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Stevenage 3-1 Newport County

Matt Godden
Stevenage forward Matt Godden has scored 11 goals this season

Matt Godden scored a hat-trick as Stevenage consigned struggling Newport County to their eighth straight League Two defeat.

The hosts led when Godden fired in from Steve Schumacher's cross and he scored a second just before half-time with a close-range finish.

After the break, Ben Kennedy fouled Sid Nelson and Godden fired from the spot.

Dan Butler scored a consolation for the Exiles late on but it was too late to overturn Stevenage's lead.

The result means Newport County remain bottom of the League Two table and five points from safety, while Stevenage move up two places to 13th.

Newport manager Graham Westley told BBC Radio Wales: "I thought it was a very positive afternoon.

"It was always going to be difficult to start the game, as in five new lads in the side, 2-0 with the error and 3-0 with the soft penalty.

"The boys could have been forgiven, but sides would have dropped their heads and would have gone under.

"But we didn't. We showed a character. We showed a strength. We showed resilience.

"We showed a willingness to go and get something out of the half and we did. We fought back."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Jones
  • 25Henry
  • 5Franks
  • 4King
  • 33Ntlhe
  • 11Pett
  • 8SchumacherSubstituted forLeeat 68'minutes
  • 17Gorman
  • 10WalkerSubstituted forLoftat 74'minutes
  • 14Kennedy
  • 24GoddenSubstituted forCowansat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Wilkinson
  • 7McAnuff
  • 16Day
  • 18Tonge
  • 22Lee
  • 23Cowans
  • 35Loft

Newport

  • 1Day
  • 2Barnum-BobbSubstituted forReidat 71'minutes
  • 25O'Brien
  • 17BennettBooked at 33mins
  • 19NelsonBooked at 61mins
  • 18Pipe
  • 42GordonSubstituted forJacksonat 55'minutes
  • 8Randall
  • 12Tozer
  • 11Myrie-WilliamsSubstituted forButlerat 3'minutes
  • 41Williams

Substitutes

  • 3Butler
  • 9Reid
  • 13Jackson
  • 20Owen-Evans
  • 30Bittner
  • 32Wood
  • 40Meite
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
2,185

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 3, Newport County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 3, Newport County 1.

Attempt missed. Dale Gorman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Ryan Loft (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scot Bennett (Newport County).

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 3, Newport County 1. Dan Butler (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marlon Jackson.

Delay in match Sid Nelson (Newport County) because of an injury.

Hand ball by Scot Bennett (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Henry Cowans replaces Matt Godden.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sid Nelson.

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dan Butler (Newport County).

Attempt blocked. Dan Butler (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ryan Loft (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scot Bennett (Newport County).

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Randall (Newport County).

Attempt blocked. Mark Randall (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ryan Loft (Stevenage).

Dan Butler (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Ryan Loft replaces Tyler Walker.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by David Pipe.

Attempt blocked. Tom Pett (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Craig Reid replaces Jazzi Barnum-Bobb.

Attempt saved. Marlon Jackson (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Sid Nelson (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Charlie Lee replaces Steven Schumacher.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Jack King.

Dale Gorman (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County).

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 3, Newport County 0. Matt Godden (Stevenage) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Sid Nelson (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Stevenage. Ben Kennedy draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Dan Butler (Newport County) after a foul in the penalty area.

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

Foul by Sid Nelson (Newport County).

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Marlon Jackson replaces Jaanai Gordon.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sid Nelson.

Attempt missed. Dale Gorman (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster25164549321752
2Plymouth24153637251248
3Carlisle251210346351146
4Portsmouth25126738251342
5Wycombe2412573226641
6Colchester25116840301039
7Barnet2510963634239
8Luton24108634221238
9Cambridge2411583526938
10Grimsby2510693328536
11Blackpool2497836251134
12Exeter24103113327633
13Stevenage25103123840-233
14Mansfield258982629-333
15Crawley2495103038-832
16Yeovil2486102528-330
17Morecambe2493123142-1130
18Crewe2561092434-1028
19Hartlepool2569103343-1027
20Accrington2467112331-825
21Leyton Orient2574142737-1025
22Notts County2564152848-2022
23Cheltenham2449112437-1321
24Newport2445152844-1617
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