Newcastle Town Manager Greg Clowes refused to get carried away, after his side thumped local rivals Kidgrove Athletic to leapfrog them to second in the Evo-Stik First Division South.
“I thought we were full value for the run, we just seemed to want it a bit more than Kidsgrove tonight. Having said this, they haven’t given us anything, we have had to work hard for our win,” Clowes commented.
Kidsgrove began the game as the agressor, and wasted two early chances as Karl Charlton failed to control in the box, and Dave Walker volleyed across goal.
Newcastle recovered, and took the lead on 18 minutes as Ryan Dicker’s long ball found Alan Nagington, who broke between Dan Schwarz and Nick Ward to fire low beyond keeper Steve Intihar.
They doubled their lead in spectacular fashion 11 minutes before the break, as Peter Heler’s deflected pass found Chris Budrys, who lashed home an unstoppable half volley into the top corner.
The game was over as a contest on 52 minutes, as Jordan Johnson’s corner was powerfully headed home at the near post by Ryan Dicker.
Jon Sheldon almost made it four for Newcastle with just over 15 minutes left, as his dipping freekick was tipped over the bar by Intihar.
Charlton spurned Kidsgrove’s best chance of the second half, as he dragged a low effort wide of goal from 20 yards.
It got worse for Grove five minutes from time, as winger Tom Urwin was stretchered off after twisting his knee after getting his foot caught in the turf.
Kidsgrove Athletic Manager Peter Ward: ” We weren’t at the races tonight, but we still believe we can win it and need to pick ourselves up quickly.”
Newcastle Town Team: Read, George, White, Donnelly, Dicker, Douglas, Johnson, Espley, Budrys, Nagington, Heler.
Subs: Sheldon, Willis, Sutton, Cliffe.
Kidsgrove Athletic Team: Intihar, Smith, Dove, Nick Ward, Schwarz, Charlton, Matranga, Sanders, Walker, Haddrell, Urwin.
Subs: Hall, Beasley, Bridge, Shotton, Wayne Johnson.