Newark Flowserve smash seven past Quorn to round off pre-season, to chairman Gary Clarke's delight
Pre-season came to a close in entertaining fashion for Newark Flowserve as they dispatched fellow step five side Quorn 7-2, in what could be a sign of things to come.
Sol Miller opened the scoring as he burned past the host’s defence, before placing the ball into the bottom corner.
Matt Cotton doubled Flowserve’s lead shortly after, finding the same corner, and the visitors found goals three and four before the break as Miller and Cotton both found themselves on a brace before the half-time whistle.
Quorn managed to pull one back, but Cotton’s hat-trick goal killed the game off, as he tapped in Danny Meadows’ precise square ball.
An incredible strike earned Quorn their second when Ben Bradshaw fired a shot in from nearly 30 yards.
But normal service was resumed shortly after as Kyle Dixon converted from the spot following Jack Andrews’ tricky run into the box.
Meadows headed goal seven as he floated into to box to cushion the ball home from inside six yards.
The win wrapped up an impressive pre-season, which saw Flowserve stand side-by-side with clubs from much higher divisions.
Fans also had the chance to see The Highwaymen’s seven new additions — many of whom made a step down to buy into the project at Lowfields.
“The guys that have come into the squad — Ryan Ebanks (defender) Lawrence Gorman (defender) Jack Andrews (defender) Kyle Dixon (midfielder) Matt Cotton (midfielder) Paolo Piliero (midfielder) and Ben Hutchinson (striker) — have been brilliant,” said chairman Gary Clarke.
“They are fantastic footballers and they have fitted straight in, and that isn’t to diminish the skills of the guys already here.
“The game at Quorn was unbelievable. It was a very technical tie and just a great game of football.
“The other friendlies were against high opposition and in the Basford United game (step three) we didn’t look out of place — that’s the kind of depth of squad we now have.
“Craig Roche and Stephen Kirkham have added to the squad very well and created a real competition for places.
“There are guys that played last season, which are more than good enough to play this season, but it’s a case of now proving it again and getting their name on the team sheet — It’s fantastic.”
Among the new talent that has joined the squad, players from NG24 have remained in the club’s plans — Daryl Price, Curtis Price and Danny Meadows to name a few.
“I want NG24 players to be part of the squad,” said Clarke.
“If you look at Elliott King, this is his fifth season at the club and he’s scored 93 goals for us.
“If we were at a professional level, the crowd would be singing he’s one of our own.
“Sol (Miller) has been here for four years and Jahred (Barrow) has been here for three.
“Sammy Agar has had two full seasons and was here on and off before that because he was in the army at the time.
“The players are local and it shows.
“The fans have warmed to them and they have realised that.
“It’s special when a player, who is not from the area and who has to travel to home matches, stays for more than two seasons.”
Flowserve host Worcester City on Saturday (3pm kick-off) before welcoming Coventry United to Lowfields on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off).
Picture credit: Mick Bradley, of Radio Newark.