Newark Town joint-manager Luke Parsons happy with draw between title rivals Dinnington Town and Harworth Colliery
A clash at the top of the Central Midlands League North Division ended all-square, with Dinnington Town and Harworth Colliery each taking a point.
And the draw was a big result for Newark Town, according to joint-manager Luke Parsons, who has set his side the task of winning every league game between now and the end of the season.
“It was a big game for us,” said Parsons.
“If you were to have asked me what the best result would have been for us, or what I wanted it to be, I would have found it hard to tell you.
“If Dinnington had won, we would have been neck and neck with them, but if Harworth had won, then it would have put Dinnington down, but gave Harworth the chance to move above us, so a draw was the safe option, for me.”
Dinnington conceded their first goal of the season in the 1-1 draw, in what proved to be a highly entertaining step seven tie.
A Luke Fletcher goal gave Dinnington the lead, before Chris Belshaw equalled things out.
“It is a tough league and this year it is as tough as it has been for years,” said Parsons.
“The teams [around us] are picking up points and winning their games almost every week, so we can’t afford to drop any more points.
“If we do, then it will be out of our hands.
“If we were to win every game between now and the end of the season, we would win the league and it is as simple as that.
“I would say, realistically, we can’t afford to drop any more points — it is in our hands now.”