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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 0-1 Newport County

9 April 2022

A dramatic injury time goal got Newport County back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory at Swindon Town.

As the clock ticked over to the 90-minute mark, Finn Azaz rounded an on-rushing Jojo Wollacott and aimed a shot towards goal from the left of the box.

It may have gone in anyway, but Swindon captain Dion Conroy bundled the ball into his own net in an attempt to clear it away from danger. Either way, Newport had a crucial late winner in the promotion chase.

The game was more akin to a chess match for the majority, with both teams having young, forward-thinking managers playing similar styles which ended in an intriguing tactical battle at the County Ground.

Mickey Demetriou had the first shot of the game, playing a neat one-two with Lewis Collins before hitting a half-volley from distance wide of the left post.

Joe Day was needed to make a decent save to push away Jack Payne's effort from the edge of the box and Louis Reed also fired over the bar from 25 yards for the hosts.

Louis Barry and Joe Tomlinson would also both strike wide for Swindon and in the 33rd minute Day made a great save to keep out Wales international Jonny Williams from close range.

Swindon had the ball in the back of the net five minutes before the break when Josh Davison knocked in Ellis Iandolo's through ball, but the flag was raised for offside to end the Swindon celebrations. Barry then fired into the side netting two minutes later.

The half ended with Williams heading narrowly wide of the far post after he connected with Iandolo's ball in from the left.

There was no change to the feel of the game in the second half, with Swindon limited to half chances as Newport held firm, with Payne curling a free-kick over just before the hour and wide three minutes later.

Robbie Willmott struck wide of the left post himself in the second half, but his game ended early through injury. 

Dom Telford was named on the bench initially but, after coming on as a sub, he had a shot well tipped away by Wollacott in the Swindon goal.

Scot Bennett tried a shot from a fair way out but that went wide of Wollacott's goal. 

The final knockings of the game were cagey before Azaz picked his moment to secure maximum points for County in stoppage time.

Swindon pushed for the late leveller but were unable to fashion anything meaningful as County returned to the play-off positions in the League Two table.

Swindon Town: Jojo Wollacott, Rob Hunt, Dion Conroy (C), Mathieu Baudry, Joe Tomlinson (Ben Gladwin '84), Jonny Williams, Ellis Iandolo, Louis Reed, Louie Barry (Jayden Mitchell-Lawson '81), Josh Davison, Jack Payne (Ricky Aguiar '75)

Subs not used: Lewis Ward, Akin Odimayo, Jake O'Brien, Mandela Egbo

Newport County: Joe Day, Cameron Norman, James Clarke, Mickey Demetriou (C), Aaron Lewis, Scot Bennett, Robbie Willmott (Jake Cain '68), Finn Azaz, James Waite, Rob Street (Courtney Baker-Richardson '66), Lewis Collins (Dom Telford '61)

Subs not used: Nick Townsend, Ryan Haynes, Matt Dolan, Kevin Ellison


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