Newport Corinthians 2 – 2 Newport City
Newport City’s 100% pre-season winning record came to an end following a 2-2 draw against neighbours Newport Corinthians at Coronation Park. Once again the game was played in three separate “thirds” of 30 minutes, due to the current warm weather conditions.
The opening period turned out to be a highly tight and even affair as both sides initially struggled to deal with the poor surface and breezy conditions. The only real opportunity fell in the 15th minute to Nathan Doe who was sent through on goal but saw his low effort tipped wide round the right hand post.
First third 0-0
City were punished for their sluggish start as they fell behind five minutes into the second period after a close range finish from Corinthians. City responded well to the setback and almost levelled through Matthew Flynn who saw a low strike from the edge of the area saved by the Corinthians ‘keeper; while the striker also fired a free kick wide over the bar from the left hand side of the area shortly after. The Steelmen continued to pile on the pressure as new signing Matt Escott delivered a cross into the area which found newbie James Hill who powered a header wide over the bar, while Flynn sent a 40 yard effort wide. Another of City’s new signings, Taylor Zammet, also sent a header over the bar before Corinthians almost doubled their lead after dragging a low shot across the goal-line and narrowly wide past the right hand post. The hosts continued to threaten towards the end of the second period and came close again after breaking into the penalty area but were thwarted thanks to a close range block by the legs of Triallist 1 in goal for City.
Second third 0-1
City started the final quarter strongly and eventually levelled five minutes after the restart when a cross by Hill into the six yard box was tapped in from close range by Triallist 2. Buoyed by the goal, City almost went ahead three minutes later when Kareem Leigh connected onto a cross into the area by Martyn Mickiewicz, but last season’s top scorer saw his header superbly finger-tipped over the bar by the Corries ‘keeper. City were however rewarded for their pressure just a minute later when a header inside the area by Doe was powered into the top left hand corner of the net putting the Steelmen in front.
The hosts responded strongly to the goal and came close to equalising on numerous occasions after sending a series of headers wide as City struggled to deal with their aerial threat. Escott almost put the game to bed with three minutes to go, but the new signing saw his effort from the edge of the area hit the bottom of the right hand post.
The miss proved to be crucial as a mix up between the City defence and goalkeeper led to an equaliser for Corinthians following a thumping close range finish two minutes from time. City rallied during the dying minutes but were thwarted following a couple of superb saves from the Corries ‘keeper who acrobatically tipped over efforts from Mickiewicz and Doe to ensure that the game ended all square.
Overall it was a slightly disappointing result for Newport City, but nevertheless another good workout as the side continue to build up their fitness during the pre-season schedule.
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