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Date: 29-08-11gif Venue: Newport Stadiumgif att: 1672gif away fans: 181
Harriers win on the road again

gifReport by Philip Lench
The Harriers are rightfully getting tagged 'invincible' on the road this season with their third away win in as many games on their travels.  Newport, on the other hand, are rightly or wrongly being tagged with the reputation of being hot headed and reaping the consequences by seeing players sent off or booked with too far a regular occurrence.

On Saturday at Telford they had two sent off and a further six players booked and today another two went for the early bath while this time they kept the yellow count down to just the two.  Newports misfortune is not the reason they lost this game though, that was down to another dedicated performance from Steve Burrs lads.

Burr made more changes to the side for the game with Jamille Matt and Luke Medley dropping to the bench while James Vincent and Nick Wright didn't make it at all.  Steve Guinan, Dave Hankin and Jack Byrne came in and that was probably down to a bit of squad rotation rather than some kind of punishment seeing we haven't been playing too badly.  For Newport only Sam Foley of the former Harriers was starting and only Wayne Hatswell made it to the bench.

Following the normal scrappy start to the game it was the home team who were the first to try their luck with two shots from Gary Warren that were easily blocked by Luke Jones.  The Harriers responded with a shot from Steve Guinan that the Newport keeper, Glynn Harrison, stopped at the foot of the post.  County came back with a header from Warren again and this time the Harriers keeper, Danny Lewis, turned in a great save to keep the ball from rolling over the line.

Newport were now getting on top and exposing gaps in the Harriers defence with their best player, Danny Rose, doing most of the damage.  He tried a shot from way out that Lewis had to stretch to keep out and then the same player found himself in acres of space in front of goal but sent his curled shot wide.

Rose was obviously troubling Lee Vaughan and the Harriers hard man defender bought him down and received a yellow card that most Newport fans thought should have been red.  A minute later Newport had their first players name in the book when Ismael Yakubu clumsily bought down Dave Hankin

The game settled down for a while with just one speculative attempt on goal from Elliot Buchanan when he fired the ball across the face of the goal.  Then came the first of Newports red cards.

Steve Guinan had broken through on goal and, as he approached the area, the Newport captain, Warren, lunged in and slid through Guinan taking both ball and man out of the game.  The linesman immediately flagged to attract the referees attention but the ref already knew what the outcome would be and Warren went to find the soap.

With the break drawing near it was the Harriers who came close to breaking the deadlock with a foul on Scott Phelan.  Kyle Storer took the free kick and watched as it sailed over the wall towards the far post but Thompson got to it in the nick of time.
  HT: 0 - 0
The Reds were expected to kick on and take the game by the scruff after the break but that was exactly what they did.  Within minutes of the restart Jack Byrne grabbed his second goal in two games when Lee Vaughans throw found Guinan who, in turn, sent a ball from the bye-line into the area and onto the head of Jack the Lad to power home for our first goal.

Sadly for us, and our jubilant fans, our defence went for a nap and Newport pulled themselves back into the game just a few seconds later.  Scott Phelan was robbed of the ball by Danny Rose and he quickly played the ball to Craig McAllister who then freed Sam Foley to take the ball further forward and under the approaching Danny Lewis.

That was the signal for Steve Burr to make a couple of changes and he sent on Luke Medley and Callum Gittings for Marc Williams and Phelan respectively.  It was from a Gittings corner that our second goal was won when his smartly flighted ball fell into the middle of a crowd of players and hit the chest of Yakubu and from there into the goal.

A minute later and Yakubu's grief was compounded when he was handed a second yellow card for another clumsy tackle and so a red.  He too went to share the soap and Newport were down to nine men for the second game running.

It was only going to be a matter of time now before the Harriers got another chance to increase the score and that came from the head of defender Luke Jones.  Hankin played the ball over from a corner and it was Jones that reacted first and highest to send the back of the net rippling and another three points in the bag.

It could have been four in the dying seconds when Kyle Storers 30yd strike was tipped over by Thompson but three was enough to give us the points.

It's now onto a six pointer at Wrexham next Saturday.  The league leaders won at home to promotion hopefuls Fleetwood today although from reports Fleetwood were no great shakes.  It doesn't mean we can guarantee our fourth win in the road because Wrexham will be a different proposition to Newport.
  FT: 1 - 3

 Goal for Newport: Foley 50
 Goals for Harriers: Byrne 49, Yakubu 67 (og), Jones 82



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Newport County  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Thompson     Lewis  
Hughes     Vaughan gif
Rodgers     Mike Williams  
Miller   Jones  
Warren   Phelan gif  
Yakubu   Marshall  
Rose     Hankin  
Velez gif     Byrne  
McAllister     Guinan  
Foley     Marc Williams gif  
Buchanan gif     Storer  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Harrison     Lyness  
Hatswell     Gittings gif  
Newman     Matt  
Greening gif     Sharpe gif  
Jardim gif     Medley gif  

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