Saturday 7th April 2018
Newport Pagnell Town v Boston Town
United Counties League Premier Division
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
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
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…………