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Collingham close in on their Central Midlands North Division title rivals while Newark Town miss out at Retford

Goals at the end of each half saw Newark Town fall short against second-placed Retford.

Damo Lloyd and Sean McGuiness returned to the starting line-up, while Nick Walker and Richard Willatt made their debut for the Blues, who played in their yellow away strip.

As is often the case when a player plays against his old club, it was a former Town player that opened the scoring, as George Peace fired Retford ahead in the 15th minute.

Credit: @RetfordFC.
Credit: @RetfordFC.

Within ten minutes of the hosts taking the lead, Adam Scott ­— Retford’s top-scorer ­— fired past Josh Deforges in the Town goal to double their advantage.

Despite going 2-0 down, Town continued to look threatening on the attack, and their goal eventually came through Kieran Job.

The striker scored on the half hour mark as he curled a free kick in to the top right corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Credit: @RetfordFC.
Credit: @RetfordFC.

The Town goal opened the game up as Retford pushed for their third goal, and in the final stages of the first-half, chances fell at either end.

The first saw Rhys Stanley force a fine save out of the Retford keeper, while the hosts struck the woodwork twice, before Scott made it 3-1.

James Evans pulled one back for Town in the 56th minute, heading home from a corner, and not long after Job, who scored from a free kick in the first-half, was presented with another opportunity from similar range, but his effort hit the wall.

Town eventually were put on the back foot, but the defence held firm, as did man-of-the-match keeper Desforges, never more so than in the 73rd minute when Retford were awarded a penalty, which was excellently saved.

However, again, a goal in the final minute of normal time moved the game out of the visitors’ reach, and took some of the gloss off the scoreline from Town’s perspective.

The Blues are on their travels again on Saturday as they travel to Dronfield Town Reserves, who sit just one point ahead.

Credit: @RetfordFC.
Credit: @RetfordFC.

Elsewhere in the division, a gameweek for Collingham saw them gain ground on Retford.

Collingham, who are chasing the title, have picked up six points in the space of four days, following wins against Askern and Phoenix.

In Saurday’s 3-0 win over Askern, Ryan Rushen scored twice from the penalty spot.

Jake Park (pictured left) also added to his tally as he hit the third after the hour mark.

On Tuesday night, Park was on the scoresheet again as Collingham ran out 3-1 winners against Phoenix.

The Station Road side would have been frustrated to concede, but can take joy from fact George Asplin is back among the goals.

Craig Bridge also netted for Collingham.

Next up for Collingham is a trip to AFC Bentley.

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