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Newport County
1
Tom King
3
Ryan Haynes
7
Robbie Willmott

Whitely 71'

8
Matty Dolan

Abrahams 67'

9
Padraig Amond
10
Josh Sheehan
Yellow card for Josh Sheehan
11
Jamille Matt
17
Scot Bennett
Yellow card for Scot Bennett
22
Taylor Maloney

McNamara 62'

25
Mark O'Brien (c)
27
Ryan Inniss
1 goals for Ryan Inniss
Salford City FC
41
Mark Howard
3
Ibou Touray
4
Oscar Threlkeld
Yellow card for Oscar Threlkeld
8
Lois Maynard
1 goals for Lois Maynard
9
Adam Rooney (c)

Dieseruvwe 78'

15
Cameron Burgess
1 goals for Cameron Burgess
17
Richie Towell

Hughes 83'

23
Nathan Pond
25
Joey Jones
32
Jake Jervis
44
Craig Conway

Piergianni 88'

Substitutes
30
Nick Townsend
12
Danny McNamara
15
Tristan Abrahams
16
George Nurse
20
Corey Whitely
21
Lewis Collins
24
Dominic Poleon
Substitutes
33
William Evans
6
Carl Piergianni
7
Luke Armstrong
13
Sam Hughes
18
Danny Whitehead
20
Mani Dieseruvwe
Managers
Manager - Michael Flynn
Managers
Manager - Graham Alexander
Match Officals
Referee - Will Finnie
Assistant Referee - Andrew Laver
Assistant Referee - Simon Shaw
Fourth Official - Paul Hobday

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Newport County’s impressive unbeaten run at Rodney Parade came to an end this afternoon as the Ammies secured a hard-fought victory. Goals from Cameron Burgess and Lois Maynard would prove just about enough for Graham Alexander’s in-form side although they needed a helping hand from keeper Mark Howard who saved a late penalty.

There were a couple of changes from the side that started last Saturday’s draw with Scunthorpe, starting at the back where Oscar Threlkeld replaced Scott Wiseman at right-back. Further upfield Richie Towell returned to the starting XI, in place of Luke Armstrong.

A trio of buglers provided the crowd with a fitting Remembrance tribute prior to kick-off, with the respective managers laying wreaths on the pitch.

A dignified start to a wet and windy afternoon in Gwent, and Salford had their work cut out against a side who have proven very difficult to beat at their Rodney Parade home. Michael Flynn’s Newport County side would see plenty of the ball all afternoon, yet the first opening went the way of Salford. After Maynard was fouled outside the Exiles’ penalty area Ibou Touray had a go from the free-kick, with that effort sailing over the crossbar.

County were seeing plenty of the ball early on, although they were struggling to find their way through a well-drilled Salford defence. In the 11th minute Ryan Haynes cut inside from the left then let fly a powerful rising shot that looked destined for the net. Luckily for the Ammies, Burgess was in the way of that one and he stood firm to head the ball behind for a corner.

A quiet start to the game in terms of goalmouth activity and Salford’s vocal travelling support had to wait until the 19th minute for their next bit of excitement. Craig Conway’s inswinging corner from the left was headed away from virtually in front of goal by Jamille Matt, with the loose ball falling for Towell. The Irishman elected to shoot but Matt had pushed up and was in position to charge the effort down.

Jake Jervis was the next to produce a threat, swinging in a cross from the left that was just a little bit too far in front of Threlkeld. This was Salford’s best spell so far and at the midpoint of the first half Joey Jones’ pass to the right found Conway. The winger, from well outside the area, hit a low, angled drive wide of the far post.

Decent for the Ammies but they should have fallen behind in the 24th minute. Matt Dolan’s pass sent Haynes off on a left flank run and the full-back’s cross was a very good one. Pádraig Amond was on the end of it, but from just 6 yards out was left in despair as his header flashed wide of Mark Howard’s left-hand upright.

A little flurry of chances at either end, but the game settled back into the pattern of Newport possession with little end result against a resolute Salford defence. It looked as if the game might make it to half-time without a goal until the Ammies took the lead 4 minutes before the interval. Conway’s corner from the left dropped towards the far post where BURGESS appeared among a crowd, nodding in a 6-yarder that beat the previously untroubled Tom King.

Two goals in two games for the Scunthorpe United loanee, but his side’s joy would be short-lived. In the first minute of time added on the home side won a corner, delivered nicely by Dolan. RYAN INNISS got his head to it and it looked as if Nathan Pond got the final touch that turned the ball past Howard.

Probably not an unfair scoreline at the break, but having gone ahead Salford would have been disappointed to relinquish that advantage so late on.

HALF-TIME: NEWPORT COUNTY 1 SALFORD CITY 1

All to play for as the second half got underway and Towell moved into space within a minute of the restart, only to see his effort on goal blocked.

Once again chances would be at a premium, with County’s best early attack coming in the 51st minute when Amond found space wide on the left. His cross dipped wickedly on its way to the far post but it was inches too high for Matt.

A modest opportunity for the Exiles and Salford would do rather better just 3 minutes later. Touray hoisted a free-kick into the box from deep on the right, with MAYNARD getting up to meet it. The header slammed off the underside the bar, then dropped back down and into the net.

A first goal of the season for the midfielder and Salford would be in no mood to surrender their lead this time around. Towell could have made it 3 a couple of minutes later, hitting right-footer from distance that bounced just wide of the target.

The home side would endure a frustrating 20 minutes or so after that as their patient build-ups floundered on the thin red line of Salford’s defence. Flynn shuffled his pack in an attempt to find a way through and those changes began to make an impact during the final 15 minutes.

Even so, Salford managed to look dangerous when they got men forward and in the 75th minute Adam Rooney clipped a pass that dropped for Jervis on the left. A darting run took him to the edge of the box, but with cover closing in Jervis could only lift a rising effort over the crossbar.

Newport’s attacks intensified as the half progressed and they came within inches of an equaliser 12 minutes from time. A ball into the box fell for Matt, back to goal, and he tucked a pass back to the edge of the area. Josh Sheehan’s attempt to place a low shot home came back off the inside of the stranded Howard’s right-hand post, bouncing back across goal to be lumped clear.

Something of an escape for the Ammies and they would get the rub of the green again just a couple of minutes later. A few minutes previously the home side had two penalty shouts turned down in quick succession but this time their luck was in. Corey Whiteley’s attempt to burst into the box on the right was curtailed by Towell’s challenge, and this time the referee pointed to the spot. At first sight it looked as if any contact came outside the area, but the official had little hesitation in giving Newport the penalty their fans had been demanding for some time.

Substitute Tristan Abrahams took responsibility for the kick and he hit it low and hard. It was close to Howard though and as the keeper dropped to his right, the ball deflected off his legs and over the crossbar.

Abrahams was left with head in hands and although there were 9 minutes left – and would be more than 6 added on top of that, the missed penalty would be County’s last clear-cut chance to rescue a point.

Newport huffed and puffed but Salford had regrouped at the back and there was simply no way through for the home side. The Ammies slowed what remained of the game down effectively and Haynes’ effort from the left soared high over the bar in the penultimate minute. The introduction of Sam Hughes and Carl Piergianni stiffened resolve even further and 3 impressive points were in the bag.

FULL-TIME: NEWPORT COUNTY 1 SALFORD CITY 2

An impressive scalp for a Salford City side that is beginning to put together a decent run of results. The last 5 games have yielded 9 points and Graham Alexander’s side are now 11th in the table, just 3 points outside the play-off places and 7 adrift of leaders Forest Green Rovers.

The Ammies rode their luck a little bit at times and Newport will feel that they deserved a share of the spoils. Football is all about results though and Salford are starting to pile up the points.

It’s a tough division and there’s a long way to go yet, but who would bet against the Salford City bandwagon rolling on to another promotion challenge?

Attendance: 3,947 (including 148 from Salford City)

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