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PRE-SEASON| County score four in victory over Swindon Supermarine FC

15 July 2017

The Exiles recorded their first win of the 2017/18 pre-season campaign with a 4-3 victory at Swindon Supermarine.

Summer signings Lamar Reynolds and Robbie Willmott found the net for County as did Marlon Jackson whilst an own-goal from the home side completed the four.

For the second time in two days, County wore their newly launched kit, as the club elected to name different sides in both halves.

Scholar Jay Foulston played all 90 minutes and showed composure and poise at centre back alongside Mark O’Brien in the first-half and Mickey Demetriou in the second.

And it took summer recruit Lamar Reynolds just 13 minutes to get his account up and running for the Exiles.

After Foulston had launched a clearance in the direction of Reynolds, the 21-year-old burst down the left-hand side before cutting inside and sending a ruthless strike into the roof of the net.

And he could have doubled his tally just minutes later. After cutting inside again, Reynolds decided to try his luck from outside the area, only to see the shot cannon off the post.  

Fellow attacker Frank Nouble also hit the woodwork, his audacious 30-yard chipped effort unlucky to hit the crossbar.

But it wouldn’t take long for Nouble to make a bigger impact. The forward burst into the area after a marauding run from the right and flashed a shot towards goal, which Jack Alexander could do nothing about but deflect into his own net.

Nouble then had another chance but saw his chipped effort from the 6-yard area cleared off the line by a Swindon defender, before the home side got themselves back into the game.

In the 42nd minute, Ryan Campbell managed to squeeze into the County area before setting up Connor Thompson, who slotted past County’s James Bittner.

That brought about the end of the first-half, as County made 8 substitutions for the second half.

And it would be one of those substitutions that gave County a dream second-half start.

Robbie Willmott, back at the club for the first time since summer 2015 fired a 25-yard freekick into the bottom corner that left 'keeper Josh Hill with no chance in the home goal.

But the home-side were not dejected by the goal and responded with their own free-kick goal.

This time it was TJ Bohane to get in on the act, his 28-yard freekick nestling straight into the top corner.

Then it was Marlon Jackson’s time to restore County’s two-goal lead with a quarter of an hour to go. After being fed in by Sean Rigg, Jackson took the ball around the goalkeeper and finished calmly for his first goal in pre-season.

But the lead would last no more than 60 seconds as Supermarine responded virtually straight from kick off, Ryan Campbell finishing calmly into the bottom corner.

No equaliser could be found as County hung on to secure their first victory of pre-season, something manager Mike Flynn took many positives from.

He said: “It allowed the boys who are under contract to get 45 minutes, some of the trialists got a bit longer and one of the academy boys played 90 minutes so I was really pleased.

“Jay hasn’t trained with us so it was a good experience for him – he didn’t look out of place that’s for sure. I thought the new boys settled in really well and to get no injuries is always encouraging.

“Joe Day and Scot Bennett were carrying slight pulls so we didn’t want to risk them today. Ben Tozer should be back for the start of the season as-well so that’s like a new signing too.”

Looking to next week’s matches at Chippenham Town (Tuesday) and Merthyr (Wednesday), Flynn says they will be also be used to increase player fitness.

He added: “A couple of players will have 60 minutes to get that under their belt but it’s about gradually upping their fitness throughout the pre-season.”

Goal scorer Lamar Reynolds added: “It was a really good run out and I was happy with it.

“The chance came for me to score and I was really pleased to get the first one. Myself and Frank have spent a lot of time together at the training ground so have bonded well and hopefully we can continue that.

“The other lads have been great too, they have been really welcoming for the three weeks that I have been here and it’s really important to keep that going.”

Swindon Supermarine manager Dave Webb commented: “Newport are a very good side and I thought we matched them well and it made for a really good pre-season fixture.

“They appear to have a great mentality within the first-team and I could see that today. They have some really good young players, some very lively forwards so I’m sure they’ll have a better season next year. I wish them all the luck because they are a really good football club.”

Our next pre-season game is on
Tuesday vs Chippenham Town.

Kick off - 7.30pm


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