Gwent Premier League Premier Monmouth Town FC 7 Newport Civil Service 2

AFTER two cup defeats away from home Monmouth Town returned to Blestium Street looking to continue their good league form versus bottom of the league, Newport Civil Service, reports ROB LAURIE.

And they were in seventh heaven after blasting seven goals against their city opponents. 

The game, played on an unseaonally warm autumn day started well for the Kingfishers, with the hosts taking the initiative early on and enjoying plenty of early possession. 

It was a surprise therefore that the visitors would open the scoring with their first attack of the game. 

A quick counter attack and perhaps a brief lapse in concentration from the Kingfishers enabed a smart finish for Civil Service.

It didn’t take the Kingfishers long to get themselves back in the game though, George Gouldingay and Oscar Elias finding themselves in space and causing havoc for the visitors’ back line. 

And when Elias fed Jacob Perrella with a pinpoint cross, the latter levelled the scores after 10 minutes. 

Monmouth continued to probe and Josh Maxsimovic made it 2-1 shortly before the 20-minute mark. 

The pressure from the home side didn’t let up and Luke Cleaves then found the hardworking Elias, who grabbed his first goal of the game. 

But another lapse in concentration from the home side allowed the visitors back into the game on the stroke of half-time where it was 3-2.

The second half started with the game in the balance with the Kingfishers a goal to the good, but this Monmouth side is full of energy and creation. 

And one-way traffic led to a flurry of goals throughout the half to condemn Civil to another defeat. 

Firstly, Maxsimovic grabbed his second of the game before substitute Sam Swingwood grabbed himself two great poacher goals inside two minutes with assists from Cleaves and Finn Thorp to make it 6-2.

The scoring wasn’t finished just yet though, with in-form Elias grabbing his second of the game with 10 minutes remaining for a final score of 7-2. 

The result leaves Monmouth sitting comfortably in mid table with a winnable set of fixtures on the horizon, starting with a trip away this Saturday (October 14) to Rogerstone before four home games in a row.

Meanwhile, Monmouth Town 2nds shared the East Gwent One points in a 1-1 draw at Portskewett & Sudbrook.  

This Saturday they host Sudbrook CC FC at the Sports Ground in the Benevolent Cup.