Newark Alliance Premier Division : Eight goals in first-half as sides share points in thriller
Eight goals were netted in the opening 36 minutes as Newark Flowserve and Grove 16 played out a breathless 5-5 draw.
A mixture of brilliant attacking play and woeful defending made for an entertaining first-half.
Grove were 3-1 up in the first ten minutes, with Dom Swingler, Alex Hales and Lewis Chambers on the scoresheet.
Tyler Martin scored for Flowserve, who went top with the point, after five minutes as both teams made an electric start.
After being two goals down, Flowserve went two goals ahead in the 36th minute as they scored four in 22 minutes to lead 5-3.
Robert Wesley pulled one back in the 14th minute, before Martin added his second 13 minutes later to make it 3-3.
Two goals from Daryl Price gave Flowserve a 5-3 lead going into half-time.
The second-half quietened down, with both defences proving more difficult to breach than in the first period.
Alex Hales reduced Grove’s deficit soon after the break to set up a grandstand finish as they chased an equaliser.
With ten minutes remaining, a fine long ball from Ed Munton found Chambers in an advanced position.
He beat defender Stephen Kirkham on the edge of the box before rifling into the corner to level.
A fifth win was achieved by Coddington Mill as they overcame stubborn resistance from bottom-of-the-table AFC Farnsfield.
Coddington took the lead through Josh Johnson’s deflected effort.
Coddington were the better side and missed opportunities to extend their advantage before Lee Campbell added a second.
Farnsfield pulled a goal back with time running out, but it was not enough to save them from a ninth loss in ten matches.