Ian Hillier’s early strike was enough for Newark Town to advance into the second round of the League Cup after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Central Midlands North side Harworth.
Newark's Chris Dobbie tries to avoid a tackle by a Harworth player. (050113MW6-2)
The Blues came into the match on the back of successive defeats, but this win should give them confidence at the start of a new year.
It took Newark just over a minute to strike the decisive blow, a corner from the right fell kindly to Hillier who smashed his effort into the roof of the net from ten yards.
Mark Ellison found himself space in the area not long after but sliced his shot, allowing Mark Latham to make a comfortable save.
Sam Gregory also stabbed over from close range as Newark enjoyed the better of the opening stages.
Harworth posed a threat in attack, and were unlucky not to equalise when Chris Belshaw made a strong run down the left-hand side and unleashed a shot which flew across the face of goal and wide, leaving Town in front at the break.
Mark Ellison saw his driven shot fly wide of the post, while Chris Dobbie’s volley was deflected narrowly off-target as the Blues made a better start to the second-half in search of another goal.
The visitors had their best chance to level just past the hour mark when a long punt downfield from Gareth Sides was met by Tom Walker who lifted his effort over Garry Attwood, only to see it bounce wide of the post.
Luke Parsons’ header flew inches over, but the Blues were unable to capitalise on their dominance and were nearly made to pay in the final moments.
With Harworth pushing forward, the impressive Martin Wilson was forced to make a superb last ditch tackle to deny them a shot on goal.
The Blues held on for the win to progress through to the next round of the competition they famously won in 2010.
Manager Tony Joynes was satisfied with the performance, and said: “I want to win some silverware with the club, and we’ll see who we get in the next round.
“With the Christmas break, some of the players were a little bit rusty, however, it was a very good 1-0 win, and I’m hoping we can take that result into our next match.”