Newport County

Report – Newport County 1-1 Port Vale: Late Forrester strike denies County a return to the play-off spots

Newport County missed the chance to move into the play-off spots following a stalemate with Port Vale on Friday evening.

The Exiles were forced to settle for a point against League Two strugglers Port Vale, who have enjoyed a resurgence since bringing in Neil Aspin as their new boss.

In a quiet first-half, it was County who dominated and Frank Nouble almost found the opener, only to be denied by a goal-line clearance.

It would take until nine minutes into the second-half for the deadlock to be broken and it would go the way of the hosts.

Image: Chris Lucas

Wilmott showed pace and power to get himself into a promising position, before teeing up Matty Dolan for his first County goal.

Port Vale responded well after going behind, showing the resilience that has helped them climb the table following a disastrous start to the season.

The visitors pressed in search of an equaliser, and they found one with just 10 minutes remaining.

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Substitution Anton Forrester found enough space in the box to fire a powerful low shot, giving Joe Day no chance in the County goal.

It finished honours even at Rodney Parade in the first meeting between the two teams for 30 years.

The result leaves Newport County in eighth spot, just one point outside the play-off position, while Port Vale move into 20th, one point clear of the drop, with the rest of League Two still to play this weekend.

(Featured image: Chris Lucas)