Wellingborough Town 2-2 Newport Pagnell Town Future Lions United Counties League Premier
By Wayne Harmes
A bright start by both sides set up was promised to be a lively game as the play quickly became end to end
Wellingborough Town 2-2 Newport Pagnell Town
Future Lions United Counties League Premier
18th August 2018 Attendance 94
A bright start by both sides set up was promised to be a lively game as the play quickly became end to end. The opening goal came after only 10 minutes when good play by Fazel Koriya forced a corner that was powerfully headed home by Dave Baker. Chances came at either end but the best, a couple of minutes before the interval, was somehow skewed wide by the Doughboy's James Gillard from 1 yard out with an open goal gaping. The reprise was short lived for the Swans as Wellingborough equalised when a cross from Beppe Freitas was turned into his own net by Adam Pryke (44 mins). However, the drama was not over for the half as the hosts were caught napping in injury time, Tom Liversedge heading home a corner in a carbon copy of Newport's first goal (45+1 mins).
Wellingborough made tactical changes for the second half and stepped up their tempo. Newport looked sluggish as they failed to respond when James Gillard combined with Justin Dowling to set up Beppe Freitas who superbly rifled an unstoppable shot past Mark Osborn from 18 yards to bring the scores level once more (56 mins). In the final minutes Osborn pulled off an incredible treble save, first denying Jeremiah Adams and then Adam Speight twice in a matter of seconds to keep the Swans in the game. Michael Lyon was given his marching orders after receiving a second yellow card with 10 minutes remaining as Newport held out for a draw to pick up their first point of the new season.
Wellingborough Town: Justin Greatorix, Carlos Lewis, Danny Mortimer, Jake Gillingwater, Adam Randall, Troy Johnson (Matt Buckby 90’), Beppe Freitas, Justin Dowling (c), Adam Speight, James Gillard (Salam Amoako 84’), Jeremiah Adams
Swans: Mark Osborn (c), Oliie Wilkinson, Damon Herbert, Liam Smyth (Stuart Smeathers 74’), Adam Pryke, Dave Baker, Josh Winters, Michael Lyon, Tom Liversedge, Fazel Koriya (Jake Nagy 85’), Harry Stratton (Darryl Smith 66’)