Newark Flowserve out of the Notts Senior Cup after 2-0 defeat to Carlton Town
Newark Flowserve lost 2-0 at home to Carlton Town on Tuesday night under the lights at Lowfields, but that doesn’t begin to tell half the story.
Carlton, Flowserve’s opponents in the Notts Senior Cup fourth round tie, play their football two leagues higher that their hosts but, other than they scored at the beginning and the end of the game, they were comprehensively outplayed in between.
Carlton ended with two players taken to hospital, injured while robustly challenging orange clad opponents, and they were also outfought on the footballing front, but the difference was that they took their chances while The Highwaymen failed to create any clear-cut ones of their own, despite their high possession.
Cheered on once more by an attendance of 226 on a night when temperatures were rapidly falling after an afternoon snow flurry, the Flowserve faithful eschewed a warm night by the fire to cheer on their heroes.
Reece Bertram, Carlton’s most influential figure, fired the visitors in front on six minutes and substitute Kyle Stovell made it two a minute into stoppage time.
It was the first time in 17 games that Flowserve had tasted defeat.
They had won 15 of their previous 16 outings, scoring no fewer than 70 goals and conceding just 11 in the process.
Carlton Town will be joined in the quarter-final draw of the county’s flagship tournament, by Ollerton Town, who defeated Flowserve’s league rivals Radford 2-1.
Kimberley Miners Welfare, AFC Mansfield, Basford United and Gedling Miners Welfare are the other confirmed quarter-finalists, while the winners of last night’s matches — Selston versus Retford United and Hucknall Town versus Clipstone — will complete the final eight.
On Saturday, Flowserve will hope to bounce back against Radford in the East Midlands Counties league.