Nine-man Newark Flowserve ease past Ingles in the East Midlands Counties League
A nine-man Newark Flowserve side survived a scare as they won against the odds to see off Ingles at Lowfields in the East Midlands Counties League.
The encounter was full of talking points and referee Wayne Mason was at the centre of almost all of them, but to Flowserve’s credit, they out-performed an 11-man Ingles side — who had a two-man advantage in the second period.
Flowserve’s three points meant they kept pace with leaders Selston, who beat Arnold Town 7-0, and second-placed challengers Sherwood Colliery, who scraped a 2-0 win against Barrow Town.
Sean Woolley, the visitors’ former player, was an early target for Ingles when their over-exciteable left-back Dom Watts knelt behind the winger, causing him to tumble to the ground.
But over the course of the 90 minutes the playground prank backfired on the visitors.
It set the tone for a first-half not worthy of column inches, but referee Mason announced his presence early in the second period when he flourished a red card for home captain Tom Potts seven minutes after the break.
Mason adjudged Potts to have first committed a foul and before compounding the decision by crucially deciding that he was the last man some 30 yards from goal.
Though, the ten men took the lead on the hour mark when Elliot King — on at half-time for ineffectual debutant Samson Adelade — marked his return to the fold by heading home Woolley’s deep free-kick from the left.
King, looking lively, then crossed from the left and saw his delivery steered on to his own crossbar by Ingles’ Watts.
Woolley continued to be a thorn in his old team’s side as he provided the 71st minute pass for Tyrell Shannon-Lewis to race clear and put The Highwaymen two-up.
But the referee intervened yet again nine minutes later and gave Flowserve’s other new signing Obaro Edobor a second yellow card for kicking the ball away — an offence that Ingles had also been guilty of, but had escaped without punishment.
Flowserve’s frustrated goalkeeping coach Andrew Nicholson was shown the game’s third red card for voicing his thoughts on the standard of the officials.
The nine men rubbed salt into the wounds of their visitors by netting a third goal — and it came with irony from former Ingles attacker Woolley.
Flowserve had dug deep and shown character considering the events of the match and were applauded off the field by 284 spectators.
Gedling Miners’ Welfare are next to visit Lowfields, in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday.
Flowserve’s Reserves tried their best to match the efforts of the first team’s action-packed fixture as their seven-goal thriller against Barrowby put them on their way to the title.
Three changes were made to the side who remain three points off Notts Senior League Division Two leaders Top Valley — who have played three more fixtures than Flowserve.
Within ten minutes the reserves were two goals up, thanks to finishes from man-of-the-match Ryan Pilborough and consistent goal-scorer Tyler Martin.
Cruising at 2-0, The Highwaymen hit the self-destruct button and handed the hosts two goals from set pieces.
However, a composed performance in the second-half followed, and Flowserve regained their advantage through Pilborough and Martin.
Martin had the chance to grab his hat-trick and put the game out of sight, but his penalty was saved.
The fifth did come, and substitute Arron Martin’s right boot was the source of the goal as his volley arrowed in to the bottom corner.
Last night, the reserves continued their league campaign with a win against Cotgrave.