Hard Earned Point Away From Home

Starting the day in 2nd place The Highwaymen hit the road to Derby to face 4th placed Graham Street Prims.  Strong match-day squad saw the return of Solomon Miller following suspension and Jack Beckett from injury.  For the first quarter of an hour saw both teams showing mutual respect; not wanting to gift any opportunities to the other. But it was Prims who broke the deadlock on 18 minutes as a good header from a well delivered corner made it past the Flowserve defence and a sprawling dive from Adebowale. Prims continued to look dangerous from set pieces with some great deliveries and a big strong target man up front.  However, the Newark defence stood firm, limiting clear cut opportunities in a 1st half that was mainly played at a frantic pace.

Flowserve constantly piled pressure on the Prims goal without providing the usual clinical finishing.  However, in the 35th minute the pressure was rewarded with a penalty which Sam Agar assuredly fired home form the spot.

Almost from the kick-off, Prims were awarded another penalty after a mix up in 6 yard box which Fitzhugh neatly converted; but neither side managed to take the game by the scruff of the neck.  On the hour mark Flowserve took advantage of a lack of concentration and pulled themselves back level, following a long throw into the box from Miller was headed away only as far as the oncoming Danny Meadows who fired a half volley from 20 yards through a congested penalty area, and the un-sighted Prims keeper.

Prims once again took the lead again on 68 minutes when the Prims’ midfield was allowed too much time and space to play Fitzhugh through on goal, finishing crisply in the corner of the Flowserve net. Even after falling behind again The Highwaymen refused to roll over, and with the lively Callum Smith and Jammy Lloyd causing problems for Prims.  On 74 minutes Agar was neatly laid in on goal before being taken down by a desperate Prims challenge to be awarded his 2nd penalty of the game which was converted, taking his season tally to 11 goals.  Joint Managers Kirkham & Roche said they were happy to finish a tough away game with a point, “especially on a day when the standard set so far this season was slightly under par.”  But the realisation for Flowserve is that the league is extremely competitive, and any points picked up away from home may be invaluable.  “Home results are going to be critical to maintaining a top-half finish, and that their home form comes with huge help of the local support the team has received so far – making Lowfields a fortress.”   The Highwaymen have a tough run of fixtures away from home in the coming weeks, and will be looking to take as many points back home as possible.  “Currently sitting 3rd in the league in our first season at step 6; if that was offered to us before the start of the season, we would have taken it for sure.