Newport Pagnell Town Reserves manager Darren Clarke on their 5-0 win against Irchester United Reserves:
"We travelled over to Irchester looking to continue our winning run and get some momentum getting us heading back up the table. Training was good in the week and the squad included x4 16 year old`s today as we look to continue to establish that pathway to senior football at Newport.
Back to the game and we were looking to play with a real intensity about our game and our early exchanges proved fruitful when the Irchester keeper made a horrible mistake which allowed our striker Jake Watkinson to nip in after 3 minutes to put us 1-0 up, a second strike from Jake after 7 minutes put us up 2-0 before Mathew Cullis finished a superb solo effort and we`re up 3-0 inside 15 minutes.
Irchester hadn`t given up and after twenty minutes Joe Pursell was called upon to make a great save and tip one effort over the bar, another goal from Jake to give him his hatrick and our fifth from Jamie Burrows gave us a comfortable 5-0 lead at half-time.
The meassage from Mark and myself was to not drop our intensity, keep up the pressure and further our advantage, I can only imagine the chat Irchester were having but we knew they would come out at us and make it difficult, which they did.
The second half was probably better for them, we became less composed and didn`t keep the ball well, after 60 minutes I was able to introduce Ned Stevens, who made an impression nearly winning a penalty and getting clean through on goal, but the keeper did really well to smother the ball and deny even the shot.
After 70 minutes Kio Ratcliffe and George Chappell were on and including Cameron Hardie who has become something of a regular we had x4 16 year old`s on the pitch, something which we can be really proud of and so should they, the rest of the second half was not much of a contest, very scrappy with neither team really creating anything.
I would like to finish by adding my appreciation to our senior players today who really seem to enjoy supporting the youngsters coming through, these young players will always need this spine of experience so the senior players are extremely important for this process to be successful, Good luck to the Ircherster players and staff for the rest of the season, Darren"