The ability to direct a dead ball past a wall and into the back of the net is precious in football. Whether it is with power or precision, the art of free kick taking is highly valued in the game.
Not only can a free kick be the difference between victory and defeat, but they are also goals worth watching over and over.
Newport County AFC have been able to call on set piece specialists down the years but who did it better?
Sean Rigg v Hartlepool United (August 27, 2016)
There are many ways to take a free kick as Rigg proved back in 2016.
After falling behind within two minutes, Rigg hit back for County almost instantly after Toto Nsiala was sent off for handling the ball just outside the box.
The attacker confused the jumping wall with a thumping low shot that caught everyone out and nestled in the corner.
Rigg assisted Jon Parkin later in the game before our very own Padraig Amond salvaged a point for Hartlepool.
Robbie Willmott v Braintree Town (November 19, 2013)
When the Exiles won a free kick towards the left of the box in their FA Cup replay at Rodney Parade, there didn’t seem to be too much danger for Braintree.
However, Willmott stunned everyone with a sublime strike that flew into the far corner on the stroke of half time.
Not even he could believe he had found the net as he ran off in celebration with his hands over his face in amazement.
It proved to be the only goal of the game, which makes it even better.
Matty Dolan v Carlisle United (December 9, 2017)
The midfielder had already shown his ability with a dead ball earlier in the game and as the saying goes lightning never strikes twice.
But with County trailing 3-2, Dolan stepped up again.
Even further out than his earlier strike, the 27-year-old whipped the ball into the top-right corner, out of reach for Jack Bonham to ensure the Exiles claimed a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Rodney Parade.
Sean Rigg v Luton Town (March 21, 2017)
The midfielder showcased his ability with the ball at his feet with a very different strike to his other entry.
The free kick was so far out that not many expected Rigg to find the net but his clipped effort deceived Arsenal ‘keeper Matt Macey, who was on loan at the time, and found the net to cancel out Danny Hylton’s earlier penalty.
It also proved to be Rigg’s final goal for the club.
Matty Dolan v Grimsby Town (August 25, 2018)
Another entry for Dolan came last season in the win over Grimsby at Rodney Parade.
The ball was 25 yards from goal and that is perfect territory for the Englishman, who lifted it over the wall and past James McKeown before the goalkeeper even had time to react.
That goal earned the Exiles all three points.
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