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Joint-manager Stephen Kirkham delighted with Newark Flowserve's eight-goal showing against Coventry Sphinx


By Connor Thompson


Newark Flowserve’s joint-manager says his side’s goal hoodoo is over after firing eight past Coventry Sphinx at Lowfields.

Matt Cotton starred as he struck a ten-minute second half hat-trick, and top-scorer Kyle Dixon scored twice, with Danny Meadows, Ben Hutchinson and Solomon Miller also getting in on the act.

“I was delighted with the performance and, to be honest, we have been playing well all season,” said Stephen Kirkham.

DANNY MEADOWS spots Cameron Dear overlapping. 210919CT1-2 (17321713)
DANNY MEADOWS spots Cameron Dear overlapping. 210919CT1-2 (17321713)

“We just haven’t been able to put the ball in the back of the net as much as we would have liked to.

“I think we have finally broken that hoodoo, especially at home, where we haven’t scored more than one in the league since Worcester (Flowserve’s 4-3 opening day win).”

Kirkham said the change in fortune in front of goal was down to having more than one game plan, which he hopes will make Lowfields a fortress.

Danny Meadows.
Danny Meadows.

“We have added a bit more pace into the side, which gives us a plan b, rather than always playing in front of teams,” he said.

“But it just clicked. We took our half chances, which we haven’t been doing, and we took our bigger chances as well.

“We are pleased with the start so far, but we are not going to get carried away.

“One of the things we did set out to do (at the start of the season) was make our home ground a fortress, and obviously we lost one to South Normanton, but we scored eight on Saturday and we are making it difficult here.”

NUMBER nine Ben Hutchinson registered his second goal in as many games. 210919CT1-3
NUMBER nine Ben Hutchinson registered his second goal in as many games. 210919CT1-3

Kirkham also praised hat-trick hero Cotton.

“He didn’t train in the week because of a knock and he hadn’t played for two weeks so he did well to come off the bench and do that.

“He’s proved he’s ready and he is knocking on the door for a shirt on Saturday.”

On Saturday, Flowserve host 16th-placed Shrewsbury-based side Haughmond, who have won one of their opening seven league fixtures (kick off 3pm).



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