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Newark and Sherwood United suffer narrow loss to Eastwood in the United Counties League Premier Division North competition





It was a battle of East versus West in the United Counties League Premier Division North fixture as Newark and Sherwood United welcomed Eastwood to Station Road, Collingham.

However, it would be Eastwood who outgunned The Highwaymen this time around as they left on the team bus 2-1 winners in their sixth straight win.

Last season's United captain Romaine Graham lined up against his old team for Eastwood.

The Nottingham-based side finds themselves having a much better this time around as they challenge for playoff contention.

Newark by contrast is struggling somewhat and currently sits in 16th position out of 18 teams.

After a nine-game unbeaten run across all competitions, The Highwaymen have now lost four in a row.

Newark and Sherwood United man of the match Liam Mays up against Eastwood's best player on the day, Jack Messom.
Newark and Sherwood United man of the match Liam Mays up against Eastwood's best player on the day, Jack Messom.

The team parted ways with assistant manager Dennis Rhule last week and it was the first game without the charismatic former member of staff in the dugout.

Both teams went onto the field eager but a period of testing the waters took hold.

It would be more than half an hour before the first goal was scored and it was the visitors who got onto the board.

Tyreece Robinson was the man who scored in the 36th minute in what was his first goal ever for the visitors.

He would later go on to win Eastwood's player of the month award for November thanks in part to his performance against Newark and Sherwood United.

Liam Moran then stepped up and equalised only four minutes later thanks to a Liam Marsden assist.

Ross Woolley made some great saves.
Ross Woolley made some great saves.

The two teams came off the field reasonably matched at 1-1.

Some good saves from Ross Woolley would keep The Highwaymen level for most of the second-half with the keeper well supported by strong defence.

The home side had their opportunities but were unable to convert and fell short in the 82nd minute after Tyler Blake secured the victory for Eastwood.

Liam Moran goes up against former United captain Romaine Graham.
Liam Moran goes up against former United captain Romaine Graham.

Ironically, Tyler is the brother of former Newark and Sherwood United star Nyle Blake who was one of the team's top scorers last season before moving on.

"Our season is determined by the results we achieve and at the minute we are not getting those results," said United manager, Jonathan D'Laryea.

"We know we need to put the points on the board and we need to put the points on the board.

"We need to start climbing up the board."



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