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MATCH REPORT: FOREST GREEN ROVERS

30 July 2016

Recap all of the action from our pre-seaosn encounter with Forest Green Rovers.

The Exiles headed to the New Lawn in their penultimate fixture of the pre-season and Manager Warren Feeney took the opportunity to field a strong side against National League outfit Forest Green Rovers.

The hosts took the lead in the fourth minute when a deep diagonal cross was launched into the County area and Christain Doidge was able to glance a header into the path of Rhys Murphy who slotted the ball past Joe Day.

County responded with a couple of half-chances, the best of which fell to Jack Compton, who received the ball inside the Forest Green area but from a tight angle the winger couldn't keep his shot from rising over the bar.

On the twenty-minute mark, County hit the home side on the break, which eventually resulted in Mark Randall finding the space to launch a shot on goal but his effort took a slight deflection which took a lot of the power out of his shot and Sam Russell was able to claim the ball on the ground.

The Exiles managed to bring the scores back level when a clipped cross by Mark Randall found Marlon Jackson, who jumped well and emphatically headed the ball home.

Five minutes prior to the break a corner from the left found Mark Randall who hit a beautifully struck volley from twenty-five yards out that had to be pushed away by the hosts 'keeper.

HALF TIME: FOREST GREEN ROVERS 1 - 1 NEWPORT COUNTY AFC 

County took the lead in the fifty-six minute when a pinpoint pass from Mark Randall set Marlon Jackson free down the left-wing. The striker managed to pick out the advancing Sean Rigg, who took a touch to round 'keeper Sam Russell and tapped the ball home into the empty net.

County's lead lasted thirteen minutes when the hosts pulled level after Matt Tubbs was on hand to direct the ball into the bottom right corner after a scramble inside the Exiles' area. 

Forest Green were ahead moments later when a deep cross aimed at the far post was met by the lurking Matt Tubbs who was able to glance a header inside the post.

The hosts extended their lead when Kieffer Roofe cut inside from the right and found space to drive a powerful shot that crept into the far corner.

With just six minutes left on the clock, a Jennison Myrie-Williams cross was deemed to have struck the hand of Ben Jefford and the referee awarded a penalty. Myrie-Williams stepped up and calmly dispatched the spot-kick.

FINAL SCORE: FOREST GREEN ROVERS 4 - 3 Newport County AFC 

Starting XI: Day, Barnum-Bobb (80' Bignot) , Turley (68' Jones), Bennett, Butler, Compton, Randall (80' Meechan) , Labadie (80' Owen-Evans), Myrie-Williams, Rigg (57' Parkin), Jackson (68' Tozer) 

SUBS: D.Jones, Parkin, Tozer, Bignot, Owen-Evans, Parselle, Mecchan, Bitner (GK), Trialist

Attendance: 624 (165 County fans)
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