Jorge Grant double fires Notts County back to the top of League Two


Two goals from Jorge Grant helped send Notts County back to the top of League Two as they cruised past 10-man Newport 3-0 at Meadow Lane.

The on-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder put the hosts ahead with a cool finish immediately after Dan Butler saw red for catching Matt Tootle with an arm.

Shola Ameobi then made it 2-0 with a thumping finish before Grant headed in his second of the game to take his goals tally to 10 for the season in all competitions.

It was no more than Notts deserved for a clinical performance in what was a good response by Kevin Nolan’s team following their midweek Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Mansfield Town.

The game took a while to settle down, but Notts did fashion what looked to be a decent chance for Elliott Hewitt after just 10 minutes.

Jorge Grant scores for Notts County against Newport

After Ryan Yates won a challenge in midfield, Jon Stead surged into the box, held the ball up, before cutting it back to Hewitt on the edge of the box.

It was a free strike at goal, but the midfielder, not renowned for his goalscoring ability, dragged it well wide of the post.

In response, Newport moved through the gears with Butler smashing a powerful drive at Ross Fitzsimons who showed strong hands considering the speed at which it was travelling.

Notts County celebrate Jorge Grant’s goal

The game was just beginning to show signs of opening up and Ameobi did well to hold the ball up before playing in Matt Tootle on the overlap.

The defender dinked his cross to the near post for Stead, who managed to nip in front of his marker only to see his header go wide.

Both sides were evenly matched, but the pendulum swung in Notts’ favour when the visitors were reduced to 10 men.

Newport are reduced to 10 men

Tootle, going into a challenge with Butler, took an arm in the face for his troubles and referee Craig Hicks deemed it a red card offence.

Before Newport could reorganise, the Magpies then took the lead when Stead rolled in Grant who made no mistake with a cool finish.

Nolan’s side were hungry for more and after Joe Day saved from Hewitt, Richard Duffy appeared to be tripped in the box but the referee was not interested in the appeals much to Notts’ fury.

Notts County celebrate Shola Ameobi’s goal

Newport made a double change at the break as they tried to find a way back into the game despite being a man down.

But Notts made it 2-0 when Grant did brilliantly to pick out Ameobi who sent a thumping finish past Day.

Jorge Grant celebrates his second goal against Newport

And the on-loan Forest midfielder made it three when his header from Tootle’s cross was parried by the goalkeeper but reacted quickest to nod the rebound over the line.

Further chances came and went for Notts to add to the scoreline with Shaun Brisley and Stead both going close.

And Grant was inches away from his hat-trick when his free-kick hit the bar as Notts coasted to all three points.



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