Newport City followed up last week’s impressive 5-2 victory at Treharris with another fine 4-0 home win against rock bottom AFC Porth; in what arguably turned out to be the Steelmens’ best performance of the season so far.
City took an early lead in the 14th minute when a breakaway move saw Dean Clifford feed the ball into the path of Kofi Rowe inside the area, allowing the latter to thump a low finish into the bottom right hand corner of the net. Buoyed by the goal, City continued to threaten and were handed a good opportunity to score again after being awarded a free kick on the edge of the area following a foul on Rowe. The resulting free kick strike by Clifford was fumbled by Porth keeper Andrew Hargreaves, leaving Solomon St Clair with the simple task of slotting in the rebound from two yards out and double City’s lead in the 22nd minute.
The Steelmen continued to dominate and came close again through Clifford, Rowe and Josh Corlett who all forced Hargreaves into fine saves. City did however experience more joy in the 36th minute when a backpass inside the area by Porth’s Bradley Williams was intercepted by Corlett. The City Striker took full advantage by smashing a powerfull close range effort into the top right hand corner of the net, capping an immaculate first half performance for the hosts.
The Steelmen restarted the game where they left off as they continued to dominate the proceedings and threatened to run riot. They almost extended their lead through Clifford who saw a close range strike blocked by Hargreaves’ legs, while the former also sent a scuffed effort narrowly wide past the left post. Josh Beddis also saw a low shot inside the area saved by Hargreaves, while Beddis also witnessed his 15 yard rasping strike deflect over the bar.
City finally scored their fourth of the game in the 74th minute when Joseph Ward latched on to a pass from Rowe, and blasted an unstoppable strike from the edge of the area into the top left hand corner. The Steelemen continued to push forward and came close again through Clifford who had another effort blocked by Hargreaves, while substitute Sedric Lokola sliced a low effort inches across the face goal. Porth did eventually register a meaningful threat on goal in the dying seconds through Leo Satherly, but the attacker saw his close range strike palmed away by City keeper Elisangelo Queni.
Overall it was a stunning performance for City as they steadily climb their way back up the league table following two successive wins. Given their recent boost of form, the Steelemen should feel confident enough to continue their winning run in their next game at home against Abertilleri Bluebirds.