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New man for Newport

Published: Monday 4 October 2004, 17.40CET
Monthly review: John Cornforth is Newport County AFC's new coach, as Marc Lloyd-Williams keeps scoring. features

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Published: Monday 4 October 2004, 17.40CET

New man for Newport

Monthly review: John Cornforth is Newport County AFC's new coach, as Marc Lloyd-Williams keeps scoring.

By Trevor Haylett

John Cornforth, the former Welsh international, is the new manager of Newport County AFC. He takes over from Peter Nicholas who lost his job after only eight games of the new season.

Conference target
Cornforth has previously had an eleven-month spell in charge of English league side Exeter City FC and enjoyed a much-travelled playing career, his clubs including Cardiff City FC, Swansea City FC and Birmingham City FC. Newport chairman Chris Blight hailed Cornforth as a manager of "integrity, ability and ambition" and there is confidence that he can lead the Gwent club to the top tier of the Conference - the level below the English Football League - within two seasons.

Dynamic start
In the Welsh Premiership prolific marksman Marc Lloyd-Williams continues to turn defences to waste. His dynamic start to the season has already brought him three hat-tricks and helped Total Network Solutions FC establish a three-point lead at the top.

Tally rising
His latest haul, hoisting his tally to 14, came in the second round of the Welsh Cup when the Welsh B international hit four goals in a 5-0 victory over Connah's Quay Nomads FC. Lloyd-Williams also scored three as the Llansanffraid-based club cruised to a 6-0 win at Airbus UK FC, who were welcoming visitors to their refurbished Broughton complex for the first time.

TNS remain unbeaten
A narrower victory margin for Ken McKenna's team, the only remaining unbeaten side, came as they inflicted the first defeat on Carmarthen Town FC who nevertheless can feel pleased with their start to the season considering it was only Barry Town FC's financial predicament that spared them from a relegation battle last year.

Caersws sit second
Caersws FC continue to impress and their 1-0 victory at Caernarfon Town FC has put them in second place. Bangor City FC are up to third, a point behind Caersws, after Clayton Blackmore, the former Manchester United FC defender, celebrated his 40th birthday with a rare goal against Cefn Druids AFC in a 4-0 win.

Cwmbran Town FC have been forced to stay on the road because their stadium is still not ready following extensive repairs to the running track. Their fifth away game of the season at Welshpool Town FC produced a second victory and some controversy with three players sent off inside the first ten minutes.

Rhyl scare
At the bottom Llanelli FC are still looking for their first point after five matches in which they have scored just a single goal and conceded 20. In the Welsh Cup, holders Rhyl FC received a scare against Cymru Alliance League side Llandudno FC who took the lead before the Premiership side struck three second-half goals to book their place in the third round.

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