Fixtures continue to come thick and fast for injury-hit Newark Town
After earning their first win of the season against Phoenix last weekend, Newark Town suffered back-to-back 5-0 defeats.
Town were knocked out of the Central Midlands Football League Cup last Wednesday, as their rotated side fell short against an experienced Retford United.
On Saturday, Newark returned to league action with the aim of building on their clean-sheet and getting their second win of the season.
However, fourth-placed AFC Bentley played to Town’s weaknesses and took advantage of a tired side, who were playing their fifth game in 15 days.
Town started their league fixture confidently and after applying early pressure, could have felt hard done by when the referee waved away Kieran Job’s penalty appeal.
Having not been awarded the spot-kick, Town were sucker-punched as the hosts scored two minutes later.
Josh Street added a second three minutes before the interval, leaving Town frustrated at half-time.
Having already fielded a stretched side through injuries, centre back Reece Carlisle was replaced by Corey Challinor.
Against a legged and injury-hit back-four, Bentley hit two quick-fire goals, in the 54th and 60th minutes.
Shaun Mundy, who netted the first and third goals for the visitors rounded off his man-of-the-match performance with a hat-trick goal 15 minutes from time.
In Town’s cup defeat, manager Steve Chappell rotated in the hope that fresh legs would be available for the Bentley tie, however, that was not the case.
A hard-fought performance saw Town concede minutes before the half-time whistle, which ultimately boosted Retford United.
The hosts then scored in quick succession, twice, striking in the 50th and 54th minute, and then again in the 68th and 71st minute.
Town face Thorne Colliery at home on Saturday, a side that beat Retford United 3-1 in their last outing.