Dinnington Town 2-2 Newark Town — Central Midland League North Division title clash ends even
The two top teams in the CML North Division kept their unbeaten records intact as the eagerly awaited encounter ended in a high-scoring 2-2 draw in front of 80 spectators.
Newark Town were without Craig Bridge, who failed a late fitness test, and George Asplin, while there was a place on the bench for Daryl Price.
The Blues got off to the perfect start as in the second minute Lewis Chambers was pushed in the Dinnington penalty area, getting up to convert the penalty himself.
Any thoughts that this might have a negative effect on the opposition were quickly dispelled as playing quick, direct football they began to exert pressure on the Town defence.
And, after going close on 11 minutes, their next attack ended with a goal as Golland fired the ball past Nathan Burrows following indecision by the Blues’ defenders.
It seemed almost inevitable that a second goal was coming and it arrived on 22 minutes as Barlow headed home at the end of a move that he had started.
But the scores were levelled on 35 minutes when Tyler Martin’s 25 yard shot took a deflection off Golland.
It could have been even better a couple of minutes later when Martin went inches away from connecting with a raking cross from Danny Boulton.
Dinnington were reduced to ten men late in the second-half when Bedford received a second yellow after bringing down Kieran Job and with five minutes to play, the numbers were evened up as Evans was given a straight red after bringing down Barlow as he headed for goal.
Fortunately, the offence was judged by the referee to be outside the area, the resulting free-kick coming to nothing.
Newark travel to Renishaw on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
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