Newark Town added a twist to the Premier Division title race with a 1-0 against RHP at Devon Park
NEWARK TOWN moved two points behind league leaders RHP as they ran out 1-0 winners in the top-of-the-table-clash.
It was 80 minutes into a cagey affair when Town worked space for a cross on the left hand side, and after three blocked attempts, Martyn Rose was Town’s unlikely goal scoring hero.
Rose, who was yet to register a goal this season, ultimately secured all three points for the visitors.
RHP made a tactical change to their usual 4-3-3 formation and moved to a 4-1-2-1-2 diamond, which saw four players play in more central roles.
The first major chance was scored by RHP, but the offside flag was raised and cancelled out the celebrations.
Town’s target man Daryl Price provided a threat but struggled against a side who had more of the ball.
Following half chances for both sides, Rose fired in the winner, which means Town can go top should RHP slip up.
Newark Flowserve earned their second win of the season as they won 3-2 against Wheatsheat United.
The sides went into the break level at 1-1, but a Curtis Price brace proved to be the difference as Flowserve moved from seventh to fifth.
Tyler Martin was also on the score sheet for Flowserve.
FC Genes and Walesby both won as the battle for third place intensified.
The latter fired nine past a winless Coddington in a 9-3 victory.
Richard Willatt opened the scoring for Walesby as he raced on to Ethan Smith’s through-ball and slotted home.
Mark Bullock got the second as he made the most of a short corner and volleyed into the bottom corner.
Willatt earned a penalty before half-time and Charlie Wormald stepped up and confidently scored.
Walesby went into the break 4-1 up and they scored again early in the second-half.
However, Coddington fought hard and pulled two back to make it 5-3.
But this was the wake up call for Walesby, who earned a sixth through Ellis Metcalfe.
His 30-yard strike curled into the bottom corner after Mason Lee cleverly picked him out.
Walesby introduced 16-year-old Edward Hind, who got himself on the scoresheet.
The substitute worked space on the left and cut inside of the Coddington full-back before smashing the ball into the top left corner.
Genes also managed to win by a six-goal margin as they beat Sutton St James in round two of the Lincolnshire Cup.
Ste Petrou hit a first-half brace and Scott Webb hit another as the Grantham side went into half-time 3-0 up.
Webb enjoyed the second-half even more than the first as he hit a hat-trick of goals before substitute Makale Mahlasti’s strike.
DEREK QUICK hit a hat-trick in Farnsfield Villa’s eight-goal thriller against FC Grove.
Farnsfield’s 5-3 win moves them up to third in the table, but level on points with Witham, who are second on goal difference.
Sean Ryan and Nick Westerman hit the other two goals for Farnsfield while Calum Fraser, Scott Pearson and Jack Salmon netted for Grove.
Grove drop to sixth ahead of Sunday’s round of cup Willie Hall Memorial Cup fixtures.
The league standings suggested a tie between fourth-placed Robin Hood Colts and fifth-placed East Bridgford Rangers would be a cagey affair, and that was the case on Sunday as the sides played out a 1-1 draw.
Daniel Hall netted for the home side, Robin Hood, but his goal was cancelled out by East Bridgford’s John Cooper, as the sides went in level.
A hard-fought second period saw the two sides draw a blank, which means just one point continues to separate them.
The first 0-0 of the season came at the Magnus School as Old Magnusians and Collingham both struggled to put together flowing moves on a pitch that is already feeling the effects of the football season.
Both keepers put in notable performances and the Collingham shot-stopper was awarded man-of-the-match as he rescued the point with an 88th minute save.
Collingham remain top on 17 points while Old Mags earned the fourth point of their campaign.
Witham Wanderers were the only side in cup action and progressed into the second-round of the Notts Senior Trophy by defeating Queens Athletic 4-3.
Witham stormed to a 3-0 lead before half-time, goals courtesy of Calum Stinson, Gary Measures and Haniel Marasco.
The second-half was a completely different game and the visitors managed to score three of their own.
However, Nathan Arkle prevented any late cup drama as he hit the fourth for Witham.
TODD NICHOLS led from the back for Fernwood as his brace inspired a 4-1 victory over Holy Trinity Reserves.
Nichols, Fernwood’s centre-back, opened the scoring with a header in the 13th minute as he rose highest from Connor Thompson’s corner.
The same two linked up again for Fernwood’s second as Nichols clipped a lofted shot from 35 yards over the Trinity keeper and into the top right corner.
It was 3-0 before half-time as Fernwood’s skipper Harry Norton reacted quickest to Ryan Blankley’s effort and hit a one touch finish past the helpless Trinity keeper.
Trinity’s Reece Mallett pulled one back early in the second-half.
Referee Alvaro Escolano pointed to the spot after Fernwood keeper Jack Woodcock collided with Reece’s brother, Curtis Mallet.
However, the tie was all but over when Thompson made the most of two lucky ricochets to hit Fernwood’s fourth.
Team Knowhow secured their first win of the season as they beat third place RHP Reserves 3-2, but it was not enough to move them from bottom.
Knowhow took the lead through Craig Benta and went into the second-half 1-0 up.
After a tight opening, the second period provided the exact opposite as four goals followed.
The first was a stunning header by RHP’s Ronald Kennedy who equalised.
Callum Chivers then put RHP ahead, but the lead did not last as goals from Benta and Joey Fellows ensured the second-half comeback.
RHP remain in third place and sit just one point ahead of fourth place Laxton Athletic and fifth placed Sutton-on-Trent.
After a referee drop out, the fixture between Newark Cavaliers and Bleasby was called off on the morning of the tie.
Rose and Crowns fixture against Laxton Athletic was also cancelled.