Harworth Colliery 1-2 Newark Town: Blues extend unbeaten Central Midlands League run with away day victory
The Blues extended their undefeated run to 12 matches on Saturday, beating seventh-placed Harworth Colliery 2-1.
The scoreline perhaps did not do justice to the performance as Nathan Arnold’s men dominantly imposed themselves on the opposition until the last quarter of the match.
Rhys Lewis returned after missing the Staveley last Saturday while, at the other end of the pitch, attacker Mark Faflik also made the starting eleven.
Newark were first to threaten, Jonny Wiles sending in a speculative long-range effort which was held by Andrew Topham in the Harworth goal before a long ball from Lewis was laid off by Faflik for Elliott Burrell to force a corner as the keeper blocked his shot.
Town were quick to the ball and tenacious in their challenges with Lewis particularly dominant on his much-welcomed return.
Despite dominating play, an error by Sid Costa in the penalty area almost let in Charlie Baird, though Nathan Burrows made a smart save with his feet.
As the half progressed chances were created and Town forced a string of corners which failed to produce a breakthrough.
Burrell came close on 36 minutes, his shot on the turn bringing an acrobatic one-handed save from Topham.
Three minutes later, Town took the lead. Lewis Chambers playing the ball across the area which was touched back by Faflik for Burrell to fire into the net.
A minute later, the same player went close again as Wiles beat a defender to the ball before whipping in a cross from which Burrrell brought another good save from the keeper.
Newark doubled their lead on the stroke of half time, Burrell again the instigator as he flighted a free-kick into the Harworth penalty area which was glanced over the keeper.
As the second half got underway, Faflik threatened as he ghosted his way past three defenders before laying the ball off to Burrell whose curling shot just beat the angle of post and bar.
Burrows was then brought into action, diverting a well-struck shot from Leigh Warriner past the post.
Burrell and Faflik were then replaced by Jake Hardy and Ben Wallace, and Hardy almost scored with his first touch, but it was met by Topham’s save.
As the game entered the latter stages, Harworth offered more of a threat, forcing several corners and it was from one of these that they got back into the game as a left-wing delivery was hooked past Burrows by Sam Flower.
Harworth continued to press, this time through Jack Billau who won possession and fired narrowly past the post from another corner. Though Town did enough to run the clock down and pick up another valuable three points.
Title rivals Thorne remain top after edging past Sutton Rovers 1-0.
On Saturday, AFC Phoenix travel to the YMCA (3pm kick-off) as the Blues look to go 13 games unbeaten.
Arnold’s side then return to the YMCA on Wednesday, hosting against Askern Miners Welfare in a 7.45pm kick-off.
Town: Burrows, Costa, Sharpe, Lewis, Clarke, Gardner, Burrell, Buckthorpe, Chambers, Faflik, Wiles.
COLLINGHAM bounced back from a 6-0 defeat at Clay Cross Town with their first draw of the season.
Gary Clark’s side returned with a disciplined performance at Manor Way, drawing 1-1 with Askern Miners.
Collingham took a 14th-minute lead against Askern through Adam Hillary but, as previously stressed by manager Clark, Collingham failed to show the game management required to hold on for the three points as, with five minutes to play, Bruno Holden equalised.
Collingham host Sheffield Reserves on Saturday (3pm kick-off) before another midweek game in what is the return fixture against Clay Cross.
That match, at Station Road, takes place on Wednesday (October 27, 7.45pm kick-off).