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Newark Town
Welbeck Lions
Sat 22 Apr 15:00 - Central Midlands Football League - Division North Full time

Six goals, three points for Blues

The Blues rounded off their home programme with an ultimately comfortable win over bottom markers Welbeck.

The Blues rounded off their home programme with an ultimately comfortable win over bottom markers Welbeck aided by two own goals and a goalkeeping performance which was far more entertaining than accomplished. George Pearce returned after a long injury, taking the place of Reece Carlisle in the back four after aggravating an injury during the warm up.
Town were quickly on the attack and took a 3rd minute lead when Tyler Martin put the visitors’ keeper under pressure forcing a weak clearance which Sam Wilford sidefooted home from all of 25 yards. Three minutes later the lead was doubled as Coddington lost his bearings completely allowing Cole Maule to find the unguarded net from outside the area. After such a positive opening it came as a shock when Welbeck pulled a goal back in the 11th minute, as a free kick out on the left was superbly struck by McTighe into the top right corner beyond the reach of Oliver Sinclair. Another free kick led to an equaliser for the visitors with 18 minutes played, Arnold being left unmarked in the Town penalty area and putting away an easy header. Chris Dobbie and Martin combined well to put Pearce through but this time Coddington was equal to it, saving well with his feet. Newark came close to regaining their advantage midway through the half, Martin setting up Maule who launched his shot against the underside of the bar, Jammy Lloyd’s follow up shot being kicked off the goal line. Town continued to press, Maule shooting wide from close range, but got their noses in front three minutes from the interval as Blackwell headed over his own keeper with Lloyd desperately trying to get the final touch.
The second half was only six minutes old when the Blues went further in front, Martin doing the hard work on the left before a low ball across the box was diverted into his own net by Stone. The Welbeck keeper then handled outside his area to stop sub Kieron Wall, receiving a yellow card for his pains. Welbeck were still producing some workmanlike football but were kept at bay by a solid Town rearguard, ably assisted by Wilford who worked tirelessly at both ends of the pitch. Yet another goalkeeping howler led to Newark’s fifth goal on 72 minutes, Coddington being caught yards outside his area as Maule’s cross was hammered against his own post by the covering defender, the rebound falling nicely for Wall to tap into the empty net. Lloyd sent a free kick inches wide before Newark rounded off the scoring in stoppage time, as the hapless Coddington came out to clear, completely missed the ball, Wall gleefully rolling the ball home for his second and Town’s sixth.

Team selection

Sinclair, Oliver Sinclair, Oliver
Dent, Richard Dent, Richard
Pearce, George Pearce, George
Dobbie, Chris Dobbie, Chris
Wade, Ian Wade, Ian
Nelson, Will Nelson, Will
Wilford, Sam Wilford, Sam
Lloyd, Jammy Lloyd, Jammy
Maule, Cole Maule, Cole
Daws, Freddie Daws, Freddie
Martin, Tyler Martin, Tyler

League round up

Other Division North results

Tideswell United
Thorne Colliery
Harworth Colliery
FC Bolsover
Dronfield Town Reserves

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. FC Bolsover 30 71
2. Clay Cross Town 30 69
3. AFC Bentley 30 63
4. Collingham 30 59
5. Tideswell United 30 57
6. Retford 30 51
7. Newark Town 30 49

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