League Two
NorthamptonNorthampton Town1NewportNewport County0
Northampton Town's players celebrate
Oxford's draw at home to Stevenage means Northampton are now 13 points clear of second place

Northampton Town edged to victory over Newport County to continue their charge for promotion from League Two.

John Marquis scored the winner midway through the first half, firing home after being teed up by Lee Martin.

Medy Elito struck the crossbar as Newport pressed for an equaliser after the break but the Cobblers held on.

Northampton remain 17 points clear of fourth but, with other results going against them on Friday, they will not be able to seal promotion on Monday.

Victories for third-placed Bristol Rovers and fourth-placed Plymouth Argyle means Chris Wilder's side will have to wait until at least Saturday, 2 April to secure promotion to League One.

Newport manager Warren Feeney told BBC Radio Wales: "I'm gutted for the players because I don't think you'll see another team come against the champions - they'll win the League easily - and outplay them like that, like we did.

"I said to the players it's fine margins, we didn't track a runner for the goal - but apart from that I thought we had the best chances of the game.

"It's about taking your chances and we didn't."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 22Prosser
  • 16Buchanan
  • 11Holmes
  • 21O'Toole
  • 8ByromSubstituted forRoseat 77'minutes
  • 20MartinSubstituted forD'Athat 45'minutes
  • 19CollinsSubstituted forHoskinsat 63'minutes
  • 27Marquis

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 7D'Ath
  • 9Richards
  • 14Hoskins
  • 18McDonald
  • 23Rose
  • 26Clarke

Newport

  • 30Day
  • 2Holmes
  • 12Donacien
  • 16HughesSubstituted forBarrowat 53'minutes
  • 5Davies
  • 33ByrneBooked at 19mins
  • 23Rodman
  • 7Elito
  • 39Gosling
  • 18AyinaSubstituted forKlukowskiat 67'minutes
  • 19Boden

Substitutes

  • 3Barrow
  • 8Klukowski
  • 15Green
  • 20Owen-Evans
  • 21Partridge
  • 26Meechan
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
5,630

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home6
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Newport County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Newport County 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

  4. Post update

    Scott Barrow (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Joe Day.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match David Buchanan (Northampton Town) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Yan Klukowski (Newport County).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yan Klukowski (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Danny Rose replaces Joel Byrom because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by David Buchanan.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Medy Elito (Newport County) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Danny Holmes.

  17. Post update

    Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Alex Rodman (Newport County).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ricky Holmes.

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