Kev was not feeling too well, so he decided to give this a miss. I was met inside the ground by Richard Lane and his son Rick. Rick takes a lot of notes - then Richard writes a match report for the Newark Advertiser. Also joined by Rob Hornby, still cheerful despite his latest health set-back. He's on crutches at the moment due to an injury sustained last week.
|Sunglasses at the ready!!!!|
It took Newark 23 minutes to open their account against a very inexperienced Sutton team, and without being exact, I reckon it was about their 23rd chance! Miss after miss after miss - some so bad it was unbelievable. It was centre-half LUKE PARSONS who netted, after Ginnelly picked him out 12 yards from goal. The visitors added their second right on the stroke of half-time, Zico Grinion sliding the ball to BEN PORTER who turned and fired past Matt Spencer in the home goal. H-T 0-2
Good friend Danny Bryant came over to stand with me for the second half, and handed me a very sizeable donation for the APTCOO charity, in memory of his son Ashley Wakelin, who was so tragically taken from us 6 months ago. Many thanks, Daniel ... terrific.
BEN GINNELLY added Newark's third soon after the restart, then on 63 Stuart Franks hit a neat ball through the home defence for BEN PORTER to go one-on-one with Spencer - and the no. 11 made no mistake.
PORTER completed his hat-trick in the 68th minute, and then asked to be replaced! Sutton had a go for the remaining 20 minutes or so, but Craig Lamb in the Newark goal was never seriously troubled. F-T 0-5
Tempers frayed a little as the game went on, but young Referee Andrew Dallison did a good job of calming things down and looks to be a fine prospect...
H/C at kick off time 25, by the final whistle there were maybe 35 present.
Thursday - Stags v Bath City -- only going because it's a fiver to get in!