A COURTESY call to their big match opponents narrowly avoided a footballing disaster for Newport Pagnell Town’s U15s.
Manager Matthew Childs and his side were eagerly anticipating their chance to play against Slough Irish Youth in the Berks & Bucks Cup semi final on Saturday.
When he spoke to his opposite number, he quickly realised there could be a huge problem at hand.
He said: “We were told that they play in green and while, like we do. But we haven’t got an away kit and as the visiting side, it’s up to us to change.”
Exhausting his options, Childs called Vandanel in Wolverton – manufacturers of football kits – in the vain hope they might be able to help.
And to his surprise, Vandanel agreed to donate a smart new black and white kit for the lads to wear in their big game.
“They were delighted to help, donating a kit and agreeing to sponsor us. I can’t thank them enough,” said Childs.
The sporting gesture certainly inspired the young Newport side as they recorded a fantastic 5-1 win to book their place in the county cup final.
George Boland handed them a dream start with a goal after five minutes before Lamar Mangal doubled the lead just five minutes later.
Munashe Sundire added a third before the break, before Slough pulled a goal back in early in the second half. But it wasn’t enough to stop Town as Sundire completed his hat-trick, rounding off a memorable day and booking them a place in April’s final against Abington Town.