Newtown 1 V 4 Skonto Riga
Skonto Riga 3 V 0 Newtown
1st Leg - Latham Park, Newtown
Newtown (O) O
Wisla Krakow (O) O
Latham Park Attendance: 1,200
Newtown: Barton; Thomas M (Line), Evans G, Reynolds, Thomas A, Roberts, Evans M, Wickham, Williams, Yates, Ruscoe.
Wisla Krakow: Sarnat; Kaluzny, Bogdan, Wegrzyn, Pater (Nowak), Kaliciak, Czerweic, Kulawik, Sunday, Zajac, Nicinski (Dubicki).
Referee: S Prolic (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
The Mid Wales outfit produced a tremendous battling performance to stifle a side that had finished third in the Polish League and who were now competing in Europe for the sixth time. Wisla camped in Newtown's half for much of the game but the home side always looked capable of hitting back on the break.
Jonathan Williams burst onto Justin Wickham's pass and forced a hurried save from Wisla keeper Artur Sarnat. Wisla's experience told as they forced numerous corners, but with skipper Colin Reynolds and Aneurin Thomas pillars of strength at the heart of the Newtown defence, goalkeeper Michael barton was rarely troubled.
2nd Leg - Wisla Stadion, Krakow, Poland
Wisla Krakow (2) 7
NEWTOWN (O) O
Wisla Stadion Attendance: 10,000
Wisla Krakow: Sarnat; Zajac, Wegrzyn 66, Matyja, Dubicki, Pater 62, Kulawik 28, 46 (Piszczek), Czerwiec, Sunday 35, Nicinski 54 (Skrzinski), Kaliciak 49.
Newtown: Barton, Line, Evans G, Reynolds, Thomas H, Roberts, Wickham (Clifford), Williams, Yates (Commerford), Evans M, Ruscoe (Davies).
Referee: I Baskakov (Russia)
A Newtown party of 6O, including club officials and Latham Park staff, left Heathrow for Warsaw two days before the date of the second leg. The journey would be completed by a three hour coach trip to Krakow. Kevin Morrison had not recovered from his ankle injury and would miss out.
Newtown fought bravely and held out for almost half an hour before the Wisla skipper, Tomasz Kulawik, put the Polish side in front. Shortly afterwards, Nigerian Under-21 cap Ibrahim Sunday unleashed an unstoppable shot to virtually seal the tie. The Robins wilted in the second period and the poles ran in five goals in a twenty minute spell shortly after the resumption. The League of Wales side rarely managed to reach their opponents half, and all they had to show for their efforts was a feeble shot from the right foot of Jonathan Williams.
Not even the introduction of their new recruit - the former Bristol Rovers and Welshpool striker, Steve Clifford - made any impact.
The greatest problem the Newtown players encountered were the humidity levels, that really handicapped their performance.