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County hit top gear after break.

After a somewhat disappointing first-half performance, County clicked into gear after the break to record a convincing victory at Hellenic League side Almondsbury. With goalkeeper Tony Pennock likely to miss much of the season following his broken leg at Port Talbot on Saturday, County started with former Huddersfield youngster Jacob Giles in goal, but introduced new signing Mark Ovendale in the second half. After the disappointing first period, it took just a few minutes for County to start the ball rolling after half-time when Craig Hughes supplied a slide-rule pass which Tyrone Toppar finished in style.

In the 53rd minute, Hughes headed home from an Ian Hillier cross and Matt Prosser added two more after coming on as a substitute.

County boss Peter Beadle was happy with the outcome. 'I wanted us to be more competitive and I told the players at half-time that we needed more purpose in our game. 'We need to get into good habits and I was much happier with the second-half show'. Former Swansea City striker Julian Alsop, signed from Forest Green Rovers, is set to make his bow in Saturday's friendly at Chippenham.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 26, 2006
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