Newport Pagnell Town Reserves manager Darren Clarke on their 2-1 loss against Wellingborough Town Reserves:
"Wellingborough Town Res Vs Newport Pagnell Town Res, we made the short journey to Wellingborough in a decent run of form knowing that Wellingborough are a very good young side, and they would be a good side and we would need to be at our best, we started brightly getting down both flanks keeping them on the back foot, we had a succession of corners but we’re unable to take advantage of any of them, before Wellingborough hit us in the break to take the lead, we did seem to lack a little bit of urgency today and our usual pressing game seemed to be lacking, but we were keeping them occupied on the flanks and young Ned Stevens created and finished his own effort to get us level, Ned would be a thorn in their side for most of the afternoon which was great to see in such a young player, the rest of the half was frustrating for both teams, creating chances but lacking quality to seize an advantage, halftime 1-1.
We asked the lads to up their pressing game and play with a little more intensity, Wellingborough came out the brightest and weathered a spell of pressure before starting to get at them creating some better chances of our own, our pressure was telling and the corners kept coming, but the keeper did well under pressure today and even when we did beat him the Wellingborough defence stood resolute, we were guilty of missing two very simple finishes today, we got hit on the break again and we’re 2-1 down, a flurry of chances at the end of the game came and were missed, Wellingborough were reduced to 10 men when one of their players had a moment of madness, but Wellingborough stood strong and claimed all 3 points, Wellingborough are a very good young side and in reflection deserved the points, if not for our own lack of performance.
We face a tough Daventry side on Tuesday evening and have to perform better, good luck to all at Wellingborough Town, Darren"
Updated 09:20 - 24 Mar 2019 by Wayne Harmes