Newport City finished their season with another defeat in an action packed game that included plenty of drama against Treharris Athletic Western in Fochriw.
Treharris dominated the first half and came close to scoring twice in the opening twenty minutes through the lively Jamie Wearn, who sent a couple of efforts narrowly wide of goal. Wearn did eventually score in the 25th minute after connecting on to a floated pass inside the area and chipped the ball over City ‘keeper Tsvetan Pateev and into the back of the net to hand the hosts a deserved lead. Wearn bagged his second goal of the game twelve minutes later after latching on to a defence splitting pass by John Edwards, sending a low finish into the bottom left hand corner of the net to double the hosts’ lead. City almost pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time, but Kareem Leigh saw his strike drift narrowly over the bar as they entered the interval with a mountain to climb.
City restarted the game much more positively and pulled a goal back one minute into the second half through Bernardin Fetahi who broke into the six yard box and connected on to an assist by Leigh, before sliding the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Buoyed by the goal, City almost equalised two minutes later after Leigh sent an overhead kick from inside the area narrowly wide over the bar. The Steelmen came even closer to levelling in the 54th minute through Jordan Francombe who smashed the ball from the edge of the hand area, but the full back saw his effort smack the inside of the left hand post before witnessing the ball bounce agonisingly away from goal.
The missed chances proved costly for the Steelmen as Treharris restored their two goal advantage on the hour mark when Wearn cut into the area from the right, sending a low cross into the six yard box where Rhys Williams was on hand to tap the ball into the back of the net. Things got worse for City five minutes later when Treharris Captain David Mitchell took advantage of slack defending and thumped a header from a Leon Bansal corner delivery into the back of the net to score the hosts’ fourth goal of the night.
Despite the setback, the Steelmen refused to give up and scored their second of the night a minute later as Martyn Mickiewicz thumped the ball into the back of the net from close range after the hosts failed to clear a corner. Things got even better for City four minutes later after a pass into the six yard box by Fetahi found its way into the path of Leigh who slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner to bring the side right back into the game. However City’s joy was short lived just minutes later when Lewis Bansal was dispossessed by Wearn on the edge of the area and smashed the ball past Pateev to secure his hat-trick and restore the hosts’ two goal advantage. City however refused to give up and pulled another goal back with ten minutes to spare after a stunning 45 yard effort from Lee Bridgeman flew straight into the top left hand corner of the net and set up a grandstand finish.
The Steelmen threw caution into the wind during the closing stages of the game and came close to equalising through Mickiewicz who sent a strike narrowly wide past the right hand post. Leigh also seeing his close range header agonisingly saved by Treharris ‘keeper Robert Jones. Despite the late onslaught from City, Treharris ended the contest in stoppage time when Williams set-up fellow substitute Gareth Davies inside the area, with the latter making no mistake by sending a close range effort past Pateev to secure the victory for the hosts.
Despite the result, City will have plenty to feel positive about following a strong second half performance which saw them score four goals. They will also inevitably feel disappointed to have shipped in six goals, and will be left to rue a poor first half performance. Ultimately there will be plenty to reflect on what’s certainly been a mixed season for the Steelmen, as Manager Sam Houldsworth looks ahead toward a promotion push next season.
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