Match Preview: Newport City FC vs Caerau FC
Newport City FC vs Caerau FC – Friday 15th – 7:15 KO at Newport City Stadium
Newport City FC has come a long way in the last 6 months and the following relegation from Welsh League 2 find themselves struggling to adapt to League 3 with some disappoint results so far. However, the squad is still positive they can turn it around and have proved that they are willing to work hard in training to get the points needed which will get the club back into the promotion fight.
A positive start with a 3-1 win against Treowen has been followed by 4 losses (2 in the Cup and 2 League games), and this has certainly been a wake-up call to the team who have strengthened on and off the field over the summer break. The club has worked hard to get new individuals behind the scenes to help build the club from a difficult period following some uncertainty around the clubs future last season. Now it is safe to say, Sam Houldsworth is pushing the club forward with plans which will build a solid foundation for years ahead.
One area which Houldsworth is looking to improve is attracting the local community to come and support Newport City FC. The club boasts the best stadium in the League and certainly competes for one of the best in Welsh League yet it finds fans difficult to come by. This season certainly hasn’t been short of goals at the stadium and even though they have been in the wrong end there is never a dull moment when watching The Steelmen.
This Friday will be no different as The Steelmen host Caerau FC at Newport City Stadium, a team which pushed closely for promotion last year and have a huge amount of Welsh League experience within their squad. Newport City FC will be looking for a reaction from the players after last weeks 5-1 loss to Treowen and manager Sam Houldsworth is positive that they can turn their fortunes around under the lights this Friday evening.
The squad is missing new signing Tom Rutherford after his red card last weekend and will also be missing last week’s goal scorer Martyn Mickiwicz yet we will see the return of Ben Fetahi who scored against Team Swansea and Lee Bridgeman who is returning from injury. Phil Draper who signed this season after spells at Taffs Well and Aberystwyth will be making his second appearance for the club and will be looking to help the club keep its first clean sheet of the season Friday night.
The team would welcome any local support in their quest to gain 3 points this Friday and hope to put on a good performance. If you find yourselves with a few hours free please head down to Newport City Stadium, grab a match programme, a hot drink and enjoy some good Welsh League Football. Newport City FC hopes to see you there.