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Oct 21st 2002 at 19:30 Newport Stadium Attendance 305
Newport County 1 - 0 Total Network Solutions
Match report FAW PREMIER CUP

Richard French (out of picture) scores the only goal of the game [Photo: www.newport-county.co.uk]
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NEWPORT SINK SAINTS

A TIGHT, hard fought game ended with Newport winning by the only goal of the game courtesy of Richard French after just 18 mins, despite TNS's wholehearted efforts in the second half.
After a cautious beginning, John Toner had the first real chance when a poor backpass almost let him in, but 'keeper Mountain saved well. Soon after French scored the only goal of the game when TNS failed to clear and French fired home from 12 yards to give the County fans something to cheer about.
French could have added to the score a minute later but couldn't get his shot on target.
TNS then had the best chance of the half when from a corner, Mountain blocked Toner's shot at point blank range, and Perry fired the rebound wide of the post, when it looked easier to at least hit the target.
That was the last real action of the half, but the home started the second 45 minutes the better team, with Nathan Davies hitting the cross bar just three minutes after the restart with a spectacular drive from 35 yards.
As the half wore on, the more possession TNS had, but despite all their efforts they diddn't really trouble the home keeper, Mountain. There were plenty of long throws, which the home defence struggled to clear as the game came to an end, but probably Newport just about deserved the three points.
Referee: Neil Morgan

Goalscorers
Richard French (18) None
Starting line-ups
Mountain
Thomas
Benton
Clark
Eckhardt
Davies
Rose
D'Auria
Davis
Shephard
French
Dean Williams
Martin Naylor
Robbie Wood
Steve Evans
Chris Taylor
Tim Alexander
John Leah
Scott Ruscoe
Gary Brabin
Justin Perry
John Toner
Substitutes
Walker
Plant
Stevenson
Dupres
Hart
Gerard Doherty
Chris King
David Bridgwater
Michael Wilde
Ken McKenna
Substitutions
Walker -> French (86) Chris King -> Robbie Wood (59)
David Bridgwater -> Tim Alexander (59)
Michael Wilde -> Justin Perry (85)
Yellows
None None
Reds
None None
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