Newport County missed the chance to return to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier after a goalless draw at home to Grimsby.

Andy Sandell's long range free-kick tested James McKeown before Danny Crow saw an effort cleared off the line.

Newport continued to press in the second half and substitute Ben Swallow threatened against a stubborn Grimsby.

Home goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley had little to do but he had to deny Joe Colbeck in the second half.

The result saw Grimsby stretch their unbeaten run to 10 games.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"We have to take the positive out of the fact we have kept a clean sheet and remain unbeaten at home, but of course we want to win every game that we play.

"I cannot fault the players, we probably lacked that cutting edge and that little bit of quality in the final third.

"All in all, the players kept at it and really tried to win the game."

Grimsby Town joint-manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We limited them to very little, but we didn't create much either. It was a game of few chances and perhaps the two teams cancelled each other out.

"Sometimes you get these games where there is a lot of expectations around it and maybe it doesn't quite live up to those expectations, but both teams were certainly trying to win the game.

"I'm not gonna stand here and say I think we did enough to win the game but I don't think Justin [Edinburgh] could either."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Newport County

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 05 James
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 02 Pipe (Flynn - 80' )
  • 04 Porter
  • 08 Minshull
  • 13 Sandell
  • 14 Thomson
  • 07 O'Connor
  • 09 Crow
  • 10 Louis Booked (Swallow - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Perry
  • 03 Hughes
  • 12 Swallow
  • 15 Harris
  • 17 Flynn

Grimsby Town

  • 13 McKeown
  • 03 Thomas
  • 05 Pearson
  • 07 Colbeck
  • 08 Disley
  • 11 Artus
  • 19 Wood
  • 22 Pond
  • 24 Neilson (Thanoj - 86' )
  • 12 Cook (Elding - 79' )
  • 25 Hannah Booked (Southwell - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Hatton
  • 06 Miller
  • 21 Thanoj
  • 09 Elding
  • 20 Southwell
Ref: Knowles
Att: 2,968

Match Stats

Shots

7 4

On target

1 0

Corners

4 8

Fouls

5 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:03

Tony James fouled by Anthony Elding, the ref awards a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bradley Wood by Lee Minshull. Frankie Artus crosses the ball in from the free kick, Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

89:46

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Frankie Artus.

89:37

Frankie Artus produces a cross, Lee Minshull manages to make a clearance.

89:04

Corner taken by Frankie Artus played to the near post, Max Porter makes a clearance.

88:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Minshull on Joe Colbeck. Direct free kick taken by Frankie Artus.

88:12

Dayle Southwell takes a shot. Blocked by Ismail Yakubu.

87:49

Dayle Southwell takes a shot. Tony James gets a block in.

85:52 Substitution

Substitution (Grimsby) makes a substitution, with Andi Thanoj coming on for Scott Neilson.

85:30 Substitution

Substitution Ross Hannah leaves the field to be replaced by Dayle Southwell.

85:15

The ball is delivered by Jake Thomson.

83:38

Jake Thomson delivers the ball, Shaun Pearson makes a clearance. Andy Sandell produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

83:27

The ball is crossed by Andy Sandell.

83:09

Andy Sandell crosses the ball.

81:47

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot.

79:59 Full time

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

79:40 Substitution

Substitution David Pipe goes off and Michael Flynn comes on.

79:40

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

78:56 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Elding joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Cook.

78:40

Craig Disley produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

77:04 Booking

Booking Ross Hannah booked for unsporting behaviour.

76:44

Lee Minshull fouled by Ross Hannah, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Sandell.

74:37

Corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson from the left by-line, save by James McKeown.

73:28

Shot from long range by David Pipe goes wide of the left-hand post.

70:00

The ball is swung over by Scott Neilson.

69:14

The ball is swung over by Joe Colbeck, clearance made by Max Porter. Aswad Thomas delivers the ball, clearance by Ismail Yakubu.

68:21

The ball is sent over by Aaron O'Connor, Shaun Pearson makes a clearance.

66:26

Ben Swallow takes a shot.

65:38 Substitution

Substitution (Newport County) makes a substitution, with Ben Swallow coming on for Jefferson Louis.

62:27

Joe Colbeck takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Jefferson Louis manages to make a clearance.

62:05

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Colbeck from the left by-line, clearance by Lenny Pidgeley.

60:56 Booking

Booking Jefferson Louis receives a caution.

50:30

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Frankie Artus.

45:01 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

42:16

Corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson to the near post, clearance made by Craig Disley.

41:58

Ross Hannah challenges Ismail Yakubu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Thomson takes the free kick.

40:27

Frankie Artus takes a inswinging corner.

39:44

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Colbeck to the near post, Lee Minshull manages to make a clearance.

38:37

Danny Crow has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

38:06

Max Porter fouled by Aswad Thomas, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

37:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jefferson Louis on Aswad Thomas. James McKeown takes the free kick.

36:59

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. James McKeown makes a save.

34:54

Scott Neilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Minshull. Jake Thomson restarts play with the free kick.

29:21

The ball is swung over by Bradley Wood.

28:31

Foul by David Pipe on Aswad Thomas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by James McKeown.

27:04

Corner taken by Joe Colbeck from the right by-line.

23:30

David Pipe crosses the ball, clearance made by Shaun Pearson. Jake Thomson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Frankie Artus makes a clearance.

22:28

Centre by Joe Colbeck.

21:33

Craig Disley concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron O'Connor. Andy Sandell restarts play with the free kick.

13:12

Andy Sandell crosses the ball.

11:43

Centre by Jefferson Louis, Shaun Pearson makes a clearance.

10:47

Unfair challenge on Scott Neilson by Danny Crow results in a free kick. James McKeown takes the free kick.

9:00

Effort on goal by Ross Hannah from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

7:44

Foul by Aswad Thomas on Jefferson Louis, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Andy Sandell, clearance by Frankie Artus.

6:38

The ball is swung over by Aswad Thomas.

5:34

The ball is sent over by Joe Colbeck.

2:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Pond on Aaron O'Connor. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Andy Sandell, save by James McKeown. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jake Thomson from the left by-line.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

The referee gets the second half underway.

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