Staveley 2-4 Newark Town: Nathan Arnold's Blues fire four on the road after Bentley blip
For the second time this season, Newark Town and Staveley Reserves provided 90 minutes of enjoyable CML football with plenty of goals — and not a sign of a bad foul or dissent to mar the afternoon.
Town drew 1-1 at home to Bentley last time out, but quickly returned to winning ways in Saturday's six-goal thriller as manager Nathan Arnold welcomed back James Gardner and Zak Kersey to the starting 11, while offering a full debut to Elliott Burrell.
And it was Burrell who came closest in the early minutes, guiding a cross from Jackson Buckthorpe over the bar.
Staveley had a chance to open the scoring on 15 minutes when a loose ball in the Town area dropped to Reece Clegg, who completely missed his kick.
Town ‘keeper Nathan Burrows then pulled off an acrobatic one-handed save to deny Liam Vardy, and the Blues took full advantage of the miss with a goal at the other end as a long ball from Sid Costa found Burrell, who converted.
The lead, however, lasted for just three minutes as Gardner fouled a Staveley forward in the area, and Danny Fullwood took full advantage from the penalty spot.
Town retook the lead in the 37th minute as good interplay between Burrell and Buckthorpe created an opening for Lewis Chambers, who shook off the attentions of two defenders to shoot past Parkes.
A change in the Town defence saw Ben Sharpe replace the injured Sam Bartle at half-time. And 16 minutes into the half the hosts took advantage of the re-shuffled back line as they had the ball in the Town net, but Allerton’s header was met by the offside flag.
Substitute Mark Faflik then entered proceedings and it was he who gave Town a bit of breathing space on 75 minutes when he took advantage of a deadly accurate through ball from Wiles to sweep the ball into the net.
Any hope of seeing the game out quietly were put on one side five minutes from time when Vardy’s cross was met by a diving header from Clegg, but the two-goal margin was restored a couple of minutes later as a long ball down the line from Kersey was crossed by Jeremiah Ogie for Chambers to score his 15th goal of the season.
Town remain second, one point behind leaders Thorne Colliery who beat Kiveton 5-1.
The Blues are on the road again this Saturday, travelling to Harworth Colliery (3pm).