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Newark Town extend their undefeated home run to 16 on the trot as they defeat a hungry Gedling Miners Welfare team 4-3 in the United Counties League Division One fixture





A home side managed to hold back a resurgence from a visiting team as their 4-1 lead at half-time was reduced to a 4-3 win at the final whistle.

145 spectators braved windy and wet conditions to see Newark Town scrape the one-goal victory over a tenacious Gedling Miners Welfare side.

Try as they might and despite putting in a valiant comeback, Luke Parson's men had the quality to edge out Gedling as they continued their unbeaten run at The Blue Fortress.

The Gedling Miners defence await a set piece.
The Gedling Miners defence await a set piece.
Sam Wright goes to take a free kick against Gedling.
Sam Wright goes to take a free kick against Gedling.
Ryan Smith goes up for the header.
Ryan Smith goes up for the header.

The victory now marks a whopping 16 games in a row undefeated at the YMCA Activity Village.

Recent signing Ryan Smith got proceedings underway for The Blue as he scored quickly after the start of the game.

Ryan Smith launches one at goal. Image: Newark Town.
Ryan Smith launches one at goal. Image: Newark Town.

Captain Lewis Chambers assisted Smith with a quick ball over the top of the defence before it was thrashed into the net in the fourth minute.

Smith netted again for his brace eight minutes later when he stumbled the ball across the line leaving the Gedling Miners keeper bewildered at the goal.

Ryan Smith scored a brace and has been instrumental since coming on board the Blue Submarine.
Ryan Smith scored a brace and has been instrumental since coming on board the Blue Submarine.

At 2-0 up The Blues could sense blood in the water and they kept coming at the Gedling defence.

However, Gedling showed they were prepared to make a good game out of the fixture when in the 32nd minute Gianfranco Ciaurro netted for The Miners.

Players go up in the 4-3 Newark Town victory over Gedling Miners Welfare.
Players go up in the 4-3 Newark Town victory over Gedling Miners Welfare.
Rory Harrison.
Rory Harrison.
Newark Town piles on the pressure.
Newark Town piles on the pressure.

With the deficit now halved, The Blues pushed on and quickly put another on the board thanks to a header from their leader, Chambers.

Chambers went up high alongside teammate Sam Bartle after a corner from Jack Beckett made its way into the box.

The Gedling keeper was no match for the sharp strike and The Blues were up 3-1 in the 36th minute.

Josh Randall came from the right side out wide five minutes later, beat a defender, and nipped one home to put his side up 4-1 as the teams went into half-time.

Josh Randall hinders the Gedling defence.
Josh Randall hinders the Gedling defence.

At 4-1 up Newark Town looked like they were in for a comfortable win.

The second-half saw the defence have a lot more to do as Gedling tried extremely hard and nearly succeeded in mounting a comeback.

The Gedling keeper handles the situation nicely while Sam Wright eagerly watches on.
The Gedling keeper handles the situation nicely while Sam Wright eagerly watches on.

Newark keeper Eddie Cooper managed to tip a strong shot over the top of the crossbar in the 48th minute to deny Gedling.

Newark Town's goalkeeper Eddie Cooper clears the ball.
Newark Town's goalkeeper Eddie Cooper clears the ball.

Beckett then rattled one off the crossbar in the 54th to keep everyone on the ground thinking more goals from The Blues were incoming.

It would be Gedling who were the only team to get goals on board in the second-half with their first coming in the 81st minute thanks to Ciaurro scoring his brace.

Gedling's keeper struggles to contain the situation but manages a good save.
Gedling's keeper struggles to contain the situation but manages a good save.

Elliot King caused the Gedling keeper multiple problems as he forced the man in between the sticks to make some nice saves for Gedling.

Jammy Lloyd makes it look easy.
Jammy Lloyd makes it look easy.

The visitor's keeper proved to be up to the task and in the 89th minute Gedling saw a glimmer of hope as Kieran Holmes Harrison scored their third goal of the night.

A Gedling player heads the ball.
A Gedling player heads the ball.

At 4-3, there was some nervous tension around the ground as Gedling looked strong.

Ultimately, the Miners ran out of time and Newark extended their winning run when they came off the field with another victory.



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