James Norwood's hat-trick helped Forest Green hammer promotion rivals Newport County in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

He fired into the top corner to open the scoring, with Yan Klukowski adding a second from close range.

Norwood slotted in his second from 12 yards and, after Reece Styche had raced clear for 4-0, completed his hat-trick with a low drive from 18 yards.

The visitors jumped two places to fourth in the table while County dropped a place to third.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"We've severely let ourselves down, which is really disappointing. I didn't see that coming, but we've been properly beaten.

"We have to dust ourselves down. We have to accept it. It's not easy. It's hard to take and it's hurting right now.

"But it's [about] how we respond. It's going to be a big test, but we've overcome tests before and I expect a response on Friday night [against Wrexham]."

Hockaday proud of Forest Green

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I'm so proud of my lads because we've come in on Christmas Day, they have trained so hard, people don't know how hard these boys train.

"It was a super performance. My players deserve that for all the hard work they've put in over the festive period"

"I challenged my players to play football, and as much as we could we did. We caught them on the counter and I thought we were excellent."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Newport County

  • 01 Julian
  • 05 James
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 21 Anthony
  • 04 Porter
  • 12 Swallow (Washington - 73' )
  • 13 Sandell
  • 16 Evans Booked (Minshull - 73' )
  • 17 Flynn
  • 07 O'Connor
  • 20 Smith (Charles - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 03 Hughes
  • 08 Minshull
  • 11 Charles
  • 25 Washington

Forest Green

  • 23 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes (Asafu-Adjaye - 75' )
  • 15 Oshodi Booked
  • 21 Racine
  • 04 Bangura
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 11 Forbes (Rowe - 72' )
  • 28 Brogan (Styche - 56' )
  • 14 Taylor
  • 20 Norwood

Substitutes

  • 16 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 22 Green
  • 19 Rowe
  • 09 Styche
  • 10 Vieira
Ref: Horwood
Att: 2,787

Match Stats

Shots

7 10

On target

4 7

Corners

5 6

Fouls

10 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:12 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +4:33

Ismail Yakubu challenges James Norwood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Rowe.

90:00 +3:17

James Norwood challenges Byron Anthony unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Julian takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:36

Unfair challenge on Reece Styche by Ismail Yakubu results in a free kick. Ed Asafu-Adjaye takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:47

Reece Styche concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Flynn. Alan Julian takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:22

Tony James concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Taylor. James Norwood takes the free kick.

89:39

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lee Minshull. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

89:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Charles by Reece Styche. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Michael Flynn.

88:24

Lee Minshull concedes a free kick for a foul on Eddie Oshodi. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

88:08

Foul by Matt Taylor on Tony James, free kick awarded. Tony James takes the free kick.

85:46

Michael Flynn has an effort at goal. Sam Russell makes a save.

84:56

Short corner taken by James Norwood.

84:02

Short corner taken by Reece Styche from the right by-line.

83:41

Corner taken short by Reece Styche.

82:50

Handball decision goes against Reece Styche. Direct free kick taken by Alan Julian.

77:54 Goal scored

Goal! - James Norwood - Newport 0 - 5 Forest Grn James Norwood fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newport County 0-5 Forest Green.

76:42

Jared Hodgkiss concedes a free kick for a foul on Conor Washington. Shot on goal comes in from Andy Sandell from the free kick.

76:11

Michael Flynn decides to take the corner short.

75:40

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Flynn, clearance by Sam Russell.

74:38 Substitution

Substitution Ed Asafu-Adjaye on for Chris Stokes.

73:32

Assist by Al Bangura.

73:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Reece Styche - Newport 0 - 4 Forest Grn A goal is scored by Reece Styche from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Newport County 0-4 Forest Green.

71:30 Substitution

Substitution Conor Washington comes on in place of Ben Swallow.

71:30 Substitution

Substitution Lee Minshull replaces Lee Evans.

71:30 Substitution

Substitution James Rowe replaces Kieron Forbes.

71:30 Booking

Booking Caution for Lee Evans.

70:59

Foul by Lee Evans on Chris Stokes, free kick awarded. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

68:17

Corner taken by Andy Sandell played to the near post, clearance made by Al Bangura.

67:06 Goal scored

Goal! - James Norwood - Newport 0 - 3 Forest Grn James Norwood scores a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Newport County 0-3 Forest Green.

65:16

Byron Anthony fouled by Matt Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.

64:42

Byron Anthony gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Reece Styche. Direct free kick taken by Chris Stokes.

62:52

Kieron Forbes fouled by Byron Anthony, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Stokes restarts play with the free kick.

59:28

Corner taken by Andy Sandell played to the near post, clearance made by Al Bangura.

58:30

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Lee Evans from left wing, clearance made by Aarran Racine.

58:30 Booking

Booking The referee books Eddie Oshodi for unsporting behaviour.

58:20

Unfair challenge on Michael Flynn by Eddie Oshodi results in a free kick.

57:00

Ryan Charles concedes a free kick for a foul on Eddie Oshodi. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

55:53 Substitution

Substitution Steve Brogan leaves the field to be replaced by Reece Styche.

53:52 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Charles joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Smith.

53:17

Michael Flynn takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Smith.

51:55

James Norwood challenges Byron Anthony unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Julian.

48:27

The referee blows for offside. Alan Julian takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:43 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:23

The assist for the goal came from Chris Stokes.

45:00 +0:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Yan Klukowski - Newport 0 - 2 Forest Grn Yan Klukowski finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Newport County 0-2 Forest Green.

43:48

Foul by Yan Klukowski on Andy Sandell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Evans.

42:08

Effort from inside the penalty box by Yan Klukowski strikes the post.

41:26

The official flags James Norwood offside. Alan Julian restarts play with the free kick.

40:12

Unfair challenge on Ben Swallow by Chris Stokes results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Byron Anthony.

38:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron O'Connor by Aarran Racine. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Andy Sandell.

37:40

Assist on the goal came from Yan Klukowski.

37:40 Goal scored

Goal! - James Norwood - Newport 0 - 1 Forest Grn James Norwood finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Newport County 0-1 Forest Green.

35:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Taylor by Tony James. Chris Stokes takes the direct free kick.

32:12

Corner from the right by-line taken by Steve Brogan, Eddie Oshodi has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

31:24

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Yan Klukowski, Andy Sandell manages to make a clearance.

28:48

Andy Sandell has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

28:08

Al Bangura challenges Max Porter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Evans takes the direct free kick.

27:27

Matt Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Ismail Yakubu. Alan Julian takes the free kick.

25:44

Foul by Michael Smith on Chris Stokes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sam Russell.

20:29

Unfair challenge on Michael Smith by Eddie Oshodi results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lee Evans from left wing, clearance made by Sam Russell.

18:42

Andy Sandell produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

14:07

Steve Brogan takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

13:52

James Norwood takes a shot. Save by Alan Julian.

12:55

Andy Sandell takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

12:26

Max Porter fouled by Kieron Forbes, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony James.

7:58

Effort on goal by Jared Hodgkiss from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

6:10

Max Porter fouled by Steve Brogan, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Julian takes the free kick.

4:32

Steve Brogan takes a shot. Save by Alan Julian.

3:49

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell from the right by-line to the near post.

2:04

Foul by Aarran Racine on Aaron O'Connor, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Lee Evans from left wing.

1:32

Steve Brogan is penalised for a handball. Tony James takes the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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