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Flying start to life in step five for new boys Newark Flowserve

Establishing themselves at step five football is the priority for Newark Flowserve, according to chairman Gary Clarke.

The Highwaymen got life in football’s step five ­— the first Newark team to play at that level ­— off to a flying start with a thrilling victory against Midland Football League Premier Division title favourites Worcester City at Lowfields on Saturday.

With 20 minutes remaining, Flowserve were leading 4-1 against a side that were playing National League football just two years ago, but a nail-biting finish saw the visitors pull two goals back as the game finished 4-3.

Newark Flowserve vs Worcester (14788261)
Newark Flowserve vs Worcester (14788261)

Clarke said: “For large parts of the game we were in control, but they were dangerous on the attack, we were 2-1 up at half time and there were smiles all around in the dressing room, it was a job half done.

“Then we were 4-1 up and we were really impressed with the standard the lads were playing at, especially as Worcester are one of the stronger teams, but the final 20 minutes were nerve-wracking as they scored two more.”

But they hung on for an impressive three points, and Clarke hopes for more of the same from his team for the rest of the season.

Newark Flowserve vs Worcester (14788264)
Newark Flowserve vs Worcester (14788264)

“I can’t praise any individuals because they were all, from one to 11, outstanding. For us it’s job done and we’ve got three points on the board.

“We want to win as many games as possible. We have had a fantastic start to the season against one of the stronger teams in the league, which is one box ticked,” he said.

“The fixtures are going to be tough, but if we can pick up three points early in the season it means we don’t have to chase points at the end of the season.

“We want to continue progressing. Our first goal is to guarantee our position in the league at this level for next season, but then to aim higher.”

Newark Flowserve vs Worcester (14788270)
Newark Flowserve vs Worcester (14788270)

Clarke said that while they were the new boys to the league, they were by no means the underdogs and will take the game to their opponents.

“We will always take the game to the team, we’re the new boys but it’s quite a tight league and there won’t be much between us and those in first or second,” he said.

“But we don’t want teams coming to us thinking it’s an easy three points for them, everyone is taking everyone else seriously and that’s the way it normally is in August because no-one knows how well a team has knitted together in preseason.

“But Saturday was a great result and it shows how much effort the players and managers have put in.”

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