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Posted Sat 23 Mar 13 at 17:35 PM

Bogie wins first game in charge

Ian Bogie won his first game in charge of the Hatters as his side outfought and for much of the game outplayed a Newport County team that are still in with a chance of winning the Blue Square Premier title. Bogie's team had some of the luck that had deserted them in recent months as the visitors looked to have been denied a penalty in the first half, with the winning goal coming courtesy of an own goal by Lee Minshull.

The visitors came out of the traps quickly with Aaron O'Connor beating the offside trap in the opening minute, only to waste his opportunity.

County's first chance coming after good interplay between Andy Halls and Mark Cullen, the full back breaking into the box to force the first corner of the game. Sean Newton's kick cleared to give the visitors a break on the counter attack.

Minshull's first real input came as he was spoken to referee Barratt for a high tackle on Alex Kenyon after his foot had caught the County midfielder full in the face.

The Hatters took control of the half and with Jon Macken, starting his first game, pulling the strings up front, County had an out ball for every attack. The veteran striker clearly enjoying himself as he picked up a through ball from Sam Sheridan before turning his man and shooting. Pidgeley in the visitors goal diving to his left to save.

A blatant handball by Hughes to stop a cross from Danny Whitehead was waved away and almost cost County the opener as Newport broke, Richard O'Donnell saving from Scott Donnelly.

The big moment of the half went County's way as Jolley went down under a challenge from Jordan Fagbola in the box, again referee Barratt waving away protests.

The Hatters took advantage of their escape to break on a swift counter attack, Whitehead and Cullen combining, Macken smashing Cullen's cross into the side netting from a tight angle with many in the ground thinking the ball had gone in.

Macken was clearly unsettling the visitors defence, his next effort clearing the bar after Lee Bullock had flicked on Kenyon's header.

The visitors, relying on breakaways had another effort saved by O'Donnell who claimed a Sandell free kick comfortably, before making the save of the half deny O'Connor after the lively forward had nicked the ball off Keiran Charnock, the loose ball cleared by Newton to set County away down left.

The Hatters finished the half strongly, Cullen had an effort tipped wide for corner after Macken had flicked on Bullock pass with Kenyon, Bullock and Macken creating another chance for Cullen. His shot just wide of post.

Pidgeley ensured his side went in level at the break as he made a superb save to deny Macken his first County goal. 

HT: Stockport County 0 Newport County 0

The visitors started the half well forcing their first corner of the game, O'Donnell claiming well under pressure from O'Connor.

County however looked the more likely to score and with the hour mark approaching their forward play was rewarded.

Following another County corner Newton picked up the ball on the left to deliver a pinpoint cross, Minshull in trying to deny Macken and Bullock, heading straight passed Pidgeley to the delight of the packed Cheadle End.

It was all County now as they looked for the killer second goal, a poor clearance by Pidgeley being headed just wide by Whitehead, a Cullen cross held by Pidgeley and a Charnock shot from corner well held by the busy keeper, who then made his second superb save of the game to deny Bullock who's header was heading for bottom corner.

The visitors almost ruined the Hatters day late on O'Connor with a spectacular effort which went just over the bar and in the final minute the striker was denied a shot on goal as Kenyon made a brilliant block tackle on the edge of his own 6 yard box to ensure his side kept a clean sheet, and more importantly three points.

FT: Stockport County  1 (Minshull o.g.) Newport County 0

Starting XI: O'Donnell, Halls, Newton, Whitehead (Schofield), Kenyon, Sheridan (Nolan), Cullen (Hackney), Fagbola, Macken, Charnock, Bullock.
Subs: Ormson, Tunnicliffe, Nolan, Hackney, Schofield.

ATT: 3,154 
 

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