Newark Town record first win over AFC Bentley to continue 100% run in Central Midlands League North Division
For the second successive week a single goal preserved Town’s 100% record as Lewis Chambers’ second-half strike proved just enough to ensure a first ever win against AFC Bentley.
There was a welcome return for Sam Wilford with James Evans also making his first appearance of the season.
In uncomfortably hot conditions, The Blues were fortunate not to concede as early as the second minute as Callum Smith got behind the defence, only for this square ball to be fired wide by Alex Rennie, who had an open goal in front of him.
An otherwise quiet opening saw both sides struggle to find players with the two defences having few problems.
Town’s best chances came from George Asplin’s corners as Luke Parsons was inches away from connecting with a header, while shortly afterwards home keeper Ryan Bedford did well to collect under pressure from Jordan Thomas.
The Blues visibly improved in the last ten minutes of the first-half, and only the post was in the way when Chambers fired Wilford past the keeper.
Nathan Burrows was called upon in the opening stages of the second-half when, in the space of less than a minute, he made important blocks from Sam Booker, Zack King and Josh Paskell as Town struggled to clear their lines.
But, the all-important deciding goal came on the hour, as Andersen found Chambers 20 yards out, and the striker produced a shot on the turn, which flashed past the stranded keeper.
However, moments later, Evans was needed to stop an equaliser as he headed a dangerous cross off the line, which in turn started a counter, but Asplin’s effort found the side netting.
After both Bridge and Chambers had again gone close, Burrows capped his man of the match performance diving bravely at the feet of Smith, who had broken clear of the defence.
Town had one good chance to calm the nerves in the latter stages, but sub Jawanza Grant saw his shot clear the bar from inside the Bentley area.
With just a three league fixtures played, Parsons and Damo Parkinson’s side are one of only three teams to retain a 100% record, which will be put to the test on Saturday when another unbeaten side, Dinnington Town, visit the YMCA Sports Hub (3pm kick-off).
Town: Burrows, Martin, Andersen, Parsons, Evans, Wilford, Asplin, Bridge, Chambers, Durkin, Thomas.
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