Following their 5-1 thumping victory against Panteg AFC, Newport City extended their winning run with a battling 3-2 win against Treharris Athletic Western at the Newport Stadium.
Despite the ferocious windy conditions, City started the opening 30 minutes strongly as they created several threatening opportunities. Treharris keeper Daniel Field was produced into a couple of smart saves from Dean Clifford and Kofi Rowe, while the latter also sent a 15 yard effort into the side netting. King Mwedzo additionally came close to scoring, but the Zimbabwean saw his strike from the edge of the area fly narrowly over the bar.
The Steelmen were eventually made to rue the missed chances on the half hour mark when the visitors took the lead against the run of play. A counter attacking move saw Jaymie Wearn lay the ball into the area, allowing Lewis Morris to strike the ball into the top right hand of the net. Treharris came close to doubling their lead a minute later when Paul Duncan saw his shot from the edge of the area palmed away by City keeper Elisangelo Queni.
City did however finish the opening half very strongly and drew level in 32nd minute. A long ball from Daniel Dima found Dean Clifford who raced clean through inside the area, before firing into the bottom left hand corner of the net. Clifford almost put the hosts shortly before the interval, but the striker saw his free kick effort from the edge of the area bounce off the crossbar.
The Steelmen restarted the game disastrously when Dima was adjudged to have fouled Wearn inside the area, leading to Treharris being awarded a penalty. Wearn picked himself up to convert the resulting spot kick, firing the visitors back in front in the 55th minute. Despite the setback, City responded superbly and levelled the score three minutes later. King Mwedzo connected to an assist from Dean Clifford inside the area before superbly smashing the ball into the top right hand corner of the net.
Boyed by the goal, the visitors piled on the pressure and created a number of threatening opportunities. Shane Davies fired an effort from the edge of the area narrowly over the bar, while Chris Rees saw his effort drift just wide past the right post. Rees came even closer again when his strike deflected off the head Duncan, diverting the ball narrowly wide of the left post.
City managed to hold on, and almost scored in the 79th minute when Kofi Rowe stuck a close range effort wide past the right post. Just as it seemed like the game would finish all square, there was late drama as the Steelmen dramatically scored a late winner. A through ball by Clifford one again found Mwedzo who performed a nice run and turn inside the area, leading to the Zimbabwean converting a nice low composed finish into the back of the net in the 86th minute to secure the victory for City.
Overall it was a battling performance for City as they continue to climb their way back up the league table. Given the boost in confidence, the Steelemen should feel confident enough to continue their winning run in their next game away against Abertillery Bluebirds. We go again.