EMCFL @ CHEWTON ST
8 DECEMBER 2018 --- 3PM
|SAM AGAR OPENS THE SCORING FOR NEWARK FLOWSERVE|
The winter weather had returned with a force this week with a collection of games lost to the increasing wet stuff making the life of hoppers one long planning of 4g standbys and personal relationships with the weather presenters of all channels. Games had fallen foul to the weather today and with the travelling gamble avoided a selection of local encounters were settled and like the good old Its A Knockout TV programme of the 70's I decided to play my 'joker' for the first time and with any real menace select a 4g fixture due to the forecast. How well this played out with the game played in constant driving rain the half time torrential downpour abandoned nearby games at Heanor, Kimberly, Selston and Ingles, without doubt if Eastwood had still been playing on grass the same end result would have ensued here.
Being a re visit I wont go through a ground descriptor needless to say the club of course displays its former glories in its size and facilities, although of course the levelling of the pitch has made some areas non viewable for anybody below 6ft 5in in height.
The inclement weather made photos hard work today so there are just a few and as for the pre match amble forget it. Eastwood is of course famous for DH Lawrence and his former home looked at in previous visits but I did discover a few hidden gems. The former pub Man In Space by the ground which is now demolished and forms a Sainsbury's was used for filming 'Carry On At Your Convenience' rather appropriate given the size of the new store. At the opposite end of town the large Eastwood Hall offers all sorts of hospitality facilities and accommodation and was the former HQ of British Coal. Rather interestingly it offers two rooms amongst its 40 named MacGregor and Scargill apparently though the latters is to the left of the formers.
|DAVE SURELY A BURNLEY FC BROCHURE APPROACH AWAITS HIM|
Having drifted towards the bar before the match for a warm drink it was as ever good to meet up with the Newark entourage and with the club battling for that top spot with Selston it would make for an intriguing game against fellow high flyers Eastwood Community.
Starting off in the way we mean to go on, rain, there were early chances for both sides Joe Butler and Chay Bettridge fired over from good positions for the home side and the pace of Newark with danger man Agar were making this an open game. It was though Newark who took the lead on 20 minutes when a headed down cross off the right was met on the volley, as the ball came over his head, by Agar his shot was powerful enough to roll over the line even though Jack Walker made a brave attempt to halt its progress.
|1-0 VERY SHORTLY AS AGAR WATCHES HIS SHOT DRIFT OVER THE LINE|
Back came Flowserve though and that man Agar found an attack repelled and the ball fell to his feet 20 yards out and thanks to a deflection on the way you know where it ended up, 2-1 to the visitors at the break.
Downpour followed and with games falling around to this precipitation of the heaviest kind the 4g held up nicely save for a small area that suffered from terrace run off, soon to be drained away though.
|REFEREE STEPHEN DAVIES MAKES IT CLEAR HIS CHRISTMAS LIST CONTAINS JUST ONE REQUEST A WHISTLE|
Anyway the chances came and went Elliott King shot blocked by Aaron Short, Tyrell Shannon-Lewis shot saved by Walker, same effect from a powerful Agar effort found home keeper still on top form and add to that further efforts from Agar and Dan Meadows on a couple of occasions the score line could have been more. Credit though remains with Walker between the home sides posts for a superb display during the afternoon with some quality saves that kept Eastwood in the game to the final whistle.
Newark had secured three points and a victory that leaves the club top of the pile, albeit on goal difference and having played a game more than Selston. But when your at the top somebody has to move you if they want to get there and who would bet against a superb run in for this seasons East Midlands Counties Football League title.