Blue Square Bet Premier

Two first-half goals eased Darlington to their first Blue Square Bet Premier win in seven games as managerless Newport County extended their poor run.

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's penalty broke the deadlock after County captain Gary Warren fouled Tadhg Purcell in the box.

Purcell turned goal-scorer as he fired Kris Taylor's ball past County keeper Glyn Thompson from eight yards.

Scott Rogers had Newport's best chance but his strike was tipped over by Darlington keeper Ole Soderberg.

The Welsh team, who have not won in 11 league games, remain in the relegation zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Interview: Newport County caretaker manager Lee Harrison

Newport County caretaker manager Lee Harrison:

"There are no positives because we lost the game 2-0.

"For ten or 15 minutes after the penalty we felt sorry for ourselves and we have to stop doing that because we're down the bottom of the table.

"And if we feel sorry for ourselves, we are not going to get out of it.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Darlington

  • 24 Soderburg
  • 02 Arnison
  • 05 Taylor
  • 18 Lee
  • 04 Chandler Booked
  • 08 Taylor
  • 16 McReady (Brough - 54' )
  • 31 Bridge-Wilkinson
  • 07 Hatch
  • 09 Purcell Booked (Bowman - 59' )
  • 10 Walshaw (Campbell - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Russell
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 19 Brough
  • 11 Campbell
  • 12 Bowman

Newport County

  • 18 Thompson
  • 02 Robson
  • 04 Miller
  • 05 Warren
  • 25 Rodgers
  • 07 Rose
  • 11 Knights (Rogers - 46' )
  • 12 Gilligan Booked (Foley - 68' )
  • 19 Pipe
  • 15 Jarvis
  • 26 Buchanan (McAllister - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Hughes
  • 08 Rogers
  • 27 Jardim
  • 09 McAllister
  • 10 Foley
Ref: Bankes
Att: 1,785

Match Stats

Shots

6 6

On target

3 1

Corners

5 3

Fouls

14 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:46 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:09

Foul by Craig McAllister on Graeme Lee, free kick awarded. Ole Soderburg takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:35

Michael Brough gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Foley. Free kick taken by Danny Rose.

90:00 +0:54

Foul by Kris Taylor on David Pipe, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Glyn Thompson.

89:58

Paul Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Hatch. Kris Taylor takes the free kick.

88:09 Substitution

Substitution John Campbell replaces James Walshaw.

83:58

Corner taken by Kris Taylor played to the near post, Craig McAllister makes a clearance.

82:33

David Pipe has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

81:52

Foul by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson on Sam Foley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Rose.

81:23

Danny Rose concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Chandler. Kris Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

76:47

The ball is crossed by Paul Arnison, save made by Glyn Thompson.

75:28

Graeme Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig McAllister. Free kick taken by Scott Rogers. Danny Rose has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

73:10

Liam Hatch concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Robson. Paul Robson restarts play with the free kick.

71:57

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson misses to the left of the target.

71:03

Effort on goal by Liam Hatch from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

69:12

Shot from deep inside the area by Danny Rose clears the crossbar.

66:10

Indirect free kick taken by Ole Soderburg.

66:10 Substitution

Substitution Sam Foley comes on in place of Ryan Gilligan.

66:10

Handball decision goes against Nathaniel Jarvis.

64:49

Corner taken right-footed by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson from the left by-line to the near post, Glyn Thompson manages to make a clearance.

64:26

Unfair challenge on Liam Hatch by Paul Rodgers results in a free kick. Kris Taylor takes the indirect free kick.

63:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig McAllister by Graeme Lee. Danny Rose restarts play with the free kick.

62:34

The offside flag is raised against Craig McAllister. Indirect free kick taken by Ole Soderburg.

60:55

Shot from just outside the area by Danny Rose goes over the bar.

58:07

Ole Soderburg makes a save.

58:07 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Bowman is brought on as a substitute for Tadhg Purcell.

58:07

Craig McAllister takes a shot. Save by Ole Soderburg. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Gilligan from the left by-line to the near post,

56:34

Tadhg Purcell is caught offside. Glyn Thompson takes the indirect free kick.

53:16 Substitution

Substitution (Darlington) makes a substitution, with Michael Brough coming on for John McReady.

52:48

Ryan Gilligan takes the free kick.

52:48 Booking

Booking Jamie Chandler shown a yellow card.

52:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Chandler on Scott Rogers.

51:28

Graeme Lee sends in a cross, Glyn Thompson makes a save.

50:24

Kris Taylor fouled by Nathaniel Jarvis, the ref awards a free kick. Ole Soderburg restarts play with the free kick.

46:22

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, Shot by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

45:18 Substitution

Substitution Craig McAllister comes on in place of Elliott Buchanan.

45:18 Substitution

Substitution Scott Rogers is brought on as a substitute for Darryl Knights.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:51 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +3:06

Inswinging corner taken by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson from the left by-line, Glyn Thompson makes a clearance.

44:53

The assist for the goal came from Kris Taylor.

44:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Tadhg Purcell - Darlington 2 - 0 Newport Co Tadhg Purcell gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Darlington 2-0 Newport County.

43:39

Kris Taylor takes the free kick.

43:39 Booking

Booking Ryan Gilligan booked for unsporting behaviour.

43:24

Unfair challenge on Greg Taylor by Ryan Gilligan results in a free kick.

34:11

Paul Robson fouled by Paul Arnison, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robson takes the free kick.

32:21

Indirect free kick taken by Glyn Thompson.

32:21 Booking

Booking Tadhg Purcell booked for unsporting behaviour.

31:57

Tadhg Purcell challenges Paul Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

30:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Marc Bridge-Wilkinson - Darlington 1 - 0 Newport Co Placed penalty scored by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson. Darlington 1-0 Newport County.

28:53

Unfair challenge on James Walshaw by Paul Rodgers results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kris Taylor. Gary Warren concedes a Penalty for a foul on Tadhg Purcell.

27:44

Unfair challenge on Marc Bridge-Wilkinson by Paul Rodgers results in a free kick. Ole Soderburg takes the indirect free kick.

21:04

Jamie Chandler concedes a free kick for a foul on Elliott Buchanan. Free kick taken by Danny Rose.

20:02

Shot by James Walshaw from 18 yards. Glyn Thompson makes a save.

19:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Bridge-Wilkinson by Ryan Gilligan. Kris Taylor takes the free kick.

16:25

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Glyn Thompson makes a save.

15:38

Ryan Gilligan challenges Liam Hatch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ole Soderburg takes the indirect free kick.

14:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Robson by Liam Hatch. Glyn Thompson restarts play with the free kick.

14:05

Elliott Buchanan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

12:35

Corner taken by Danny Rose, clearance by Ole Soderburg.

10:19

James Walshaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Warren. Ryan Gilligan takes the indirect free kick.

5:54

Unfair challenge on Ryan Gilligan by Liam Hatch results in a free kick. Gary Warren takes the indirect free kick.

3:54

The ball is delivered by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, James Walshaw takes a shot. Save by Glyn Thompson.

2:08

Corner taken right-footed by Darryl Knights to the near post, clearance made by Paul Arnison.

1:18

Tadhg Purcell challenges Gary Warren unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Miller restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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