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Newark Flowserve Reserve have the Notts Senior League Division Two title in their sights after win over Ruddington Village Reserves

By Connor Thompson

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.

Newark Flowserve Reserves stand-in keeper Ed Munton. (6292949)
Newark Flowserve Reserves stand-in keeper Ed Munton. (6292949)

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.


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