Haughmond 2-3 Newark Flowserve: Ten men return to winning ways on the road
Newark Flowserve dropped to ten men for the second week in a row, but returned to winning ways on what was their longest league away journey of the season as they beat Haughmond 3-2 at the Shrewsbury Sports Village.
Jermain Hollis returned to the starting line-up in the place of the suspended Kyle Dixon, while new player-coach Francois Zoko, Flowserve’s latest recruit from Grantham Town, started in the number ten shirt alongside the returning Sam Agar — who saw his comeback for the Highwaymen cut short in the 28th minute.
The first half began like a game of chess as both sides probed without making a decisive blow, before a passing move in the 20th minute involving Danny Meadows, Lewis Brownhill, Agar and Zoko resulted in a headed chance for Massiah McDonald, but his effort flew wide.
On 27 minutes — and as fourth-placed Flowserve began to assert dominance over 16th-placed Haughmond — Agar was brought down on the edge of the box, but the referee deemed the challenge fair.
Agar was then at the centre of things again as he was shown a straight red in a crowded goalmouth for his challenge on a Haughmond defender.
But the ten men took the lead through Lewis Brownhill, who ran on to Meadows’ cross and finished powerfully as he beat the keeper at his near post.
Against-the-odds, Flowserve doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half when Meadows latched on to the ball in midfield and, with the defenders backing off, he curled a shot round the left hand of the diving keeper.
The hosts responded though and Flowserve goalkeeper Alfie Smith-Eccles who was forced to turn a fierce driven effort around the post, but couldn’t do anything ten minutes later as Scott Ryan fired home from close range.
On 75 minutes, the limping McDonald was replaced by Joel Brownhill, who joined his brother Lewis in the he action and, within a minute of the change, the latter chased down a cross-field ball to fire past the keeper and restore Flowserve’s two-goal advantage.
Substitute Harry Harris made things interesting in the second of six additional minutes at the end of the 90, but Flowserve’s battling ten minute did enough to earn three points.
Flowserve are dependant on results to go their way should they wish to be promoted.
Newark Flowserve: 1 Alfie Smith-Eccles; 2 Tom Potts (captain); 3 Jamie Walker; 4 Lawrence Gorman; 5 Mitch Robinson; 6 Jermaine Hollis; 7 Danny Meadows; 8 Lewis Brownhill; 9 Sam Agar; 10 Francois Zoko (Jarren Barrow 87mins); 11 Massiah McDonald (Joel Brownhill 75mins).