A DISAPPOINTING setback for Newark Flowserve Reserves means that they need to win their final two outings to wrap up the Notts Senior League Second Division title.
A 2-1 defeat at home to Ruddington Reserves at Lowfields on Saturday came after a two-week lay-off and wholesale changes to the side which made for a disjointed performance.
The men in orange made a fast start, but they were unable to convert the chances created, and Ruddington looked dangerous on the break as their pace caused the home side problems.
The visitors went ahead midway through the first half when a long ball wasn’t dealt with and their striker raced through and finished well past a stranded Alex Hempsall.
Stern words at the break led to a better start in the second half, with leading marksman Leighton Nicholson forcing the Ruddington keeper into a superb save to keep out a curling shot from the edge of the box.
The revival was shortlived, however, and hesitant play at the back enabled Ruddington to win the ball in a dangerous position and net their second goal, leaving the Flowserve second string with a mountain to climb.
Nicholson did manage to pulled one back, converting a rebound after another good save from the keeper but, for all their huffing and puffing, The Highwaymen were unable to add to their tally.
“I don’t think we can argue with the result; we just did not perform on the day,” said injured skipper Alex Bosworth. “The defeat means that we must now take maximum points from our final two games, starting with Ravenshead on Tuesday. The true test of the team’s character is how they will react to days like the one we had against Ruddington.”
Newark Flowserve Reserves: 1 Alex Hempsall; 2 Curtis Price; 3 Tom Perkins; 4 Liam Knott; 5 Ben Hage; 6 Ryan Broxholme; 7 Ed Munton; 8 Alex Hales; 9 Leighton Nicholson; 10 Callum Barnes; 11 Ryan Pilborough.