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Newark Football Alliance gameweek 3: RHP mount title charge with narrow win, Rose & Crown bounce back after opening day defeat and flying Fernwood continue winning run


By Connor Thompson


Last season’s runners-up RHP made it three wins from three as they continued their pursuit of the Premier Division title with an impressive first half performance at Witham.

George Ryan put RHP ahead in the first minute after a mix up in the box, and the visitors, who were wearing their new black and white striped away kit, made it 2-0 shortly after following Rhys Stanley’s solo effort.

Substitute Dave Gould pulled one back in injury time, but it was nothing more than a consolation for Witham.

Newark Cavs v Bleasby. Coronation St, New Balderton, Balderton, Newark NG24 3BD. Front is Newark Cavs player Aaron Simpson & Back is Bleasby Player Callum Bradwell.. (16719066)
Newark Cavs v Bleasby. Coronation St, New Balderton, Balderton, Newark NG24 3BD. Front is Newark Cavs player Aaron Simpson & Back is Bleasby Player Callum Bradwell.. (16719066)

Second-placed Walesby also continued their winning start, coming back from 2-0 down to beat FC Genes 3-2.

After falling behind in the first 30 minutes, Bleasby showed character to turn the game on its head.

Two set pieces put the Grantham side ahead.

First, an indirect free kick was turned home by Lloyd Hanratty, before Samuel Elliott fired a direct effort into the top corner.

Newark Cavs v Bleasby. Coronation St, New Balderton, Balderton, Newark NG24 3BD. Newark Cavs player Jack Salmon & Bleasby player Josh Palmer.. (16719048)
Newark Cavs v Bleasby. Coronation St, New Balderton, Balderton, Newark NG24 3BD. Newark Cavs player Jack Salmon & Bleasby player Josh Palmer.. (16719048)

Though the lead didn’t last as a Ryan Mills brace pulled The Bees level, before Kris Scott, who returned from injury, fired the winner.

After a disappointing 6-2 opening game defeat to East Bridgford, Rose & Crown bounced back with a dominant 6-0 win over Grove FC in Division One.

Sam Bartle opened the scoring, before goals from man of the match Ricki O’Connell, Connor Walsh, Fraser Hallam and substitutes Jack Kemp and Kane Feeney.

A Robbie Puttergill hat-trick put Old Mags on their way against Farnsfield as they ran out 4-1 winners.

Puttergill gave the hosts an early lead with a clever finish, and the lead was doubled when he took advantage of sloppy Farnsfield defending.

Mack Astle made it three, rising highest from close range to ensure a comfortable half-time lead.

Puttergill claimed the match ball in the second half, before arguably the goal of the game, as Joseph Major whipped in a free kick to make it 4-1.

Newark Cavs v Bleasby. Coronation St, New Balderton, Balderton, Newark NG24 3BD. Front is Newark Cavs player Aaron Simpson & Back is Bleasby Player Callum Bradwell.. (16719066)
Newark Cavs v Bleasby. Coronation St, New Balderton, Balderton, Newark NG24 3BD. Front is Newark Cavs player Aaron Simpson & Back is Bleasby Player Callum Bradwell.. (16719066)

East Bridgford flew to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Oliver Brewill and Thomas Staples, only to throw it away in the second period as Barkestone-le-Vale claimed a point thanks to Samuel Garner and Cameron Corkett.

Division Two’s surprise package Fernwood continued their 100% start with a 3-2 win against Bottesford.

Joshua Johnson opened the scoring with a driven free kick into the bottom left corner, and Ryan Blankley doubled Fernwood’s lead, reacting the quickest to a corner that was fizzed into the box.

Danny Williams scored either side of Lee Marshall’s second half strikes as Bottesford threatened a comeback.

Sutton’s 1-1 draw at RHP Reserves means Newark Cavaliers joined Fernwood as the only two sides to boast a 100% winning run.

Ronald Kennedy was on target for RHP, while Matthew Mitchell pulled Sutton level in the second half.

Cavs defeated Bleasby 5-0 at Coronation Street Park. Liam Bray (2) Christopher Wareham (2) and Oliver Gee were the scorers.

Joseph Brumpton hit a brace as Flowserve Reserves earned their first win of the season against Team Knowhow, 2-1.



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