Derby day drubbing ‘tweet’ revenge for Newark Town after 5-0 win over Collingham
Luke Parsons said Newark Town’s football did the talking after a 5-0 league win over noisy neighbours Collingham.
The two clubs, who ground-shared at Station Road in recent years, have always produced feisty encounters and Saturday’s game, the first at the YMCA, Town’s new home, was no different.
The build-up to derby day took a twist on Thursday afternoon when Collingham’s Twitter account questioned when the last time Town had beaten them was — very much in a mickey-taking manor.
“It’s been that long we’ve forgotten,” the tweet read.
But, the truth was, it had been a long time and Friday, December 9, 2016, was the last time the Blues beat their neighbours.
“We saw what they said and we made sure nobody replied to it,” said Parsons.
“My team talk was a printed copy of that tweet in the changing room.
“I said to the lads ‘before you go out to warm up have a look at it and then do something about it’. That was all the ammo we needed.”
More than 120 spectators were in attendance on the day, a high turn out considering Newark Flowserve were hosting a fellow top six side in Stourport Swifts around the corner at Lowfields.
“It was a great feeling (to win) and the first time in over 1,000 days — it was well worth the wait,” said Parsons.
The player-manager, who started in the centre of Town’s defence, said he was pleased to keep a clean sheet — the Blues’ 13th of the season. The win moved them 13 points clear at the top.
Town got off to a quick start and Tyler Martin put the Blues ahead on 11 minutes, before adding a second on the half-hour mark.
Lewis Chambers added a third before the break, a goal that ultimately killed the game off.
Daryl Price made if four on 60 minutes, before man of the match Jonny Wiles rounded off the scoring ten minutes later.
“We have had better performances if I’m being honest,” said Parsons.
“We won 5-0 without getting out of second gear.
“We could have gone up one or two more gears.”
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