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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Chris Whelpdale (43')

Chris Whelpdale strike gives Stevenage victory at Newport

Chris Whelpdale's first-half header was enough to earn Stevenage a 1-0 victory at Newport County.
The winger was in the right place at the right time to earn Borough their second successive League Two win.
Newport's slim chances of making a late charge for the play-offs look to be over with the gap now 11 points with six games remaining.
Nervous Newport goalkeeper Joe Day missed four punches clear in the opening half an hour and had Mickey Demetriou to thank for sparing his blushes.
The defender rushed back to his line to deny Danny Newton a tap-in and keep the scores level after Day failed to connect with a looping ball into the area.
But he was finally beaten by a cross after Stevenage skipper Ronnie Henry clipped the ball to the back-post for Whelpdale to nod into the net after 43 minutes.
They almost doubled their lead seconds after the restart when Henry's long-range half volley was acrobatically denied by Day.
Frank Nouble and Josh Sheehan both had penalty appeals waved away, but Newport never threatened to equalise.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Milton Keynes Dons 21 +19 43
2 Lincoln City 20 +18 41
3 Colchester United 21 +15 38
4 Bury 21 +19 36
5 Mansfield Town 20 +15 35
6 Newport County 21 -2 35
7 Tranmere Rovers 21 +6 34
8 Forest Green Rovers 21 +9 33
9 Exeter City 21 +6 31
10 Stevenage 21 0 31
11 Swindon Town 21 -4 30
12 Oldham Athletic 21 +7 29
13 Carlisle United 21 -2 27
14 Northampton Town 21 -2 26
15 Port Vale 21 -3 26
16 Crawley Town 20 -4 26
17 Crewe Alexandra 21 -5 25
18 Grimsby Town 21 -9 22
19 Morecambe 21 -13 22
20 Yeovil Town 19 0 21
21 Cheltenham Town 20 -11 20
22 Cambridge United 21 -16 19
23 Notts County 21 -21 16
24 Macclesfield Town 21 -22 13