Newport City’s recent struggles continued as they suffered a dismal 3-0 home loss against Pontyclun.
On what turned out to be a game played in blustery weather conditions, City started poorly and fell behind in the 9th minute. Following a neat Pontyclun breakaway, a defence splitting pass sent Joel Woodington clean through before the striker calmly fired a low finish into the back of net.
Despite the setback, City responded strongly and almost levelled through Kofi Rowe who saw a close range strike blocked by Pontyclun keeper Christopher Coles; while Martyn Mickiewicz sent a shot narrowly over the bar. The Steelmen were then handed a golden opportunity to equalise in the 20th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Kieran Lawrence fouled Rowe inside the area. Dean Clifford however frustratingly saw his spot kick saved by Coles, keeping the visitors in front.
The penalty miss sucked the life out of City as their confidence appeared to drop soon after. The Steelmen had keeper Elisangelo Queni to thank for keeping them in the game, producing fine saves from efforts by Joaquin Rivera, Thomas Holder and Woodington.
City almost re-started the game disastrously when a miskicked clearance by Queni allowed Rivera to nab the ball, but the attacker struck his effort into the side netting. The visitors did eventually double their lead on the hour mark following a pacy run into the area by James Williams, leading to the Pontyclun skipper firing a nice low finish into the bottom left hand corner.
The visitors continued to dominate and almost sealed the game through Tomos Tweedy, who fired two opportunities narrowly wide of goal. Pontyclun did eventually wrap up the game in the 70th minute following a stunning volley from the edge of the area, with the ball thundering into the top left hand corner of the net.
With the game lost, City searched in vain for a consolation goal. They came close through Rowe who saw a low strike well blocked by Coles, while Solomon St.Clair flashed an effort narrowly wide over the bar; leaving the hosts to rue a miserable afternoon.
Overall it was a bad in the office for City as they were outplayed by a spirited Pontyclun side who were levels ahead of the Steelmen in every department. A win in their next game at home to Panteg is a must as City aim to get their promotions hope back on track. We go again.