Mansfield 3 County 4 - Superb County stun hotly-tipped Mansfield

First published in Newport County

NEWPORT County AFC shocked promotion hopefuls Mansfield Town in a seven-goal thriller on the opening day of the season at Field Mill.

The Exiles, who lost 5-0 in the corresponding fixture last season, got their Blue Square Bet Premier season off to a flying start with three unexpected points.

First half goals from centre-backs Ismail Yakubu and Tony James gave Justin Edinburgh's side a 2-0 lead at the break.

The Stags fought back to 2-2 with goals from Jake Speight and former County player Matt Green.

But a header from striker Aaron O'Connor restored the lead and fellow front man Jefferson Louis made it 4-2 from Danny Crow's cross.

Speight grabbed his second to give the hosts hope late on but County held out for three precious points.

Nuneaton Town, who lost 5-4 at home to Ebbsfleet United, are the first league visitors to Rodney Parade on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

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8:33pm Sat 11 Aug 12

adrian simmonds says...

A dream start. Let's follow it up with a resounding win against Nuneaton with a crowd of 2500 plus.
Against a much - fancied side like Mansfield, I'd have settled for a draw quite frankly. So two bonus points already.
A dream start. Let's follow it up with a resounding win against Nuneaton with a crowd of 2500 plus. Against a much - fancied side like Mansfield, I'd have settled for a draw quite frankly. So two bonus points already. adrian simmonds
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9:24pm Sat 11 Aug 12

larneman says...

Yes Adrian a great start by county. they should'nt be afraid of anyone in the league after that. Confidence must be through the roof.A bit scary at the end but credit where it's due County did'nt panic like they used to last season. Well done County !!!.
Yes Adrian a great start by county. they should'nt be afraid of anyone in the league after that. Confidence must be through the roof.A bit scary at the end but credit where it's due County did'nt panic like they used to last season. Well done County !!!. larneman
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