FORMER Cymru Premier star Will Evans opened his account for Newport County as the club scored another cup upset.

Evans was joined by Aaron Wilding and match winner James Waite, another former JD Cymru Premier player, in firing the Exiles to a 3-2 win over Portsmouth in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Newport's reward for the victory has been to be drawn away to former English Premier League champions Leicester City in the third round, three years after knocking them out of the FA Cup.

Former Cardiff Met and Bala Town forward Evans, from Llangedwyn, Powys made a summer switch to the Exiles having starred in the Welsh top flight for a number of years and appearing for the Cymru C side last season.

Evans, whose goal was his first since making the move to full time professional football, has spoken of how he had adapted to life with the English League Two club.

Speaking to the club's official website Evans said: "It’s taken its toll on me mentally and physically – you’ve got to be on it each day. The first week or so I thought I did struggle but once you start to fit in a little bit more it’s like going back to school, really.

"The gaffer and the staff are all so welcoming and the players have been as good as gold with me, I’m loving every minute and I hope it continues."

Evans, who was mostly played as a forward while at Bala, has been used as a left wing-back by County boss James Rowberry.

“I’ve had conversations at length with the gaffer," said Evans. "When I was at Bala I was more of a left winger so it was a role that kind of suited me going forward but I’ve just got to adapt it to improve my defensive work.

"Over the years I’ve played in different positions and had to do that defensive work, it’s a different role for me but I’m quite a fit lad, I can get up and down.

“I’ve played left-back in my youth days at Shrewsbury so it’s something I know."