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Newark Town extend unbeaten Central Midlands League North Division run to 10 after 5-0 win over AFC Bentley


By Connor Thompson


Leaders Town extended their unbeaten league run to ten matches after a flurry of goals in the opening 15 minutes secured the points against Bentley, writes Richard Lane.

Midfielder Liam Warner and defender Tom Mallinson both made their Town debuts against a Bentley side that pushed The Blues all the way in the reverse fixture ­— a narrow 1-0 away win.

But, despite the visitors having the first big chance of the game, it was the hosts who eased to victory.

RHYS LEWIS manages to bring a bouncing ball under control. 031119JT4-6
RHYS LEWIS manages to bring a bouncing ball under control. 031119JT4-6

It took Town just six minutes to take the lead, when George Asplin’s corner from the right was headed home by joint-manager and centre-half Luke Parsons, who registered his first goal of the season.

Craig Bridge then sent a snap shot narrowly wide, before Town struck again in the 11th minute when a poorly played pass from the back was seized on by Lewis Chambers, who easily beat Ryan Bedford in the Bentley goal.

As the visitors found it difficult to break out of their own half, Town struck for the third time on 15 minutes.

Newark Town vs AFC Bentley. Newark Sports & Fitness Centre, Bowbridge Road, Newark on Trent. Pictured heading the ball is Newark Town Player Luke Parsons. (20786980)
Newark Town vs AFC Bentley. Newark Sports & Fitness Centre, Bowbridge Road, Newark on Trent. Pictured heading the ball is Newark Town Player Luke Parsons. (20786980)

Asplin was again the creator, chasing down a long ball to the by-line, before delivering a cross to Rhys Lewis ­— his header flew past the hapless keeper.

As the game progressed clear cut chances became fewer, and Town’s best chance to add to their goal tally came when Matty Stevens sent a ball into debutant Warner, who headed over the bar.

Both Aplsin and Chambers had fired against the woodwork either side of half-time, and the mini-break of goals came to an end on 62 minutes, when Warner unselfishly laid off for Asplin to fire home.

Sub Jawanza Grant forced Bedford into a flying save as his effort was headed for the top corner.

And, with little time left, on what had been a peaceful afternoon, tempers suddenly flared as an altercation between Asplin and Bentley’s Ash Evans saw a second yellow for the latter, and a first for Asplin, who later composed himself to round off the scoring in the last minute with a perfect finish from 30 yards out.

Town: Burrows, Mallinson, Stevens, Lewis (T. Martin), Parsons, Evans, Asplin, Bridge, Chambers, Warner, Wroughton (Grant).

Attendance: 67


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