Newport County 1-1 Cheltenham Town

Struggling Cheltenham Town delivered a blow to Newport County's League Two play-off hopes as they held the Welsh side to a 1-1 draw at Rodney Parade.

Poor defending gave on-loan Wales Under-21 international Wes Burns the chance to put the visitors in front.

Miles Storey equalised with a header to leave Newport a point behind eighth-placed Stevenage in the table.

Cheltenham's hopes of avoiding relegation remain precarious as they lie two points above the drop zone.

Burns, on loan from Bristol City, struck after a mix-up between defender Kevin Feely and goalkeeper Joe Day.

Storey, on loan at Newport from Swindon, ensured the draw as the first half drew to a close, converting Ryan Jackson's cross.

Newport assistant manager Wayne Hatswell told BBC Radio Wales:

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb conceding that goal. One point gained, but we were after three.

"Teams will come here and make it difficult. It stifles us but we have to find a better way."

Cheltenham caretaker manager Russell Milton told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Milton on Newport v Cheltenham

"I thought we were superb but that's three times now we've gone 1-0 up and drawn.

"We did say we need that other goal and we had opportunities to [score].

"It was a good battling performance and you can't fault the boys' efforts and throwing their bodies on the line.

"If you're in the play-off area, things go for you a bit more than they do when you're down at the bottom."

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