Newport City opened the new campaign with a hard fought 1-1 home draw against newly promoted Ynyshir Albions.
The Steelmen almost got off to the perfect start when an assist inside the area by skipper Andrew Muscat found Josh Matthews who saw his close range effort cleared off the line. Despite City’s early pressure, Ynyhir eventually took control of the opening half and created a series of threating opportunities. Cory Morgan and Liam Eason both came close for the visitors as they sent a couple of strikes narrowly wide of goal, while City keeper Tom Pass was forced into producing key saves from Jamie Rewbury and Morgan. Ynyshir were eventually rewarded for their dominance on the half hour mark when a cross into the six yard box by Liam Eason was tucked into the back of the net by Craig Wells, handing the visitors a deserved lead which they took into the interval.
City restarted the game strongly and drew level in the 62nd minute when they created a carbon copy of the visitors’ goal following a cross into the six yard box by Joshua Beddis which was tapped into the back of the net by Dean Clifford. Despite the equaliser, Ynyshir responded with clear intent by dominating the rest of the game.
Huw McGregor and Liam Eason both came close for the visitors as they saw two threatening efforts smartly saved by Pass, while the former also saw another effort cleared off the goal line following a scramble inside the City penalty area. Ynyhir continued to press and came close again through Rewbury who saw a free kick strike deflect narrowly over the bar, while Joseph Eason also saw his shot bounce off the post.
Despite Ynyshir’s superiority, City grew in confidence as the game entered its closing stages and came close to winning the game inside the last three minutes following a corner delivery, but Muscat saw his close range goal bound strike agonisingly cleared off the goal line. As play came to an end, City managed to see out the reminder of the game without any further danger and secure a respectable draw.
Overall it was a difficult day for Newport City as they found it difficult to cope with the pressure from a spirited Ynyshir side. The Steelmen however showed strong character to dig deep and secure a battling draw, but the side will know that they must improve ahead of their local derby clash against Albion Rovers next weekend.
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