NEWARK FLOWSERVE RESERVES made it eight wins out of eight as they moved to the brink of the Notts Senior League Second Division title.
The 5-1 midweek success at home to Cotgrave Reserves under the lights at Lowfields leaves The Highwaymen’s second string just a point behind leaders AFC Top Valley with two games in hand. Four of their remaining five games are at home, and the away trip is across the road (Balderton Playing Fields) to bottom three outfit Elston United.
Unless there are any more late withdrawals from a league that has had all the structure of a Sunday morning set-up this season, the vital promotion to a higher level of football should be in the bag.
Ed Munton, Alex Hales, Leighton Nicholson, skipper Alex Bosworth and Joe Bilton got the goals, while Ryan Pilborough got the man of the match honours once again against a Cotgrave Reserves side who had proved a tough proposition in the reverse fixture a couple of weeks earlier.
The management team of Lee Julian and Steve Crawford had some tough decisions to make with the whole squad making themselves available – a great sign of the spirit in the camp ahead of a midweek commitment.
Three changes were made, with Alex Hempsall taking over the gloves from the injured Lewis Cawthorne, while Arron Martin came in for his first start of the season in place of Tom Perkins, and Leighton Nicholson replaced Joe Bilton.
Flowserve raced into an early lead when Nicholson whipped in a dangerous free-kick which Munton managed to convert off a sensitive part of his anatomy, with the prolific midfielder thereby mixing pleasure with pain.
An inch-perfect corner from Pilborough was then headed home by Hales, and a third soon followed when Nicholson left the Cotgrave backline with twisted blood and finished superbly.
A trademark long throw from Hales was flicked on by Will Nelson and headed home at the far post by Bosworth, and the fifth goal was the pick of the bunch as tricky winger Bilton bamboozled the visiting defence and finished with aplomb.
The only disappointment was that Flowserve were denied a clean sheet when Cotgrave bagged a worldie in the final minutes, but the Ressies still have the best defensive record in the league while their eighth successive win has seen them notch 37 goals in those victories.
One more win will take them top, and there should be no looking back.
Newark Flowserve Reserves: 1 Alex Hempsall; 2 Ben Hage; 3 Joe Craven; 4 Alex Hales; 5 Alex Bosworth (captain); 6 Will Nelson; 7 Ed Munton; 8 Arron Martin; 9 Tyler Martin; 10 Leighton Nicholson; 11 Ryan Pilborough.