|September 19, 2020||3:00 pm||MFL Premier||2020-21|
Midland Football League
Saturday 19th September 2020
Newark 2-0 Tividale
Westcarr the Newsance
Tividale travelled to Newark for the first time in their history. Coming on the back of not the greatest of showings in midweek it may not be the best place to put right a poor performance. But once again this squad put it all behind them and as good as Newark are, Tividale made a game of it.
Tividale welcomed the return of skipper Matt Hunt but were dealt the blow of the loss due to injury of his defensive partner Jacob Barnes. Manager Dave King brought in season’s debutante due also to injury Joe Burroughs to replace Barnes and rested Ryan Grosvenor who was on the bench.
As predicted the home side were immediately on the front foot and Ben Hutchinson produced a save from Adam Harrison after just 4 minutes. 15 minutes later on 19 minutes and Hutchinson’s strike partner Craig Westcarr was through on goal but he put his shot wide. Two minutes later and the journeyman Westcarr made no mistake with his second chance pouncing on a through ball and lashing the ball past Harrison and into the back of the net.
The visitors nearly responded in the best possible way on 26 minutes but Hunt headed a Brad Welding corner over the bar. Westcarr should have doubled Newark’s lead in the 28th minute but he blasted over from 10 yards.
At the other end Newark keeper Jason White pulled off a brilliant save when a Dan Smith cross was met on the volley by Welding at the back post but White was equal to it, blocking his shot with his legs. Smith then got an Elliott Hartley cross all wrong and was well wide of White’s goal with his header.
Newark ended the half with a couple of efforts from Liam King and Tom Potts that both cleared Harrison’s bar.
Half Time: Newark 1-0 Tividale
Within 3 minutes of the re start. Curtis Cocking who had been carrying a knock from the first half succumbed to the injury and was replaced by Grosvenor.
On 52 minutes the dangerous Westcarr again got his head to a Potts cross but headed wide. On the hour Newark got their second. A Westcarr corner was met by Kevin Bastos who nipped in just before a committed Harrison and headed home.
In the 76th minute Newark keeper White then had to produce another fine save when Newark’s substitute full back Jahren Barrow’s back header caught him off his line but he did brilliantly to back pedal and touch the ball over his bar.
With 7 minutes to go Tividale had another decent chance when Luke Carter got on the end of a Grosvenor free kick but he hooked his shot over. Then Westcarr somehow fired wide when he was left unmarked in the box with 5 minutes to go and deep into injury time a Bantos cross found an unmarked substitute Romello Nangle at the far post but he also blazed wide
Full Time: Newark 2-0 Tividale