DOM Telford hit the first hat-trick of his career but Newport County AFC boss James Rowberry hailed a total team performance in the 5-0 drubbing of Stevenage.

The Exiles recorded back-to-back League Two wins for the first time this season thanks to a dominant display at Rodney Parade.

Telford, who scored a double in last week’s 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers, put County 2-0 up and his strike partner Courtney Baker-Richardson’s incredible drive earned a 3-0 lead at the break.

The Exiles struck twice soon after the restart with their diminutive striker earning the matchball with a curled finish before Finn Azaz slammed in from distance.

The win lifted County to eighth in the table, level with teams in the play-offs and four points off third, yet it was the display that left Rowberry smiling.

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“I think Dom will naturally get man of the match because he scored three goals but I was pleased for the whole team,” he said.

“I said to Robbie Willmott after the game that him in that holding midfield position was a masterclass when I look at it from a tactical and coaching viewpoint.

“The three young lads in front of him [Azaz, Ollie Cooper and Jake Cain] worked hard when we lost the ball to get it back and the back four, especially the two centre-halves, were immense with [goalkeeper] Joe Day leading.

“Then our front two got the goals, so it was really pleasing.”

Rowberry has made a flying start to life as a manager after leaving his role as Cardiff’s first team coach for the top job at Rodney Parade.

The Exiles are now six games unbeaten with 12 points from a possible 18 since the sudden departure of Michael Flynn.

“I don’t feel it’s easy,” said Rowberry, who has kept caretaker boss Wayne Hatswell as his right-hand man. “I am just trying to stay in the moment and work on the things that I believe in and the staff believe in to move us forward.

“I probably didn’t expect a start like this, eight goals in two wins, but I am not getting carried away.

“We’ve got Morecambe next week and I am already thinking about that and what we need to do to improve and move forward.”

The Exiles travel to Lancashire in the FA Cup with the aim of earning a smidgen of revenge for the controversial defeat in last season’s League Two play-off final.

Baker-Richardson came off as a precaution after suffering tightness in his thigh after an hour.