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First ever win for newly re-branded club is one for the history books as Newark and Sherwood United beat Heather St Johns 2-1 in step five United Counties League Premier Division North



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The winning ways continued for Newark and Sherwood United after a 2-1 victory over Heather St Johns in their inaugural opening step five fixture in the United Counties League Premier Division North.

The new Newark and Sherwood United logo. (57132664)
The new Newark and Sherwood United logo. (57132664)

After a successful pre-season campaign where the club won every game, the Highwaymen made a statement when they won their first-ever league game as a newly re-branded club.

“The pre-season went really quickly,” said manager Nathan Arnold.

“We still have a lot to formulise.

“It is pleasing to see how quickly the players can process information we give them,” he said.

Nathan Arnold’s men took to the pitch at Ravenstone Road, Heather, in their brand new kit and looked to make an immediate impact, gunning for a win.

The highwaymen's new kit. Image by Rob Currell (58347657)
The highwaymen's new kit. Image by Rob Currell (58347657)

Ainsley Finney went out from the first minute determined to get his team on the board.

He managed to make history as the first player on his team’s score sheet when he netted on 11 minutes.

Kosi Nwobi did well to get the assist which was a nice flick-on that enabled Finney to score.

Nyle Blake stepped up next and pressured the Heather St Johns goal several times before being bought down in the box, which resulted in a penalty.

Newark and Sherwood on the attack in the pre-season. Image by Rob Currell (58351871)
Newark and Sherwood on the attack in the pre-season. Image by Rob Currell (58351871)

Finney had the chance to put the team up 2-0 with the penalty but the Heather St John keeper saved the attempt. A few corners for United didn’t amount to anything before Finney went one-on-one with the Heather St John keeper at minute 37, who under pressure, made a great save.

The Highwaymen went into the half-time break at 1-0, having shown that the scoreline could have easily been more with a good opening display.

Newark and Sherwood vs Retford FC. Image supplied by Retford FC social media with permission. (58187232)
Newark and Sherwood vs Retford FC. Image supplied by Retford FC social media with permission. (58187232)
Newark and Sherwood united had a successful pre-season. Image supplied by Retford FC social media with permission. (58187239)
Newark and Sherwood united had a successful pre-season. Image supplied by Retford FC social media with permission. (58187239)

20 minutes into the second half, Sketchley put in a dangerous ball across the box to Ryan Ebanks who passed the ball back across to Liam Mays who found the net extending the lead to 2-0.

In the 84th minute, the home team, the Saints, found the net to make the final score 2-1.

“Today was a good opportunity to take away a lot, both positive and negative,” said the assistant manager of Heather St Johns, Miles Cooper about the defeat.

“[It was] a nice way to start the new era for the football club,” said United manager Nathan Arnold.

“[We were] really pleased with the mentality of the players going into the first game of the season.

“They handled the occasion in a composed and professional manner.”

The team hopes to have a good first season in step five. Image by Rob Currell (58187133)
The team hopes to have a good first season in step five. Image by Rob Currell (58187133)

United played their second game of the season away at Forest Town Arena versus AFC Mansfield on Tuesday evening and made it two victories in a row with a 2-1 scoreline.



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