Newport County returned to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table by dominating promotion rivals Luton.

Aaron O'Connor's header gave Newport an early lead but Andre Gray pounced on a goalkeeping error to equalise.

Christian Jolley's lifted finish soon restored the lead and his cross was then headed into his own net by Ronnie Henry.

A Jon Shaw volley gave Luton hope but Andy Sandell and Jolley struck within three minutes to take County clear.

Jolley's second goal, a composed side-foot finish after cutting back on to his left foot, gave the striker his fifth goal in four games since joining on loan from AFC Wimbledon.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"It was a fantastic result and a really good performance. I'm pleased for everyone connected with the football club because we didn't do ourselves justice the last time we were live on the television.

"But everyone could see why we're top of this league. We're disappointed with the goals we conceded but we've got goals in this team.

"Christian Jolley was unplayable in the first half but the front three were a constant thorn in the Luton side."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Newport County

  • 01 Julian
  • 05 James (Hughes - 46' )
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 02 Pipe (Minshull - 80' )
  • 04 Porter
  • 13 Sandell Booked
  • 16 Evans
  • 17 Flynn
  • 23 Jolley (Charles - 85' )
  • 07 O'Connor
  • 20 Smith

Substitutes

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 03 Hughes
  • 08 Minshull
  • 12 Swallow
  • 11 Charles

Luton Town

  • 01 Tyler
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 05 Beckwith Booked
  • 11 Howells Booked
  • 12 Ainge
  • 25 Henry Booked
  • 07 Lawless
  • 14 Mendy (Shaw - 46' )
  • 17 O'Donnell (Fleetwood - 59' )
  • 10 Rendell
  • 27 Gray Booked

Substitutes

  • 33 Brill
  • 03 Taylor
  • 19 Dance
  • 09 Shaw
  • 13 Fleetwood
Ref: Whitton
Att: 2,247

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

6 4

Corners

5 5

Fouls

12 23

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +1:31

Lee Evans takes a short corner. Foul by Lee Evans on Jake Howells, free kick awarded. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

88:29

Lee Evans takes a shot. Save by Mark Tyler. Shot from deep inside the area by Jon Shaw clears the bar.

87:10

Foul by Michael Smith on Dean Beckwith, free kick awarded. Mark Tyler takes the direct free kick.

86:59

Michael Flynn produces a cross.

86:27

The ball is swung over by Ryan Charles, Simon Ainge manages to make a clearance.

84:40 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Charles joins the action as a substitute, replacing Christian Jolley.

84:10

Jake Howells concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Evans. Free kick taken by Andy Sandell.

83:18

Simon Ainge challenges Lee Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Evans.

81:43

Christian Jolley fouled by Alex Lawless, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andy Sandell from right channel, save by Mark Tyler.

80:12

Andy Sandell concedes a free kick for a foul on Andre Gray. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jake Howells.

79:15 Substitution

Substitution David Pipe goes off and Lee Minshull comes on.

77:50

The ball is sent over by Andre Gray.

77:21

Andre Gray takes a shot. Save by Alan Julian.

74:16

Andre Gray delivers the ball.

72:33

Aaron O'Connor has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

71:37

Andy Sandell restarts play with the free kick.

71:37 Booking

Booking Andre Gray is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

71:18

Andy Sandell fouled by Andre Gray, the ref awards a free kick.

70:51

The ball is swung over by Andre Gray, Ismail Yakubu manages to make a clearance.

70:31

Christian Jolley delivers the ball, save made by Mark Tyler.

69:06

Christian Jolley fouled by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Sandell restarts play with the free kick.

66:47

Assist on the goal came from Michael Flynn.

66:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Christian Jolley - Newport 5 - 2 Luton Christian Jolley gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newport County 5-2 Luton.

65:44

A cross is delivered by David Pipe.

65:18

Unfair challenge on Michael Smith by Dean Beckwith results in a free kick. Andy Sandell takes the direct free kick.

64:51

Jon Shaw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Pipe. Alan Julian takes the free kick.

63:15

Assist on the goal came from Michael Smith.

63:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Sandell - Newport 4 - 2 Luton Andy Sandell fires in a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Newport County 4-2 Luton.

61:49

Direct free kick taken by Ronnie Henry. Ronnie Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Smith. Direct free kick taken by Ismail Yakubu.

61:49 Booking

Booking Booking for Andy Sandell for unsporting behaviour.

61:35

Andy Sandell concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Lawless.

60:16

Assist by Ronnie Henry.

60:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Jon Shaw - Newport 3 - 2 Luton Jon Shaw scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newport County 3-2 Luton.

56:48

Direct free kick taken by Alan Julian.

56:48 Substitution

Substitution JJ O'Donnell goes off and Stuart Fleetwood comes on.

56:48

Jake Howells takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Andrew Hughes makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Alex Lawless, clearance by David Pipe. Corner taken right-footed by Alex Lawless from the left by-line, clearance made by Alan Julian. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Julian by Dean Beckwith.

52:33

Direct free kick taken by Andy Sandell. Lee Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Lawless. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

52:33 Booking

Booking Jake Howells is cautioned.

51:14

Jake Howells concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Sandell.

48:33

Simon Ainge fouled by David Pipe, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

47:54

JJ O'Donnell concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Evans. Free kick taken by Andy Sandell.

46:53

Inswinging corner taken by Alex Lawless from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Christian Jolley.

45:20

Alex Lawless concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Evans. Free kick taken by Andrew Hughes.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Newport County) makes a substitution, with Andrew Hughes coming on for Tony James.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Jon Shaw replaces Arnaud Mendy.

45:00 +1:59 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:49

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lee Evans. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.

44:55

Effort from inside the area by Aaron O'Connor misses to the right of the target.

44:36

Foul by Arnaud Mendy on Lee Evans, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Pipe.

43:40

Andre Gray takes a shot. Ismail Yakubu gets a block in.

41:50

Free kick taken by Lee Evans. Foul by Michael Smith on Simon Ainge, free kick awarded. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

41:50 Booking

Booking Booking for Ronnie Henry for unsporting behaviour.

40:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony James by Scott Rendell. Tony James takes the direct free kick. Unfair challenge on Aaron O'Connor by Ronnie Henry results in a free kick.

37:48

Lee Evans challenges Ronnie Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ronnie Henry takes the direct free kick. Ronnie Henry gets a block in.

37:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Ronnie Henry - Newport 3 - 1 Luton Ronnie Henry scores an own goal. Newport County 3-1 Luton.

37:48

Christian Jolley takes a shot.

37:02

Foul by Arnaud Mendy on Michael Flynn, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andy Sandell.

36:44

The ball is swung over by Christian Jolley, Dean Beckwith makes a clearance.

33:19

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Scott Rendell. Shot from 25 yards from Christian Jolley.

31:37

Effort from outside the penalty box by Michael Flynn goes wide right of the target.

30:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Sandell on Alex Lawless. Direct free kick taken by Simon Ainge.

30:08

Lee Evans takes the free kick.

30:08 Booking

Booking Dean Beckwith goes into the book.

29:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Beckwith on Michael Smith.

27:46

A cross is delivered by Christian Jolley, Dean Beckwith makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Andy Sandell.

26:15

Lee Evans fouled by Jake Howells, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Evans takes the free kick.

25:32

The ball is sent over by Michael Smith.

24:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Sandell by Scott Rendell. Free kick taken by Lee Evans.

23:40

Foul by Arnaud Mendy on Lee Evans, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tony James.

22:37

Assist on the goal came from Michael Smith.

22:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Christian Jolley - Newport 2 - 1 Luton Christian Jolley grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Newport County 2-1 Luton.

21:59

The official flags Andre Gray offside. Direct free kick taken by Alan Julian.

21:25

Ronnie Henry fouled by Michael Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Tyler takes the indirect free kick.

20:50

Ronnie Henry challenges Max Porter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony James takes the direct free kick.

20:21

The ball is swung over by Andy Sandell, Ronnie Henry manages to make a clearance.

19:33

Foul by Scott Rendell on Lee Evans, free kick awarded. Andy Sandell takes the direct free kick.

17:16

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell from the right by-line, Header from close in by Ismail Yakubu misses to the left of the goal.

15:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Andre Gray - Newport 1 - 1 Luton Goal scored by Andre Gray from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Newport County 1-1 Luton.

14:19

Corner taken by Jake Howells, clearance by Andy Sandell.

14:08

The ball is crossed by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.

11:57

Assist on the goal came from Andy Sandell.

11:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron O'Connor - Newport 1 - 0 Luton Aaron O'Connor finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Newport County 1-0 Luton.

10:55

Unfair challenge on Michael Flynn by Alex Lawless results in a free kick. Lee Evans crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Mark Tyler. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell played to the near post,

9:54

Lee Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ronnie Henry. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.

9:40

Centre by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.

8:54

JJ O'Donnell produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

7:38

Michael Smith delivers the ball, clearance made by Dean Beckwith.

5:15

Lee Evans is adjudged to have handled the ball. JJ O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

3:27

Jake Howells takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

3:02

Dean Beckwith fouled by Aaron O'Connor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Howells.

2:48

Ronnie Henry produces a cross, Tony James manages to make a clearance.

1:08

JJ O'Donnell takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

0:25

Christian Jolley is ruled offside. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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