Dobbie debut goal in vain
11:46am Tue Nov 13, 2012
Chris Dobbie’s debut goal for Newark proved little consolation as the Blues fell to their third defeat in a row after losing 4-1 at home to Holbrook St Michaels.
Town’s midfield had an unfamiliar look about it with Ricky Brewer, James Lloyd, and Ian Hillier all missing and Daryl Price and Zico Grinion were both unavailable.

The match got off to a frenetic start with Simon Ellison having a header kicked off the line after three minutes, while keeper Garry Attwood tipped a long-range shot from Jonathan Pearce over the bar at the other end.

With play switching rapidly from one end to the other, Ricky North had a shot saved by Chistopher Whitely in goal, before George Paling made a good clearance from Dan Sharp.

Sharp was proving a handful as he forced Attwood into another good save with Luke Parsons clearing, before Chris Saunders shot just over on 34 minutes as Holbrook ended the half on top.

Newark came out all guns blazing in the second-half. North’s inviting cross found nobody, before he, Parsons, and Ellison all had close range efforts blocked as Town pushed forward for the opening goal.

But Town’s failure to take their chances cost them when a quick Holbrook counter-attack saw Saunders round Attwood to stroke into the empty net on 67 minutes.

Manager Tony Joynes threw on debutants Chris Dobbie and Sam Bagworth for Swingler and Simon Ellison, which injected new life in Newark, with Dobbie heading home a Craig Roche cross seven minutes later.

But, just as at Sutton Town three weeks ago, the Blues conceded just seconds after scoring when Saunders grabbed his second as the ball fell kindly for him after Attwood initially saved from Sharp.

Jamie Brooks’s shot flashed narrowly wide of the goal, but for all their effort Newark couldn’t find a way through and the visitors then rubbed salt into Town’s wounds with two goals in injury-time.

Sharp grabbed a deserved goal on 90 minutes when he headed in past Attwood, and Saunders completed his hat-trick four minutes into stoppage-time with a neat finish with Newark’s defence helpless.

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