Newark Town fire seven past Askern in Central Midlands opener
Newark Town kicked off competitive action with a stunning 7-1 victory at Askern in the Central Midlands League North Division.
It is clear that The Blues will face far tougher opposition over the season than that provided by Saturday’s opponents, but as the saying goes “You can only beat what’s in front of you”, which Town did with something to spare.
With a strong wind against them, Luke Parsons and Damo Parkinson’s men opened positively and were rewarded with a seventh minute goal as George Asplin jinked past a defender and played the ball through for Craig Bridge to place out of keepers reach.
Bridge almost added a second in the next attack as he struck the base of the post after being set up by Lewis Chambers.
The woodwork came to Askern’s aid again on 18 minutes as Asplin’s cross was met by a header from Kieran Job which Jones, at full stretch, did well to divert on to a post.
Askern posed little threat in the early stages, though Burrows had to be on his toes to make a sharp double save from Hattersley.
As Town continued to press, Chambers saw a curling left foot shot clawed away and a Job free kick was turned over the bar.
The Blues doubled their lead with 33 minutes played as Arron Martin played the ball through to Chambers, whose shot was parried giving Christian Andersen a chance which he promptly put away.
Chambers was again the provider for Job on 40 minutes, who put Town 3-0 up with a well-executed shot on the turn.
The woodwork was hit for the third time a minute later, before Jack Durkin curled a shot home from 20 yards in first-half stoppage time.
Nine minutes into the second-half Askern pulled a goal back from close range, but Town responded through Asplin, who twisted past two men in the area before beating the keeper from close range.
His second goal, five minutes later, saw him produce a perfect volley as a high ball dropped into the penalty area.
The hosts forced Burrows into a double save as the final whistle approached, but Newark had the last word as a Luke Parsons’ flick on was finished by substitute Jawanza Grant to complete a comfortable win.
Newark Town: Burrows, Martin, Parsons, Fulch, Anderson, Bridge, Durkin, Castell, Asplin, Chambers, Job.
On Saturday, Town host Staveley at the YMCA Sports Hub (3pm kick-off).