Crowle Colts 0-4 Newark Town: Card count high as Town torment Colts
Newark Town continued their title charge with a win on the road in a fiery affair that saw a season-high number of cards.
The Blues made two changes in the 4-0 win over Crowle Colts as club captain Lewis Chambers and summer signing Sam Bartle returned to the starting 11, with Ben Wallace and Jackson Buckthorpe missing out.
The game started at a fast pace, with the home side aggressive in the tackle, and the game evenly contested.
But, on 12 minutes, a Crowle clearance to the edge of box allowed Town’s first big chance of the game.
And the experienced Rhys Lewis made no mistake as he fired an effort into the top right corner, giving the ‘keeper no chance.
Crowle continued their aggressive approach as continuous free kicks disrupted the flow of the game.
Their game plan also saw them receive two yellow cards in the opening 15 minutes, which they later paid for.
On 30 minutes, striker Chambers’ audacious close range overhead kick flew over the Crowle bar and from the resulting goal kick, the ball was returned down the right hand side and into the path of player-manager Nathan Arnold.
The former Football League winger dribbled down the by-line and hung a cross to the back post, which was unselfishly headed down by Jonny Wiles to Chambers, who finished from inside the six yard box.
Before half-time Crowle’s task became even harder as they went down to ten men following a handball in the box.
Chamber finished the resulting penalty to the ‘keeper’s right, scoring his second of the game.
Despite leading 3-0 at half-time, the game was more memorable for the interruptions of play with the referee the centre of attention for issuing five yellow cards and one red.
The second half started in the same vein as the first finished, with the sixth yellow card of the game issued to Arnold.
James Gardner headed home Newark’s fourth midway through the second half, elevating Town to second in the CML Premier Division North.
Town travel to Sutton Rovers on Saturday (3pm) before hosting title rivals Dinnington Town on Wednesday night (7.45pm).
- In Division One North, 780 JLC beat Newark Town Development 4-2. Toby Rumsley and Tom Perkins scored for Newark.
- Newark Town ladies earned an incredible 29-0 win over Meden Vale.