Saturday 16th March 2019
Holbeach United v Newport Pagnell Town
United Counties League Premier Division
Newport Pagnell Town travel to Holbeach United on Saturday as they go into their last eight games of the season, a goalless draw at Willen Road back in October failed to separate these two sides and now just four places sit between hosts and guests although a gap of eighteen points tells a different story! Town can still finish fourth in the table if they win their remaining games and other results go their way, something that just a few weeks ago seemed a long way away, & a good run of form since Christmas has eradicated the memories of their early season form which was disappointing especially after last year’s success, but more importantly these last few fixtures can be used to gain some momentum heading into next season. Holbeach haven’t lost a league game this year meaning Darren Lynch’s squad will be in for yet another stern test, but since the Swans exited the FA Vase in early January they have only lost three of their eleven games since, and seven of their last nine games have seen four or more goals so entertainment is following Newport of late…..
This week Sports Shots caught up with Newport manager Darren Lynch to ask how he would describe the club’s season with just eight games left to play?
A bit of a failure if I’m honest, I think the season didn’t start the best and it carried on from there, us not being able to field the same team more than three times in row hasn’t helped
Looking back has it been an enjoyable season, or has there been too much pressure after last year’s close run?
It’s never enjoyable when you know you have a squad capable of so much more, but last season should have been a stepping stone so obviously I’m disappointed
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but is there anything the manager would change if he could go back?
There’s nothing you can do about injuries and obviously it’s part of the game, so like u say hindsight is a great thing but you can’t legislate for losing key players at key moments, but there’s one I wish I could really change
How difficult was it to keep hold of players at the start of the season when things weren’t going so well?
Obviously when things aren’t going well morale isn’t the best and it’s about character and players willing to stick together through thick and thin, I must take my hat off to the lads because I’m sure there were a few who had other offers but they stayed loyal to us
Looking at the league table Daventry look favourite for the league, does Darren agree with that?
The league table never lies and Daventry deserve to be where they are because they’ve been the most consistent side week in week out
Have any targets been set for the remaining games?
To finish as high as we can and everyone knows a good run in this league can mean you jump a good few places!
Away at Holbeach this week, a goalless draw at Willen Road back October, they are on a run of ten games without defeat, how will Newport approach the game?
To be honest I think we deserved to win the home game that day, but since Danny has come in he has brought a new breath of life hence they’re on a great run, but we must go into the game without fear and stamp our authority on the match and play our game!
Finally we asked Darren who he thought from his squad would be the last person to volunteer to go on holiday with the gaffer?
I’d say they’d all hate to go with me! Hahaha
Sports Shots would like to thank Darren for his time this week