Newark 2-0 Worcester City: Westcarr ensures winning ways continue at Lowfields
For a second season running Newark FC opened their Midland Football League campaign with a win against Worcester City.
Last term, in what was the club’s first season of step five football, Newark scraped the three points in a 4-3 thriller, but 13 months on it was much more comfortable for the clinical Highwaymen, who ran out 2-0 winners.
It was captain Nathan Stanfield who fired the hosts ahead on 30 minutes in front of 295 spectators — just five short of maximum capacity due to covid-19 regulations.
Another summer signing, Craig Westcarr, whose corner had set up Stanfield’s far-post header, doubled the lead minutes into the second-half with a driven effort into the roof of the net.
Westcarr was sent to the sin-bin in the closing stages, but Newark’s ten men calmly played the game out.
Joint-manager Craig Roche said it was a clinical showing from his side, against a team who he believed would be strong contenders.
Newark should have faced league rivals Coventry United this evening, but the game was postponed due to covid-19 concerns.
It would have been the club’s third game of the month and, with another five fixtures still to come in September, Roche called on his players to stay in peak condition.
“We have a small team and we are only working with 18 players so you have to keep your fingers crossed in terms of dealing with injuries,” said Roche.
“If we lose a few players we will see how long it is for, and then we will assess the situation from there.
“But our mentality is to win no matter the team.
“We want to win everything we are competing in and the league is no exception.
“We are not daft and we know it is a very tough step five league.
“There are five or six other clubs who we think are strong, ambitious and have big structures.
“We fell short last season, but this year I would like to think we have created a stronger spine.
“We have added experience to the team and there are a few younger lads who have added that extra bit of pace.”
On Saturday, Newark travel to Maltby Main in the FA Cup preliminary qualifying round (3pm KO).
NEWARK: White, Potts, Rawdon, Frances, Stainfield, L. King, Bastos (E. King 87’), Meadows, Westcarr, Hutchinson (Rose 73’), Wells (Nangle 73’).