Newport Pagnell Town Reserves 4 - 1 Olney Town Reserves
The Swans convincingly win the local clash as brothers score for both sides.
Newport Pagnell Town Reserves 4 Olney Town Reserves 1
(Tuesday 14th March, 2017 : United Counties League Reserve Division)
match report by Walter Hunt
This local derby produced the good football and entertainment for which the bigger than usual crowd for a Reserves match was hoping. The 1-1 half time score was a fair reflection of a fairly even first 45 minutes, but a dominant second half performance by the home team gave them a well-deserved win.
Olney Town made a perfect start when former Newport player Vinnie Shrieves gave them the lead after only three minutes with a close range shot after the home defence had failed to clear the ball from a corner.
Newport Pagnell pressed forward and Matt Old found himself with just the goalkeeper to beat but shot wide. Then in the eighteenth minute Kelvin Osei-Addo made no mistake as the ball was headed down to him from a corner and brought the scores level.
Both teams set up good attacking moves but were unable to find a good enough final ball to create good chances and a fairly even first half ended with the scores level.
HALF TIME 1-1
Newport Pagnell started the second half as quickly as their opponents had started the first. It took only three minutes of the half for Kelvin Osei-Addo to score his and Newport Pagnell’s second goal when he met a cross from the left with a firm shot that went in off the post.
With the home team starting to dominate possession Kelvin Osei-Addo had three shots that were just off target and could not quite complete his hat-trick. Jack Taylor in the Olney goal made one or two good saves and dealt with corners confidently and Newport Pagnell could not quite turn their pressure into a third goal.
Olney had players who could be dangerous when they broke forward and still looked capable of getting back into the match, but the home defence dealt well with their attacks. The two full backs, Mason Coleman and Luke Burrows, looked secure throughout the match and used the ball well going forward.
It took until the seventy-third minute for Newport Pagnell’s pressure to produce the third goal which they deserved. George Shrieves, who had only been on as a substitute for a few minutes, stayed just onside and timed his run onto a through ball perfectly to hit a firm shot that gave the Olney goalkeeper no chance.
Five minutes later Newport Pagnell put the result beyond doubt when the Olney defence was caught out again with a very similar move. This time it was Kelvin Osei-Addo with a perfectly timed run and a clinical finish to score his third and his team’s fourth goal.
With the result no longer in doubt both teams seemed to lose a little concentration in the final few minutes. Olney came closest to scoring again with a header from a corner that was well saved by Joe Purcell but there were no more goals.
Newport Pagnell Town Reserves did what was needed to improve on some recent disappointing results, maintaining the good goalscoring form that had brought them 26 goals in their previous 7 matches whilst eliminating the defensive weaknesses that have cost them points. This result leaves them thirteenth in the United Counties League Reserve Division. With twelve matches still to play and several games in hand on all the teams above them, a mid-table position seems a realistic end of season target if they can maintain this form.
FULL TIME 4-1
Newport Pagnell team: Joe Purcell, Mason Coleman, Luke Burrows,, Ben Snusher, Junior Muya, Samuel Tamakloe, Dan Smith (70, George Shrieves), Jamie Burrows, Matthew Old (58, Darryl Smith), Kelvin Osei-Addo, Taigan Brooks (78, Gary Brooks).
Substitutes (unused): Matt Cullis, Courtney Brooks.