Caerleon 0 Monmouth Town 1
11:20am Tuesday 26th February 2013 in Sport
A SOLITARY 22nd minute goal from Monmouth Town flying winger Elliot Ford latching on to a superb through ball from Dan MacDonald was enough to take all three points for the Kingfishers and move them up to fourth place in the Welsh League.
Ford had earlier passed up two similar opportunities and Caerleon’s Olly Beckett also spurned a chance in a game short on goal mouth action but longer on honest endeavour particularly from the home team who despite lacking any real creativity made the Kingfishers work hard for their third straight win.
On a cold day at Cold Bath Road, Town started the brighter and throughout Harrhy and MacDonald showed flashes of quality and invention but the defensive quarter of Guy, Evans, Ashley Ford and returning Davies deserved their plaudits for denying any real openings as Blackburn had a quiet day at the office.
Some baffling refereeing kept it interesting for the travelling supporters but the second half was one to forget.
So much so it already has been apart from the introduction on the hour of the lively Dean Lee the Town’s new signing from Cinderford Town. Lee joins two more additions to the Kingfishers squad along with former Middlesbrough and Hereford trainee Chris Hyde and Safian Skupinski who made some waves at FC Kalisz in Poland but is now settled in Newport.
On a remarkable weekend for the Town’s footballers the reserves also won 1 - 0 with a free kick goal from Dean Palmer to move to second in the league behind Cardiff Met University who visit in a fortnight in a top of the table clash , while the Under 19s youth squad also kept a clean sheet - the second of the weekend for young Matthew Jones in a 5 - 0 win over Caldicot Town.
George Ryley (2) James Lee, Ben Murphy and Dan Barnard with the goals. On Saturday Town are at home in the first of three fixtures that could set up an April title challenge as Gwent rivals Cwmbran Celtic come to town in a 2.30 kick-off. If anyone would like to sponsor any home matches please call Lee on 07967 479484.