Chepstow Town 1 AFC Llwydcoed 4

A DISAPPOINTING performance by Chepstow Town meant a 4-1 home defeat against the league’s form side AFC Llwydcoed.

Chepstow nearly opened the scoring in the first minute when midfielder Richard Sharratt was given the chance to score fromjust inside the penalty area, but unfortunately he put his shot wide of a post.

Shortly after this effort striker Jason Thorn worked his way into a goalscoring position but found himself outnumbered by Llwydcoed defenders and was unable to get his shot in.

With a quarter of an hour of the game gone Llwydcoed were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area after a foul by central defender Tony Shier. The kick was blocked by the Chepstow wall but the ball landed at the feet of opposing midfielder Jonathan Mason who put the ball into the net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Five minutes later Llwydcoed doubled their lead when their captain, Tomos Morris, completely deceived goalkeeper Ben Davidson with a hopeful lob from 30 yards.

By now the visitors were dominating the game but Chepstow were able to keep the score at 2-0 by half time arrived.

In the second half Llwydcoed kept the pressure on Chepstow and showed why they are one of the favourites for promotion.

However, out of the blue Chepstow brought themselves back into the game when, following some good defensive work by Jack Harvey, the ball was worked to Jason Thorn who in turn found Mark Dunn who was able to score from close range. Chepstow’s joy at getting back into the game was

shortlived as five minutes later the visitors went back into a two-goal lead when goalkeeper Ben Davidson was unable to prevent a hopeful cross from Jonathan Mason crossing the line after the ball hit a post.

Chepstowwere nowfighting a rearguard action to keep the score down but in the 80th minute Llwydcoed substitute Ross Daniels took advantage of some poor defensive play to score their fourth goal.

After the game Chepstow manager Russell Griffiths offered no excuses for the performance of his team and just hoped that they could put the game behind them before next week.

● Chepstow Seconds beat Bridgend Street 4-1 away.

Goalscorers were Matthew Owen, Phil Bailey and Dan Drake (2).