Mexborough & Swinton Times, March 09, 1940
Late Revival Sees Denaby at Their Best
Denaby United 3, Newark Town 1
After a goalless first half it seemed that Newark would win this game at Tickhill Square on Saturday.
It was a toneless 45 minutes, brightened only by occasional spots of excitement in either goalmouth – chiefly in Newark´s. But so energetically and well did the Newark goalkeeper play that it seemed unlikely that the Denaby forwards would beat him.
Denaby found their recent good form much later in the game. Earlier Newark had shown themselves the more direct and workmanlike side and Gibson made one or two excellent saves in concerted attacks.
The first goal was scored by PADGETT when the second half was five minutes old. It was one of those exciting, unexpected shots that cannoned from his foot, yards out, far past the extended arms of the Newark goalkeeper. Incidentally, it was about the first shot the watchful Henton had not been able properly to anticipate.
Six minutes later, Denaby were active in midfield again, the ball was criss-crossed about the Newark goalmouth and opportunistically ARDRON hooked his foot at a stray opening and scored again. This was after a good deal of Denaby pressure to which Padgett and Davis had been conspicuous for hard runs down the wing.
After 23 minutes BELL scored for Newark, and from then until the end of the game Denaby were generally peppering away with little reward. The only tangible reward was a goal by Davis after 39 minutes from a move initiated by Padgett.
Chief features of the game were thrills in each goalmouths. Both Henton and Gibson were often in action -though mostly Henton, for Happs and Wright broke up the Newark attacks quickly and efficiently.