Newark Flowserve under-23 team’s first footing attracts crowds to Lowfields
A stunning attendance of 114 was at Lowfields on a cold Thursday evening as the new Newark Flowserve Under-23 side made an impressive bow in a pre-season friendly.
The Highwaymen’s replacement second string took on Boston United Under-19s and the fact that a hurriedly strung together cluster of players only lost 2-0 to an established academy side was remarkable in itself.
The fact that The Pilgrims’ goalkeeper was man of the match was testament enough to the contribution of the men in orange.
It was felt that the gap was too great last season between the first team’s games in the East Midlands Counties League and the standard played in by Newark Flowserve Reserves in Notts Senior League Division Two.
So this term the reserve side has been scrapped and a new under-23 team will play its football in the Lincolnshire FA Under-23 Development League, with those matches starting a week on Thursday evening with Flowserve kicking off at Spalding United.
What has been achieved by the club in Newark football over the last three years has been astonishing enough; when you try to describe the wonder at the sheer amount of people in the town who are turning up to witness the events, you very quickly run out of superlatives.
Two first team squad members, Curtis Price and Jammy Lloyd, had run-outs in the team, with the latter skippering the young side, while new signing Mitch Robinson played at centre-half for the first 45 minutes.
Boston’s tidy youngsters took the lead ten minutes before the break with a stunning direct free-kick that was curled round the wall, and then ruined the tea party further by adding their second from the spot on the hour mark.
Flowserve’s best moment came at the end of the first half when great work on the right by Charlie Pearson set up Harry Mills for a great turn and shot on the near post that brought a spectacular diving save to his left from the visiting keeper.
The future looks bright; and the future is orange.
Newark Flowserve: 1 Alex Hempsall; 2 Curtis Price; 3 Callum Greaves; 4 Liam Knott; 5 Mitch Robinson; 6 Jammy Lloyd (captain); 7 Kane Hutchinson; 8 Kyle Yarnell; 9 Harry Mills; 10 Charlie Pearson; 11 Andrew Price.