COUNTY BEAT PLYMOUTH TO MAINTAIN UNBEATEN START
Aug 18 - Newport County maintained
their unbeaten start to the Sky Bet League Two season by beating highly
fancied Plymouth 1-0 at Rodney Parade.
The game appeared to be heading towards a stalemate but Kyle Howkins' header just nine minutes from time snatched the win for Michael Flynn's side.
Plymouth were the better side in the first half and came close to opening the scoring when a Joe Edwards shot. Newport were then dealt a major blow when Mickey Demetriou was stretchered off the field with a leg injury. A back-heeled shot by Ryan Taylor was cleared off the line by Padraig Amond but both sides failed to open the scoring before the break. Joss Labadie was shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Edwards as the game began to get heated.
Newport gained the upper hand and grabbed the winner in the 81st minute when a powerful header from Howkins found the back of the net from a well-timed cross by Ryan Haynes.
EXILES EDGE OUT GILLS TO EARN PLUM TIE
Aug 15 - Gillingham were awarded three
spot-kicks in normal time but managed to lose Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game
on a penalty shoot-out.
Brandon Hanlan put the Gills ahead with a penalty in the first half but had another spot-kick in the second half saved. Tristan Abraham got Newport level but both teams scored from the spot at the death, with Padraig Amond cancelling out Mikael Ndjoli’s effort. Newport keeper Nick Townsend saved twice in the penalty contest as the Exiles prevailed 4-3 to earn a plum tie at home to West Ham in the next round.
Newport v West Ham head to head
Played 3, won 1, lost 1, drew 1
8 Feb 1947 - lost 3-0 (division 2)
19 Apr 1947 - drew 1-1 (division 2)
9 Jan 1979 - won 2-1 (FA Cup)
COUNTY RETURN FROM CAMBRIDGE WITH A POINT
Aug 11 - Newport County earned their
second successive draws after a goalless League Two encounter with
Cambridge. According to reports Padraig Amond and Danny McNamara had
early Newport chances while Jabo Ibehre and Luke Hannant fired wide for
the hosts. County's Joss Labadie flashed a shot wide of the post and
went close with a header in the second half.
Robbie Willmott was denied by home keeper Dimitar Mitov but both sides had to settle for a point apiece.
COUNTY THROW AWAY TWO GOAL LEAD
Aug 4 - The Exiles threw away a two goal lead in an exciting opening day contest at Rodney Parade to draw 2-2 with Mansfield. The 4,481 crowd saw Newport take the lead aftter seven minutes when Joss Labadie connected with Ryan Haynes' cross to find the back of the net. Padraig Amond put Newport further ahead with a penalty in the 34th minute after Jamille Matt was brought down in the box to give the hosts a 2-0 lead at the interval. Mansfield scored two goals in the space of two minutes in the early stages of the second half. Substitute Kellan Gordon's free-kick was headed into the back of the net by captain Krystian Pearce after 47 minutes. A dire mistake from Newport goalkeeper Tom King then allowed Danny Rose's weak shot to trickle in to level the scores. King made amends when he saved a penalty from Nicky Maynard after Robbie Willmott brought Jacob Mellis down in the box.
Aug 1 - Striker Tristan Abrahams has
signed a two-year deal at Newport County AFC and will join the club
immediately, subject to international clearance.
The 6ft 1ins frontman began his career at Leyton Orient in November 2016, moving immediately on loan to Cambridge City, where he made four appearances for the Lilywhites in the Southern League.
Upon his return to Orient, Abrahams was put straight into the first-team and actually made his Football League debut at Rodney Parade against the Exiles in March 2017.