Thorne Colliery 0-1 Newark Town: Moment of magic seals points for Blues
Newark Town’s manager said a piece of magic from one of his forwards was the difference between the two Central Midlands League sides as the Blues edged a 1-0 win at Thorne Colliery, writes Richard Lane.
Player-manager Luke Parsons said Lewis Chambers’ bit of magic in the first half — which saw him turn a defender and deliver a pin-point cross for Jammy Lloyd — was the difference as the Blues continued their North Division title charge.
Town opted for an untested diamond formation as Rhys Lewis moved out of defence to join Jack Beckett, Lloyd and Jonny Wiles in the four-man midfield, while Parsons came in to partner Ricky North at the centre of defence.
And, what looks like a narrow victory on paper, was in fact a great deal more emphatic in reality.
The Blues got the perfect start in the third minute when Chambers sent a diagonal defence-splitting ball across the Thorne penalty area for the incoming Lloyd to steer the ball home at the far post — his third goal in as many games.
Thorne retaliated through Ryan Smyth, who managed to lift the ball over the bar from a couple of yards out, before Darren Bird headed over the bar from another Nick Howcroft cross.
Beckett, in his second start for Town, almost opened his account as he went close on 34 minutes.
The midfielder thrashed the ball over the bar after Steve Carty crossed from the left.
Tyler Martin was next to threaten, picking up another inch-perfect ball from Lloyd as he forced Rich Watson to beat his shot away.
Town keeper Nathan Burrows was a virtual spectator in the second period as Town had the wind in their favour.
Wiles, Beckett and Chambers all went close as Town searched for the illusive second goal. With 15 minutes to play Daryl Price replaced Martin and immediately posed more problems as Town eased to the points.
The Blues have two fixtures left this season and are relying on Dinnington Town to drop points in two of their matches.
Dinnington were to host Retford United on Saturday, a game which Town boss Parsons hoped the latter would win.
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