Wrexham moved above Grimsby at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table after a 1-1 draw with Newport.

The hosts could have taken the lead only for Joslain Mayebi to come to Wrexham's rescue by saving Andy Sandell's penalty.

Danny Wright put the visitors ahead in the 34th minute with his 10th league goal of the season.

But promotion hopefuls Newport fought back and levelled through Max Porter's low strike from the edge of the area.

A draw means Wrexham leapfrog Grimsby in the league table, although the two sides are level on points with Lincolnshire side, who play Hereford on Saturday, having played a game less.

Newport are a point adrift of the leaders and the second-half fightback at Rodney Parade will be of some consolation for a team which suffered a 5-0 defeat by fellow promotion chasers Forest Green on New Year's Day.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"It was a fantastic advert for the league. The other thing is it was two teams that were at the right end of the table for the right reasons.

"If I'm honest I'm disappointed we didn't take all three points. We created some good chances, missed a penalty, hit the crossbar at the end, so it's a great response from our players."

Andy Morrell told BBC Radio Wales:

"It felt about three hours long, but a real advert for our league. There was punch after punch coming our way and we gave as good as we got.

"But probably a draw was fairly fair, but we could have nicked it."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Newport County

  • 01 Julian
  • 05 James
  • 06 Yakubu (Hughes - 54' )
  • 02 Pipe
  • 04 Porter Booked
  • 13 Sandell Booked
  • 16 Evans
  • 17 Flynn
  • 07 O'Connor
  • 11 Charles (Crow - 84' )
  • 20 Smith

Substitutes

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 03 Hughes
  • 08 Minshull
  • 12 Swallow
  • 09 Crow

Wrexham

  • 01 Mayebi Booked
  • 03 Ashton
  • 04 Alfei
  • 06 Riley
  • 23 Westwood
  • 07 Cieslewicz (Rushton - 86' )
  • 08 Harris (Ogleby - 65' )
  • 12 Keates Booked
  • 14 Clarke
  • 16 Hunt
  • 09 Wright Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Coughlin
  • 18 Walker
  • 17 Little
  • 15 Ogleby
  • 19 Rushton
Ref: Evans
Att: 3,627

Match Stats

Shots

21 7

On target

13 3

Corners

8 6

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:30 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +5:09 Booking

Booking Dean Keates booked for dissent.

90:00 +4:16

Joe Clarke challenges Michael Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Evans crosses the ball, Header from close in by Danny Crow misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +3:17

Danny Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony James. Direct free kick taken by Alan Julian.

90:00 +1:39

Michael Flynn takes a shot.

90:00 +0:23

Nick Rushton produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

89:43

Danny Crow takes a shot. Save by Joslain Mayebi.

88:38

Unfair challenge on Neil Ashton by Michael Smith results in a free kick. Joslain Mayebi takes the direct free kick.

85:09 Substitution

Substitution Nick Rushton on for Adrian Cieslewicz.

83:32

Chris Westwood makes a clearance.

83:32 Substitution

Substitution Danny Crow is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Charles.

83:32

Corner taken by Lee Evans,

83:17

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Riley.

82:31

Inswinging corner taken by Joe Clarke, Alan Julian makes a save.

81:18

Strike comes in from Dean Keates from the free kick.

81:18 Booking

Booking Andy Sandell receives a caution.

81:10

Andy Sandell is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

80:11

The referee blows for offside against Aaron O'Connor. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Ashton.

77:22

Header from close range by Adrian Cieslewicz strikes the post.

76:30

Michael Smith has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

76:01

Andy Sandell takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

75:52

Michael Flynn takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Riley.

73:46

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Andy Sandell.

73:46 Booking

Booking Joslain Mayebi is booked.

73:02

Handball decision goes against Joslain Mayebi.

72:34

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Evans to the near post, save by Joslain Mayebi.

71:41

Robert Ogleby is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Alan Julian.

71:01

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Clarke, save by Alan Julian.

66:25

Handball by David Pipe. Direct free kick taken by Neil Ashton.

65:39

Foul by Martin Riley on Aaron O'Connor, free kick awarded. Andy Sandell takes the direct free kick.

64:17

Lee Evans restarts play with the free kick.

64:17 Substitution

Substitution Robert Ogleby on for Jay Harris.

64:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Sandell by Adrian Cieslewicz.

63:46

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Chris Westwood gets a block in.

63:34

Danny Wright takes a shot. Alan Julian makes a save.

62:47

Unfair challenge on Johnny Hunt by Andrew Hughes results in a free kick. Joe Clarke takes the direct free kick.

62:07

Andy Sandell produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

61:53

Lee Evans takes a shot. Chris Westwood gets a block in.

60:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Evans by Jay Harris. Alan Julian restarts play with the free kick.

59:30

Inswinging corner taken by Dean Keates from the right by-line played to the near post, Michael Smith makes a clearance.

59:01

Corner taken by Joe Clarke from the left by-line, clearance by Andy Sandell.

57:22

Unfair challenge on Lee Evans by Jay Harris results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony James.

56:58

Shot by Ryan Charles. Joslain Mayebi makes a comfortable save.

55:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Max Porter - Newport 1 - 1 Wrexham Goal scored by Max Porter from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newport County 1-1 Wrexham.

54:53

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Evans to the near post, Joslain Mayebi makes a save.

54:26

Inswinging corner taken by Lee Evans from the left by-line, Chris Westwood makes a clearance.

52:28

Andy Sandell takes the free kick.

52:28 Substitution

Substitution (Newport County) makes a substitution, with Andrew Hughes coming on for Ismail Yakubu.

52:28

Aaron O'Connor fouled by Chris Westwood, the ref awards a free kick.

51:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Wright by Ismail Yakubu. Direct free kick taken by Dean Keates.

51:18

Shot from just outside the area by Andy Sandell goes over the bar.

50:11

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Max Porter, Michael Smith takes a shot. Daniel Alfei makes a clearance.

48:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ismail Yakubu on Johnny Hunt. Free kick taken by Dean Keates.

47:04

Michael Smith takes a shot. Save made by Joslain Mayebi.

46:22

The referee blows for offside. Alan Julian takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +3:01 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:40

Michael Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Keates. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Alfei.

45:00 +0:49

Shot by Aaron O'Connor from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

45:00 +0:02

Michael Smith takes a shot. Save by Joslain Mayebi.

41:18

The assistant referee flags for offside against Adrian Cieslewicz. Alan Julian takes the free kick.

37:07

Ryan Charles challenges Neil Ashton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neil Ashton.

36:33

The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Wright. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.

35:03

Michael Flynn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neil Ashton. Free kick taken by Neil Ashton.

33:42

The assist for the goal came from Joe Clarke.

33:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Wright - Newport 0 - 1 Wrexham Goal scored by Danny Wright from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Newport County 0-1 Wrexham.

33:09

Corner taken by Andy Sandell played to the near post, clearance by Joe Clarke.

32:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Wright on Max Porter. David Pipe takes the free kick.

27:46

Danny Wright is caught offside. Alan Julian restarts play with the free kick.

26:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Riley by Ryan Charles. Direct free kick taken by Joslain Mayebi.

26:27 Penalty

Power penalty taken by Andy Sandell saved by Joslain Mayebi. Newport County 0-0 Wrexham.

25:37

Penalty awarded for a foul by Daniel Alfei on Aaron O'Connor.

25:06

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Save by Joslain Mayebi.

20:29

Joe Clarke challenges David Pipe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Julian.

19:32

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell to the near post, Johnny Hunt manages to make a clearance.

18:09

Joe Clarke has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

17:22

The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Smith. Joslain Mayebi takes the free kick.

15:40

Direct free kick taken by Tony James.

15:40 Booking

Booking Danny Wright is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

15:25

Unfair challenge on Andy Sandell by Danny Wright results in a free kick.

14:43

Corner from the left by-line taken by Joe Clarke, save by Alan Julian.

12:41

Joslain Mayebi takes the direct free kick.

12:41 Booking

Booking Max Porter booked.

12:14

Dean Keates fouled by Max Porter, the ref awards a free kick.

10:17

Johnny Hunt fouled by Lee Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Johnny Hunt takes the free kick.

6:49

Foul by Jay Harris on Andy Sandell, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Andy Sandell from the free kick.

6:07

Michael Flynn takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Hunt.

5:01

Andy Sandell produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

2:25

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Dean Keates, Header from close range by Danny Wright misses to the right of the goal.

0:52

Foul by Neil Ashton on Aaron O'Connor, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andy Sandell.

0:20

Aaron O'Connor is caught offside. Joslain Mayebi takes the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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