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East Gwent League Division 2

ONLY two matches went ahead in Division 2 due to pitches being unplayable after a week of heavy rain, writes Bob Cypher.

Thornwell Red & White B took full advantage by beating visitors Chepstow Town 4-3 and put more pressure on leaders Caldicot Town whose match at Caldicot Castle B was one of the postponements.

After a tense final 20 minutes as Town went in search of an equaliser, Thornwell’s Terry Woodward paid tribute to match referee Richard Beach.

“Richard refereed it really well,” he said.

“It’s good when a ref tells you why he has given decisions even if you don’t agree with it.

“He tells you what he thought happened and that's all you want as a player.”

The match saw Chepstow start well, but Thornwell rode it out and with midfielders Steve Jones, Terry Woodward, Scott Jenkins and Rob Wood on top, they were 2-0 up at half time thanks to goals from Jenkins and Dan Williams.

As expected, Town came out for the second half all fired up, and with Thornwell again starting slowly, Luca Goddard cut the deficit.

Rob Wood restored the two-goal cushion with a great free kick but Matty Owen scoring Town’s second.

“It was end-to-end stuff,” Woodward said.

“Nick Cleary made it 4-2 and, with 10 minutes left, the ref gave them a penalty which Luca Goddard scored.

“The last 10 was all Chepstow pushing on, but we kept playing our stuff and deserved the win.

“Massive thanks to Matt Pearce for putting on the gloves and to Jack Taylor who was our man of the match.”

In the other game, Tintern Abbey won 6-1 at Port & Sud B.