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Newport spring shock to deny Stockport League Two record

25 Nov 2023 1 minute read
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It was unlucky number 13 for Stockport as their record-equalling League Two run of victories came to an end with a 2-1 defeat by struggling Newport at Rodney Parade.

The leaders had won 12 in a row to match Luton’s fourth-tier record set in 2002, but they rarely looked like extending that sequence with a below-par performance in south Wales.

Midfielder Bryn Morris fired the home side in front in the fifth and final minute of first-half stoppage time after being picked out in space 20 yards from goal by Shane McLoughlin’s clever free-kick.

And wing-back McLoughlin settled any nerves amongst the home crowd with the crucial second goal, a cracking half-volley from the edge of the area midway through the second half.

Stockport pulled one back through Isaac Olaofe deep into stoppage time but it did not prevent their first league defeat since August 26.

The Exiles climb to 16th and move seven points clear of the bottom two thanks to a first home win in the league since October 3.

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