Newtown 0 Newi Cefn Druids 2
STAND-IN Druids boss Graham Jones admitted there had been rivals to take a crucial penalty as his side eased relegation fears with a timely win.
A six-match losing run had seen the Ancients drop back into danger, but Mike Heverin earned his side an interval lead with the 25th-minute spot-kick after being brought down in the box.
Jones, in sole charge while manager Dixie McNeil takes time off, said: “Lee Jones was back from suspension and I think he would have liked it but Mike’s been our penalty taker in the last couple of years.
“To be honest, I don’t give a monkey’s who takes them, as long as they go in.”
He added: “The win will make a big difference, but we really should have been three or four up at half time after playing particularly well in the first half.”
Playing against a wind in the first period, defender James Taylor and Heverin both missed golden opportunities while the woodwork and keeper Jon Rowley also denied the Ancients.
Newtown, who have now lost their last five outings, were rocked two minutes before the break when midfielder Glenn Tolley was red-carded for violent conduct.
Despite being down to 10 men, the Robins pushed with more purpose after the break and had their opportunities to have gained some reward before Andrew Iniabere sealed the win with a jinking run four minutes from time.
Gareth Hughes spurned one good chance for the hosts when firing wide while defender Gary Price and Richard French were both denied by the upright.