Lambs rack up a Welsh win
15 October 2011
In games prior to The Lambs visit to the Newport Stadium, the athletics track surrounding home of County mascot Spytty the dog, Marcus Law's side had defeated Lincoln City 4-0 and caused the Imps manager to be sacked on the Monday. On the Tuesday night Newport's new boss Justin Edinburgh saw his new team beat Fleetwood 4-1 and then on Friday night Fleetwood beat Lincoln 3-1 which just shows anyone can beat anyone on their day and Law made no changes to the starting XI for the first time this season.
After a ‘show racism the red card' message prior to kick off the home side got the game underway but it was The Lambs that started the brightest, with Tait firing a deep cross in from the right and causing the County defence some problems, and then on 5 Shariff made headway down the middle but was denied by the close proximity of the defenders and the bravery of the advancing Potter in the home goal.
Hedge produced a fine diving save to his left on 9 from Foley's header and then Tait threw humself into the way of Knights after McAllister cross came in.
Newport kept up the pressure and Warren was denied by the hands of Hedge who found himself staring down the barrel of his header and parried it before catching it.
Habergham was forced to clear the ball behind with a hefty boot on 15 as the Newport pushed forward and from a corner and Hedge punched it clear, but the ball came back in and Hatswell found Hedge in his way before McAllister saw his shot blocked by Francis.
A threaded ball through to Foley on 20 could have seen the opening goal of the game, but his left footed chip over Hedge also cleared the bar by a few feet.
After a brief spell of Lambs forward play the Tamworth defence were tested and Habergham cleared his lines after a good block and tackle.
St. Aimie was booked on 29 for a lunging tackle on the far side of the field that didn't actually connect with anyone, but did cause the Newport player to high jump out of the way and Tait was booked a minute later for a similar challenge further into the Newport half on Rose.
Bradley then picked up a yellow card for lashing out with his foot in the centre circle as the ball bobbled around. From the freekick a flashed header failed to trouble Hedge but did go somewhere near the target.
McDonald then became number four, dragging back a Newport player on the far side as he tried to make headway in the middle of the Lambs half.
Tamworth's first corner of the game came on 39 via a strong run and deflected shot from St. Aimie allowing Cain to fire the ball in from the flag on the left but nothing came of that one.
Another corner was won shortly after and Green got his head onto the chance but was only able to send it past the far post from a central position.
Three minutes added time were shown at the end of the half which ended without further incident.
Law made two changes at half time with Kanyuka (not Seb Lake-Gaskin as reported by the Press Association) replacing McDonald allowing Green to move up from the back and Jay Smith replaced Bradley and within 90 seconds of the retstart St. Aimie latched onto a threaded flick on from Smith and rounded Potter before sliding the ball home from 6 yards out on the left of the box for his third in two games. (1-0, 47 mins) (not Jervaise Christie as relayed by the PA)
Pressure from the home team was dealt with by most of the Lambs back line although a corner was conceded on 56 and Rose went close to converting a low ball in from the right on 57 but it too was put behind for a flag kick which Hedge punched away twice, the second time allowing Cain to burst down the field and his unselfish square ball to Shariff was blocked for a corner which the homeside cleared but when Cain put the ball back in Christie made it tow with a delightful header. (2-0, 59 mins).
Both McAllister and Foley had chances to strike for goal in the next few minutes but both times they dragged their shots from the left channel in the box well wide of the right hand upright and continued to threaten.
A freekick by Doherty was cleared well by The Lambs defence on 67 while at the other end on 70 Christie looked to double his tally with a curling shot into the far corner but only managed to lift it past the far post and out.
On 74 Newport pulled one back after a game of pinball in the box and Darryl Knights fired home in off the right hand post (2-1, 74 mins)
Courtney (not Oakes - another PA error) made a welcome appearance in the final quarter of the match and Sharrif ran through and had the ball at his feet on 86 but Potter was quickly out and equal to the chance.
Hedge pulled of a fine near post save to deny a close range finish in a crowded box as the seconds ticked away in added time and the whistle eventually blew on three points.
Hedge, Tait, Habergham, Francis, Cain (Courtney 75), St. Aimie, McDonald (Kanyuka HT), Green, Bradley (Smith HT), Shariff, Christie
Substitutes: Mills, Barrow
Yellow Cards: St. Aimie 29, Tait 31, Bradley 34, McDonald 45
Newport County Team:
Potter, Warren, Rose, McAllister, Foley (Jarvis 84), Knights, Doherty, Hughes, Hatswell, Pipe, Rodgers
Substitutes: Miller, Rogers, Thompson, Jardim
Yellow Cards: Rose 90+
Man of the Match: Pressbox chose: Jon Hedge
Referee: Mr. J. Hopkins