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Match report for Newport County 3 Sutton United 1

26 August 2023

Match Reports

Match report for Newport County 3 Sutton United 1

26 August 2023

Newport County 3 (Kizzi og 70, Charsley 77, Evans 87) Sutton United 1 (Patrick 53)

Three goals in the last twenty minutes consigned Sutton to a fourth consecutive league defeat after Omari Patrick's goal early in the second half had given U's the lead. Joe Kizzi's own goal saw Newport level before goals from Harry Charsley and Will Evans secured the points for the home side.

With skipper Craig Eastmond missing through injury there was a first league start for U's for Craig Clay, with Harry Beautyman taking the captain's armband, while Sam Hart and Aiden O'Brien were fit to take places on the substitutes' bench.

There weren't too many clear sights of goal for either side in the early stages, Jack Rose diving on a glancing Ryan Delaney header following a long throw from Shane McLoughlin, and Patrick seeing a curling effort that might have been heading inside the post deflected away by James Clarke. Midway through the half the game's first corner produced a half chance for the home side as Aaron Wildig's flag kick from the left was headed wide by Clarke, and on the half hour Adam Lewis sent a 20-yard shot just too high for the hosts after a cross from the right had run loose.

Newport threatened again eight minutes before half time when leading scorer Will Evans collected a high ball over the top and stayed clear of Omar Sowunmi only to see Rose dive to his left to save and then react superbly to deny Seb Palmer-Houlden as the ball ran loose. It had been far from one way traffic, though, with Josh Coley and Omari Patrick both lively on the flanks, and after doing well to create some space Coley saw one shot blocked. Coley and Lee Angol were booked for fouls in quick succession in first half stoppage time but Newport were unable to take advantage of the free kicks as the half ended goalless.

The first chance of the second half was Sutton's, as a Rob Milsom free kick was cleared as far as Harry Beautyman, whose low shot was deflected wide, but just three minutes later U's had the lead as Coley's cross found the head of Angol at the far post, and although his header was blocked the ball ran loose to Patrick who fired home.

Rose came to Sutton's rescue, and Milsom's in particular, five minutes later when Scot Bennett's  cross was headed back by Palmer-Houlden, and a ricochet off Milsom was going in until Rose's reaction save stopped it on the line, and as the home side looked for an equaliser Beautyman blocked Wildig's shot and Bryn Morris shot just over after Rose had punched Wildig's cross clear. U's still threatened, though, and Patrick was denied by Nick Townsend after being put through by Coley.

The game turned as Newport brought on last season's leading scorer Omar Bogle for his first appearance of the season after injury, and the striker was involved in the build up that led to the equaliser within four minutes as he combined with Evans to release Lewis on the left, and his cross was diverted spectacularly in by a diving Kizzi. Seven minutes later and the turn round was complete as another Lewis cross was collected by McLaughlin beyond the far post, and he chipped the ball back for Harry Charsley to head home.

Patrick shot too high from the edge of the penalty area before U's rang the changes with four substitutes, Sowunmi going in to the forward line, but before the changes could take any effect another replacement, Sam Hart, was unable to prevent the ball reaching Palmer-Houlden on the right and his cross was headed in by Evans. It might have been worse but for a fine save by Rose from Bogle after the striker had been left clear by Ryan Jackson's underhit pass.

Sutton: J Rose, J Kizzi, R Milsom (sub S Hart 84), O Sowunmi, B Goodliffe, C Clay(sub C N'Guessan 84), J Coley (sub D Mellor 85), S Kashket(sub A O'Brien 61), L Angol (sub R Jackson 85), H Beautyman, O Patrick. Subs n/u B House, L John.  Booked: Coley, Angol, Sowunmi

Newport: N Townsend, S McLoughlin, A Lewis, R Delaney, J Clarke, A Wildig(sub J Waite 89), W Evans, B Morris, S Palmer-Houlden(sub J Seberry 89), H Charsley, S Bennett (sub O Bogle 66). Subs n/u J Maxted, L Payne, N Wood, M Bondswell. Booked: Bennett

Referee: Matt Corlett

Attendance: 3,730 (157 away)

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