Hattrick hero Rodman secures the win
11 January 2011
Following defeat at Hayes and Yeading the at weekend, Des Lyttle brought Neil MacKenzie into the starting eleven in the place of Ben Wilkinson in an otherwise unchanged eleven and Ross Atkins continued his tenure at The Lamb following renewal of his loan until the end of the season.
When the two teams met at the start of the season Tamworth came away from South Wales with a point having taking the lead in a one all draw. Since then, Newport have pushed on and looked like a strong team pushing for promotion with manager Dean Holdsworth reportedly set to leave the Welsh club and join Aldershot on Wednesday morning.
Prior to Newport kicking off towards the away end, Scott Barrow was presented with his Welsh cap for U23 appearances during 2010-11.
The Lambs quickly gained possession and put the ball into the area through Yussuf but Newport countered and Montgomery fired a high cross into the area which Marshall headed behind past the far post for a corner. Tamworth cleared their lines and Yussuf burst over the half way line before trying a speculative shot from 40 yards which was just too powerful to dip goalwards and ended up on the terraces at the Castle End.
After another move forward by County, Tamworth broke forward and Sheridan's right wing cross was headed behind for a corner which Newport cleared out of a crowded penalty area.
A foul on Bradley set up Thomas with a freekick on the right wing on 5 and Marshall's turn and shot warmed Thompson's gloves for the first time.
Newport took the lead on 10 minutes when Reid struck a sweet side-footed volley into the far corner following a cross from the right which sailed into the net past Atkins. (0-1, 10 mins)
There was a yellow card for MacDonald on 15 following another foul on Rodman, this time as the Lamb's player tried to get around him by the right corner flag but Thomas put the dead ball into the hands of Thompson.
Newport looked the more in control of proceedings approaching the halfway mark in the first half, and a foul by Barrow on Collins earned him a booking on 22 this was quickly followed by a shot from Rose which Atkins held.
A quick break saw Marshall head home at the far post from a left wing cross on 25, but it was ruled out for a push in the back by the Lambs captain and on 26 Bradley tried to get his head on a freekick but was unable to get purchase on it from 8 yards under pressure from two County defenders.
A good run by Rodman round two defenders the right brought a corner on 31 and Marshall felt he'd been pulled down as he shaped to shoot, but there was no call from the officials and Newport counter attacked, causing Atkins to slice his clearance. But MacKenzie covered and Yussuf broke forward but the flag denied him.
In the next move Yussuf caused more problems and won a freekick inches outside the area on the right which Thomas curled left footed into the box but a foul by Marshall on opposition captain Warren halted play.
Tait blocked a cross from the left by Montgomery on 37 for a Newport corner and Rodman stole in at the near post to put the ball over the bar off the head of the County attacker for another flag kick as play was stopped for foul.
MacKenzie's freekick in the centre circle put Bradley in trouble and Knights stole the ball off his feet but the Lambs defence held strong and closed down Newport's attempt to get forward quickly on 38.
However, Bignot took on Barrow in the next move and won a freekick by the corner flag on the right wing which looked like it may creep in at the near post, but Micthell booted it away from danger.
On 42 Reid flicked on for Foley to strike for goal with a powerful right footed shot from the right of the area, but he could only find the side netting after leaving the defence standing.
Rodman won another Lambs corner on the right on 44 and Thomas gpt the ball back but Newport cleared, but only as far as the half way line as Knights fouled allowing Bradley to receive the ball in the area and forced the keeper to fumble.
Another great run by Rodman saw his fire in a low cross from the right as two minutes added time was shown, and although Bradley got direction on his sliding shot it went a whisker past the near post and out for a goalkick.
Tamworth got the second half underway looking for a quick way back into the game and started brightly with a foul on Yussuf on the right of the box setting up Thomas with an early dead ball which he took quickly allowing Rodman to skim a header from eight yards in off the underside of the bar to level the tie (1-1, 47 mins)
A free kick forward by Thompson from inside the centre circle found Todd on 50 and his half volley went through the crowded area, but Tait was on hand to clear off the line.
Newport won a corner on the right on 53 which Knights struck on the volley, but again Tamworth cleared and as Thomas progressed down the left and rode two tackles, the referee pulled play back for the second one and MacKenzie found Mitchell but he couldn't get any direction on his header and it went out for a goal kick.
Reid struck for goal on 58 and it took a slight deflection to take it past the right hand post for a corner as Holdsworth made his first change of the game and Atkins came out to gather the ball at height.
Marshall did well to take the ball away from Reid on the hour as both tussled in the area then on 63 Reid looked to have latched onto a neat flick through but was called offside as his shot came back off the bar.
A sustained period of Lambs pressure almost saw Yussuf get a shot away in the area, but the ball ran through to Thompson and allowed the visitors to push forwards and Ried beat the offside trap to turn onto a low ball through the left of the box to give his side the lead once again and reignited the songs from the 201 travelling supporters (1-2, 66 mins)
And then on 68 Reid beat the Lambs defence to the ball and struck low but saw his shot come back off the right hand post while at the other end a tremendously strong run and silky skills from Yussuf saw him cut into the area and push the ball across the face of goal but there was no one on hand to finish the chance.
Perry came on to a round of applause from The Shed on 69 and gave The lambs a visible boost on the field although final balls went awry in the next few minutes as the tempo increased.
The offside flag denied Marshall an equaliser after a good head down by Perry from a Barrow freekick on 73 and t hen a foul on MacKenzie just outside the D set Rodman up with a right footed strike at goal and he curled it superbly into the left hand corner to make it all square again (2-2, 76 mins)
Rose was booked for his words to the officials as Newport regrouped to kick off and County went on the attack but it was Yussuf who ran onto a good ball from Thomas and got a shot at Thompson but it was easy enough for the keeper to gather.
Collins got on the end of a left sided Newport freekick but diverted it over the bar from 8 yards on 81 and at the other end on 85 Yussuf forced a corner on the left which fell short and eventually to Rodman who struck for goal but saw his shot blocked. The same player pushed it through to Yussuf in the next move but his first touch was slightly too hard and he couldn't get direction on the shot.
Four minutes added time was shown at the end of the game and foul play by Warren on Perry and Rodman stepped up to fire the penalty inside the right hand upright to give The Lambs the lead in the 93rd minute.
Collins was sent off for a second bookable offence inside 3 minutes after a challenge on Tait despite protestations from Todd that it was him.
After 7 minutes added time whistles rang around the ground but play continued but ended shortly after in wild celebrations for The Lambs.
Atkins, Tait, Marshall, Mitchell, MacKenzie, Rodman, Thomas, Sheridan (Perry 69), Bradley, Barrow, Yussuf (Lake-Gaskin 90)
Subs: Wilkinson, Connor, Bojang
Yellow Cards: Barrow 22
Newport County Team:
Thompson, Bignot, Collins, Warren, Todd, Rose, Reid, Foley (Fowler 89), Knights (Rogers 90), MacDonald, Montgomery (Matthews 58)
Subs: Odhiambo, Garner
Yellow Cards: MacDonald 15, Rose 77, Collins 90 + 94 = sent off
Red Cards: Warren 90
Man of the Match: Polesworth Garage chose Alex Rodman
Referee: A. Hendley