Deeping Rangers 0-3 Newark FC: New shape helps seal clean sheet and UCL Premier Division North away win
A change in formation helped Newark to their third clean sheet of the season, pushing the Highwaymen up to eighth in the UCL Premier Division North.
Manager Craig Roche credited the 3-0 win over Deeping Rangers — Newark’s FA Vase opponents — to a strong defensive platform.
“It was a really good performance — our best of the season so far,” said Roche.
“We saw the results of what we have been working on over the past few weeks in training, and it is a good platform to build from.”
Newark opened the scoring midway through the first half when forward Kairo John converted a deep cross.
The hosts were then dealt with successive blows either side of the break, losing Jake Brown and Ben Cowles to injury.
Newark capitalised on the changes in the 51st minute with a sweeping counter-attack which started from a Deeping corner.
The swift move ended with a foul in the penalty box, and Danny Meadows kept his composure from the spot for a second successive game.
Debutant John got his second ten minutes later as he put the contest to bed.
“We changed the shape a little bit,” said Roche.
“We went for two up top rather than five across the midfield and that helped.
“The lads have also been together for a few more games so we are starting to sing off the same hymn sheet.
“I felt we were in control of the game from the off.
“Deeping are good side and they had a good spells of possession but they never hurt us with it.
“One thing that was obvious to everybody was the number of goals we had been shipping, and that was the first problem we had to fix.
“We were hard to beat on Saturday, and now we have seen that this formula works for us it is something to build on.”