Danny Meadows curls home a free-kick. PHOTO: Mick Gretton
Danny Meadows curls home a free-kick. PHOTO: Mick Gretton

Joint-manager Craig Roche was delighted as Newark Flowserve got off to a dream start after their promotion to step-six football.

Flowserve demolished Arnold Town 8-0 on the opening day of the East Midlands Counties League season, with debutant striker Danny Meadows hitting four goals, including two in the opening two minutes.

Another newcomer, Mustapha John, also netted, along with Sol Miller and Sam Agar.

But Roche warned that his side would face tougher tests, starting on Saturday at Clifton All Whites.

"It was a dream start, although we could perhaps have had tougher opponents on paper," he said.

"But we were happy with the performance and fitness levels.

"Clifton will be a much tougher test.

"They are a well-established side. Similar to us, they won the Notts Senior League a couple of years ago and have strengthened again — and they had a strong season last time.

"They beat Gedling Miners’ Welfare 4-2 on Saturday and Gedling are no mugs.

"We will be able to gauge where we are after that."

Roche praised his strikeforce after the second successive 8-0 victory. "Danny’s quality was clear to see going forward — his four goals and general play," he said.

"He is an outstanding player at this level.

"He is similar to Agar, who was like that for us last season. It gives us an advantage.

"We also had Tom Potts, signed like Danny from Grantham Town, at the back, and we looked solid and kept a clean sheet.

"That is equally important for us.

"We are looking strong in all areas rather than just for the amount of goals we are scoring."

Flowserve went into the campaign on the back of a successful pre-season, including an eight-goal win over Harrowby United.

Flowserve’s initial target for the season is to maintain their newly-won step-six status.

Roche said: "But with the strength we have in the squad we are ambitious enough to say we would like to be in the top eight.

"We would like to have as good a runs in the cups as possible too.

"But we will take each game as it comes and see where we are as the season progresses, and reassess at Christmas."