Welsh League Division One - Monmouth Town FC 4 - Risca United FC 2
MONMOUTH Town finished their season in style on Saturday, recording a 4-2 victory at home against an already relegated Risca United.
With Barry Town United winning promotion last week, Monmouth’s Welsh League Division One status was confirmed with two games still to play.
After a tough mid-week 5-0 loss to Penybont on Wednesday (19th April), the Kingfishers got off to a poor start when, after Craig Lewis’ header was cleared off the line, a defending lapse from a throw in allowed the ball to be tapped in by Risca midfielder Daniel Battle.
After a stoppage in play due to Brad Flay suffering a head injury, the home side had a chance to equalise when Rob Laurie headed just over. Monmouth’s first of the day came soon after though, as Mitchel Palmer struck a fine free kick which bent around the wall and into the top corner.
With both sides looking for improvement in the second half, Monmouth had two good chances when another Laurie header hit the woodwork before the visitors cleared Robbie Atkinson’s header off the line.
Risca hit the woodwork too from a long range shot, but it was the Kingfishers who took the lead soon after as Sam Oxley beat his man and squared it to Joe Loftus, whose volley was deflected in.
The home side wasted no time with their third, as from the kick off a long ball found Lewis who scored from close range.
Lewis later doubled his tally, tapping in after a good one-on-one save from Risca’s goalkeeper, and while the visitors scored a second through Jordan Rathbone, Monmouth held out to record a 4-2 victory.
Manager Ross Kennedy said: “I thought first half we were poor but we put it right second half and I’m really pleased we have been able to finish the season with a win.
“Overall, I’m really proud of the lads that we have managed to meet our goal of staying up after such a tough season”