Newark Flowserve Reserve have the Notts Senior League Division Two title in their sights after win over Ruddington Village Reserves
Newark Flowserve Reserves ended 2018 with a 3-0 win over Ruddington Village Reserves, who sat top-of-the-table before a ball was kicked.
Flowserve's manager Lee Julian could have been forgiven for thinking the football gods were against him as a late change to the fixture list saw his side travel to Ruddington, a team that had won their last 13 games, rather than Nottingham Community, who only have four league wins.
Matters were made worse prior to kick-off as Flowserve lost their goalkeeper Alex Hempsall, as his car broke down on the way.
Flowserve's breakthrough came mid-way through the first-half, when a corner sent in from Callum Barnes was flicked on at the near post by Alex Hales and tapped in by Tyler Martin.
A second goal followed soon after when Tom Perkins found Martin, who finished excellently to get his and the teams second.
Having come close numerous times from set pieces, Flowserve found a third from a corner.
Barnes' whipped corner being headed home by Perkins
Barnes almost went from creator to scorer on the brink of half-time, but his effort rebounded off the crossbar.
In the second period, Flowserve limited the hosts to speculative efforts in what was a comfortable win.
Flowserve climbed to third with the win and will go top should they win their games in hand.
On Saturday, Flowserve face Kirton Brickworks Reserves.