Monmouthshire Windows East Gwent League

Division 1

CALDICOT Castle fought out a 3-3 home draw against Iscoed Tafarn in a match Tafarn manager Ashley Edinburgh described as a credit to the East Gwent League, writes Bob Cypher.

“It was a fantastic game right from the first whistle,” he said.

“We knew we would need to score a few goals to even have a chance of taking anything from the game as our three keepers were all unavailable, so our top scorer Taylor Gregory took one for the team and wore the keeper’s jersey.

“It was very even with both teams showing their intent on attacking and it was Castle who took the lead after a cross from the left was finished well.

“But we came back with a solid 15-minute spell resulting in two goals by the outstanding Josh Downing.

“The first was a great lob on the volley from the corner of the box, the second was a great turn and shot about 18 yards out into the bottom corner.

“But credit to Castle they came straight back at us and then our keeper issue came back to haunt us as Castle hit a 35-yarder which a regular keeper would have saved with ease, so at half time, it was 2-2.

“After the break, both teams made but missed chances until Callum Ford struck our third into the near top corner.

“Castle launched a 10-minute spell with numerous corners but our defence held firm until a cross was diverted into his own net by our keeper.

“Jermaine Allen went close twice, hitting a post with one shot and then slicing an excellent chance wide, but it was a thrilling game with some great football played and an absolute credit to the league.”