Newport were beaten by Lymington tonight despite playing well enough to earn a point. The visitors were managed by former Newport player Dave Lewis
Newport kicked off attacking the Shide end but found themselves two goals down in eleven minutes, both scored by Sam House. The first goal came from a low shot through the defence and for the second he outpaced a defender before driving the ball into the net.
Newport responded well and forced a succession of corners but the Lymington defence held firm as neither team was able to seize control of the match.
Half Time: Newport 0 Lymington 2.
Newport started the second half brightly and were awarded a penalty within three minutes of the restart when Jared Wetherick was upended just inside the penalty area. Aiden Sainsbury drilled the spot kick low into the net.
However any chance of staging a comeback was jeopardized on 53 minutes when Spike Pearce received a second yellow card leaving Newport to play over 30 minutes with ten men.
Ashley Jarvis should have increased the visitors lead on 58 minutes when Gary Streeter lost possession outside the penalty but with an open goal he was unable to steer the ball into the net.
Despite being a man short Newport finished the match strongly and created three good chances in the final ten minutes but either the ball was scrambled away or rolled agonizingly the wrong side of the post.
Final Score: Newport 1 Lymington 2
Newport: Gary Streeter, Will Quigley, Jacob Reynolds (Lewis Wright), Aiden Sainsbury, Spike Pearce, Scott Sampson (Aurele Beya), Darren Powell, Keelan Walsh, Charlie Urry, Connor Kelly, Jared Wetherick.
Referee: Krasimir Petrov