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Last minute horror as suspect corner costs Newark Town the game and head injuries cause problems against Gedling Miners Welfare opening season clash

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IT WAS a rough start to the season for step six Newark Town on the road as they didn’t get the result they wanted against opponents Gedling Miners Welfare.

A last-minute corner that many in attendance firmly believed was a goal kick — created an opportunity for the home team on which they immediately capitalised.

Competitiveness in the goal box. Image by Craig Mountney (58369946)
Competitiveness in the goal box. Image by Craig Mountney (58369946)

At the end of the game, the score went from a 1-1 draw to a 2-1 win for Gedling in the United Counties Football League Division One.

It was a hard day at the office for Newark Town with Tristan Drummond sustaining an injury that resulted in him suffering a bleeding head wound 15 minutes into the contest.

He later had to be substituted due to the cuts continuously bleed.

A penalty two minutes after the clash saw Gedling Miners convert to pull away with a 1-0 lead thanks to Paolo Piliero.

After the penalty, George Asplin was floating around the opposition box for Newark Town and looked dangerous, just as he had all pre-season.

Newark had a few chances on goal before Alex “Panda” Hales lobbed a stunning ball over the top of the keeper from way out, which contributed to him being awarded the man of the match.

Newark Town are hoping for a good first season in step six football. Picture supplied by Newark Town FC social media. (58187482)
Newark Town are hoping for a good first season in step six football. Picture supplied by Newark Town FC social media. (58187482)

The teams went into the half-time break at one goal apiece.

Asplin was a constant threat in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

He attacked the goal several times but the ball was kept out.

At minute 65, Gedling’s Mason Rowley was booked for pulling back his man.

Eight minutes’ later, Newark’s Ben Sharpe was shown a red card and sent off, resulting in another penalty for the home side.

Piliero again came forward but missed the penalty, the game remained locked at 1-1.

At 85 minutes, Jack Jepson was sent off for elbowing, which resulted in the second head injury of the match to a Newark player.

This time it was Luke Andersen who was injured.

Newark Town camaraderie. Image by Craig Mountney (58369949)
Newark Town camaraderie. Image by Craig Mountney (58369949)

In the 90th minute, Josh Stevenson bundled the ball in from the controversial corner and Gedling made the final whistle with the 2-1 win.

Newark showed resilience to come back from 1-0 down and a draw looked as though it was on the cards for most of the second half.

Joint manager Luke Parsons said: “We were very disappointed with the winning goal.

We thought the corner that was awarded should have been a goal kick.

“It was our first ever game at step six and I think the boys did very well.”

“Gedling, I believe will be a top ten outfit.

“We had the better chances for sure and on another day would have scored at least one of the three one on one’s we had during the game.

“We battled well and will certainly take positives from the game.

“We competed very well with a good established step six side,” said Parsons.

The club said that their players had to receive medical attention including one that had to go to the hospital.

The club are hoping that no one sustained a concussion from the game.

Newark showed that they can be competitive in their new league against an established side and will take on Holwell Sports at their YMCA home, 3 pm this Saturday.

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