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22 February 2020

Club News


22 February 2020

City fell to defeat on the road - losing out 2-1 at Newport County. 

Two goals in the first half saw Stuart McCall's side - who had initially taken the lead through Clayton Donaldson - leave empty-handed. 

After a feisty and competitive opening, it was City who struck first, just before the half-hour mark.

Connor Wood’s ball in from the left was met by the head of the returning Donaldson who guided into the far corner.

It took the hosts just two minutes to respond, though, when Ryan Inniss - who had earlier gone close - beat Richard O’Donnell with a close-range header.

Five minutes later, and the Exiles had turned the tie on its head - through Scot Bennett.

After a partially-cleared corner fell to the feet of the defender, he lashed into the back of the Bantams net from the edge of the area.

McCall’s men responded well after the interval and began the second period on the front foot, with Jake Reeves’ deflected effort striking the crossbar not long after the restart.

Despite pushing hard for an equaliser in the closing stages, the visitors were unable to penetrate Newport's backline and the score remained. 

CITY: Richard O’Donnell (c); Adam Henley (Paudie O’Connor 46’), Anthony O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood; Dylan Mottley-Henry, Jake Reeves (booked 90+4'), Hope Akpan (Harry Pritchard 78’), Glenn Middleton (Shay McCartan 78’); Clayton Donaldson (booked 38’), Lee Novak. Subs (not used): Luke McGee (GK), Chris Taylor, Dylan Connolly, Jordan Gibson.

GOALS: Donaldson (26’).

NEWPORT: Tom King (booked 87’); Ryan Inniss (booked 38’), Scot Bennett, Mickey Demetriou; Robbie Willmott, Josh Sheehan (c), Dale Gorman (Kyle Howkins 79’), Otis Khan (Matthew Dolan 88’), Ryan Haynes; Jordan Green (Tristan Abrahams 73’), Jamille Matt. Subs (not used): Padraig Amond, Lewis Collins, Billy Waters, Dom Jefferies.

GOALS: Inniss (28’), Bennett (33’).

ATTENDANCE: 3,449 (467 visitors).

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