Newport City bounced back from last week’s disappointing loss at Penrhiwceiber as they battled their way to a hard earned 2-0 away victory against Ynyshir Albions, preserving their place at the top of the league table.
The hosts started strongly and came close to scoring through Huw McGregor, who blazed a close range effort over the bar; while Liam Eason forced City keeper Elisangelo Queni into two key saves. As Ynyshir continued to pressurise, Queni produced another fine save when a dipping strike from Cory Morgan was tipped away past the left hand corner.
City weathered the early storm and were ahead against the run of play in the 13th minute. A long ball down the left channel from Solomon St Clair found Kofi Rowe, who ghosted into the area and composed a fine finish into the top right hand corner. Buoyed by the goal, Rowe almost doubled City’s lead when the in-form striker fired a strike narrowly over the bar. Meanwhile Rowe also saw a goal bound shot blocked inside the area.
Ynyshir almost equalised in the 25th minute when Eason flicked the ball into the path of Morgan who was free inside the six yard box, but the latter skied his effort over the bar. City doubled their lead in the 38th minute when Josh Corlett received Jack Whiting’s pass on the edge of the box and struck into the top left-hand corner.
The Steelmen almost restarted the game disastrously when Queni was forced into two key saves in quick succession. The keeper brilliantly saved a close range shot by Eason, before miraculously blocking the rebound from Morgan off the goal line. The hosts continued to pressurise and came close through Eason whose close range strike hit the side netting.
City briefly threatened when Corlett almost killed off late on, but the striker saw his strike inside area saved by Ynyhir keeper Jamie Rewbury. The hosts responded with intent and continued to dominate proceedings, with Eason, Leon Anstee and Kai Meades all firing threatening efforts wide of goal. Despite relentless pressure from Ynyshir, the Steelmen managed to successfully keep a clean sheet and secure three valuable points.
Overall it was a gritty performance for City as they continue to lead the way at the top the league table. Given their recent boost of form, the Steelemen should feel confident enough to continue their winning run during the upcoming busy festive schedule.