Newport City continued their pre-season preparations in fine form following a hard earned win against Ynysddu Welfare at the University of South Wales Sport Park, Treforest.
City started the game superbly and were ahead as early as the fourth minute after an unstoppable 20 yard effort from Matthew Flynn flew into the bottom left hand corner of the net. City continued to dominate and doubled their lead eight minutes later when a low cross into the area by James Hill was latched on to by Martyn Mickiewicz who smartly planted a low strike into the back of the net, handing the visitors a dream start.
Ynysddu responded strongly and came close to pulling a goal back on several occasions, hitting the woodwork twice in the process. They did eventually halve the deficit on the half hour mark when a cross into the area by Leigh Sharp was met by Ashley Price who thumped a powerful header past City keeper Tom Pass at the far post. The Welfare soon almost found themselves level when a cross from the edge of the area was met by the head of Tony Rees who smacked the underside of the crossbar before witnessing the ball bounce away to safety.
City eventually weathered the storm and almost restored their two goal advantage through Jordan Francombe who saw a dipping crossed effort from the right side hit the crossbar, while Flynn almost re-created a carbon copy of his early goal but sent his effort over the bar on this occasion.
The Steelmen significantly improved after the break as they controlled the second half with a dominant performance. Kareem Leigh saw a 30 yard effort saved soon after the restart, while both Nathan Doe and James Alloway also saw close range efforts blocked by the Welfare keeper. City were eventually rewarded for their hard work in the 72nd minute following good work from Hill who cut inside the penalty area from the right side and delivered a pass across the face of goal which allowed Doe to tap the ball into the back of the net and restored the visitors’ two goal advantage.
City continued to push forward for more goals and almost added a fourth goal through Andy Coleman who saw his chipped effort smack the crossbar, while Doe also sent a header narrowly wide past the post. The Steelmen controlled the reminder of the game and ultimately managed to secure the victory comfortably enough.
Overall it was another good day for Newport City as they built on their good display against Wattsville and continue to build up their fitness and morale ahead of the new season.
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