Newport County 3-4 Braintree Town

Britt Assombalonga led the way with two goals as Braintree edged a seven-goal thriller against Newport County.

Newport midfielder Phil Minshull was sent off for a foul on Brad Quinton in the eighth minute.

Assombalonga got the final touch for the opener but Sam Foley equalised before Sean Marks and Ben Wright put Braintree 3-1 up.

Gary Warren replied but Assombalonga tapped in again before Ryan Charles' late consolation for Newport.

Victory allowed the visitors to climb one place to 12th while Newport remained 17th in the table.

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Newport County goalkeeper Glyn Thompson told BBC Radio Wales:

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Minshull red card daft - Thompson

"Everyone's disappointed really because we battled hard. The sending off so early on just killed the game.

"It seemed like a daft decision [by the referee]. That kind of challenge happens numerous times in football.

"The sending off knocked the stuffing out of everybody because we were keen for a good start and a good performance."

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