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The Horse with no Name
Oct 27, 2003
The wilds of Kent
Sacked by Newport County

Beadle axe after play-off failure
Apr 28 2008 Western Mail

Beadle axe after play-off failure

Newport County 1-2 Fisher Athletic

NEWPORT COUNTY have sacked manager Peter Beadle after they failed to make the play-offs by losing to Fisher Athletic 2-1 in the final league fixture of the season.

It is the second time in consecutive seasons County have taken the play-off spot to the wire and it seems a clear-out of the more experienced players is on the cards.

The club’s straight-talking chairman, Chris Blight said: “We had a financial playing budget that should have got us at least in the play-offs.

“That did not happen and we have been turned over by too many clubs that have been more physical, pacy and younger.

“There are no hard feelings. Peter had a job to do and he failed to complete it.

“We have an average of 1,000 supporters compared to Fisher Athletic, whose average is 183.

“Yet because they were younger and quicker we were second best, that is not good enough for this club, city or supporters.

“We do not have another manager in the waiting in the wings.

“We will now wait for inquires and go through the process of interviewing.

“We have a town of nearly 200,000, yet we are playing Conference South football.

“That is not good enough – we need to move on now.”

Assistant manager Scott Young’s future is not certain but he has been asked to apply for the vacant job.

Against Fisher, County looked like a team bereft of ideas, especially in midfield.

County had two left-backs stretchered off – Damon Searle and substitute Matt Smith – conceded a controversial penalty and had substitute goalkeeper Tony Pennock sent to the stands just before the half-time whistle.

To cap it all there was a mass brawl in the away dugout.

After 15 minutes a rare attack on the County goal saw former Cardiff City defender Searle stop Athletic’s Shaun Batts making any progress.

But his awkward challenge left him in pain. He was stretchered off and replaced by substitute Smith.

But Smith had only been on the pitch for eight minutes when he twisted his ankle.

While he was in agony on the side of the pitch, Newport conceded a penalty in the 25th minute.

The ball was played into Kenny Beaney and Nathan Davies seemed to have taken the ball and the player.

But referee Matt McLoughlin pointed straight to the spot and Andre McCollin’s shot went into the top right hand corner of the net.

And just before the home supporters thought it could not get any worse the referee sent County substitute goalkeeper Pennock to the stands, apparently for something he said to the linesman.

Seven minutes into the second half and Mark Dodds pulled down the lively McCollin.

He got up, dusted himself down and drove the ball around the wall and past diving keeper Glyn Thompson from the resulting free-kick.

Athletic’s Batts, who was booked in the first half, was late on Jason Bowen in the 63rd minute and was given his marching orders after a second yellow card.

County pressed and Bowen was guilty of going for goal when a square ball to a handily placed clubmate could have reduced the arrears.

Instead Fisher keeper Chris Lewington saved at the feet of the former Cardiff City man.

In the 73rd a mass brawl broke out near the Fisher bench.

Excluding the keepers all outfield players got stuck in, plus the substitutes and backroom staff.

At one point it looked like the dugout was about to topple over. Once peace had been restored the resulting punishment was bookings for Evans and Athletic’s Dayes.

County’s Andy Gurney tapped home a 90th-minute goal at the far post, but it was all too late, as Newport came off second best.