Newport City’s recent unbeaten run came to an end following a disappointing 3-1 home defeat against Trethomas Bluebirds.
City immediately came racing out of the blocks and were ahead in the sixth minute when a cross into the penalty area by Kareem Leigh was met by Owain Morgan who tucked the ball through the legs of Trethomas ‘keeper at the right hand near post to give the Steelmen the perfect start. City grew in confidence and almost doubled their lead in the 21st minute through Bernardin Fetahi, but the Italian dragged a low shot wide past the left hand post. The hosts continued to pressurise and came close again two minutes later when Trethomas midfielder Aaron Colwill almost diverted Jordan Francombe’s cross into the back of the net, while Morgan saw a goal bound header blocked from from the resulting corner.
The visitors eventually threatened and almost equalised on the half hour mark through Adam Williams who sent a strike from the edge of the area narrowly wide past the left hand post; while the midfielder also came close again seven minutes later but saw his close range effort saved by City ‘keeper Nicholas King. The Bluebirds continued to threaten as Curtis Rees fired a direct free kick into the wall from six yards outside the area, while Stuart Fraser fired the rebound wide past the left hand post as City clung on to their slender advantage heading into the interval.
HT 1- 0
The visitors returned to the field on the front foot and almost levelled a minute after the restart when Tom Neville forced King into a close range save before seeing his follow up effort blocked by Nick Simcock. However City’s luck finally ran out as Trethomas deservedly equalised a minute later through Stuart Olsen who powered a header into the back of the net from the resulting corner. Buoyed by the goal, the visitors took control of the game and almost scored again through Neville and Rees who both fired efforts narrowly wide of goal, while the latter also saw his free strike saved by King.
City tried to recover from a sloppy start to the second half and came close to restoring the lead just after the hour mark when a goal bound header by Kareem Leigh was blocked off the goal line by Leigh Ashman. However Trethomas responded strongly and eventually went ahead in the 67th minute when Neville connected on to a cross into the area by Luke McAuliffe and fired in a smart finish from the edge of the six yard box. Things went from bad to worse for City just three minutes later when a cross into the area by Stuart Fraser was once again met by Neville who struck the ball into the the top right hand corner of the net, bagging his second goal of the game and doubling the visitors’ lead.
Neville continued to torment City’s defence and came close to sealing a hat-trick in the 72nd minute as he forced King into turning his low shot round the left hand post, while the striker also saw his dinked effort from the edge of the area deflect off the crossbar a minute later. City tried to drag themselves back into the game and briefly threatened through a succession of dangerous corners, with Fetahi and Morgan both coming close to pulling one back for the Steelmen. Trethomas came close to extending their lead twice in the dying minutes through the on-form Neville who was denied a hat-trick after seeing his efforts respectively saved and hit the side netting. In the end the Bluebirds flew away with the game as the Steelmen were made to endure another disappointing home defeat.
Overall, it was a frustrating result for City as their recent revival came to an end. Having led at half time, expectations were high for a victory. However the level of focus and determination displayed in recent games by the Steelmen was significantly lower during the second half as they were overpowered by a dominant Trethomas side. City will need to learn from this defeat and look to improve on their disappointing home form as they enter the tail end of the season.
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