Newark Flowserve fire four past Teversal in the East Midlands Counties League
On a bitterly cold day at the end of the festive frivolities, Newark Flowserve kept the dreams alive as they painted a picture of the future at Lowfields, reports TONY SMITH.
There was every chance of an upset as The Highwaymen took to the field for the first time in the wake of their thrilling top-of-the-table clash against Selston the previous Saturday, which had drawn a season record crowd of 673 to Hawton Lane.
But 198 of the Flowserve faithful, the league’s highest gate of the day, turned up for more against Teversal, as the hosts made it 12 wins out of 13 at their unbreached home fortress which have come in front of a remarkable average attendance of 213 supporters.
With joint-manager Craig Roche continually exhorting his troops to maintain a high tempo, the orange onslaught blew away Teversal in the first-half and Flowserve finally ran out 4-0 winners to maintain top spot in the East Midlands Counties League.
Jammy Lloyd and Daryl Price, the men on target against Selston, popped up again for a second successive week to give them a 2-0 cushion early on, Danny Meadows got a goal of the season contender, and the league’s leading marksman Sam Agar ended a two-game drought in the second period to wrap up the points.
While Selston earned a 2-0 win against Heanor Town, in a match in which they had their captain sent off, and third-placed Sherwood Colliery scraped a 1-0 win at home to bottom four side Rainworth Miners’ Welfare, Flowserve continued to keep pace in their first season in football’s step six.
Left-back Will Rawdon returned to the starting line-up after serving a three-match suspension following his dismissal at Stapleford in the cup, and Daryl Price started in place of the injured Jordan Thomas.
Lloyd made it six for the season in the 14th minute with a glancing header to convert a Tyrell Shannon-Lewis cross from the left after an intense period of pressure finally paid off.
Price had time to walk the ball into the net three minutes later after a great ball from Sol Miller released Agar.
The striker played a square ball across the box to Price, who was on-hand to hit his third of the campaign.
Price went close again with a left-footed half-volley and Rhys Lewis failed to connect with his outstretched right foot after Shannon-Lewis headed back across the six-yard box.
However, it was not all Flowserve as home keeper Joe Searson was called into action and produced an outstanding point-blank save to deny a rare Teversal foray at the other end.
Then Meadows lit up Lowfields with his 16th of the season and a 34th minute goal that would have graced any stage.
He got the ball on his unfavoured left foot on the edge of the area, danced past two challenges, and unleashed a thunderbolt that thumped off the right-hand post and nestled in the far corner with the keeper a mere spectator.
Teversal made more of a game of it in the second period, and the half was only eight minutes old when Searson produced a stunning right-handed diving save to keep out a headed effort from Aaron Williamson following a corner.
Nine minutes later the Teversal number nine had another chance when he blazed over a left-footed opportunity from the edge of the box.
But, the final word went to the home side’s number nine. Agar had gone two games without finding the target after a successive six-game spree that had seen him add 11 goals, but goal number 28, and 24 in the league, came in the 77th minute.
Meadows was the provider with a delightful pass from the halfway line in the inside-right channel and Agar raced away on goal. He was temporarily halted by a fine last-ditch tackle, but recovered the quickest to get back to his feet and waltz the ball round the keeper.
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It was a never-say-die attitude that summed up the entire team performance as The Highwaymen took another three-point haul along their quest for glory.
Flowserve will continue their title-chase on Saturday as they welcome Clifton All Whites to Lowfield, in what is their third consecutive home fixture.