County 1 Yate 3 (AET)

South Wales Argus: County 1 Yate 3 (AET) County 1 Yate 3 (AET)

TEN-MAN Newport County AFC were dumped out of the FA Cup by lowly Yate Town on a miserable night for the hosts at Rodney Parade.

Justin Edinburgh’s men looked to be heading for a tie with League Two high-fliers Cheltenham Town on Saturday week thanks to Aaron O’Connor’s first half strike.

But they were reduced to 10 men for the last 25 minutes of normal time when returning captain David Pipe picked up two cheap yellow cards and were forced into extra time after conceding a controversial penalty with 20 minutes remaining.

Tom Knighton scored from the spot and Scott Thomas and Jake Groves sealed a memorable win for the Southern League South & West’s bottom side in extra time as County finally ran out of fight.

The visitors are 90 places below County in the non-league pyramid but, just like in the 3-3 draw on Saturday, they played way above themselves and deservedly earned a big scalp in football’s oldest cup competition.

Despite the defensive deficiencies last weekend, Edinburgh resisted the temptation to rush back Ismail Yakubu and Andrew Hughes from injury.

The Exiles boss made just one change to his starting XI with captain David Pipe fit to return in place of Mike Flynn, which allowed Max Porter to revert back to his natural midfield berth.

That meant that Lee Minshull once again partnered Saturday’s goal hero Tony James in central defence and this was another uncomfortable game for the man known as the Tank.

On a less than raucous night at Rodney Parade there was a quiet start to the action as well as both sides took a while to settle.

Ben Swallow was the most lively individual in the early stages and he set up Jake Thomson for the first attempt on goal after 15 minutes.

The Trinidadian midfielder dragged his attempt well wide from 20 yards out but Swallow went much closer minutes later as he drifted in from the left wing and let fly with a vicious drive that only cleared the bar by a matter of inches.

Jefferson Louis got on the end of Andy Sandell’s free-kick after half an hour but his header at the far post was easily held by Josh Dempsey in the Yate goal.

The hosts were on top but the longer the game went on the more confident Yate became and they had a good spell of pressure just before the break as Tom Knighton, Mitchell Page and James Harmer all had chances to break the deadlock.

County were looking vulnerable to the long ball over the top but that man O’Connor banished any nerves that may have been creeping in as he scored his 12th goal of the season on 43 minutes.

Louis claimed an assist as he nodded a corner into O’Connor’s path and the ex-Luton striker had the simple task of tapping in from a few yards out to claim a priceless half-time lead.

After his goal O’Connnor revealed a T-shirt in tribute to his former Rushden & Diamonds teammate Dale Roberts who committed suicide in 2010 and would have been 26 on Monday.

The Exiles failed to build on their lead but everything seemed to be going to plan until Pipe picked up his second booking on 65 minutes.

That woke the crowd up and put a spring in the step of the Yate players. Five minutes later they were level.

Lenny Pidgeley was booked for barging Page over in the box and up stepped Knighton to level the scores and put the match on course for extra time.

Yate were counting down the clock and were almost punished when County substitute Ryan Charles nearly won it in injury time as he pounced on the rebound from a Minshull drive but Dempsey denied him with a point-blank save and earned his side another half hour.

As is so often the case, extra-time was a cagey affair and, with County understandably tiring, it was Yate who looked most dangerous.

Pidgeley saved superbly from Groves and punched the ball away from under his own bar twice in the first period.

Lee Evans tested Dempsey with an angled drive at the other end but in the second period the part-timer’s extra man proved decisive.

Edinburgh was not happy with the referee’s performance but must now focus on lifting his team for the visit of Woking on Saturday.

Yes, County will be concentrating on the league this season.

County: Pidgeley, Pipe, Sandell, James, Minshull, Porter, Evans, Thomson (Hughes, 75), Swallow (Harris, 116), Louis (Charles, 81), O’Connor Subs not used: Charles, Harris, Flynn, Fielden, Perry, Patten Booked: Pipe (x2), Pidgeley, Evans Sent off: Pipe

Yate: Dempsey, Warren, Barnes, Purnell (Bryant, 112), Thomas, Wring, Groves, Vahid, Page (Hiroli, 90), Knighton, Harmer (Cox) Subs not used: Meaker, Price, Sarr, Freeman Booked: Page, Wring Referee: Paul Rees

Attendance: 1,463

Argus star man: Swallow

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10:56pm Tue 23 Oct 12

larneman says...

county go and bury your heads in shame. Any supporter who turned up to watch this rubbish should be given their money back. Still looking on the bright side how embarrasing would it be to go to cheltenham. Time the manager had a closer look at his poor defence and obvious weakness up front. Perhaps messrs Matt Groves and scott thomas of yate could be coaxed into lowering their sights and sign for County.
county go and bury your heads in shame. Any supporter who turned up to watch this rubbish should be given their money back. Still looking on the bright side how embarrasing would it be to go to cheltenham. Time the manager had a closer look at his poor defence and obvious weakness up front. Perhaps messrs Matt Groves and scott thomas of yate could be coaxed into lowering their sights and sign for County. larneman
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10:59pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Adrian Williams says...

Why an earth was Ben Swallow subbed in extra time ? Best player on the pitch by a country mile - thought he was outstanding. Conversely, Ryan Charles should be the first player out the exit door come January - he's a Blue Square South player at best and has never looked good enough during his whole time at the club
Why an earth was Ben Swallow subbed in extra time ? Best player on the pitch by a country mile - thought he was outstanding. Conversely, Ryan Charles should be the first player out the exit door come January - he's a Blue Square South player at best and has never looked good enough during his whole time at the club Adrian Williams
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11:22pm Tue 23 Oct 12

larneman says...

Well said Adrian. Too much reliance on one striker. we need 2 more but ones that can score goals. ie. matt groves and scott thomas. of yate.
Well said Adrian. Too much reliance on one striker. we need 2 more but ones that can score goals. ie. matt groves and scott thomas. of yate. larneman
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11:35pm Tue 23 Oct 12

County says...

Can't criticise the subs because quite frankly I couldn't care less about the cup but our lack of strength in depth is alarming. Those with any sense have been warning about our defense since the start of the season, espeically as Yakubu inevitably gets injured. We've been crap for the last four games now.
Can't criticise the subs because quite frankly I couldn't care less about the cup but our lack of strength in depth is alarming. Those with any sense have been warning about our defense since the start of the season, espeically as Yakubu inevitably gets injured. We've been crap for the last four games now. County
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12:46am Wed 24 Oct 12

Clever Trevor says...

County wrote:
Can't criticise the subs because quite frankly I couldn't care less about the cup but our lack of strength in depth is alarming. Those with any sense have been warning about our defense since the start of the season, espeically as Yakubu inevitably gets injured. We've been crap for the last four games now.
Defence,you're avin a giraffe,if it wasn't for the Yak,james and co' you could deduct a good few wins from the equasion,most weeks someone from the defence gets MOM.Let them get on with defending and hope someone else gets the goals.
[quote][p][bold]County[/bold] wrote: Can't criticise the subs because quite frankly I couldn't care less about the cup but our lack of strength in depth is alarming. Those with any sense have been warning about our defense since the start of the season, espeically as Yakubu inevitably gets injured. We've been crap for the last four games now.[/p][/quote]Defence,you're avin a giraffe,if it wasn't for the Yak,james and co' you could deduct a good few wins from the equasion,most weeks someone from the defence gets MOM.Let them get on with defending and hope someone else gets the goals. Clever Trevor
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6:35am Wed 24 Oct 12

Old Gaer Boy says...

Can someone tell me how find the commentaryon these matches, not tha i missed much on Saturday or las night.

Earlier in the season I got the County commentary or the BBC commentary, from the away team area.

Last night I tried everything, Newport City radio, BBC Wales. The Argus and The County website, to no avail.

Please help, I can't sit and read a blog for two hours.
Can someone tell me how find the commentaryon these matches, not tha i missed much on Saturday or las night. Earlier in the season I got the County commentary or the BBC commentary, from the away team area. Last night I tried everything, Newport City radio, BBC Wales. The Argus and The County website, to no avail. Please help, I can't sit and read a blog for two hours. Old Gaer Boy
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8:05am Wed 24 Oct 12

Adrian Williams says...

I'd like to see us bring Byron Anthony in to boost the numbers in defence. It's a no brainer - league experience, former Welsh U21, out of contract and a Newport boy to boot. The last two games have proved that Minshull is no stand in centre back. People mention about lack of strikers - Jake Harris should definitely be above Ryan Charles in the pecking order (though Charles shouldn't be in the pecking order full stop).
I'd like to see us bring Byron Anthony in to boost the numbers in defence. It's a no brainer - league experience, former Welsh U21, out of contract and a Newport boy to boot. The last two games have proved that Minshull is no stand in centre back. People mention about lack of strikers - Jake Harris should definitely be above Ryan Charles in the pecking order (though Charles shouldn't be in the pecking order full stop). Adrian Williams
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8:52am Wed 24 Oct 12

the dork says...

Not so great
Not so great the dork
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10:17am Wed 24 Oct 12

Mr G Went says...

Old Gaer Boy wrote:
Can someone tell me how find the commentaryon these matches, not tha i missed much on Saturday or las night.

Earlier in the season I got the County commentary or the BBC commentary, from the away team area.

Last night I tried everything, Newport City radio, BBC Wales. The Argus and The County website, to no avail.

Please help, I can't sit and read a blog for two hours.
Newport City Radio are unable to cover the FA Cup games due to the broadcasting rights. The BBC are ok to cover them, but generally don't as Cardiff, Wrexham and Swansea all seem to get preference.

Stick with Newport City Radio on www.newportcityradio
.org as they cover all league games, Home and Away!
[quote][p][bold]Old Gaer Boy[/bold] wrote: Can someone tell me how find the commentaryon these matches, not tha i missed much on Saturday or las night. Earlier in the season I got the County commentary or the BBC commentary, from the away team area. Last night I tried everything, Newport City radio, BBC Wales. The Argus and The County website, to no avail. Please help, I can't sit and read a blog for two hours.[/p][/quote]Newport City Radio are unable to cover the FA Cup games due to the broadcasting rights. The BBC are ok to cover them, but generally don't as Cardiff, Wrexham and Swansea all seem to get preference. Stick with Newport City Radio on www.newportcityradio .org as they cover all league games, Home and Away! Mr G Went
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11:12am Wed 24 Oct 12

ohc says...

If you've followed the County long enough you'll have realised that these sort of results are inevitable. Dont worry about the Cup, worry that the bubble may have bust for the league but take comfort that we're near to relegation safety in any event. If you expect little, the County will rarely let you down.
If you've followed the County long enough you'll have realised that these sort of results are inevitable. Dont worry about the Cup, worry that the bubble may have bust for the league but take comfort that we're near to relegation safety in any event. If you expect little, the County will rarely let you down. ohc
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11:26am Wed 24 Oct 12

Adrian Williams says...

My worry after the last two games is how shaky the defence looks minus Yakubu
My worry after the last two games is how shaky the defence looks minus Yakubu Adrian Williams
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11:59am Wed 24 Oct 12

exrisca says...

Have you all not noticed that we are top of the league by four points after a third of the season; that we have the highest number of wins; the lowest number of defeats, albeit joint lowest; scored the most goals and have the second best defence.
Also we lost 1-0 to Paulton Rovers three years ago and went on to get 103 points in the league. I couldn't care tuppence about last night, but then I am in Wrexham so couldn't get down so didn't pay to watch it.
Have you all not noticed that we are top of the league by four points after a third of the season; that we have the highest number of wins; the lowest number of defeats, albeit joint lowest; scored the most goals and have the second best defence. Also we lost 1-0 to Paulton Rovers three years ago and went on to get 103 points in the league. I couldn't care tuppence about last night, but then I am in Wrexham so couldn't get down so didn't pay to watch it. exrisca
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12:02pm Wed 24 Oct 12

jetspotter says...

First of all congratulations to Yate .What a fantastic result for a small club having a difficult season. All the best for the next round. As for County what a shocker !! I put the away result down to a bad day at the office and couldn't believe it when I saw last nights result. OHC is spot on when he worries that 'the bubble may have burst'. We all know that sport is all about confidence and heaven knows how two such horrendous results will affect morale. It won't do anything to dent the confidence of our next few opponents either. As others have pointed out it also highlights our over reliance on a few key players and that needs to be addressed with some urgency. Oh well onwards and upwards as those daft optimists like to say.Things can only get......different !
First of all congratulations to Yate .What a fantastic result for a small club having a difficult season. All the best for the next round. As for County what a shocker !! I put the away result down to a bad day at the office and couldn't believe it when I saw last nights result. OHC is spot on when he worries that 'the bubble may have burst'. We all know that sport is all about confidence and heaven knows how two such horrendous results will affect morale. It won't do anything to dent the confidence of our next few opponents either. As others have pointed out it also highlights our over reliance on a few key players and that needs to be addressed with some urgency. Oh well onwards and upwards as those daft optimists like to say.Things can only get......different ! jetspotter
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12:36pm Wed 24 Oct 12

ncfcr says...

Woking are hardly on fire at the moment either, so I'm crossing my fingers that we can get an uncomplicated (if unconvincing) win on Saturday to get the ball rolling again.

All will be forgotten if we win Saturday.
Woking are hardly on fire at the moment either, so I'm crossing my fingers that we can get an uncomplicated (if unconvincing) win on Saturday to get the ball rolling again. All will be forgotten if we win Saturday. ncfcr
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1:59pm Wed 24 Oct 12

NakedDancer says...

Without taking anything away from Yate, County should never even have even needed a replay to reach the next round. A missed opportunity for a nice day out at Chelt and hopefully make some profit but not the end of the world.

I just hope the confidence and team workrate that deservedly got County to top of the league doesn't evaporate. Good teams are lucky teams and we've had our share of luck. It's time to sort some problems and not rely on luck. Support the County !

Support the County.
Without taking anything away from Yate, County should never even have even needed a replay to reach the next round. A missed opportunity for a nice day out at Chelt and hopefully make some profit but not the end of the world. I just hope the confidence and team workrate that deservedly got County to top of the league doesn't evaporate. Good teams are lucky teams and we've had our share of luck. It's time to sort some problems and not rely on luck. Support the County ! Support the County. NakedDancer
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