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Stevenage 3-3 Newport County

Stevenage v Newport action
Stevenage goalkeeper Joe Fryer looks on as a Matt Dolan shot at goal ricochets off the post

Newport County started the League Two season where they ended the last, by producing a great escape.

The Exiles scored twice in the final 15 minutes from 3-1 down, with sub Shawn McCoulsky equalising in injury time.

The hosts held the advantage when Tom Pett scored, but Frank Nouble levelled.

Dale Gorman's penalty and a goal from Danny Newton put Stevenage in charge, but Mickey Demetriou gave the Exiles late hope with a 25-yard strike before McCoulsky's dramatic leveller.

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll:

"The manner of the goals showcased how important set plays are in this division.

"We haven't conceded a goal by being broken down. We conceded an absolute worldy [world class] of a strike and the other two goals were from set plays.

"The players have to know that there are a few long afternoon training sessions ahead of them now to try and improve us on that."

Newport County manager Mike Flynn told BBC Radio Wales Sport:

"That was two points dropped if I'm honest. I thought we were the better team, created more chances and gave them two goals. All in all I am disappointed.

"The boys just showed their character again, they kept going until the end and they're going to have to do that quite a lot this season and you'll be surprised where that takes you.

"They've all got great team spirit, they keep going and if one thing goes against them they try and make it right."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Fryer
  • 25Henry
  • 5Franks
  • 6Wilkinson
  • 3Martin
  • 11Pett
  • 8Beautyman
  • 17GormanSubstituted forKingat 78'minutes
  • 30McKeeSubstituted forGoddenat 64'minutes
  • 15SamuelSubstituted forWhelpdaleat 57'minutes
  • 19Newton

Substitutes

  • 4King
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 14Turgott
  • 16Day
  • 18Conlon
  • 20Vancooten
  • 24Godden

Newport

  • 1Day
  • 7Willmott
  • 17BennettSubstituted forMcCoulskyat 68'minutes
  • 25O'Brien
  • 28Demetriou
  • 3ButlerSubstituted forJahraldo-Martinat 90+1'minutes
  • 4LabadieSubstituted forOwen-Evansat 78'minutes
  • 8Dolan
  • 27Rigg
  • 10Nouble
  • 11Reynolds

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 6White
  • 15McCoulsky
  • 19Williams
  • 20Owen-Evans
  • 30Bittner
  • 32Jahraldo-Martin
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
2,650

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away19
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 3, Newport County 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 3, Newport County 3.

Matthew Dolan (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harry Beautyman (Stevenage).

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 3, Newport County 3. Shawn McCoulsky (Newport County) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Joe Fryer.

Attempt saved. Matthew Dolan (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Shawn McCoulsky (Newport County).

Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Calaum Jahraldo-Martin replaces Dan Butler.

Shawn McCoulsky (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage).

Foul by Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County).

Harry Beautyman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark O'Brien (Newport County).

Matt Godden (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mickey Demetriou (Newport County) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Tom Owen-Evans replaces Joss Labadie.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jack King replaces Dale Gorman.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 3, Newport County 2. Mickey Demetriou (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 3, Newport County 1. Danny Newton (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Dale Gorman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Joss Labadie (Newport County).

Dale Gorman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Shawn McCoulsky replaces Scot Bennett.

Mark O'Brien (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Newton (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Matt Godden replaces Mark McKee.

Attempt missed. Joss Labadie (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 2, Newport County 1. Dale Gorman (Stevenage) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty conceded by Scot Bennett (Newport County) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Stevenage. Luke Wilkinson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Frank Nouble (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Chris Whelpdale replaces Alex Samuel.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Joe Martin.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 1, Newport County 1. Frank Nouble (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Attempt missed. Mark O'Brien (Newport County) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Joe Fryer.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton11008263
2Coventry11003033
3Accrington11003123
4Grimsby11003123
5Port Vale11003123
6Morecambe11002113
7Swindon11002113
8Exeter11001013
9Newport10103301
10Stevenage10103301
11Barnet10102201
12Crewe10102201
13Forest Green10102201
14Lincoln City10102201
15Mansfield10102201
16Wycombe10102201
17Carlisle100112-10
18Cheltenham100112-10
19Cambridge100101-10
20Chesterfield100113-20
21Colchester100113-20
22Crawley100113-20
23Notts County100103-30
24Yeovil100128-60
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