NEWPORT CO 2-1 SWINDON MIKE Flynn was delighted to see Newport County bounce back from their disappointing result against Stevenage to claim a deserved victory over 10-man Swindon Town in League Two.
Padraig Amond opened the scoring with a stunning volley and Ben Tozer doubled the lead with a header before the break.
But play-off hopefuls Swindon clawed their way back with a strike from substitute Paul Mullin after Donal McDermott had struck the woodwork, before a second yellow card for Wales youth international Rollin Menayese killed off their comeback.
Mickey Demetriou, Frank Nouble and Tozer had further chances to add the scoreline, but the hosts coasted to victory in the final stages.
“The players were back to what we do well and the things we work on in training,” said Exiles boss Flynn.
“They did everything we asked of them and it should have been a couple more at halftime. I thought we were superb in the first half.”
However, Flynn was frustrated with the defending that led to Swindon’s goal.
“It was another poor goal that we conceded and we didn’t kill them off, even though we had enough chances,” Flynn added.
The Exiles need to pick up maximum points from their remaining five games if they are to make a late bid for the play-offs.
MERTHYR TOWN 4-1 KINGS LANGLEY MERTHYR ran out comfortable winners against Kings Langley in their penultimate home game of the season.
The victory came largely due to two goals from striker Ryan Prosser, but Merthyr will also recognise the contribution of 16-year-old goalkeeper Ed Hewitson, who saved a penalty after 34 minutes.
Ashley Evans gave Merthyr the best possible start, putting them ahead inside the opening minute. Kings Langley went close to an equaliser when Kieran Turner rattled the woodwork at the other end, with his 20-yard shot touched onto the crossbar by Hewitson.
When Evans and the visitors’ Mitchell Weiss wrestled each other to the ground at a corner, referee Phil Staynings pointed to the spot.
But Hewitson beat out Steve Ward’s penalty and just two minutes later Merthyr broke quickly with Ian Traylor feeding Prosser and the striker cut inside before drilling the ball past Bennett into the bottom corner.
Just before half-time, Prosser made it 3-0 following good play between Traylor and Harry Franklin.
The visitors did pull a goal back when Weiss slipped the ball past Hewitson.
But, it was appropriate that Merthyr had the final word, Jarrad Wright heading in Corey Jenkins’ cross after 79 minutes.