Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Newark Town 3 v Askern 5 - CMFL North

Wednesday 24th February 2016
Central Midlands League (North)
at Station Road, Collingham
Newark Town (2) 3
Joe Brumpton 2, Adam Boddy 39, 65
Askern (2) 5
Matty Devine 10, Alex Rennie 44, Gary Mundy 49
Shaun Munday 69, Alex Irwin 83
Admission £3. Programme £1. Attendance 47
Newark Town:
Sam Russell, Andrew Smith, Michael Minty, Frances McGregor (C), Ricky North, James Lloyd, Sam Wilford, Will Fry, Joe Brumpton, Tyler Morton, George Rees-Jones
Subs - Luke Boddy, Adam Boddy, Chris Self, Tom Wilford
Liam Copley, Ben Wilkinson, Joe Warren, Matt Hancock, Gareth Collinson (C), Gary Mundy, Shaun Munday, Alex Rennie, Shane Carver, Michael Attard, Matty Devine
Subs - Danny Jones, Steven Athey, Alex Irwin, Chris Hart
A fun night out back on my old stomping ground of the CMFL North, in the company of Southend United's finest, AKA the legendary non league football author Peter Miles, the eminently charming stalwarts of Newark Town including David 'Comedy Dave' Hurstfield who has returned to the fold following a brief sabbatical at Newark Flowserve FC, James Irwin and Daz Cooke of Askern FC, the Station Road regular (and font of all football knowledge) Colin Murphy and 'Cooky' from the suburban no go zone of Hallcroft, in the sprawling metropolis of East Retford.
I'd mistakenly thought that James and Daz had been lost to the local game when I hadn't spotted them at a couple of recent Brodsworth Welfare games, so it was good to see that they have taken up the challenge elsewhere.
The home side took the lead twice in the first half, but were pegged back and eventually overcome in a lively encounter, that could've gone either way, until Askern claimed the points with two goals inside the final twenty minutes.
The 'Peaceful Warriors' (does any other club, anywhere in the known universe, have such a great nickname?) were in front inside the opening two minutes, when Joe Brumpton slotted a close range effort just inside the right hand post, but the visitors were soon on level terms when Matty Devine latched onto a short corner and crashed an angled shot past Sam Russell from 12 yards.
Frances McGregor's 25 yard free kick looked destined for the top corner until one of the Askern defensive wall got his head to the ball and diverted it away for a corner.
Six minutes before the break, James Lloyd played the ball to Tyler Morton who had made an overlapping run down the right flank, his cross found Adam Boddy who steered the ball past Liam Copley with a well placed header and the home side were back in front.
Askern were almost on level terms from the restart, when Russell did well to turn Michael Attard's close range effort round the post. But they did pull a goal back in the last minute of the first half, when Alex Rennie pounced at the back post to force the ball over the line from close range, when Newark were undone from a right wing corner.
In stoppage time Ricky North couldn't keep his header on target from Lloyd's free kick.
HT: Newark Town 2 v Askern 2
With Ben Wilkinson getting forward from his right back Berth, the visitors looked to have more attacking options after the interval... and it was the South Yorkshire side who started the second half in a lively fashion, when Shaun Munday lobbed Russell from the edge of the area, but the ball bounced wide of the right hand upright.
Gary Munday put Askern in front on 49 minutes, from Shaun Munday's right wing cross, I think they are related, but being from Doncaster most of the Askern team probably are! ;-)
Copley came off of his line to save at Boddy's feet, while at the other end Attard hooked a Munday (S) cross over the bar.
Yet another quality ball in by the visitors number 7, found Danny Jones, who had two attempts on goal, the first was cleared off the line by North, and he scuffed the second one over the bar.
Boddy, auditioning for a place in the starting line up at Cannon Park on Saturday, when Newark travel to Retford FC, took advantage of a mix up in Askern's defence to level things up again.
The Happy Mundy's were at it again for Askern when Gary crossed to Shaun, whose first effort was blocked by Russell but he made no mistake from the rebound.
Newark pressed forward looking for another equaliser, but Askern stood firm and from a quick counter attack Alex Irwin knocked an assured finish past Russell to put the visitors two goals ahead.
Boddy had two chances to claim his hat trick for Newark, but Copley came out on top both times.
FT: Newark Town 3 v Askern 5
Askern leapfrogged Brodsworth above in the table as a consequence of tonight's result, a fact that I'm sure won't have gone unnoticed in either camp.
A decent advert for the CMFL North all told, played between two sides who were both obviously committed to going for all three points.
The Happy Mundays... Hey! Cut me some slack here, I'm trying to keep all of you loyal readers entertained... thank you both for your continued patronage.