Originally published by the Sleaford Target on March 27th 2013.
Sleaford Town manager Glen Maddison was left ruing his side’s ability in front of goal after they lost 2-1 at home to Newport Pagnall in the United Counties League Premier Division.
Newport’s Darren Dykes and Jack Croxford scored either side of half-time to beat Sleaford, who could not capitalise on Joe Braithwaite’s goal on the hour mark.
“I thought we played OK and we played some good football. I was just disappointed we couldn’t put our chances away,” said Town boss Maddison.
“There was a 20 minute period where we played well, but apart from that there just wasn’t enough from us.
“We didn’t make their goalkeeper work even though we created plenty of chances.”
In one of the few games played last weekend due to the weather, Darren Dykes gave Newport the lead on the stroke of half-time when he converted Danny Watson’s cross from close range.
Jack Croxford then doubled Newport’s lead in the 53rd minute and, despite defender Braithwaite’s goal with half an hour left, Sleaford could not find a way back into the game.
Sleaford face Stewarts & Lloyds Corby on Saturday as they look to complete a double over the Northampton side having beaten them at the beginning of March.
“We beat them 2-0 at our place but they’re a good side despite what their league position suggests,” Maddison said.
“Their ground is difficult if I remember rightly as the pitch slopes a bit, but we’re confident.”
Liam Tunstell and Ashley Murrell gave Sleaford the win that day, but Sleaford go into Saturday’s game with two disappointing losses behind them.
Sleaford are above Stewarts & Lloyds in the league and Maddison is confident ahead of the game. But Town have some difficult challenges over the next few weeks, as they face away trips to county rivals Boston Town and high-flying St Ives Town.
“We knew these games would be difficult and I was hoping that we could get at least a point from Newport – but you go with what you’ve got,” Maddison said. “We’re confident going into Saturday, though.”
Stewarts & Lloyds are due to host Boston Town on Tuesday night and Maddison was intending to travel to the game for a scouting report on both sides.
Kris Jones and Nick Bishop are both suspended for Saturday while forward Tom Sergeant is unavailable. Bishop will complete his four-match suspension after he was given his third red card of the season earlier this month.