Mickleover 4-1 Newark FC: FA Cup run comes to an end in Derbyshire rain as Newark fall to step three side in second qualifying round
Newark FC's record-breaking run in the FA Cup came to an end this afternoon following a 4-1 defeat at step three side Mickleover.
The Northern Premier League outfit proved to be a stern test for the Highwaymen, who were visibly confident after their stunning 5-0 win over AFC Rushden and Diamonds in the first qualifying round.
And that confidence was rewarded on 17 minutes when Newark's Kevin Bastos earned a penalty after Phil Watt's sloppy challenge.
Ben Hutchinson bravely stepped up, as he did on Saturday in Newark's 2-1 win league over Walsall Wood , but this time his effort down to Joe Slinn's left was well saved.
In the 26th minute Bastos fired into the side netting, a let off that must have flicked a switch inside the minds of the Mickleover players as momentum quickly flipped in their favour.
Two quick-fire chances then fell their way. The first of which was fired wide, but there was no mistake the second time as Stuart Beavon rolled his effort past Newark glovesman Jason White.
Newark's joint-managers Craig Roche and Stephen Kirkham made an early change in the second half as they looked to get back into the second qualifying round fixture.
And their introduction of the more direct Bradley Wells should have seen an instant reward as he helped the ball on to Craig Westcarr, but Slinn was equal to the striker's effort.
The Newark attacks continued and Hutchinson was again left in disbelief as his 60th minute front-post header flew inches wide of the right-hand post.
Moments later it was the host's attacking duo who were left shaking their heads as Patrick Webb hit Beavon's square ball wide.
There was no mistake from Andrew Wright on 69 minutes though as the hosts doubled their lead — the midfielder curled an inch-perfect effort into the bottom right corner.
The Newark management reacted to the goal by introducing Elliot King and Francois Zoko, who replaced Hutchinson and Westcarr up front.
But the strikers were left with a mountain to climb as Wright hit his second and Mickleover's third in the 79th minute.
In the 87th minute Newark were offered what seemed to be a late consolation when the referee pointed to the spot, but King's penalty was saved by Slinn.
The Mickleover keeper certainly made a claim for man-of-the-match in the final exchanges as he then kept King out for a second time.
His penalty save mounted the move which led to the host's fourth as substitute Declan Bacon slotted the ball past White from close range.
Newark's travelling fans, who must have sung every football chant thinkable, had something to celebrate in the 94th minute when King got his elusive goal having got on to the end of Meadows' free-kick near the corner flag.
Pictures and reaction from chairman Gary Clarke and the management team to follow.