Newport benefit from mistake

PUBLISHED: 19:05 05 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:24 24 May 2010

ON the law of averages, Newport had to beat Weston at some time at their home stadium, having last done so way back in the 1998-99 season and this was only their second victory in 10 attempts over the Seagulls. Played i

Newport County 1 Weston-s-Mare 0ON the law of averages, Newport had to beat Weston at some time at their home stadium, having last done so way back in the 1998-99 season and this was only their second victory in 10 attempts over the Seagulls.Played in strong winds and driving rain, it was difficult for both sides to play any decent football and the goal when it came was down to a silly defensive error, the home side's only chance of the game.Weston were missing Gary Thorne, who picked up a head injury against Salisbury on Boxing Day, Andy Robertson taking over and they came close in only the second minute when Gareth Hopkins got behind the home defence in a run on the left, but there was no support for his low cross.Ryan Harley made a strong 40-yard run from his own half on eight minutes and fed Marvin Brown, but home keeper Mark Ovendale got down well to the low shot. Minutes later, Harley went close with a distance free kick.Richard Evans had Newport's first effort on target on 12 minutes, giving Ryan Northmore an easy save before the vital goal came on 32 minutes.Craig Hughes chased the ball to the bye-line, forcing Craig Rand, who appeared to leave it for Northmore, to clear it across his goalmouth, but unfortunately former Bristol Rovers striker Julian Alsop was on hand to tap into the empty net on the far post.Before half time, Harley was again on target, Craig Loxton sent a lobbed effort just wide and Hopkins hooked an effort over the home crossbar from a couple of yards following Weston's second corner.Minutes into the second half, Harley again had a low effort on target and at the other end on 51 minutes, Alsop had the ball in the Weston net, but was denied by an offside flag.Midway through the half, Weston brought on Scott Walker for Rodrigo Turnes and Walker twice tested Ovendale with low efforts, as did Brown, while Hopkins headed Barry McConnell's cross just over, but Newport hung on for a win that keeps them in eighth spot on the Conference South table.

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