Revenge is a dish best served cold and Forest Green exacted sweet revenge for last season’s League Two play-off semi-final extra-time 5-4 aggregate defeat 258 days earlier against their Welsh rivals.
The 2-0 result over Newport was never in doubt as the Forest Green juggernaut, under effervescent boss Rob Edwards, motors onto the League Two title. His side stretched their unbeaten run to 17 league games and a potentially unassailable 10- point cushion at the top of the League Two tree. Even Newport boss James Rowberry insisted nobody can now stop the champions-elect who are 14 points clear of fourth-placed Northampton Town.
Newport’s hot winning four-game streak was brought to a shuddering halt with Rovers shackling the prolific Dom Telford to just one effort on goal.
Starting the day in third, boss Rowberry is quietly masterminding a promotion assault after the disappointment of a Wembley play-off final defeat against Morecambe last season and despite dropping to fifth, County will be in the mix come the end of the season.