Newport secured a Blue Square Bet Premier play-off spot with victory over Braintree at Rodney Parade.

The only goal came three minutes after the break as Conor Washington scored his first goal for Newport.

Aaron O'Connor played in Washington, who outmuscled a defender and shot through the legs of Nathan McDonald.

O'Connor had fired over the bar during a first half in which Newport had found it hard against a resolute Braintree defence.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"I think it's a marvellous achievement. We've been very consistent over the course of the season and never been out of the top five.

"We played on a difficult surface, very dry and bobbly but I thought we played the conditions well

"Braintree came here and made it difficult but we got that all important first goal which was a great goal and I'm pleased for Conor Washington. I thought he was outstanding from start to finish.

"I'm pleased with the result and again another clean sheet."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Newport County

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 03 Hughes
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 21 Anthony
  • 02 Pipe
  • 08 Minshull (Evans - 90' )
  • 23 Jolley (Flynn - 58' )
  • 24 Willmott
  • 26 Donnelly (Gilbey - 82' )
  • 07 O'Connor
  • 25 Washington

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 17 Flynn
  • 30 Gilbey
  • 34 Evans
  • 27 Griffiths

Braintree Town

  • 01 McDonald
  • 05 Paine Booked
  • 15 Massey
  • 19 Wells
  • 32 Smith
  • 08 Davis
  • 11 Sparkes (Wright - 59' )
  • 12 Daley
  • 17 Mulley
  • 33 Woodyard
  • 14 Sheppard (Marks - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 02 Peters
  • 09 Marks
  • 37 Wright
Ref: Breakspear
Att: 1,864

Match Stats

Shots

10 6

On target

6 4

Corners

2 3

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +1:46

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald.

90:00 +0:54 Substitution

Substitution Lee Minshull leaves the field to be replaced by Will Evans.

82:11

Unfair challenge on Andrew Hughes by Sean Marks results in a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

81:06 Substitution

Substitution Scott Donnelly leaves the field to be replaced by Alex Gilbey.

79:20

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luke Daley, save by Lenny Pidgeley.

78:02

Unfair challenge on Byron Anthony by Ben Wright results in a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley takes the free kick.

76:07

Corner taken by James Mulley, David Pipe manages to make a clearance.

73:59

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald.

71:51

The official flags Scott Donnelly offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Woodyard.

71:19

The referee blows for offside. Dean Wells takes the indirect free kick.

70:24

The official flags Ben Wright offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

66:23

Lee Minshull takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald.

65:01

Conor Washington is ruled offside. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

64:32

Ben Wright is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

63:35

Header by Ben Wright from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

59:49

Andrew Hughes restarts play with the free kick. Conor Washington takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald.

59:49 Booking

Booking Matthew Paine goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

59:34

Andrew Hughes fouled by Matthew Paine, the ref awards a free kick.

57:41 Substitution

Substitution Ben Wright is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Sparkes.

57:41 Substitution

Substitution Sean Marks comes on in place of Kaine Sheppard.

57:41 Substitution

Substitution Michael Flynn replaces Christian Jolley.

56:05

Foul by Alex Woodyard on Lee Minshull, free kick awarded. Scott Donnelly restarts play with the free kick. Byron Anthony has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

53:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Woodyard by Lee Minshull. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.

50:31

Unfair challenge on Daniel Sparkes by Scott Donnelly results in a free kick. Daniel Sparkes takes the direct free kick.

49:14

David Pipe concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Smith. Direct free kick taken by Steven Smith.

47:28

Assist on the goal came from Aaron O'Connor.

47:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Conor Washington - Newport 1 - 0 Braintree Conor Washington gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Newport County 1-0 Braintree Town.

45:57

Foul by Andrew Hughes on Luke Daley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Sparkes. Headed effort from inside the area by Kaine Sheppard misses to the left of the target.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:34

Inswinging corner taken by Robbie Willmott from the left by-line, Nathan McDonald makes a save.

44:08

Foul by Christian Jolley on Matthew Paine, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

43:29

The offside flag is raised against Aaron O'Connor. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

36:44

Kaine Sheppard challenges Byron Anthony unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Byron Anthony.

32:40

Daniel Sparkes concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Willmott. Direct free kick taken by Scott Donnelly.

30:17

Foul by Christian Jolley on Dean Wells, free kick awarded. Nathan McDonald takes the direct free kick.

28:51

Luke Daley takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Daley, clearance made by Lee Minshull.

26:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Minshull on Kaine Sheppard. Dean Wells takes the free kick.

25:16

Aaron O'Connor has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

23:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Wells by Ismail Yakubu. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

23:06

Kaine Sheppard concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Hughes. Andrew Hughes takes the direct free kick.

21:32

Christian Jolley produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

20:00

Kenny Davis takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

17:44

Robbie Willmott produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

16:41

The referee blows for offside. Nathan McDonald takes the indirect free kick.

16:03

Daniel Sparkes takes a shot. Blocked by Byron Anthony.

12:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Woodyard by Scott Donnelly. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.

11:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kaine Sheppard by Byron Anthony. Direct free kick taken by Dean Wells.

10:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Wells on Christian Jolley. Christian Jolley takes the free kick.

5:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Robbie Willmott on Luke Daley. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Daniel Sparkes, save made by Lenny Pidgeley.

4:59

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald.

2:02

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Robbie Willmott.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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