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Report: Newport County 1-1 Robins

29 July 2023

The Robins played out a second consecutive 1-1 draw, this time against Newport County in our final pre-season clash of the 2023/24 campaign.

Seb Palmer-Houlden netted the opener on the hour mark which was cancelled out late on by Aidan Keena's header four minutes from time.

The hosts had the best chance of the first half inside the opening four minutes, as Adam Lewis' header from close range brought Luke Southwood into early action.

But the Robins number one was equal to the effort and held it well.

It took until the 20th minute for the Robins to fashion their first sight at goal, Rob Street seeing his deflected effort saved comfortably by Newport keeper Nick Townsend.

The hosts had a shout for a penalty 10 minutes before the break as striker Will Evans went down under the challenge of Robins skipper Lewis Freestone.

However referee Jordan Harman waived away the calls.

The first half ended with both James Olayinka and manager Wade Elliott going into the book after Olayinka's late challenge, followed by Elliott's subsequent appeal. 

After the break the hosts took the lead just after the hour mark, with Palmer-Houlden finding the net.

Aaron Wildig's cross from the left appeared to hit the the forward, wrong footing Southwood in the Robins goal. 

Palmer-Houlden very nearly had a second moments later but Southwood did well to deny the forward as her beared down on goal.

Southwood was called into action yet again 10 minutes from time, this time County substitute James Waite with the effort, which Southwood turned behind.

And his saves proved their importance four minutes from time when Keena headed home a late equaliser.

A low corner from Liam Sercombe found it's way to Rob Street. His effort was saved before Keena hit the bar and then nodded home the rebound. 

The goal was Keena's second in two games and third of our pre-season campaign.

Attentions now turn to the beginning of our upcoming League One campaign, which begins with a trip to Shrewsbury Town next Saturday.

Robins - Southwood, Smith, Bradbury (Sambu 82'); Horton (Trialist 64'); Freestone (C), Williams, Sercombe, Bonds (Trialist 64'); Olayinka, Keena, Street.

Subs not used - Harris, Adshead, Chapman, Davies

Newport - Townsend, McLoughlin (Seberry 78'); Clarke, Delaney (C) (Bondswell 78'); Jameson, Lewis (Bowen 78'); Morris, Wildig (Charsley 73'); Bennett (Waite 73'); Evans (Rai 73'); Palmer-Houlden (Bright 82').

Subs not used - Maxted, Wood, 

Referee - J Harman

Attendance - 1,163 (76 Robins fans)

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