Newport Pagnell Town Reserves manager Darren Clarke on their 2-1 win against Peterborough Northern Star Reserves:
"Newport Pagnell Town Res Vs PNS, We welcomed PNS to Willen road with a good squad available, but as is the theme of recent weeks/months, a much changed squad from the previous week, but no complaints with our available squad, to the game and PNS are a team that looked much changed since we last played, but the message to our lads was to be positive and take the game to the opposition, well after just 19 seconds Jamie Sylvester got on the end of a Nathan Clarke cross to the back post and we are 1-0 up !!!
We continued to press the opposition and after a corner, same two players combined resulting in a second for Jamie Sylvester and gave us the opportunity to take real control of the game, it would be fair to say that we did continue to create more chances, but also that the opposition started to have a spell of possession and created a few chances of their own, a spell of our own poor decision making led to an under-hit pass to put one of our own defenders under pressure for the striker to nick the ball in-front of goal and get one back for the visitors, half-time and 2-1.
Both Mark & myself just felt that despite the lead we really didn`t control the tempo, the game or keep possession well enough, and let the lads know that we really had to improve, we made a change at half-time and it was really good to see Chris Pendry back after a substantial amount of time away and another player back was Ian Lindop, returning after the birth of his newborn son, the second half saw PNS apply more pressure and although we asked the lads to try and keep the ball and raise their performance, today it didn`t click or come together for us, and PNS kept us honest and made it hard for us to play, we had also introduced 16 year old Cameron Hardie and asked him to drive the team forward, which he did and seemed to just knit things together and got us going forward with a bit more intent, before the game was done we managed to get Kio Ratcliffe on and finished the game with two 16 year old`s on the pitch which is a credit to them and gives us pride in seeing our young players get the match time they so need for their development, another notable mention is for Josh Wilson who made an impressive debut today, good luck to PNS who battled hard today, much more work to be done, and a well fought 3 points."
Updated 19:52 - 10 Feb 2019 by Wayne Harmes