Ludlow hat-trick guides Ollerton to win over Newark

A hat-trick by Kyle Ludlow and a Kyle Clarkson brace saw Ollerton win 5-0 at Newark Town on Saturday.

Ludlow took his season’s tally to 19 with a first-half hat-trick before Clarkson scored two in the second-half to move him onto 20, the first Ollerton player to do so since Lee Wilson in the 2008/2009 season.

More importantly for Ollerton however was the fact that the 5-0 victory secured a vital three points as they continue to keep up their push for promotion in the latter stages of the Central Midlands Football League season.

After a tense opening 20 minutes, Ollerton scored two in quick succession to take control of the game.

First, Clarkson did brilliantly to beat his man before pulling the ball back across the face of goal where Ludlow was waiting to tap the ball home.

Three minutes later, Lewis Bingham’s out-swinging corner was met by Ludlow and he thumped a header into the back of the net.

Newark forced Simon Smith into a fine save one-on-one and then Tom Cooke cleared a shot off the line, but five minutes before the break Ollerton were presented with a chance to kill the game as the referee awarded them a penalty for a foul on Wiltshire. Clarkson stepped up but saw his effort saved well yet the Newark ‘keeper could do nothing about Ludlow smashing in the rebound to complete his perfect hat-trick.

Just after the hour mark, Clarkson got his first after dribbling through the Newark defence before rolling the ball into the goal with a calm finish.

Clarkson and Ollerton’s final goal then came in the closing moments of the game as the Ollerton midfielder latched on to a pass to score a similar effort as his first from the right of the area.