Cheltenham 1-1 Newport County - 30-Dec-2017 : Match Report

30 December 2017
Mohamed Eisa strikes to rescue point for Cheltenham against Newport

Cheltenham came from behind to clinch a 1-1 draw with Newport thanks to Mohamed Eisa leveller 13 minutes from time.

Padraig Amond broke the deadlock in the 55th minute but County slipped four points adrift of the Sky Bet League Two play-off places after Eisa equalised in the final quarter of an hour.

Newport had goalkeeper Joe Day to thank for keeping the score level in the opening minutes, firstly pulling off a flying save to deny Brian Graham's effort and then blocking Eisa's strike.

In a frantic opening 10 minutes the visitors replied with Robbie Willmott hitting a fierce shot past Robins custodian Scott Flinders, only for Taylor Moore to block the effort on the goal line.

On the stroke of half-time Cheltenham went close again with Joe Morrell threading through to Kevin Dawson but he was also denied by a Day save.

Newport went ahead after 55 minutes with Ben White finding Amond, whose looping header sailed into the net past Flinders.

The leveller came in the 77th minute as Eisa found a gap between the defenders and curled the ball into the bottom corner.

Frank Nouble almost netted a winner for Newport at the death but his rifled shot was denied by a one-handed Flinders save.