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Goals from Craig Williams and Fumpa Mwandwe either side of half time saw Newtown produce a clinical away performance at Penybont to go up to second in the Cymru Premier – and put themselves in the driving seat for European qualification.

A thumping first half free kick from Williams put the Robins in charge in the 40th minute, before Mwandwe latched on to a long ball over the top to double the visitors’ advantage on the hour mark, and despite some late pressure from the hosts, Newtown held on to preserve a clean sheet and three vital points in the race for second spot.

Chris Hughes shuffled his pack slightly from Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Flint Town, with Brett Taylor returning to the starting lineup in place of Henry Cowans, while Naim Arsan started ahead of Zeli Ismail.

After a scrappy start in blustery conditions at Bryntirion Park, Newtown came close to grabbing an early lead with the wind at their backs and with ten minutes on the clock. Excellent work from Nick Rushton down the left hand side saw him pick out Fumpa Mwandwe with a cross just inside the Penybont area and although the former Shrewsbury man struck the ball cleanly his effort crashed off the post, before Craig Williams follow up was blocked by Dan Jeffries.

The hosts had started well however, and had chances of their own, notably when the lively Kai Whitmore surged through the middle before releasing Lewis Clutton, but the ‘Bont winger’s cross sailed out of play. Moments earlier Nathan Wood had tried his luck with a speculative effort from the edge of the penalty area, but his volley never looked like troubling Dave Jones. 

Just after the half hour mark the home side had a great chance to take the lead when Kane Owen’s cross caused havoc in the visitors defence. Cutting in fro the left flank, Owen’s cross fizzed dangerously across the six yard box but to Newtown’s relief, the despairing dives of Sam Snaith and Dan Jefferies were both unable to connect.

But just before the half time whistle it was the Robins who got their noses in front, and it was the skipper Craig Williams who fired the visitors ahead in emphatic fashion. After Fumpa Mwandwe had been fouled around 25 yards from goal, Williams stepped up and delivered an unstoppable curling effort into the top left hand corner of the goal to leave Ashley Morris grasping at thin air and send the Robins in ahead at the break. 

Just after the hour mark, Newtown doubled their advantage. A searching pass over the top of the Penybont defence found the willing run of Fumpa Mwandwe. The Robins winger steadied himself with a couple of touches to see off the attention of Jefferies before firing past Morris in confident fashion and leave the Robins in a commanding position.

Newtown had to weather some late Penybont pressure and with ten minutes on the clock Dave Jones had to be at his best to keep Nathan Wood’s rising strike out of the top corner with a full stretch save.

But the Robins held on for three points, with the result taking them seven points clear of fourth placed ‘Bont with four games to play, leaving them to what looks like a straight shoot out with Bala Town for second spot.

Newtown return to action on Saturday when Caernarfon visit Latham Park.

Match facts

Penybont 0

Newtown 2

(Williams 41, Mwandwe 61)


Newtown: Jones, Taylor, Sears, Sutton, Mwandwe(Ismail 89), Rushton, A Williams, C Williams, Hughes, Walker, Arsan(Davies 81)

Subs: M Williams(GK), Mills-Evans, Downs, Hesden, Guest

Penybont: Morris, Owen, Jefferies, Harling, Wood, Whitmore(Tweedy 82), Snaith, Borge, Clutton, Reynolds, Griffiths

Subs: T Williams(GK), Walsh, Georgievsky, Ahmun, Watts, Rogers

Referee: Huw Jones

Assistants Connor Thomas, Cilan Thomas

Fourth: Ryan Kenny


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DateTimeCompetitionSeasonMatch Day
05/04/20227:45 pmCymru Premier2021/2228