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REPORT | Exiles end Easter weekend with cracking victory over Bolton Wanderers

5 April 2021

Newport County AFC rounded off the Easter weekend with a cracking 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.

Nicky Maynard’s second goal for the Exiles was enough to inflict a first defeat in 14 matches on Bolton.

It look as though the match was always going to be decided by just one goal, with County, fortunately, the side with the decisive match moment.

Manager Michael Flynn made three changes from the Exiles’ 2-1 defeat to Barrow on Friday, with one enforced due to Mickey Demetriou’s suspension. David Longe-King, Priestley Farquharson and Maynard were all handed starts.

The game had a fast-paced start with both sides having the opportunity to find the net early on. Eoin Doyle rattled a shot against the crossbar after he was found well by Lloyd Isgrove.

County carved out their first chance from a set-piece as they tested Matt Gilks for the first time. Farquharson launched a throw-in to the box to find the feet of Nicky Maynard, who smacked a volley at goal and forced Gilks to tip over.

Ian Evatt’s side then had a glorious chance to take the lead with the last chance of the half however Kieran Lee chested over from just a few yards out after being found by Gethin Jones.

Both sides took a cautious approach to the second half and took their battle to the centre of midfield, which allowed the game to settle.

County’s patience was rewarded as they took the lead in the first meaningful chance of the half with a real poacher's instinct from Maynard. A free-kick from Sheehan deflected off Ricardo Santos' knee and forced a save out of Gilk before Maynard pounced on the rebound to fire the hosts in front. 

The sharp-witted Maynard almost put County into a commanding position as he weaved past the Bolton defence in the box but Gilks blocked his shot well and reclaimed the ball to stop it trickling in.

County then had to deal with a wave of Bolton attacks. The Trotters sent on Marcus Maddison, who curled a shot just past Townsend's post following his introduction.

In the dying moments, the home side showed their commitment to the cause by blocking the ball in a goalmouth scramble to avoid it crossing Townsend's line as they held out for maximum points.


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