Caerphilly AFC 2 – 5 Newport City
Newport City started their pre-season preparations in style following a five star performance against Caerphilly AFC with the game being played in three separate “thirds” of 30 minutes, due to the current warm weather conditions. Both sides used the game to dust off the cobwebs and build up their fitness ahead of the new campaign; while there was the opportunity for selected triallists to display their skills on the field as they aimed to impress their prospective clubs.
The opening quarter turned out to be an even affair as both sides initially struggled to deal with the intense heat. The first real opportunity fell in the 8th minute to Triallist 1 who chipped the ball over the Caerphilly ‘keeper from close range but saw the ball hit the underside of the bar and bounce wide of goal. The hosts responded shortly after and also hit the woodwork as a curling effort from the edge of the penalty area smacked the frame of the bar before drifting wide. Triallist 2 almost handed City the lead in the 25th minute but saw his low strike from the edge of the right hand area drift narrowly wide past the left hand post; while Caerphilly thought they’d gone ahead two minutes later but saw a goal ruled out for a foul.
First third 0-0
City stepped up a few gears early in the second quarter and were rewarded in the 40th minute when a cross into the area from the left hand side by the lively Triallist 1 was tapped into the back of the net by Triallist 3 to put City in front. Things got better for City a couple of minutes later when a through ball by Martyn Mickiewicz found its way onto the path of Triallist 1 who sent a low strike from inside the area into the back of net to double the visitors’ lead. Things continued to improve for the Steelemen as they trebled their lead in the 48th minute following another close range finish in Triallist 3; while a stunning strike two minutes later from 30 yards out near the left hand touchline flew into top right hand corner of the net by skipper Sam Graves further increased their lead. The hosts did eventually manage to pull a goal back shortly after when a delivery from the left hand area saw the ball trickle across the goal line before being tapped into the back of the net from two yards out.
Second third 4-1
Caerphilly started the final quarter strongly and almost scored again three minutes from the re-start but saw an effort blazed over the bar from the edge of the area. The hosts did eventually pull another goal back in the 70th minute as they beat the offside trap before calmly slotting the ball into the back of the net from close range. City responded well to this setback and restored their three goal advantage five minutes later when a Nick Simcock cross was kneed into the back of the net at the far post. The hosts almost pulled another goal back late on after breaking through clear on goal but dragged a low strike wide past the left hand post. Mickiewicz almost added a sixth goal for City in stoppage time but sent a 20-yard effort wide over the bar as the Steelmen settled for a comfortable 5-2 victory.
Overall it was a satisfying day for Newport City and a good start to their pre-season schedule.
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