half-time was no more than the hosts deserved on the balance of play and chances created, but that was all undone within ninety seconds of the restart when Swans keeper Mark Osborn was red carded for handling outside his area and Rugby went on to make their numerical advantage count, two goals from Lewis Rankin put them in front and a late dismissal for Josh Winters meant the Willen Road side ended the game with nine men. Both sides did well to play the game at all in weather conditions not seen for a while, freezing cold temperatures mixed with an ice cold wind and driving rain welcomed the sides onto the pitch, and did not relent for the ninety minutes, there was definitely a huge demand for the hot water taps after this game!

The opening ten minutes offered little to warm the generous crowd who had braved the conditions, the hosts saw a corner easily cleared, two long balls sail out for goal kicks and the visitors attacks were either comfortable for Osborn to collect or the flag denied. The first effort of note came on thirteen minutes when a cross from the Newport left looked harmless however Adam Moussi got ahead of everyone to get his shot away forcing Rugby keeper Matthew Hill away to his left to halt its flight towards the bottom corner, a further four minutes until the Northamptonshire side had their first sight when Danico Johnson curled wide from the edge of the area.

From the goal kick Osborn sent Winters racing away down the right wing and beating his marker with ease he pulled the ball back across the eighteen yard line where Harry Stratton fired low across goal and inches wide of Hill’s right hand post, back at the opposite end full back Charlie Evans found space to the left of goal but dragged his effort past the far upright. A ball down the middle of the pitch then saw an outstretched boot flick straight into the path of Dom Lawless and he was away on goal, Hill advanced but the Swans striker scuffed his effort past the keeper and with no real power and a heavy pitch there was never any danger to the stalemate being broken, Stratton then fed Lawless inside the box where his first effort was blocked but he followed up to force Hill diving away to pull off a brilliant save as it looked as though the ball would nestle in the top left hand corner.

Josh Winters opens scoring

A Rugby corner saw Liam Francis head up and seemingly over but as the ball dipped back down Osborn had to be alert and step back quickly to punch over his crossbar, Moussi at the other end was urged to shoot by his team mates from the edge of the box but he screwed wide, then three minutes before the break Winters did find the back of the net. A free kick in the middle of the pitch was simply floated downfield and Winters climbed highest to head into the bottom corner, a minute after the opener a low cross fizzed along the six-yard box but no green shirts were anywhere near to get the touch, and a free kick then out on their left saw Liam Smyth curl in and Hill had to gather with both hands right in front of his feet, again the conditions making life harder than he’d have wanted. H/T: 1-0

Seconds in to the second period Winters was away down the flank and he touched the ball inside to Lawless who had a clear run at goal but his drive was straight into the trees behind the goal, from there it all went horribly wrong for Newport, the goal kick took a bounce and looped over everyone towards the Pagnell penalty area, as Osborn came out he had the opportunity to kick but let the ball roll and then as a red shirt approached he fell to his knees and handled before kicking away. The referee consulted with his assistant ahead of brandishing a red card to the keeper, who handed his shirt to Smyth before leaving the field of play.

Simeon Tulloch got down the Rugby right and crossed into former Swan Fazal Koriya whose glancing header only helped the ball away for a goal kick, and as much as the visitors started to dominate the possession the hosts were always looking for a counter, one such saw Winters away down the wing and cutting in he curled his shot around the back post. With eighteen minutes left the away side equalised when Rankin was fed with his back to goal and managing to turn his first effort was saved by Smyth but he followed up to level. The away side now sensed they could win the game, a long range drive from Richard Blythe saw Smyth have to push away, from the corner Blyth volleyed straight into the keepers gloves.

Liam Smyth faces free kick after donning the gloves

The home side never gave up and a great run from Moussi saw him send a perfect cross into Winters who in front of goal could not get the ball out from under his feet, once he dug it out his shot was blocked and the chance was gone, whilst Rankin tried his luck again from eighteen yards where a wicked deflection almost wrong footed Smyth but he recovered to fling himself away to his left to save with both hands. With eight minutes remaining a ball over the Newport backline saw the entire defence call for offside, however the flag was kept down allowing Johnson to get a shot away that was blocked however Rankin was closest to rifle home the rebound.

Two minutes later a tackle on Winters in the Rugby half saw him floored but no whistle, as he lay waiting for his free kick the ball rolled to his offender, the red mist then appeared as he got up and lunged into the tackle sparking a twenty man brawl that ended with the Newport man being sent off. Despite the imbalance there was still time for a late chance to fall to Stratton as he received a pass inside the penalty arc, looking like he was going to hit it first time he took a touch before having to somewhat snatch at his shot that flew wide. F/T: 1-2

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Newport Pagnell manager Darren Lynch: 

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UCLP; Swans duo hoping to go full bloom in FA Vase

Saturday 15th December 2018

Newport Pagnell Town v Rugby Town

United Counties League Premier Division

Willen Road

K.O. 3.00pm

Newport Pagnell Town face second place Rugby Town on Saturday at Willen Road as they return to league action after last weekend’s success in the FA Vase at Hullbridge Sports, as they try and get their United Counties League Premier Division campaign back on track after a disappointing start to the season. Currently sitting in fifteenth place Town will be looking to avenge the four goals without reply defeat they suffered at the hands of their guests in the return fixture back in October, and will need to put any thoughts of FA competition to the back of their minds if they are to take anything from the side who have not lost in the league since the middle of September. Despite the Vase victory, the Swans have lost their last two league fixtures, and will be looking to build upon last week’s superb result as they head into a busy Christmas and New Year period.

Mark Osborn (image courtesy of NPTFC)

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Yaw Ofosu and goalkeeper Mark Osborn, and asked the shot stopper when & how he joined the club, and for his opinion of the club in general:

I’ve had two spells here, the first under Terry Shrieves for nearly one season before I left to join Hemel Hempstead in 2011, then I retired but (Darren) Lynchy has been a friend of mine for a long time and he talked me into playing again three seasons ago, and I’ve enjoyed it ever since. There is a lot of effort that goes on that as players & supporters you don’t always get to see to keep a club like ours going, there’s a limited budget and we rely a lot on volunteers who do a great job. On the playing side the staff also give up so much of their own time to try and improve the team & equipment that we have, and Lynchy goes as far as roping his mum in to clean the kit after every game so we are probably the best smelling team in the UCL! The facilities are very limited at the club, but I know they are always trying to improve them with regards to ground grading and things like that, but our training facilities are not the kind that get you excited when you come in to training on a cold winter night!

Youngster Yaw also has a history at the club:

This is my second season with the first team, I played for the under eighteen’s for a year and then the reserves for two, becoming captain in the final year before leaving for university. Last pre-season I came down to train for the reserves after having a break, the gaffer (Darren Lynch) and Maff Childs who was my manager at the time when I was playing for the reserves, brought me in and gave me a chance, at that time the team didn’t have that many centre-backs so I was playing regularly which was great. The staff and the players have a real family relationship with each other that helps, we always have a laugh whether we win, lose or draw

How good a season does Yaw feel he is having?

Personally I haven’t reached my levels consistently this season because of some injuries, although the last two games we have been good performance wise, being unlucky against Oadby was hard to take but as a group we put that right at Hullbridge in the FA Vase

Mark has also suffered from injury this campaign:

I feel my personal performances have probably matched that of the team in being inconsistent, I’ve had some injuries and bits but have still had some good games like Cogenhoe away. I like to think that Darren knows when I play he is getting one hundred percent from me

With the inconsistent start to the league season, and the Vase run in full flight, what is Mark’s priority?

It’s been very frustrating this season when you look at the start, we have the same squad as last year so people expect you to do the same if not better, but football doesn’t always work like you want it to, so we have ended up at the wrong end of the table. Some personnel changes now, we will work our hardest to make sure we finish at the right end of the table, and with the Vase we can still make it a successful season. I think the league is still really important but for me I would love another Vase run, at my age I can still dream of playing at Wembley and we have a squad that can beat anyone our day so why not dream and make that our target now, something that we would never forget

Yaw Ofosu (image courtesy of NPTFC)

Yaw still views the league table as the priority:

Simply put, we haven’t been good enough defensively or offensively as a team, a Vase run is great for the club and the supporters but a strong finish in the league is still our priority

We asked Yaw how good he feels the current crop of players are, and which players have impressed so far:

I feel our squad has quality all over and when key players are fit, we are a really exciting team with a good mix of youth & experience. For me, we have some really good young players at Newport, Harry Stratton being one of them and also Adam Moussa who has recently come in and made a real impact. From the experienced players we have a strong core of six or seven who are important for us, for me I think Ozzy (Mark Osborn), Liam Smyth, Josh Winters & Dom Lawless stand-out

Mark also named three of those players in his list:

We have a good squad, I’m not going to say it’s the best but I think we are more of a team than we were at the start of the season, and like I said we have shown on our day we can beat any team at this level. Players that have stood out for me are the younger players coming through like Harry Stratton, but the one who has been consistent and is pretty much every season is Liam Smyth. Dom (Lawless) is starting to regain his sharpness and if we are to achieve things then he will be really important to us

Which sides does Mark see as being title contenders?

Rugby have been the team that are head and shoulders above everyone in terms of ability, they play good football and have players that can win games, and I think they will go on to win the title

Yaw hasn’t faced this week ends opponents as yet:

I wasn’t available against Rugby in the reverse fixture so this will be my first time facing them. Daventry are top and knocked us out of the cup so I’d have to say they’ve been the strongest team I’ve faced this season

How did Yaw see last week’s win in the Vase?

Last weekend was a great day for everyone involved and also for the club, together we defended as a unit and played some very good football on a difficult pitch. They are top of their league so to get a clean sheet was a real bonus

Mark again discusses the ability in the squad shown last week:

It was a good win but we went into the game knowing that if we played as well as we can then we could win the fixture. We were well organised and played the conditions well, and when we had our chances we took them and that’s what we haven’t been doing consistently in our league games

What is Mark expecting from Rugby on Saturday?

I only know what they are like from the game against them earlier in the season, and that they now have Fazel (Koriya) playing for them so we will have to be at our best again if we are to get the result we want. It will be interesting to see if they can play the conditions like we can, we’ve upset Pinchbeck at home when they were second so I see no reason why we can’t beat Rugby on Saturday

Yaw also believes his side are capable of pulling a result:

I feel to get a result against Rugby we have to play as we have been over the past couple of weeks, defend well as a team and be clinical in attack. They’re one of the top teams in our league so it will be a competitive match but I believe that suits a team like us

Rounding up, we asked Yaw if he’s always played in defence during his career:

Yes, always defence or centre midfield, I’m comfortable in both positions. I feel naturally I can play central midfield given my skill set and size, playing there for Kingston University last year was great fun and I was able to express myself, as you see the ball more often and learn the position more. For now I am happy with my role at centre-half, Dave Baker & I have built a good understanding together

And does Mark fancy anywhere else on the pitch?

Yes I have always played in goal, but if I could play anywhere then I’d play up front, they take all the glory and it can’t be that hard. I would take Dom’s place in our team just to give him the chance to moan at me when I miss a chance because we always seem to think we can do better!

Sports Shots would like to thank both Mark & Yaw for their time this week.

UCLP; Swans boss hoping for no more hic-Cups on march to FA Vase glory

Saturday 24th November 2018

Harborough Town v Newport Pagnell Town

United Counties League Premier Division

HTFC Community Ground

K.O. 3.00pm

Newport Pagnell Town travel to Harborough Town on Saturday on the back of two consecutive victories which has seen them score six goals in both matches and put back to back league victories together for the first time this season. With their hosts below them in the league table, a win would see The Swans within touching distance of the top half of the United Counties League Premier Division table, and more importantly a third straight win would be a welcome boost going into their FA Vase game at Hullbridge Sports next weekend where they attempt to make it into the last sixteen of the competition again. With just two defeats in their last eight games in all competition, which were both against league leaders Daventry Town, can Newport push on from here to enjoy another cup run, and climb that league table at the same time?

Darren Lynch

This week Sports Shots caught up with manager Darren Lynch to ask if both those victories signal a change of his team’s fortunes:

We’ve performed well, and both games against Daventry were lost in the first thirty minutes of each game. We have been unlucky with injuries this season but players are starting to come back now, plus the addition of new blood has really boosted our confidence, I’m hoping this is our turning point

With two wins, six points and twelve goals in the last two games, how does the manager reflect back on those games?

I recently said that the Pinchbeck result was one of my best results as a manager here, due to players being missing through injures & suspensions, and their record going into the game made the result even better & we carried that momentum into the Wellingborough game. With both of my strikers scoring ten of those twelve goals it has boosted their confidence as well, it’s not that we’ve played badly during our tough period, we just didn’t have much luck going our way

There seems to have been some player movement over the past few weeks, where is the squad now in terms of quality and depth?

We never really made a signing during pre-season due to my thinking that the squad that finished last season in third place would be more than capable of challenging again this season, but that never worked out the way I had hoped, and with players wanting to go on to pastures new it gave me the opportunity to bring in fresh faces. There will be more over the next couple of weeks hopefully!

The league table shows Newport are currently in twelfth position, does Darren think this is a fair reflection of his team so far?

They say the league table never lies so at the minute we are where we deserve to be but I’m confident that we’ll start to climb the table if we can go on a decent run, we need to remember that Yaxley started their title push this time last season so never say never

Newport are still in the FA Vase, what’s the priority from here on in?

The league is our bread & butter so that’s always our priority but as we all saw a couple of seasons ago, a decent Vase run can be an unforgettable experience and it’s always good for the club financially so we will give it our all next week in what will be a tough fixture but one I think we can win

Away to Harborough on Saturday, what are the squad expecting?

Harborough is always a tricky place to go and now they have a 4G pitch it’ll be a good test for the lads but one I’m sure they’ll be up for

And then the big cup game the following week?

I always enjoy the FA Vase and getting to the quarter finals two years ago really makes me want the lads to go those steps further

Finally, we asked Darren if he had a choice of either win the league or a Wembley cup final, what would he choose?

It always has to be promotion as becoming league champions is always the main aim but winning the FA Vase would be a once in a lifetime experience so I’ll be greedy and take both ha ha!

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

UCLP; Swans front man convinced his team can be Dom-inant force this season

Saturday 20th October 2018

Newport Pagnell Town v Deeping Rangers

United Counties League Premier Division

Willen Road

K.O. 3.00pm

Newport Pagnell Town face Deeping Rangers in league action on Saturday at Willen Road looking to build on last week’s success in the FA Vase, and get some points on the board again and more importantly some confidence going as their next five league games see them play sides in the top nine of the current UCL Premier Division table. A couple of cup games break up that sequence, but the squad will be sternly tested over the next run of games which include hosting top of the league high flyers Daventry, but this week’s opponents Deeping have only played six league fixtures so far due to their involvement in various cup competitions, and if they won their games in hand would go level with Daventry at the top of the league!

Dom Lawless

This week Sports Shots caught up with front man Dominic Lawless to ask what he feels the Swans mixed start to the season has been down to:

In all honesty I have no idea, we pretty much have the same squad as last year which did so well. We have had key players out with injuries and holidays but that’s not an excuse because the squad we have are more than capable of beating any side in this division, when we have players missing those who come in are just as good replacements

With the club currently sitting fifteenth in the league and fourteen points off Daventry, does Dom feel they can still be caught?

We believe we can put a really good run together & winning becomes a habit, with the fixtures we have coming up against teams at the top end of the table; if we can take points off them just as you can already see everyone is beating anyone it could all change in a month or so. We seem to play better against the better teams in the division apart from Rugby which was a game to forget!

We asked how the team spirit is in the dressing room at this stage:

The team spirit is the best, ask most of the lads that have played for Newport and they will all tell you the same, we have a good mix of Milton Keynes & Northampton lads who have made us a better team for sure over the last couple of seasons. Yes the lads talk about the stop-start to the season, and the gaffer has called a few team meetings because it simply isn’t good enough, we know we are underachieving & letting ourselves down as well as the club and the manager, but it is a long old season

How was the Vase game last week?

A great result, we played some great football with five players missing who most would of started but others stepped up to the task. The team we played were lively and they had a few decent players that caused us problems getting in behind, it was their biggest game in the clubs history so they were bang up for it, but luckily enough we got what we deserved in the final minute of the  game

Does Dom think the FA Vase is a priority now for the team?

Of course, after having that run to the quarter-finals two seasons ago which was unbelievable and a great feeling, yes we would like to go that far again, but the league is your bread & butter so hopefully with the Vase win last Saturday that can kick us on now in both league and cup

Which players have impressed so far this term:

I would have to say Michael Lyons for me, the lads energy levels are ridiculous, he’s everywhere on the pitch giving one hundred percent week in week out. He can play in most positions and has scored a few goals this season too

How has the season been for Dom Lawless so far?

It’s been a really frustrating start for me this season, I picked up a nasty injury before pre-season where I aggravated the ligaments in my ankle which meant I missed the whole of pre-season going into the start of the campaign. When I was fit to play I was back for one game then went on holiday for ten days so then had to wait for my chance again, but I’m having my best run in the team this season now and game by game I’m feeling fitter & I’ll be back to my old self in no time. My targets always thirty plus goals and to play as many games as possible to help the team as much as I can

Finally, we asked with the league campaign warming up this month, how difficult will it be starting with Deeping this week?

Very difficult, they are all good sides up at the top so it will be very tough, but if we turn up and put a shift in from one to eleven, play for one another, then I’m confident we will be fine, there is too much quality in this squad. We just need our confidence back, hopefully the winning run starts against Deeping on Saturday! COYS

Sports Shots would like to thank Dom for his time this week

UCLP; Swans striker working hard to become vital Cog in the team

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Cogenhoe United v Newport Pagnell Town

United Counties League Premier Division

Compton Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Newport Pagnell Town travel over to Cogenhoe United on Saturday looking to kick start their season after a disappointing start to their Future Lions United Counties League Premier Division campaign, that see’s them sitting in fourteenth place with just a single win and two draws from their opening five games. Their hosts sit in ninth places with a brace of wins and draws from six but haven’t tasted league success after winning their opening two matches, so both teams will be looking to get points on the board.

Tom Liversedge

Sports Shots caught up with striker Tom Liversedge this week to ask how his own personal season had started:

Personally I feel fit and sharp, I feel I’ve started the season well performance wise. I haven’t scored as many as I would like but I am confident the goals will come sooner rather than later

How is the start affecting the squad?

We haven’t started well with results we know, but it’s still very early days. You win nothing at this time of the year but we do need to improve quickly so that we’re not giving ourselves an impossible task

Taking four points from six before last week’s defeat had seen the club look like they were back on track, what do the team need to do from here?

We haven’t got going yet but all we can do is work hard on the pitch and play for each other & for our manager, then the results will come

The brief revival ended at Desborough last week, what happened?

Saturday was frustrating as the pitch and the conditions made it difficult for any team to play. We missed a few chances in the first half but eventually got our goal in the second period. Then a poor ten minutes saw the scoreline turn on its head and we were defeated

Town won at Cogenhoe towards the end of last season, can they repeat the feat?

This week is likely to be similar to last with storm Ali around, so I’m guessing minimal football will be played. We’ll have to adjust and work hard & hopefully we can get the result we all want

Have the squad got much info on their hosts ahead of the game?

Not really no, judging on last year they’ll be a tight knit bunch that play for each other

Finally we asked Tom just how hard the squad is working on getting back up that league table:

We are working hard, it’s all we can do at the minute. Hopefully that will be rewarded and we get on a good run and climb that league!

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

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

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!


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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