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MATCH REPORT: Stevenage

15 August 2015

A late goal denies County their first win of the season.

In a quiet opening period, it took until the twenty-third minute for either team to register a shot on target, when neat  interplay from Scott Bodan and Aaron Collins allowed County to counter-attack the visitors. Collins fed the ball to Nana Twmasi who fired a low shot that didn't end up troubling Chris Day.

The deadlock was broken just before the break. A long ball forward by the visitors split the County defence and Dipo Akinyemi was able to slot the ball home past Joe Day.

County started the second half brightly, inspired by whatever manager Terry Butcher had said during the half-time break. A cross from Medy Elito was glanced just wide of the post by Kieran Parselle and that signalled a period of prolonged attacking play for Newport.

The equaliser finally came in the fifty-seventh minute. A curled cross by Scott Barrow was met by the head of Aaron Collins for his first professional goal.

The goal lifted the crowd and that transpired to lift the players as Medy Elito launched a winding run into the opponents half and picked out Scott Boden. The striker made space to get his shot away, but off balance the ball sailed wide of the post. 

County again tried to find an advantage from set-pieces. Mary Byrne with a corner from the left  found Regan Poole at the far-post, but off balance the youngster wasn't able to direct his volley towards goal.

County took the lead when Aaron Collins intelligently cut inside from the right-wing and found Scott Bodan, who steadied himself and fired the ball into the corner of the net and out of the reach of Chris Day.

Newport rode out the reaming ten minutes of normal time, with little danger to their goal. As the game entered the five minutes of added time, a cross from the right was given the slightest of touches by Mark Hughes to take the ball past Joe Day and to deny County a memorable home victory.


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