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Newark Town close the gap at the bottom of the Central Midlands League North Division

By Connor Thompson

Newark Town returned to winning ways on Saturday when they defeated Phoenix 2-0 in the Central Midlands League’s North division.

The win, Town’s third of the season and first away from home in 15 months, was cause for celebrations as the Blues cut the gap at the bottom of the table to just two points.

Despite being delighted with the three points and the work-rate of his players, manager Damo Parkinson said he felt the performance on the ball wasn’t as good as the one against league-leaders Clay Cross Town two match-days ago.

NEWARK TOWN’s Luke Parsons (left) and Sam Wilford (right) at half-time.
NEWARK TOWN’s Luke Parsons (left) and Sam Wilford (right) at half-time.

“The pitch wasn’t great and it was a bit of an ugly win, but we couldn’t play how we wanted to play on that pitch,” said Parkinson.

“Against Clay Cross we dominated the game at times, albeit we got blown away in the last 15, but we played how we wanted to and stuck to the game plan.

“On Saturday it was difficult because the pitch was cut up and the game was scrappy.”

Town took the lead against ninth-placed Phoenix in the 28th minute, when Kieran Job found Rhys Stanley, and the latter neatly fired the ball past the home keeper Sam Calty.

The Blues should have taken the lead moments before when Luke Parsons and Sam Wilford linked up to find debutant Conor Tansley, who fired a powerful effort just over the bar.

The experienced head of Parsons, and maturity of the stand-in centre back Luke Boddy ensured Town did enough to take their lead into half-time, where Parkinson expressed the importance of cutting out errors, and staying disciplined.

With 30 minutes to play, Tansley, who missed a chance in the first-half, made amends for his error when he hit a superbly waited ball to Job.

Job, who has found the net in recent times, confidently fired a low and driven shot across the keeper to double his side’s lead.

At 2-0, the Phoenix heads dropped and Town did enough to see the game out comfortably.

With 12 matches still to play, Parkinson said it was realistic for his side to take points from all but one of the remaining games.


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