Newport City’s poor run of form continued as they slumped to their fifth successive league defeat at home to Treharris Athletic Western, in what proved to be a wet and cold affair.
Within five minutes City were behind when a defence splitting pass into the area found Treharris’ Jaymie Wearn who calmly slotted a low strike into the bottom left hand corner of the net. Treharris continued to dominate and came close to doubling their lead soon after when Josh Evans’ close range header forced City ‘keeper Tom Pass into a magnificent one handed save.
The Steelmen eventually improved and almost equalised when a cross into the area by Lee Bridgeman was almost bundled into the back of net by Mark Dunford; but the striker saw his opportunity blocked by Treharris keeper Leighton James. City came close again when another cross into the area was again met by Dunford, but the striker this time managed to knee the ball narrowly wide past the right hand post. City continued to apply the pressure and almost scored through Solomon Taylor St Clair, but the winger saw his long range effort turned over the bar by James. Meanwhile Nathan Doe and Bridgeman both sent low strikes narrowly wide of goal.
The visitors managed to withstand the hosts’ pressure and ended the first half very strongly, with the side coming close to extending their lead on several occasions before the interval. Wearn constantly caused problems to the City defence and came close to extending his goal tally twice after forcing Pass into two superb saves. Treharris continued to apply the pressure and were very unlucky not to double their lead on the stroke of half time when Evans saw two efforts smack against the right hand post, leaving City lucky to be only one goal down during the half time break.
City restarted the game brightly and almost levelled the score on the hour mark when a free kick delivery into the area narrowly evaded the head of Kareem Leigh who came inches away from nodding the ball into the back of net. City were eventually rewarded for their pressure four minutes later when Dunford’s header into the area was cleverly laid on to head of Doe who powered in a close range finish to bring City back on level terms.
However City’s joy was short lived as Treharris restored their lead nine minutes later when a through ball into City’s area caused a scramble. The scramble lead to the ball being deflected into the path of substitute John Edwards who tucked the ball into the back of the net from close range. Buoyed by the goal, the visitors dominated the reminder of the game. Despite this, the visitors failed to extend their lead after being denied by a series of outstanding saves from Pass who superbly thwarted multiple efforts from Edwards and Alex Jones.
Despite Treharris’ dominance, City rallied well and threw caution to the wind during the dying moments as they were presented with a couple of good opportunities for an equaliser through Nathan Blackie who sent a close range header narrowly wide; while Dunford saw his strike from the edge of the area tipped over the bar. The late pressure sadly came to nothing as the Steelmen were forced to endure another league loss.
Overall City will feel bitterly disappointed with both the result and performance, while they will be thankful to Tom Pass for keeping the score down to a one goal deficit. The side will need to work hard on producing far better performances as they aim to get their league season back on track.
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