Newport City continued their inconsistent run after falling to a disappointing 3-2 home defeat to a Treowen Stars side who entered the game at the foot of the table.
Treowen started the game very strongly, with Ross Jolifer sending a 25 yard effort wide over the bar. They came closer just two minutes later when City goalkeeper Tsvetan Pateev fumbled a delivery from the left side, leading to a clear shooting chance inside the area for Jack Stait who directed his half-volley wide past the right hand post. The visitors once again almost scored in the fifth minute when Christopher Jones directed a low close range strike narrowly wide of the left hand post.
After surviving the early onslaught, City eventually mustered an opportunity in the sixth minute when Treowen goalkeeper Matthew Stredwick was forced to tip away a mis-hit clearance from Lyn Bancroft over the bar following a cross from Kareem Leigh. The visitors re-applied the pressure and were almost ahead again ten minutes later when Tommy James’ goal-bound header was blocked by Andrew Muscat following a corner. The miss proved decisive as City eventually went in front in the 24th minute when Kareem Leigh sent a left sided cross into the six yard box where the in-form Martyn Mickiewicz was on hand to hammer the ball into the top left hand corner.
The goal seemed to lift the Steelmen’s spirits and Leigh almost doubled their lead on the half-hour mark with an ambitious 30 yards strike which was captured by Stredwick. However City were rocked two minutes before half-time, when Lewis Bansal failed to clear Matthew Prosser’s cross into the area, which allowed Stait to send a low strike past Pateev from close range and deservedly level the score at the interval.
Treowen restarted the game on the front foot and almost went in front in the 49th minute through Tait who burst into the area from the left hand side, and fired a shot narrowly over the bar. The visitors did eventually take the lead four minutes later when Muscat inadvertently hit an attempted clearance against Sam Graves, with the loose ball kindly falling into the path of Jones who smashed the ball into the back into the back of the net from inside the area.
City reacted well and were awarded a penalty just three minutes later after Tommy James was alleged to have hand-balled a cross. Patrick Pope made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick and duly levelled the score. However City’s joy was short lived when the visitors restored their lead a few minutes later after Tom Harris burst into the area and forced Pateev into a save, but the rebound was eventually tucked into the back of the net by Harris from close range.
Treowen went on to control the game and thought they’d sealed the game with ten minutes left, but Matthew Prosser saw his goal ruled out for a push, while Prosser also powered a header over the bar shortly after. City pushed up in numbers during stoppage time as Lewis Bansal saw his 20 yard curling effort tipped round the right hand post by Stredwick. From the resulting corner, a delivery by Bernardin Fetahi was reached by Mickiewicz who agonisingly sent a header narrowly wide the past right hand post as Treowen clung on to secure the victory.
Overall it was a disappointing night for Newport City as their struggles at home continued. The side will need to bounce back quickly and produce a greater fighting spirit in their final two games of the season as they aim to finish in the top half of the table.
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