Match Report: Newport County v Walsall

Newport County's Rodney Parade. Image Callum Ellis.

by Jack Cook

EFL League Two: Newport County v Walsall

 Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

 Kick Off: 19:00

 Venue: Rodney Parade, Newport

NEWPORT remain top of League Two despite their 1-1 draw against Walsall at Rodney Parade.

Newport County continues their impressive start to the season after maintaining their unbeaten record at home this season.

But Walsall struck first thanks to a good finish from Elijah Adebayo who found space in Newport’s box and slotted home nicely past Newport’s goalkeeper Nick Townsend.

An instant reply from Newport, saw them level the game thanks to a goalkeeping error from Liam Roberts who fumbled the ball into his own net after Scott Twine’s long range effort.

Walsall could have had their own Instant reply as Newport’s Matty Dolan gifted the visitors a chance to regain the lead as Emmanuel Osadebe found himself in front of the goal but dragged his shot wide.

Newport started the second half the better team as goal scorer Scott Twine should have scored his second of the game as a cut back pass found Twine wide open in the middle of the Walsall’s box, but the shot was struck straight at Liam Roberts.

Robbie Willmott made an instant impact on the game as the substitute put in a lovely ball in the box for Scott Twine who wasted the chance after he headed the ball wide.

Scott Twine was fouled on the edge of the Walsall box by Rory Holden who received a yellow card for his troubles, but Matty Dolan’s effort from the free kick was deflected wide for a corner.

Walsall didn’t create any chances in the second half despite receiving a numeral amount of corners in added time, but Newport eventually cleared their lines to share the points.

Star player: Scott Twine

Key incidents:

21’ Goal for Elijah Adebayo (Walsall)

23’ Goal for Scott Twine (Newport)

27’ Yellow card for Brandon Cooper (Newport)

41’ Yellow card for Mickey Demetriou (Newport)

54’ Yellow card for James Clarke (Walsall)

88’ Yellow card for Rory Holden (Walsall)

Newport County – Nick Townsend, Ryan Haynes (Jamie Devitt 77), Joss Labadie (C) Brandon Cooper, Matty Dolan, Padraig, Amond (Kevin Ellison 84), Josh Sheehan, Jamie Proctor (Tristan Abrahams 64), Scott Twine, Mickey Demetriou, Liam Shephard (Robbie Willmott 77).

Substitutes -Tom King, Robbie Willmott, Tristan Abrahams, Jamie Devitt, Scot Bennett, Saikou Janneh, Kevin Ellison

 Walsall – Liam Roberts, Cameron Norman, Rory Holden, Dan Scarr, James Clarke (C), Liam Kinsella, Emmanuel Osadebe (Jack Nolan 90), Elijah Adebayo (Caolan Lavery 77), Zak Jules, Jake Scrimshaw (Wes McDonald 77), Alfie Bates

Substitutes – Jack Rose, Danny Guthrie, Stuart Sinclair, Caolan Lavery, Wes McDonald, Hayden White, Jack Nolan