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Flowserve's joint-managers say there could be new arrivals at the club to bolster their strong squad after South Normanton Athletic defeat


By Connor Thompson


Stephen Kirkham says there could be new additions to his squad after Newark Flowserve suffered their first defeat of the season.

With just two league defeats at Lowfields since the start of the 2017/18 campaign, the standards have been set by joint-managers Craig Roche and Kirkham, who have led the club to back-to-back promotions.

Flowserve scored a league leading 139 goals last season, but have struggled to find the back of the net in the Midlands Football League Premier Division, firing a blank in two of their previous three home matches.

FLOWSERVE’S joint-managers Craig Roche (centre) and Stephen Kirkham (right) were unhappy with their lack of goal threat at Lowfields on Bank Holiday Monday.
FLOWSERVE’S joint-managers Craig Roche (centre) and Stephen Kirkham (right) were unhappy with their lack of goal threat at Lowfields on Bank Holiday Monday.

Speaking after the 1-0 loss to South Normanton Athletic on Bank Holiday Monday, Kirkham said: “It’s a worry because the level has gone up and it’s more difficult to score goals now. It is as simple as that.

“Some players haven’t made that step up yet and it is something that we want to address, and we will be looking to bring in a couple of new faces.

“It is not just one game, it has been three games now, so obviously it is something that needs to be rectified.”

Roche said: “We are massively disappointed with the performance. We deserved to lose.

“We dominated the game for large parts, but we never really looked to hurt them and we didn’t test their keeper enough.

“It was a disappointing result, but we will have to bounce back now.”

On Saturday, Flowserve travel to Leicestershire Senior League side County Hall in the FA Vase, who have three points from their opening three matches.

“The cup gives you that little bit of extra glory and can be a break from the league,” said Roche.

“It’s a massive competition and there are no gimmies at any level and for us it is an opportunity to bounce back, put things right and progress to the next round.”



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