Monmouthshire Windows East Gwent League

Division 2

LEADERS Caldicot Town consolidated their grip on top spot with a 9-0 victory at Portskewett & Sudbrook B, a winning margin which gives them a superior goal difference over their four rivals, writes Bob Cypher.

With Tintern Abbey having a game day off, Thornwell B’s 5-2 win at Chepstow Athletic lifts them into second place with 15 points from seven games - the same number as Town who have played two games less.

Abbey are third with 12 points and Chepstow Town, who edged out visitors Caldicot Castle B 5-4, are in fourth place.

Thornwell boss Keith Tipper was pleased with his team’s performance against their local rivals in what he described as a “physical” affair.

“Our goals were scored by Kyle Gettings, Nick Cleary, Mark Davies, Tony Reynolds and Rob Wood,” he said later.

“It was a very physical game with two red cards and a few yellows and it got a bit testy at the end.

“We didn't play well in the first half but pulled out a great comeback after going 2-0 down.”

Chepstow Town’s goalkeeper Sean Canavan described his team’s win as competitive.

“We went 3-0 up through Chris Hooper, Carl Bailey and Matt Owen but momentum changed with some Castle subs making an impact and a penalty right on half time saw Castle pull one back.

“I went the right way and managed to get a hand on it but couldn’t keep it out.

“Another two goals made it all square but we settled again and regained the lead through Tom Philp.

“Castle equalised again but we had the last say when Matt Owen hit the bar with a header and reacted the fastest to score the rebound.”