Newport City’s poor festive form continued as they succumbed to a third successive defeat following a 3-1 home reverse against Ynysygerwn who avenged their 2-0 defeat against the Steelmen in November.
The Steelmen got off to a disappointing start after failing to clear a corner in the 12th minute, leading to a goalmouth scramble which allowed Nathan Davies to convert a close range finish and fire the visitors ahead. City almost equalised in exceptional circumstances three minutes later when a 50 yard cross into the area from Matthew Flynn appeared to be heading straight into the back of the net; however Ynysygerwn keeper Carl Davies managed to desperately grasp the ball on the goal-line.
That was the closest City came to scoring in the first half as the visitors took control of the opening period. Ynysygerwn came very close to doubling their lead in the 27th minute when a throw in into the area found Alex Powell who struck a volley narrowly over the bar from five yards out. City continued to struggle as Jonathan Evans came within a whisker of scoring at the end of the first half, but the midfielder saw his effort from just inside the area drift narrowly wide past the left hand post. As the interval arrived, City could consider themselves lucky not to be further behind.
Ynysygerwn continued where they’d left off in the first half as Nathan Davies almost added his second goal of the game a minute after the restart, but the midfielder toe poked his outstretched close range effort narrowly wide past the left hand post. The visitors continued to threaten and came close again when Dan Nagle fired a shot narrowly over the bar, while the midfielder was also denied by City keeper Tom Pass who produced a superb one-handed save following a close range header from a corner.
The Steelmen eventually weathered the storm and almost levelled the score near the hour mark when Solomon Taylor St Clair and Mark Dunford both fired good efforts narrowly wide of goal. City were eventually rewarded for their pressure in the 66th minute after a cross into the area found Dunford who chested down the ball to the path of Chubb. Then when inside the penalty area, Chubb volleyed the ball into the back of the net to draw the hosts on level terms.
Buoyed by the goal, City almost went in front three minutes later when Chubb smashed a close range shot against the outside of the left hand post after connecting on to a cross into the area by Joseph Ward. The Steelmen increased the pressure and came close again through Chubb who sent a free header narrowly wide over the bar, while Rhys Wood saw his audacious 20 yard effort saved by Ynysygerwn keeper Carl Davies. City were almost made to pay for the missed opportunities in the 75th minute when Ynysygerwn substitute Aaron Biddescombe was sent through clear on goal, but the winger saw his low effort fantastically blocked by Pass. Just two minutes later Biddescombe delivered a cross into the area which was collected by Pass; however the goalkeeper uncharacteristically dropped the ball over the goal line, gifting the visitors the lead again.
The Steelmen pushed up in numbers late on as Chubb and Dunford both forced Carl Davies into key saves, while Dean Palmer also fired a long range effort narrowly over the bar. However City were dealt a fatal blow in the 97th minute as Ynysygerwn were awarded a penalty following an alleged foul by Pass on Joe Humphries inside the area. Meanwhile Palmer was also dismissed following his second booking after questioning the official’s decision. Humphries eventually converted the resulting spot kick to secure the three points for the hosts and consign City to another home defeat.
After yet another disappointing home defeat, City must now look to bounce back from a dismal Christmas period as they aim to get back to winning ways in the new year. Their next league encounter away at
Chepstow Town will be vital as City look to ensure that they don’t slide further down the table.
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