Exiles slip up at Undy

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UNDY 3 COUNTY 1

NEWPORT County swapped the glorious sunshine and Wembley stadium for rain-soaked Undy Athletic last night as the Blue Square Bet Conference side got their pre-season under way with a deserved 3-1 defeat.

The Exiles might have wondered if the game would even go ahead with the deluge leading to a heavy pitch in which the ball didn’t run properly, making this contest somewhat farcical.

Not since the days of Joe Calzaghe and Robbie Savage on Strictly have Welshmen slipped and slided around more comically.

Manager Justin Edinburgh will, however, no doubt have enjoyed the competitive nature of the clash with Undy producing a sterling performance, particularly in a first half they utterly dominated.

Newport supporters were given a first look at new signings Alan Julian, Jake Thomson and Danny Crow from the get-go and there could be no question that it was Julian who most caught the eye, producing a string of saves.

There was nothing Julian could do when the hosts took an early lead, striker Jason Cave stroking home from close range as the Exiles were put to the sword.

It was one way traffic and it had already been a grim start for Newport with another new signing, defender Tony James, leaving the field after only eight minutes as a precaution following a bang to the knee.

The Exiles were struggling to find any rhythm and despite the appalling conditions it was an absolutely stunning acrobatic volley from a tight angle by Tom Hooper that put Undy 2-0 ahead. ‘Super Hooper’ is an ex-County academy graduate and he’ll rightly be a proud man today after his sublime strike.

Julian was continuing to keep the Exiles alive and on 30 minutes they pulled one back, substitute Andrew Hughes bundling home trialist Kerry Morgan’s centre.

Morgan appeared in tandem with another ex-Neath man, Chris Jones, and both did well.

The usual raft of substitutions followed with Newport changing most of their side, including the goalkeeper with former Merthyr man Ashley Morris given a chance to impress.

There was nothing Morris could do when Hughes deflected a cross into his own net and Ryan Charles’ ambitious freekick was the closest Newport came to a repost as the MacWhirter Welsh League, Division Two outfit deservedly hung firm.

Undy: Smallcombe, Sinder, Thompson, Heywood, A Evans, Stephens, Hooper, Cave, Barnes, Cullimore, Parry

Subs: Williams, Roberts, Lund, Gidney, Smith, Vers, Jarman,

County: Julian, Pipe, Sandell, Porter, James, Phillips, Thomson, Minshull, Crow, Morgan, C Jones

Subs: Cooper, Roden, Hughes, Binns, Evans, Fielding, Gwynne, J Jones, Charles, Hutson, Morris

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10:12pm Fri 6 Jul 12

dereksboy says...

Undytakers- County ready for them?
Undytakers- County ready for them? dereksboy

12:12am Sat 7 Jul 12

larneman says...

Oh dear Oh dear Oh dear can't blame the pitch it was the same for both sides. not the start we expected is it ? pull your socks up lads and put this one down to. down to? down to? whatever.
Oh dear Oh dear Oh dear can't blame the pitch it was the same for both sides. not the start we expected is it ? pull your socks up lads and put this one down to. down to? down to? whatever. larneman

9:14am Sat 7 Jul 12

countyno9 says...

Never really take much notice of preseason be it Undy, Caldicot , Swansea or Bristol Rovers , well done to Undy their lads would have been well up for it , our lads and manager used it as a training game , dont care if we lose all preseason freindlies as long as we have a good start , and you wont know that until the season starts properly!
Never really take much notice of preseason be it Undy, Caldicot , Swansea or Bristol Rovers , well done to Undy their lads would have been well up for it , our lads and manager used it as a training game , dont care if we lose all preseason freindlies as long as we have a good start , and you wont know that until the season starts properly! countyno9

9:54am Sat 7 Jul 12

razerbaijan says...

"...was the closest Newport came to a repost..."

Unless Newport were trying to post something for the second time, I think the word you are looking for is 'riposte':

ri·poste
    Show IPA noun, verb, ri·post·ed, ri·post·ing.
noun
1.
a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult.


Also, 'free-kick' usually has a hyphen.
"...was the closest Newport came to a repost..." Unless Newport were trying to post something for the second time, I think the word you are looking for is 'riposte': ri·poste    [ri-pohst] Show IPA noun, verb, ri·post·ed, ri·post·ing. noun 1. a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult. Also, 'free-kick' usually has a hyphen. razerbaijan

11:36am Sat 7 Jul 12

COUNTYVOICE says...

razerbaijan theres always one. :-)
razerbaijan theres always one. :-) COUNTYVOICE

12:01pm Sat 7 Jul 12

County says...

This was a fitness exercise only.
This was a fitness exercise only. County

2:52pm Sat 7 Jul 12

jetspotter says...

'slipped and slided'.....!!

I think slid is the word you were looking for.
'slipped and slided'.....!! I think slid is the word you were looking for. jetspotter

2:53pm Sat 7 Jul 12

jetspotter says...

'slipped and slided'.....!!

I think slid is the word you were looking for.
'slipped and slided'.....!! I think slid is the word you were looking for. jetspotter

4:56pm Sat 7 Jul 12

the dork says...

Is the manager under pressure
Is the manager under pressure the dork

7:02pm Sat 7 Jul 12

County says...

No it's not like we've lost at home to Connaught and Treviso.
No it's not like we've lost at home to Connaught and Treviso. County

9:14pm Sat 7 Jul 12

COUNTYVOICE says...

dont read anything into the undy result.

this is a new team on a bad night for football with the rain

the team will take time to gel
dont read anything into the undy result. this is a new team on a bad night for football with the rain the team will take time to gel COUNTYVOICE

11:15am Mon 9 Jul 12

ohc says...

SWA English is something to behold
SWA English is something to behold ohc

11:15am Mon 9 Jul 12

ohc says...

SWA English is something to behold
SWA English is something to behold ohc

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