On Wednesday evening we travel to the YMCA Activity Village to face current league leaders Newark Town in our first away game of the season. This could well be our most difficult game so far this season, so any support would be greatly appreciated.
For any of our supporters travelling to the game please find the following directions to the ground. From the Jones & Co Recreational Ground get on the A1 in Blyth from Blyth Road. Follow the A1 for almost 27 miles to Beckingham Road in Coddington. Take the exit towards Coddington from the A1. Take Beacon Hill Road and then turn left on to Bowbridge Road. The ground will be on the left-hand side. The postcode is NG24 4FH.
We currently sit in third position in the table with nine points from our first three matches. Last Tuesday we defeated Phoenix 4-0 with goals from Luke Black, Alex Irwin, Jack Billau and Callum Brooks scoring his debut senior goal in front of an excellent weeknight crowd of 96. Prior to that on 31st August we were defeated 3-1 by Stockport Town in the FA Vase First Qualifying Round. The visitors went three goals to the good, thanks to two goals from Kyle Foley and a strike from Luke Newsham. Jack Billau scored Colliery’s consolation.
Moving on to Wednesday nights hosts and the original Newark Town FC were formed in 1868 and were a member of the Midland Counties League where they enjoyed some success. Records show the Club claimed some notable results in the FA Cup at its Muskham Road ground reaching the second round in 1930-31. The club disbanded in the mid-1930s as their ground was subject to a compulsory purchase order to form part of the new cattle market site. Fortunately, under the leadership of Paul Baggaley, the club was reformed again in 1991 and its first venture was to enter a team in the Notts Imperial Youth League (under 16s). From 1991 to 1994 a Junior Section became established playing in the Young Elizabethan and Notts Imperial Leagues. In 1994 the club took the step into Senior Football by entering teams in the Midland Regional Alliance and Grantham & District Leagues. In 1997 the club was admitted into the Notts Football Alliance which was at the time the senior league within the county. Last season in the Central Midlands League Newark Town finished in ninth position, with eight wins, two draws and 16 losses from their 26 games.
They currently sit top of the table with 16 points from their opening six games this season. On Saturday they defeated Phoenix 3-0 at home with Lewis Chambers scoring twice and Craig Bridge adding the other goal. Prior to that they won 10-3 away at Dronfield Town Reserves, with George Asplin the star of the show with four goals. Steven Carty, Lewis Chambers, Jack Durkin, Lewis King, Jordan Thomas and Kieran Job also netted for Newark.
One to watch for our hosts will be George Asplin. So far this season he has scored six goals in five appearances, including four in one game as mentioned previously.
The two sides have previously met on 24 occasions, with Colliery winning 11, drawing three and losing 10 of those meetings. The last game between the sides was on Saturday 3rd February 2018 when we hosted Newark Town, with the result being a 7-0 victory for the Colliery. Sam Foulds bagged a hat trick, with the other goals coming from Lewis Francis, Jordan Hardman, Jack Conley and Joe Colman.
As ever if you can make it to the game your support is always greatly appreciated.