Danny Crow struck twice as Newport defeated Barrow 3-0 to go back to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Newport took the lead just before half-time as Lee Evans unleashed a fierce shot into the top-left corner.

The visitors doubled the lead 20 minutes from time when Crow hit a thunderous 35-yard drive into the goal.

Newport made the points safe when Crow headed in Andy Sandell's inswinging corner, but Crow missed a penalty after Ben Swallow was fouled by Mike Pearson.

The game was delayed by an hour and 15 minutes because the referee was stuck in traffic.

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Newport manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"I thought we were magnificent today. From start to finish we played some excellent stuff and thoroughly deserved our victory.

"Prior to us taking the lead the crucial part was Lennie Pidgeley's save, he made a great save just before half-time and it would have been unjust if we had gone behind.

"Aaron O'Connor has taken a lot of the headlines of late and rightly so, but Danny Crow has been in the background with a lot of good play of late.

"We're just absolutely delighted he's got off the mark today, obviously the gloss taken off by the penalty miss - the ball is still going out of the ground now! - but the first goal typifies what he's all about."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Barrow

  • 01 Hurst
  • 16 Anderson (Hessey - 45' )
  • 19 Aldred
  • 03 Skelton (Moore - 73' )
  • 05 Pearson
  • 07 Rutherford
  • 08 Baker
  • 11 Rowe
  • 09 Boyes
  • 12 Jackson Booked (McConville - 72' )
  • 15 Hunter

Substitutes

  • 21 Pearson
  • 04 Hessey
  • 06 Owen
  • 22 McConville
  • 20 Moore

Newport County

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 05 James
  • 06 Yakubu (Hughes - 84' )
  • 02 Pipe
  • 04 Porter
  • 08 Minshull (Swallow - 78' )
  • 13 Sandell
  • 16 Evans
  • 17 Flynn
  • 07 O'Connor (Louis - 71' )
  • 09 Crow

Substitutes

  • 22 Perry
  • 03 Hughes
  • 12 Swallow
  • 15 Harris
  • 10 Louis
Ref: Toner
Att: 802

Match Stats

Shots

7 13

On target

5 7

Corners

6 6

Fouls

5 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +0:20

Effort on goal by Andy Sandell from long range goes over the crossbar.

87:34

The offside flag is raised against Sean McConville. Lenny Pidgeley takes the indirect free kick.

87:03

Effort from inside the area by Max Porter misses to the left of the goal.

84:32 Penalty

Penalty missed by Danny Crow.

84:32

Mike Pearson gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Ben Swallow.

83:01 Substitution

Substitution Ismail Yakubu goes off and Andrew Hughes comes on.

82:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jefferson Louis on Sean Hessey. Sean Hessey takes the direct free kick.

76:32 Substitution

Substitution Ben Swallow comes on in place of Lee Minshull.

76:32

Assist on the goal came from Andy Sandell.

76:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Crow - Barrow 0 - 3 Newport Co Danny Crow grabs a headed goal from close in. Barrow 0-3 Newport County.

76:07

Andy Sandell takes the inswinging corner,

71:53 Substitution

Substitution Chris Moore is brought on as a substitute for Gavin Skelton.

71:53 Substitution

Substitution Joseph Jackson leaves the field to be replaced by Sean McConville.

71:07 Booking

Booking Joseph Jackson goes into the referee's book.

70:27 Substitution

Substitution Jefferson Louis on for Aaron O'Connor.

69:22

Assist on the goal came from Tony James.

69:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Crow - Barrow 0 - 2 Newport Co Danny Crow grabs a goal. Barrow 0-2 Newport County.

68:45

Lee Minshull concedes a free kick for a foul on Joseph Jackson. Garry Hunter takes the free kick.

67:10

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Garry Hunter.

65:31

Joseph Jackson concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony James. Direct free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

63:56

Michael Flynn has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

62:01

Joseph Jackson takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.

61:23

The official flags Danny Crow offside. Danny Hurst takes the free kick.

59:53

Garry Hunter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Evans. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Andy Sandell, clearance by Gavin Skelton.

58:49

Lee Minshull concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Baker. Sean Hessey takes the direct free kick.

57:12

Outswinging corner taken by Richie Baker.

53:24

Lee Minshull is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Tom Aldred.

52:27

Short corner taken by Richie Baker.

51:06

Richie Baker takes the outswinging corner, save by Lenny Pidgeley.

50:51

Adam Boyes takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.

50:31

Lee Evans takes a shot. Save by Danny Hurst.

47:27

The official flags Adam Boyes offside. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

46:08

Shot by Danny Rowe from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

45:23

Aaron O'Connor fouled by Sean Hessey, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron O'Connor takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +4:44 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +3:12 Substitution

Substitution (Barrow) makes a substitution, with Sean Hessey coming on for Tom Anderson.

43:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Evans - Barrow 0 - 1 Newport Co Lee Evans grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Barrow 0-1 Newport County.

41:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Flynn on Richie Baker. Danny Hurst takes the direct free kick.

36:50

The official flags Joseph Jackson offside. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

35:26

Aaron O'Connor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Danny Hurst restarts play with the free kick.

33:49

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell from the right by-line, Tom Aldred manages to make a clearance.

33:29

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Save made by Danny Hurst.

32:34

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Evans to the near post, clearance by Richie Baker.

31:25

The referee blows for offside. Danny Hurst takes the direct free kick.

29:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Minshull on Paul Rutherford. Free kick taken by Garry Hunter.

28:46

Corner from right by-line taken by Richie Baker.

28:17

Short corner worked by Danny Rowe.

27:39

Richie Baker takes the outswinging corner, Adam Boyes takes a shot. Save made by Lenny Pidgeley.

27:01

Foul by Tony James on Joseph Jackson, free kick awarded. Garry Hunter delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Ismail Yakubu gets a block in.

25:46

Lee Evans takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Garry Hunter.

22:32

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Evans from the left by-line, Header from close in by Ismail Yakubu misses to the left of the target.

21:07

Lee Minshull produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

20:40

The referee blows for offside against Aaron O'Connor. Direct free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

19:43

Aaron O'Connor produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

19:09

Danny Crow takes a shot. Danny Hurst makes a save.

16:52

Adam Boyes takes a shot. Save made by Lenny Pidgeley.

11:00

Richie Baker takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

9:05

Lee Evans takes a shot. Save made by Danny Hurst.

7:55

The offside flag is raised against Danny Crow. Free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

7:19

Tony James concedes a free kick for a foul on Joseph Jackson. Danny Hurst takes the free kick.

5:31

Danny Rowe produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

4:22

Joseph Jackson fouled by Andy Sandell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

3:03

Michael Flynn fouled by Adam Boyes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Flynn.

1:12

The official flags Aaron O'Connor offside. Free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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