CMFL NORTH @ STATION RD
2 DECEMBER 2017 --- 3PM
|STATION ROAD GROUND|
A chance to cover a new ground that should have been visited, well ages ago really was supported by an end to the frosty weather and early communication with Newark secretary and CMFL publicity officer Richard Lane who confirmed all was ok.
|NEWARK CASTLE AND THE RIVER TRENT|
|COLLECTION TIME THE FOOTBALL CLUB, THE CHIPPY, NEXT THE CAR|
Newark is a town I've visited on many occasions but its a quintessential English town market place encased in shops, town hall, church, alleyways and quirky coffee shops. After the Fleetwood Mackerel experience I did notice a few interestingly named shops including New Ark Pets, Newark News, N. V Us Cards, Pasatbility and then a bus advertising local outlet Roy Walker Carpets, I bet its a laugh a minute there.
|FOR THE TRANSPORT BUFFS|
Departing the service at the top end of High St I did notice the village chippy was still open this would have been the calling point but I could not find any opening times for the business so had opted for Newark, although it did cross my mind just to try a bag of chips! A walk around started by the old stone cross and a fascinating fact of over 62 listed buildings in this village and trekking along the adjacent Low St this became very clear with the display of fantastic quirky and interesting properties non more so than the Malthouse with its massive sloping roof. Approaching White Hart Lane I could see no floodlights or developments taking place, I cut back through the delightful named Temperance Lane I just could not resist it! The quirkiness of this wonderful village was further highlighted with said lane just about able to take a car width however somebody in highways had made the decision to put a broken white line marking down the middle of the road!
|A DRAMATIC ENTRANCE TO THE GROUND WELL TO THE LEFT BY THE TROLLY PARK ANYWAY|
Newark Town are thankfully still representing the town here at Collingham around 5 miles away from their home base its forever a disappointment to me that a town of its size does not have its senior team representing it within its boundaries. With Newark Flowserve also just off the edge of the town in Balderton playing in the Notts Senior League it would be good for local councillors and MP to get together and sort this out either to upgrade their juniors site or get this club back into the cracking little town of Newark.
|TODAYS LINE UPS|
Before and during the game today it was great to catch up with, once again, James Irwin, Dave and Julie Hughes from AFC Bentley and the ever welcoming and previously mentioned Richard Lane. There was also chance to make re acquaintances with current and former Bentley secretary Nigel Bates. As per visits to The Avenue it was always a warm greeting from Nigel and today was no different. It has to be mentioned he was looking resplendent in his John Motson jacket, he did ask me to mention it or was it don't mention it I forget now!
|NIGEL BATES DISPLAYS THE JOHN MOTSON JACKET ON ITS WORLD TOUR|
|MATTY HUGHES ASSIST FOR THE OPENING GOAL FOR BENTLEY|
|NEWARK ON THE BALL|
|MORE MATCH ACTION WITH NEWARK CLEARING THEIR BOX|
Seat gained and after a comfortable connection in Nottingham another seat secured, luxury, base station was achieved just shy of 7.30pm after an enjoyable trip out to Newark and Collingham that had been spent in the company of some more genuine non league fans.