Lee Minshull's goal saw Newport County move out of the Blue Square Bet Premier relegation zone as they saw off fellow strugglers Bath City at Spytty Park.

Ryan Charles' left-wing cross found Minshull, who then fired in from close range early on.

Charles had two good chances to extend Newport's lead before Glyn Thompson and Chris Shephard went close for City.

Newport dominated after the break before Paul Stonehouse fired over for Bath late on.

Victory allowed Justin Edinburgh's side to move above of the relegation zone.

But defeat plunged Bath further into trouble at the bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier with only three wins to date.

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Bath City manager Adie Britton told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's the same position we've been in for quite some time - getting in great positions in the final third but not enough quality to take the opportunities.

"We gave away the goal with a poor header. There's been numerous goals this season where we should have defended better.

"I think Sean Canham would have made the difference along with Gethin Jones.

"I felt with Sean in the game we would have caused all sorts of problems."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Newport County

  • 18 Thompson
  • 03 Baker
  • 05 Warren Booked
  • 16 Hughes
  • 25 Rodgers
  • 19 Pipe
  • 30 Minshull Booked
  • 32 Chapman (Harris - 85' )
  • 10 Foley
  • 20 Charles (Rose - 79' )
  • 26 Buchanan (Read - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Potter
  • 23 Harris
  • 11 Knights
  • 31 Rose
  • 41 Read

Bath City

  • 01 Garner
  • 02 Simpson Booked
  • 15 Preece
  • 26 Gallinagh
  • 03 Stonehouse Booked
  • 08 Connolly
  • 16 Canham (Hogg - 58' )
  • 18 Watkins
  • 19 Burnell Booked (Russell - 82' )
  • 36 Shephard
  • 10 Phillips

Substitutes

  • 17 Matthews
  • 04 Rollo
  • 11 Hogg
  • 20 Egan
  • 21 Russell
Ref: Bratt
Att: 1,130

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

2 5

Corners

7 6

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:11 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +5:11

Alex Russell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Harris. Gary Warren takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:39

A cross is delivered by Sekani Simpson, Effort on goal by Paul Stonehouse from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

90:00 +3:31

Sekani Simpson delivers the ball.

90:00 +2:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sekani Simpson on Gary Warren. Direct free kick taken by Glyn Thompson.

90:00 +0:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Rodgers by Marley Watkins. Direct free kick taken by Glyn Thompson.

90:00 +0:42

Adam Connolly fouled by Lee Minshull, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Russell.

90:00 +0:01

Sam Foley takes a short corner, Jake Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Gallinagh. Free kick taken by Glyn Garner.

89:31

Sam Foley decides to take a short corner.

88:59

Foul by Adam Connolly on Jake Reid, free kick awarded. Sam Foley takes the free kick.

86:02 Booking

Booking The referee shows Paul Stonehouse a yellow card.

84:55 Substitution

Substitution (Newport County) makes a substitution, with Jake Harris coming on for Adam Chapman.

84:37

Romone Rose produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

82:37

The ball is crossed by Sekani Simpson, clearance made by David Pipe.

81:45 Substitution

Substitution Alex Russell is brought on as a substitute for Joe Burnell.

81:32

Paul Stonehouse sends in a cross.

78:50

Marley Watkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Warren. Direct free kick taken by Gary Warren.

78:50 Substitution

Substitution Romone Rose joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Charles.

77:27

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Shephard played to the near post, clearance made by Gary Warren.

76:42

The ball is sent over by Paul Stonehouse, Gary Warren makes a clearance.

75:59

A cross is delivered by Sekani Simpson, clearance by Gary Warren.

73:34

Lee Minshull challenges Lewis Hogg unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lewis Hogg.

73:34 Booking

Booking Lee Minshull receives a yellow card.

72:32

Gary Warren gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marley Watkins. Lewis Hogg takes the free kick.

72:32 Booking

Booking Joe Burnell is cautioned.

72:16 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Gary Warren for unsporting behaviour.

70:13

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman from the right by-line to the near post, Adam Connolly manages to make a clearance.

69:06

Andy Gallinagh is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Adam Chapman from the free kick, blocked by Joe Burnell.

68:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sekani Simpson on Lee Minshull. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sam Foley from left channel, save made by Glyn Garner.

68:24 Booking

Booking Sekani Simpson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

67:23 Substitution

Substitution (Newport County) makes a substitution, with Jake Reid coming on for Elliott Buchanan.

66:24

Corner taken by Chris Shephard.

65:45

Chris Shephard crosses the ball, Lee Phillips takes a shot. Lee Baker gets a block in.

64:50

Foul by Gary Warren on Chris Shephard, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lewis Hogg from left channel, save by Glyn Thompson.

61:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliott Buchanan by Andy Gallinagh. Andrew Hughes takes the direct free kick.

61:04

The official flags Sam Foley offside. Indirect free kick taken by Glyn Garner.

60:59

A cross is delivered by Paul Rodgers.

58:26

Corner taken by Sam Foley from the right by-line, Effort from deep inside the area by Gary Warren clears the bar.

57:17

Sam Foley challenges Andy Gallinagh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glyn Garner.

57:17 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Hogg joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marc Canham.

56:23

The referee blows for offside. Gary Warren takes the indirect free kick.

54:41

Sam Foley sends in a cross.

54:05

The ball is delivered by Ryan Charles, clearance made by Mark Preece.

51:55

Lee Phillips fouled by Lee Baker, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Chris Shephard from right channel, Andrew Hughes manages to make a clearance.

50:45

The ball is crossed by Elliott Buchanan, Andy Gallinagh makes a clearance.

49:42

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman to the near post, Effort from inside the area by Elliott Buchanan misses to the left of the target.

49:17

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman, clearance by Mark Preece.

49:00

Centre by Paul Rodgers, blocked by Mark Preece.

48:52

The ball is crossed by Sam Foley, Andy Gallinagh makes a clearance.

45:35

The offside flag is raised against Lee Phillips. Glyn Thompson takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:38 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:07

Foul by Elliott Buchanan on Andy Gallinagh, free kick awarded. Glyn Garner takes the direct free kick.

42:53

Foul by Adam Connolly on Adam Chapman, free kick awarded. Glyn Thompson restarts play with the free kick.

40:10

The offside flag is raised against Ryan Charles. Andy Gallinagh restarts play with the free kick.

38:40

Paul Stonehouse crosses the ball, save made by Glyn Thompson.

37:20

Corner taken left-footed by Chris Shephard, Paul Rodgers manages to make a clearance.

36:55

Lee Phillips takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Warren.

36:02

The official flags Lee Phillips offside. Indirect free kick taken by Glyn Thompson.

34:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Foley by Marley Watkins. Glyn Thompson takes the direct free kick.

34:30

Centre by Marley Watkins, Andrew Hughes makes a clearance.

31:41

Lee Baker challenges Marley Watkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Shephard, Glyn Thompson makes a save.

30:53

The ball is crossed by Sekani Simpson, save by Glyn Thompson.

29:57

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lee Phillips. Glyn Thompson takes the free kick.

28:45

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman, Header by Gary Warren from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

28:32

Paul Rodgers produces a cross, clearance by Paul Stonehouse.

24:45

Corner taken left-footed by Chris Shephard to the near post, Adam Chapman makes a clearance.

24:34

Centre by Marley Watkins, clearance made by Andrew Hughes.

23:40

Paul Stonehouse takes a shot. Glyn Thompson makes a save.

21:27

Chris Shephard produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

21:11

Lee Phillips takes a shot. Glyn Thompson makes a save.

19:34

Shot from deep inside the area by Ryan Charles clears the crossbar.

15:16

Ryan Charles takes a shot. Save by Glyn Garner.

13:33

Foul by Lee Baker on Marley Watkins, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Chris Shephard, Header on goal by Andy Gallinagh from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

12:54

Lee Phillips challenges Andrew Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Baker takes the direct free kick.

12:32

The ball is swung over by Lee Baker, clearance by Mark Preece.

11:24

The assist for the goal came from Ryan Charles.

11:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Minshull - Newport Co 1 - 0 Bath City Lee Minshull gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Newport County 1-0 Bath City.

11:19

Ryan Charles crosses the ball.

9:31

The ball is swung over by Marley Watkins, Andrew Hughes makes a clearance.

7:47

Unfair challenge on Sekani Simpson by Elliott Buchanan results in a free kick. Sekani Simpson takes the free kick.

7:12

Corner taken by Marc Canham from the right by-line, Gary Warren makes a clearance.

6:56

Chris Shephard takes a shot. Gary Warren gets a block in.

6:34

Corner taken by Marc Canham.

5:10

The ball is crossed by David Pipe, clearance by Mark Preece.

3:33

The offside flag is raised against Marley Watkins. Free kick taken by Glyn Thompson.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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