Newark Town held to 1-1 draw by Collingham in Central Midlands League North Division derby at Station Road
A youthful Collingham left the happier of the two sides in a fiercely contested 1-1 derby day draw.
Despite the 20-point gap shown in the league table, there was little to separate the North Division rivals in the opening half, which saw strong saves from both Oliver Swaby and Nathan Burrows.
As expected, neither side seemed to commit too many men forward, wary of conceding the first blow in front of a crowd of 190.
But in the second half, Town came out stronger, keeping the hosts pinned in their own half.
With a minute of the restart Craig Bridge sent the first warning shot from 25 yards, which Swaby tipped onto the bar.
But the danger wasn’t over as the rebound fell awkwardly to the feet of Kieran Job, who stabbed wide.
Ten minutes into the half a goal eventually came, but it wasn’t by the favoured Blues, with Collingham striking on the counter.
A powerful run and cross from the right by Frasier Cooke was turned in by Jake Morrison.
The lead lasted for less than two minutes as a speculative high ball in from the right by debutant Liam Moran took a slight deflection to carry the ball away from the keeper and into the far corner of the net.
Daryl Price, making his first Town appearance for five years, replaced Job on the hour as the Blues began to look more positive, but again it was playing into the host’s hands as a quick break saw Chris Self force a save out of Burrows.
The final chance fell in Town’s favour, though Swaby was out quickly to block Ricky North’s effort.
Collingham: Swaby, Oliver, Fixter, Bennett, Goodwin (Wilkinson), Carlisle, Cooke, Warwick-Adkins, Morrison, Self, Foxcroft
Town: Burrows, Moran, Stevens, North, Evans, Lewis (Parson 45'), Carty, Bridge, Chambers, Job (Price 60'), Asplin.
- Reaction from Collingham's manager can be found HERE.
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