Newport Pagnell Town Reserves' Ian "Loopey" Lindop on their 3-1 win against Potton United Reserves:
"After going through my inbox messages this last few weeks, I’ve had messages from a few of my admirers asking when will I start my match reports again, well, I found my pencil so here we go!!
We welcomed Potton to Willen Road this weekend.
We are on the back of a good run of form and after having no game last weekend we were itching to play.
The Potton boys seemed up for this game as they had all arrived early, were changed and out warming up which looked like a high tempo warm up!
We knew this could be a tough test for us.
I heard their first team didn’t have a game and really thought I’d see some old faces in Christian Smail, Sammy Parrish or Aaron Murrell but it looked like Kuhney hadn’t sent any of his big boys with the ressies.
The game kicked of in stupidly windy conditions, Newport got to grips early doors, even with the wind in our face. Keeping possession and rarely forcing the ball forward, we were creating a few half chances.
Potton to be fair to their young squad, tried to play football when they had the ball but the Newport boys were just hungrier and wanted it that little bit more. We pressed well when out of possession and made it hard for Potton, winning the ball back quickly when we had lost the ball.
Our work on and off the ball was fantastic at times, great patient build up play as well as some superb link up play between the front 2.
It wasn’t long before we deservedly went 1-0 up. For all our great play the goal actually comes from a bit of a goal mouth scramble. Fair play to the very honest linesman from potton, the ball was smashed past the line by Jake W but bounced off of a defender and came back out, the Lino flagged and again, very honestly said it had crossed the line. To be fair he had to, the Newport ultras in the stand headed up by Lionel Plummer would have been hounding him if he hadn’t given it. 1-0 Newport.
More of the same after the goal, it was windy and rainy but the young potton boys just couldn’t seem to get the ball to the striker quickly, which our energetic pacey defence didn’t kind at all.
We seemed to have an answer for everything that the boys in blue were trying. A few meaty tackles (but fair tackles) had set our tone and potton knew that not only can we play, we are strong too!
Before the break we got ourselves further in front,
Some great football passing from back to front ended with Jamie lashing the ball home from close range.
A very professional, solid first half performance from us. 2-0
Half time we said that we was not to take our foot off of the peddle and to keep playing 1, 2 touch football because potton couldn’t get close to us.
Sadly we did take our foot off the gas, misplaced passes, forcing the ball and taking too many touches allowed potton to have more possession in the second half.
Credit to them, they never gave up and continued to play football but again rarely getting the ball forward enough to cause us any problems.
We coasted through this half but a moment of magic when Jake received the ball and beat a man with a “flip-flap” he then managed to get into the area where he was wiped out! Penalty...
Joe Pursell, our goalkeeper fancied it, as he had only had 3 touches all game, 2 of them being goal kicks.
Jake grabbed the ball, gave the keeper the eyes and side footed the ball into the corner, sending the keeper the wrong way! 3-0
The game then went a touch flat, not a great deal of brilliant play or quickly shifting the ball like we had been doing in the first half.
Once Potton had managed to get behind our defence, a great recover from Nathan stopped them shooting and gave them a very very rare corner!
The ball was whipped over, wind assisted, missed everyone apart from a young lad who swung a leg at the ball, it shot across goal, hit another Potton player on the knee and bobbled into the net! 3-1
That’s how it finished... thanks Potton and good luck for the rest of your season!
All in all, a good win, it keeps the momentum up, that’s now another victory for us and we continue to push to get as high up the league as possible.
In the last month or so we have finally got our full squad back at the ressies and on top of that we started one 16 year old and bought on another 2, so we are now not only back to winning ways and playing how we know we can, we are also blooding through the next generation of Newport boys!
Confidence is high at Willen Road and the results are showing that too! We certainly cannot win the league but I feel we could have a big say in where it ends up this year!
Onwards and upwards ⚽️"
Updated 19:27 - 17 Mar 2019 by Wayne Harmes