Tough away run continues
Newark Flowserve battled hard in front of a crowd of 65, but in the end they were forced to accept their second reversal of the season, reports Tony Smith.
Flowserve, who suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leicestershire side Ingles FC in the East Midlands Counties League, remain in third place.
The game was as dismal as the weather, with the hot days of summer just a glorious memory as the cold and rain seemed to seep into the bones of both sets of players as they struggled to put their passes together on a worn pitch.
The visitors were without their suspended top scorer Sam Agar, who had scored 11 goals in his previous 11 fixtures.
Agar’s enforced absence paved the way for new signing Harry Wakefield as the number nine shirt was filled by the solidly-built 19-year-old, who joined the clubs from Basford United.
Wakefield dived straight into the action and created the first clear-cut opportunity for the Highwaymen.
His 23rd minute drilled strike flew just wide of the target.
The deadlock was broken in the 36th minute when Billy Blackshaw broke clear down the inside-left channel to fire past the onrushing James Beddingham, who was restored to the starting line-up.
And Sean Wooley nearly put Ingles two ahead a minute later when he advanced from the same position, only to fire the ball over the angle of post and crossbar.
The visitors started brightly in the second period, and could have levelled matters three minutes after the restart when first a Steve Kirkham header was clawed off the line by Ingles keeper Oliver Buchanan, and then Tom Potts’ follow up shot was kept out by a crowd of bodies.
The ball then broke to the other end when Lloyd Tupper’s shot hit the bar, while on 63 minutes Wakefield broke clear only to be denied a debut goal by a fine piece of goalkeeping when Buchanan turned his effort on to the woodwork.
Substitutes Elliot King and Tom Perkins produced lively cameos after their introduction, but neither could alter the proceedings as the home side took the spoils with the only goal of the game.
Flowserve remain two points clear of fourth place, thanks in the main to their 100% home record at fortress Lowfields, but it is their away record that needs to improve when they travel to Kimberley Miners’ Welfare on Saturday.