Date: Mon 26 Aug 2013

Bad Day at the Office as Newtown crushed by Old Gold

Cortez Belle was sent off on Town debut - His 300th WPL appearance

Cortez Belle was sent off on Town debut - His 300th WPL appearance

"A bad day at the office" was the phrase used by Bernie McNally when Newtown were crushed at home by Airbus last season, and this was an even worse day at the office...

It all started in the second minute when a move down the right culminated in an early goal from Liam Thomas, he grabbed another after Christian Doidge and Kyle Bassett had put the game beyond Newtown in the opening half hour.

McNally made two changes from Saturday bringing in Jeff White and Sean Evans for Tom Goodwin and Nathan Hodge.

The old gold were in front as early as the third minute as Liam Thomas slotted the ball past Mike Platt after being given too much room.

Christian Doidge should have made it two but he couldn’t latch onto a Corey Thomas cross. Then another defence splitting ball saw Doidge head home from close range as Newtown’s backline were offering little resistance.

And as Camarthen created chances on a regular basis and the Robins only had a few chances of note, with Craig Williams going close with a free kick, the game was well in the visitors favour.

And another ball over the top found Kyle Bassett who lobbed Platt from 25 yards to put his side in a commanding position.

A corner then caused Camarthen’s fourth as Jordan Follow’s hooked the ball back in and it hit Liam Thomas on the foot and landed in the Newtown net.

Newtown came out better in the second half and had two early chances as Matthew Hearsey whistled a shot over Steve Cann’s bar and Sean Evans curled one just wide.

Chris Thomas fizzed one narrowly wide soon after, and Doidge didn’t give up on a long ball to rob Andy Jones but Platt saved well from point blank range.

Camarthen were kept relatively quiet throughout the half, but the game had already been one from the flurry of first half goals.

The visitors did end the game with ten men as Cortez Belle saw two yellow cards, the second after up ending Zach Evans.

Newtown threatened on a few occasions in the last 15 minutes but nothing to really test the Old Gold back line.

Luke Boundford nearly connected with an Iain Edmunds free-kick and White did well to lay the ball for Williams but his shot was easily held by Cann.

The visitors did end the game with ten men as Cortez Belle saw two yellow cards, the second after up ending Zach Evans. The match was Belle's debut for Town and his 300th Welsh Premier League game, but like for Newtown it was one to forget for journeyman Belle.

Shane Sutton headed over late on for the Robins, but the score stayed as it was on a real day to forget in Mid Wales.

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