Result: Newport County 1-0 Crawley Town
Scorer: Mickey Demetriou (18′)
Attendance: 2,946 (113 away)
Newport County get their first home win in 13 games and are now 5 points from safety with 6 games remaining.
Crawley fall to 18th in the table but are very clear from the danger zone as they rest 12 points above safety.
County were handed a free kick on the edge of the box in the 5th minute after Swansea lonee, Alex Samuel, was brought down. It was chipped into the box by Sean Rigg but was easily headed away by Crawley midfielder, Josh Payne.
Chance after chance came for County as, Alex Samuel, almost volleyed home in the box after the referee ignored a penalty appeal for handball.
Almost out of nothing, Newport centre-back, Mickey Demetriou, thundered the ball into the back of net from 30 yards to give Newport the well deserved lead! Crawley seemed to have the ball under control until it was given away, intercepted brilliantly from Mickey and lashed home the opening goal.
The second half came around and it came around with a blast. Joss Labadie (left) and Josh Yorwerth (right) were BOTH shown red in the 53rd minute after a scrap in the box. After both sides were down to 10 men, it was obvious to see that there was certainly a lot of space being shown to each other. This meant faster flowing football for the remaining 37 minutes.
The biggest chance of the game came in the 62nd minute when County midfielder, Mitch Rose, lobbed the ball over Crawley defence to Ryan Bird. It was a contest of pace to see who could get there first, Bird, or Crawley keeper, Glenn Morris. Ryan Bird won the ball and had an open goal to aim at, his effort went agonisingly wide. It looked easier to score than miss…
Possibly the most shocking moment of the whole game was the number of added minutes, six! Almost all of the County fans were completely befuddled at this decision as there appeared to be no eye catching delay of time anywhere to be seen throughout the second half.
This gave the players on the field and the fans in the stand much more stress than they already had this season. Luckily, the players didn’t get distracted by this and they fought fearlessly keeping every cross, shot & pass away from the goalmouth. Joe Day was the hero in the dying seconds of the game as Crawley striker, Enzio Boldewijn, broke through the County defence but his shot was fantastically saved by Day.
The Exiles held on for the fully deserved whole 3 points, something they haven’t seen much of this season.
By Dylan Scarborough ( @Scaarbs )