Newport City’s poor run of form continued as they slumped to their third successive league defeat at home to Treowen Stars.
The opening twenty minutes proved to be a forgettable affair as the heavy rain did no favours to either side as the game was played in exceptionally wet and windy conditions. The first real opportunity fell to Treowen who, out of the blue, went in front when Jordan Price smashed in a thundering strike from the edge of the area to fire the visitors ahead in the 24th minute. City responded well and threatened through Dean Clifford who saw an effort grasped by Treowen keeper Travis Wood, while the former also sent a 15 yard effort over the bar.
The Steelmen were eventually rewarded for their efforts in the 33rd minute when a cross into the area by Joshua Corlett was connected by Owain Morgan. This effort resulted in Morgan firing in a low strike which rolled into the bottom left hand corner of the net to level the game. City were almost in front soon after when a through ball into the area by new signing Kofi Rowe found Joe Ward, only to see his shot fly narrowly wide past the left hand post.
The visitors ended the opening half strongly as Price and Christopher Hickling both sent strikes narrowly wide, while Mark Powell also forced Tsvetan Pateev into a smart save from a flicked-on effort. City’s luck however eventually ran out when they fell behind in first half stoppage time. A strike from the edge of the area by Finley Hazell was blocked by Pateev, but the loose ball rebounded straight into the path of Powell who tucked the ball into the back of the net from close range.
The Steelmen almost restarted the game disastrously when Price sent a chipped effort over Pateev, but the chance was cleared off the goal line by skipper Andrew Muscat. Meanwhile Hazell also saw a close range goal bound shot deflect narrowly wide shortly after. Despite their shaky start to the second half, City rallied and came close to levelling through Ward and Matthew Hibbs who both sent efforts agonisingly wide past the right hand post.
Despite the hosts’ pressure, Treowen continued to threaten as Powell and Corey McKeary both forced Pateev into key saves. City thought they’d levelled the game in the 78th minute when a cross into the area by Hibbs found Kofi Rowe, but the new signing was denied by the offside flag. Riled by decision, City pressed for the equaliser and came close again in the 86th minute through Morgan who saw his rasping strike tipped over the bar by Wood. From the resulting corner, Rowe came even closer with a goal bound header which was agonisingly cleared off the line by McKeary.
As the seconds ticked by, the Steelemen felt further aggrieved when they had a late penalty shout turned down by referee Mark Gardiner after Morgan appeared to have been fouled inside the area. The visitors almost sealed the game moments later through a breakaway opportunity, but Jordan Thomas saw his close range strike hit right hand side netting. The game was however over in stoppage time after Matthew Escott inadvertently glanced an attempted headed clearance over the advancing Pateev and into the back of his own net, sealing the victory for the visitors.
Overall it was another disappointing day for City. After a bright start to the league season, the Steelmen will be left alarmed with their dip in form which has seem them slip to 7th spot in the league table. It will be another tricky game for City away at Treharris Athletic Western next weekend. We go again.