Newport County leapfrogged fellow Blue Square Bet Premier strugglers Lincoln City with a hard-fought victory at Spytty Park.

Ismail Yakubu gave County a first-half lead by firing home inside the six-yard box from Sam Foley's dangerous cross.

The Imps pushed for an equaliser in the second half but found County goalkeeper Danny Potter in inspired form.

He kept out efforts from Jake Sheridan and Luke Medley to help his side secure a vital three points.

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Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

" We threw some bodies on the line there today and it's just nice to be leaving here on a Saturday with a victory.

"These last two victories have been vital and puts us in a healthier position than we were last week.

"We were thoroughly professional from start to finish today and that was really pleasing. We adapted very well to the conditions."

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Lincolnshire:

"The pitch was awful and Justin [Edinburgh] told me before the game about it, but you have to deal with it and I felt we played the conditions very well.

"We dominated 70% of the game so I'm pleased with the effort and the way we went about it.

"We came here and set up right and they haven't really undone us at all but one slip in the final third has cost us and really it was the only thing Newport contributed to the game."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Newport County

  • 01 Potter
  • 05 Warren
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 16 Hughes
  • 25 Rodgers
  • 04 Miller Booked
  • 07 Rose Booked
  • 19 Pipe
  • 26 Buchanan (McAllister - 62' )
  • 10 Foley (Knights - 90' )
  • 21 Matthews

Substitutes

  • 18 Thompson
  • 17 Hatswell
  • 27 Jardim
  • 09 McAllister
  • 11 Knights

Lincoln City

  • 28 Farman
  • 02 Hinds Booked
  • 03 Nutter
  • 05 Gowling
  • 13 Sinclair
  • 08 Power Booked (Sheridan - 70' )
  • 11 Laurent (Russell - 74' )
  • 12 Platt (Medley - 46' )
  • 27 Christophe Booked
  • 09 Perry
  • 34 Thompson

Substitutes

  • 01 Anyon
  • 15 Russell
  • 17 Nicolau
  • 36 Sheridan
  • 32 Medley
Ref: Evans
Att: 1,270

Match Stats

Shots

8 7

On target

7 6

Corners

1 5

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:22 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:50

Jake Sheridan is caught offside. Free kick taken by Ismail Yakubu.

90:00 +3:33

Luke Medley takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew Hughes.

90:00 +2:26 Substitution

Substitution Sam Foley leaves the field to be replaced by Darryl Knights.

89:59 +0:20

Short corner taken by Sam Foley, Danny Rose takes a shot. Save made by Paul Farman.

86:43

Tony Sinclair restarts play with the free kick.

86:43 Booking

Booking The referee shows Danny Rose a yellow card.

85:56

Robbie Matthews is ruled offside. Josh Gowling restarts play with the free kick. Jean Francois Christophe fouled by Danny Rose, the ref awards a free kick.

84:12

Tyrone Thompson fouled by Tom Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Farman takes the direct free kick.

83:35

Luke Medley takes a shot. Paul Rodgers gets a block in.

82:47

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sam Foley from left wing, John Nutter manages to make a clearance.

82:47 Booking

Booking The referee shows Tom Miller a yellow card for time wasting.

82:18

Jean Francois Christophe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose.

80:58

Sam Foley takes a shot. Save made by Paul Farman.

79:44

Jean Francois Christophe concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Warren. Free kick taken by Danny Potter.

79:10

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by John Nutter, Robbie Matthews manages to make a clearance.

73:48 Substitution

Substitution Francis Laurent goes off and Simon Russell comes on.

73:20

Jake Sheridan takes a shot. Save by Danny Potter.

72:29

David Pipe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Medley. Richard Hinds takes the direct free kick.

70:10

The assistant referee flags for offside against Luke Medley. Danny Potter takes the indirect free kick.

69:01 Substitution

Substitution Jake Sheridan on for Alan Power.

63:37

Tyrone Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on David Pipe. Ismail Yakubu restarts play with the free kick.

62:33

Sam Foley takes a shot. Save made by Paul Farman.

61:53 Substitution

Substitution Craig McAllister comes on in place of Elliott Buchanan.

61:17

Elliott Buchanan takes a shot. Josh Gowling gets a block in.

60:26

John Nutter takes the outswinging corner, Danny Potter makes a save.

59:59

Foul by Gary Warren on Francis Laurent, free kick awarded. John Nutter takes the direct free kick.

59:06

Danny Potter takes the free kick.

59:06 Booking

Booking Caution for Alan Power.

57:22

Francis Laurent takes a shot. Ismail Yakubu gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by John Nutter from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Gary Warren. Alan Power concedes a free kick for a foul on David Pipe.

56:27

Elliott Buchanan challenges Tony Sinclair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Hinds takes the direct free kick.

53:43

Kyle Perry fouled by Ismail Yakubu, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Alan Power from the free kick. John Nutter takes a corner.

51:24

Danny Potter restarts play with the free kick.

51:24 Booking

Booking Jean Francois Christophe is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

50:58

Unfair challenge on Robbie Matthews by Jean Francois Christophe results in a free kick.

46:58

Andrew Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francis Laurent. Free kick taken by John Nutter.

45:32

Luke Medley fouled by Ismail Yakubu, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Nutter.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Luke Medley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Conal Platt.

45:00 +2:39 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

44:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Hughes on Alan Power. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from John Nutter.

42:43

Foul by Francis Laurent on David Pipe, free kick awarded. Andrew Hughes restarts play with the free kick.

39:12

Foul by Robbie Matthews on Paul Farman, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Farman.

37:40

Unfair challenge on Kyle Perry by Elliott Buchanan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Nutter.

33:56

Elliott Buchanan concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Perry. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

30:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Perry on Gary Warren. Danny Potter restarts play with the free kick.

27:34

Shot from just outside the area by Sam Foley goes over the bar.

23:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Ismail Yakubu - Newport Co 1 - 0 Lincoln Ismail Yakubu finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Newport County 1-0 Lincoln City.

22:39

The ball is crossed by Sam Foley,

22:39 Booking

Booking Richard Hinds booked.

22:22

Danny Rose fouled by Richard Hinds, the ref awards a free kick.

15:40

Unfair challenge on Paul Rodgers by Conal Platt results in a free kick. Danny Potter restarts play with the free kick.

12:08

Gary Warren fouled by Kyle Perry, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Potter.

6:07

Ismail Yakubu concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Perry. Direct free kick taken by John Nutter.

5:50

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Danny Potter.

5:01

John Nutter takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Paul Rodgers.

4:00

Francis Laurent has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

3:08

Kyle Perry challenges Ismail Yakubu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Potter takes the direct free kick.

1:42

Sam Foley takes a shot. Save made by Paul Farman.

1:01

Sam Foley takes a shot. Clearance by John Nutter.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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