Newport County's slim hopes of automatic promotion suffered a blow as they were held by Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium.

In a game of few chances, the Welsh team's efforts foundered on the industry of Tom Shaw and solid defence of Charlie Wessmer.

The closest either team came to scoring was when Scott Donnolly's free kick rattled the Cambridge crossbar.

The draw leaves Newport fourth, nine points behind leaders Kidderminster.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales: "That's an opportunity that passed us by. The games are catching up on us now, I know everyone has played games but we've played a lot and we've travelled a lot. Four of our last five games have been away from home.

"I think we've got three consecutive home games now and our aim is to go an get maximum points from those. We'll look back at the end of that week and who knows.

"It's a point gained on Mansfield. You have to look on it positively. And until we can't win it [the League] then we've got to keep going because I know that with five games to go there's nothing stopping us winning five consecutive games."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Cambridge Utd

  • 30 Pope
  • 02 Roberts
  • 03 Anderson
  • 12 McAuley
  • 22 Wassmer
  • 06 Shaw
  • 11 Dunk
  • 16 Jarvis
  • 10 Elliott
  • 17 Hughes (Blissett - 87' )
  • 28 Smith (Pugh - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Ross
  • 18 Berry
  • 23 Gorman
  • 15 Pugh
  • 19 Blissett

Newport County

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 03 Hughes
  • 05 James
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 21 Anthony
  • 02 Pipe
  • 08 Minshull
  • 23 Jolley (Washington - 76' )
  • 24 Willmott
  • 26 Donnelly
  • 07 O'Connor (Griffiths - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 30 Gilbey
  • 34 Evans
  • 25 Washington
  • 27 Griffiths
Ref: Whitton
Att: 2,012

Match Stats

Shots

4 8

On target

3 1

Corners

5 3

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +0:32

Corner taken by Scott Donnelly from the left by-line played to the near post, Kevin Roberts makes a clearance.

88:30

Inswinging corner taken by Tom Shaw from the left by-line.

88:20

Andy Pugh sends in a cross.

86:36 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Blissett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Hughes.

86:20

David Pipe crosses the ball, clearance made by Kevin Roberts.

85:26

Foul by Rhys Griffiths on Harrison Dunk, free kick awarded. Charlie Wassmer restarts play with the free kick.

84:32 Substitution

Substitution Rhys Griffiths is brought on as a substitute for Aaron O'Connor.

83:02

Effort from the edge of the area by Lee Minshull goes wide of the right-hand upright.

81:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory McAuley by Aaron O'Connor. Free kick taken by Nick Pope.

81:04

The ball is crossed by Scott Donnelly, Charlie Wassmer manages to make a clearance.

78:34

Centre by Tony James.

77:51

Foul by Kevin Roberts on Andrew Hughes, free kick awarded. Scott Donnelly crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

75:58 Substitution

Substitution Conor Washington replaces Christian Jolley.

75:13

The ball is delivered by Christian Jolley, save by Nick Pope.

72:04

Andrew Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Elliott. Rory McAuley restarts play with the free kick.

71:27

Unfair challenge on Lee Minshull by Tom Elliott results in a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

68:08

A cross is delivered by Liam Hughes, free kick awarded for a foul by Harrison Dunk on Tony James. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

67:40

The ball is sent over by David Pipe.

67:23

A cross is delivered by David Pipe, clearance by Kevin Roberts.

66:29

Liam Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Hughes. Byron Anthony takes the direct free kick.

65:14

Byron Anthony challenges Liam Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Harrison Dunk. Tom Elliott takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.

64:46

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andy Pugh. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

64:07

Aaron O'Connor produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

63:38

Aaron O'Connor fouled by Rory McAuley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

62:57

The assistant referee signals for offside against Aaron O'Connor. Nick Pope takes the free kick.

58:17

Shot from just outside the box by Christian Jolley goes over the crossbar.

57:32

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Pugh. Lenny Pidgeley takes the free kick.

57:20

Kevin Roberts sends in a cross.

55:13

The offside flag is raised against Tom Elliott. Indirect free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

54:20

Effort on goal by Robbie Willmott from long distance goes over the crossbar.

53:17

Corner taken by Tom Shaw from the left by-line, clearance by Lee Minshull.

53:06

The ball is delivered by Joe Anderson, Tony James makes a clearance.

51:18

Rossi Jarvis concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Donnelly. Direct free kick taken by Byron Anthony.

49:07

Unfair challenge on Harrison Dunk by Ismail Yakubu results in a free kick. Tom Shaw crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Cambridge Utd) makes a substitution, with Andy Pugh coming on for Sam Smith.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

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

45:00 +0:48

The referee blows for offside. Nick Pope takes the free kick.

44:15

Sam Smith fouled by Byron Anthony, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Roberts takes the free kick.

42:35

A cross is delivered by Christian Jolley, clearance by Joe Anderson. Effort from a long way out by Scott Donnelly goes wide right of the goal.

41:06

David Pipe concedes a free kick for a foul on Harrison Dunk. Charlie Wassmer restarts play with the free kick.

40:07

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Donnelly played to the near post, clearance made by Charlie Wassmer.

39:17

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

33:59

Tony James concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Elliott. Joe Anderson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

33:04

Christian Jolley concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McAuley. Nick Pope restarts play with the free kick.

32:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Minshull by Kevin Roberts. Direct free kick taken by Scott Donnelly.

32:03

Tom Elliott crosses the ball, save made by Lenny Pidgeley.

28:42

Joe Anderson fouled by Christian Jolley, the ref awards a free kick. Nick Pope takes the direct free kick.

27:29

Robbie Willmott fouled by Rory McAuley, the ref awards a free kick. Robbie Willmott shoots direct from the free kick, Liam Hughes gets a block in.

26:14

The ball is sent over by David Pipe, clearance by Liam Hughes.

25:10

The referee penalises Tom Elliott for handball. Scott Donnelly takes the free kick.

24:30

Tom Elliott challenges Lee Minshull unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

23:43

Andrew Hughes has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

22:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Byron Anthony on Sam Smith. Free kick taken by Tom Shaw.

21:43

Robbie Willmott has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

20:29

Tom Elliott fouled by Ismail Yakubu, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Wassmer.

19:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Willmott by Rossi Jarvis. Ismail Yakubu takes the free kick.

19:16

The ball is delivered by Liam Hughes, save by Lenny Pidgeley.

18:20

Harrison Dunk takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Lee Minshull.

18:07

A cross is delivered by Joe Anderson.

13:58

Ismail Yakubu challenges Tom Elliott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Anderson restarts play with the free kick. Rory McAuley is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

10:41

Tom Elliott sends in a cross.

9:23

The official flags Sam Smith offside. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

8:09

Lee Minshull fouled by Rossi Jarvis, the ref awards a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley takes the free kick.

7:08

Tom Shaw takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.

6:58

The ball is crossed by Kevin Roberts, clearance made by Tony James.

5:05

Shot from 35 yards by Tom Shaw. Byron Anthony gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Harrison Dunk, save by Lenny Pidgeley. Inswinging corner taken by Harrison Dunk from the right by-line played to the near post, David Pipe makes a clearance.

4:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Elliott on Robbie Willmott. Scott Donnelly takes the free kick.

2:09

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Robbie Willmott played to the near post, Liam Hughes manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The match begins.

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