Newport City completed their 2018-19 pre-season programme with a home match against Welsh League Division 1 side Undy. Undy finished 6th in D1 last season and were going to be a tough test for a City team with several new faces for the coming season.
City were also sporting a new kit for the season, with white shirts and blue shorts/socks. Key sponsor Sinclair VW Newport are the main kit sponsors, with sponsorship also coming from Forum Europe and Newport Bus, whose logos also have pride of place on the kit.
A good crowd of approx. 60 saw Newport out of the blocks early in this game and with just 2 minutes on the clock they had taken the lead. A loose pass between the Undy defenders 30 yards from their own goal saw new Central Midfield player Rhys Wood pounce on the loose ball and charge towards goal. Wood rounded the Undy ‘keeper and slotted in from the left of the 6 yard box. Undy has a good chance to equalise after 10 minutes when a sloppy mis-kick from the Tom Pass in the City goal found Undy’s striker just outside the area, but his shot pulled just wide of the goal.
Wood went close to getting his second goal after 13 minutes when he waltzed through the Undy defence only to see his shot fly over the crossbar. Then on 20 minutes City doubled their lead. A pinpoint accurate cross from the left touchline by a triallist was tapped in at the far post by new signing Nathan Doe.
The triallist then turned from provider to goalscorer late in the half as he cut inside on the left and hit a low ball into the bottom left corner. Undy rallied towards the end of the half and City had to defend in numbers to clear several chances, however City held their lead until half time.
HT 3 – 0
The 2nd half saw a more determined Undy, having made a couple of half-time substitutions, pile on the pressure on the first 15-20 minutes.4 minutes into the half a cross from the right found Undy’s Chris Parry, but his header was over the bar.
After 64 minutes City had another great chance to extend their lead when striker Nathan Doe played a great 1-2 with James Hill and burst into the box on the right. A good reaction save from the Undy keeper kept the first shot out and the second hit the side netting.
Then with 15 minutes left City went further ahead. A foul on Nathan Black just outside the area by the Undy ‘keeper saw Wood smash the resulting free kick through the wall and into the bottom right corner. City finished off the game on 80 minutes when Nathan Black slipped a great pass across goal from the right for new signing James Hill to tap in.
Overall it was a solid performance from City against a decent Undy side who, had they taken their chances, could have made it a closer game.
City’s next game will be the season opener at home to Tredegar Town on Friday 10 August.