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Exeter City 1-0 Newport County

Exeter City's Liam McAlinden battles for the ball with Mickey Demetriou of Newport County
Exeter City's Liam McAlinden battles for the ball with Mickey Demetriou of Newport County

Exeter City's unbeaten start to the season continued with a win over Newport County in their League Two encounter.

Lee Holmes' superb individual goal midway through the second half was all that separated two teams in good form.

Newport started the better and the best chance fell midway through the first half when a cross found Padraig Amond, but his shot on the turn was straight at Exeter goalkeeper Christy Pym.

Amond then skied high with another great chance before Ben White headed off the line to deny Exeter's Jake Taylor, after Day had parried a cross straight into his path.

Seconds later, it was Exeter's Troy Brown heading off the line to deny Amond, whose header looked destined for the net.

Robbie Willmott skied high early in the second half for Newport but it was Holmes that broke that deadlock on the hour mark when he cut in from the right and curled a fine shot into the bottom corner.

Frank Nouble saw a 25-yard shot come back off the inside of the post for Newport, while Jordan Tillson skied high for Exeter after great work by Reuben Reid.

Holmes saw a header cleared off the line as Exeter looked to make it two, while Newport struggled to test Pym as the game went on.

Newport County manager Mike Flynn told BBC Radio Wales:

"It was a massive decision by the referee (John Brooks) in the first half to disallow a goal, there was nothing wrong with it.

"Then we go and gift them a goal near enough by not putting the ball out of play, so I'm really frustrated.

"We took the game to them today and I just feel we missed too many chances first half."

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 25Taylor
  • 4James
  • 6Tillson
  • 10Holmes
  • 33ReidSubstituted forBoatengat 83'minutes
  • 19McAlindenSubstituted forStockleyat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 8Simpson
  • 11Stockley
  • 13Hamon
  • 24Byrne
  • 31Sparkes
  • 44Boateng

Newport

  • 1Day
  • 28DemetriouBooked at 43mins
  • 25O'BrienSubstituted forColeat 76'minutes
  • 6White
  • 7WillmottSubstituted forTozerat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8DolanSubstituted forOwen-Evansat 76'minutes
  • 27RiggBooked at 32mins
  • 4Labadie
  • 3Butler
  • 10Nouble
  • 9Amond

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 12Tozer
  • 17Bennett
  • 20Owen-Evans
  • 22Cole
  • 30Bittner
  • 32Jahraldo-Martin
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
4,193

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home21
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 1, Newport County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Newport County 0.

Booking

Ben Tozer (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Tozer (Newport County).

Attempt missed. Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Exeter City).

Attempt blocked. Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Ben Tozer replaces Robbie Willmott.

Frank Nouble (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Tillson (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Hiram Boateng replaces Reuben Reid.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jayden Stockley replaces Liam McAlinden.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Attempt blocked. Frank Nouble (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Tom Owen-Evans replaces Matthew Dolan.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Reece Cole replaces Mark O'Brien.

Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Mark O'Brien.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Mark O'Brien (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lloyd James (Exeter City).

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Frank Nouble (Newport County) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt blocked. Liam McAlinden (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Joss Labadie (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Tillson (Exeter City).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Mickey Demetriou.

Attempt blocked. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Dan Butler (Newport County).

Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Joss Labadie (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Sean Rigg (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Holmes (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter541084413
2Stevenage532095411
3Accrington5311118310
4Wycombe53111311210
5Notts County531197210
6Luton522113588
7Newport52219638
8Crewe52215418
9Barnet52127527
10Coventry52125327
11Carlisle52128807
12Cambridge52123307
13Swindon521259-47
14Lincoln City51317526
15Mansfield51318716
16Crawley52036516
17Grimsby520379-26
18Yeovil52031016-66
19Morecambe512245-15
20Colchester511379-24
21Chesterfield511349-54
22Forest Green5113815-74
23Port Vale510458-33
24Cheltenham5104510-53
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