Newport City 4-1 Chepstow Town
Newport City ended their winless run of seven league games as they finally secured their first league victory this since this season’s opening day triumph against Tredegar Town. The game was played in difficult conditions due to the high volume of rain and strong wind, but this didn’t stop City displaying their best performance of the season so far.
The Steelmen got off to a great start when an assist by Joseph Ward found Patrick Pope who sent a superb thumping effort from the edge of the area into the back of the net, firing the hosts ahead after just ten minutes. Buoyed by the goal, the hosts controlled the first half and were handed several opportunities to double their lead. Rhys Wood was sent through clear of goal with acres of space and time at his disposal, but Chepstow keeper Ian Vaughan grabbed the ball from his feet following poor control by the Midfielder. City came close again soon after, but were again thwarted by Vaughan who blocked strong efforts from Martyn Mickiewicz and Kareem Leigh.
City increased the pressure but continued to be denied by the impressive Vaughan who produced superb one handed saves following strikes from Mark Dunford and Taylor Rees-Zammit, while the on-form keeper also tipped a Ward effort over the bar. The Steelmen were almost made to pay for the missed opportunities as Chepstow briefly threatened, but they had Tom Pass to thank as the goalkeeper produced key saves from Ieuan Evans and Callum Dark. City responded well and almost added a second goal shortly before the interval as Leigh saw his effort saved by Vaughan again, leaving City to settle for a one goal lead at half time.
City restarted the game brightly and came extremely close to doubling their lead three minutes after the restart through Mickiewicz, who saw his thumping strike from 15 yards out smack the underside of the crossbar before witnessing the ball bounce off the goal line. The Steelmen were eventually rewarded for their pressure in the 59th minute when a through ball by Dunford sent Leigh clean through inside the area, where the attacking midfielder calmly rounded Vaughan and fired into the top right hand corner to double the host’ lead.
City continued to attack in numbers and things got even better fifteen minutes later when a cross into the area by Mickiewicz found substitute Matthew Flynn, who calmly slotted the ball low into the bottom right hand corner of the net to treble the hosts’ lead. The Steelmen refused to back down and applied further pressure as Leigh and Flynn both sent opportunities narrowly wide of goal, while Rees-Zammit saw a low strike saved by Vaughan.
The visitors eventually threatened late on through Josh Parsons who directed two shots narrowly wide, while Dark saw a low strike comfortably saved by Pass. Chepstow did however register a consolation goal in the 91st minute when substitute Sam Dixon was sent clean through into the area and calmly slotted by ball into the back of the net. The goal however did not damage City’s confidence as they instantly scored again through Leigh who tapped the ball into the back of the net from close range, sealing an emphatic victory for the hosts.
After a dismal start to the season, City found the perfect response with a top class performance and showed strong determination to avoid any complacency. The side will now hope to build on the victory and focus on their next match at Ely Rangers as they aim to steadily climb up the table.
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