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Phoenix showdown sees Newark Town continue to soar in 3-0 victory


By Connor Thompson


A Lewis Chambers brace, coupled with a Craig Bridge long shot, wrapped up the points as Town maintained their lead at the top of the division.

Unavailability saw five changes from the side that hit 10 past Dronfield, the most notable of which was Rhys Lewis, formerly of Grantham Town and Newark Flowserve.

Phoenix gave an early indication of their positive approach as they went close with a shot over the bar, but Town responded through Chambers, who fired his effort against the post.

Football - Newark Town v Phoenix. YMCA Sports village by the leisure centre off Bowbridge Road. NG24 4FH. Pictured is Newark Town Player Jawanza Grant.. (16691600)
Football - Newark Town v Phoenix. YMCA Sports village by the leisure centre off Bowbridge Road. NG24 4FH. Pictured is Newark Town Player Jawanza Grant.. (16691600)

And, in the 20th minute, the deadlock was broken as Lewis headed clear to Bridge, who turned and hammered a 25 yard effort into the roof of the net.

Two minutes later it could have been two, when Bridge again fired from range, this time lobbing the keeper, who managed to tip the effort over the bar.

But, having hit the bar themselves on 35 minutes, the visitors were looking likely for an equaliser, though poor finishing let them down.

Football - Newark Town v Phoenix. YMCA Sports village by the leisure centre off Bowbridge Road. NG24 4FH. Pictured is Newark Town Player George Asplin.. (16691594)
Football - Newark Town v Phoenix. YMCA Sports village by the leisure centre off Bowbridge Road. NG24 4FH. Pictured is Newark Town Player George Asplin.. (16691594)

And they were made to pay when Town got their breathing space after Chambers broke clear to finish in the bottom corner to make it 2-0 before half-time.

The second half started in similar vein, with Phoenix again showing some good approach work, but without demonstrating much finishing power ­— to the delight of Nathan Burrows in the Town goal.

Chambers had a shot turned around the post by the visiting keeper in the 66th minute after a strong break by Arron Martin, and was again denied in the 71st by a smart save.

Town increased their lead in the 83rd minute when Chambers slotted home after a break by George Asplin, who squared the ball to his team-mate.

Football - Newark Town v Phoenix. YMCA Sports village by the leisure centre off Bowbridge Road. NG24 4FH. Pictured is Newark Town Captain Craig Bridge.. (16691596)
Football - Newark Town v Phoenix. YMCA Sports village by the leisure centre off Bowbridge Road. NG24 4FH. Pictured is Newark Town Captain Craig Bridge.. (16691596)

This evening, Town host Harworth Colliery (7.45pm).

Managers comments to follow...

Town: Burrows, Martin, Stevens, Parsons, King, Bridge, Asplin, Lewis (Munton 76’), Chambers, J Durkin (Castell 60’), Grant (Job 57’).

Attendance: 66



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