Newport moved above Wrexham into third place in the Blue Square Bet Premier with a thumping win over Macclesfield.

The visitors took a third minute lead when Guy Madjo pounced on a defensive error to set up Jay Burgess.

Christian Jolley's close-range effort drew Newport level before Andy Sandell converted from the penalty spot.

Robbie Willmott's decisive finish added a third before the break, the winger completing the comeback after Sandell's effort had been cleared off the line.

The victory was a fitting response to the pre-match announcement that manager Justin Edinburgh had signed a two-year contract extension.

Newport still have a slim chance of winning the title but, with three games left, they are eight points behind leaders Mansfield Town.

They are six behind second-placed Kidderminster Harriers, who have played a game more.

Macclesfield's fourth straight defeat sees them slip a place to ninth.

View from the dressing room

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"I thought we were excellent. We really passed the ball well and scored some fantastic goals.

"I'm really pleased with the boys that came into the side, I thought they were excellent. All-in-all it was another good night at Rodney Parade.

"After securing our play-off place on Tuesday, it was pleasing we didn't drop our standards."

Match Stats

Shots

15 5

On target

9 4

Corners

4 3

Fouls

17 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +0:13 Full time

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

87:00

The referee blows for offside against Jack Mackreth. Lenny Pidgeley takes the indirect free kick.

86:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Gilbey on Keiran Murtagh. Peter Winn restarts play with the free kick.

82:48

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Sandell from the right by-line.

82:31

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Save made by Rhys Taylor.

81:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Byron Anthony on Jack Mackreth. Direct free kick taken by John Paul Kissock.

79:14

Pablo Mills takes the direct free kick.

79:14 Substitution

Substitution Jack Mackreth comes on in place of Guy Madjo.

79:14

Andrew Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Waide Fairhurst.

78:36

Guy Madjo takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.

74:49

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Save by Rhys Taylor.

73:25

Andy Sandell takes the free kick.

73:25 Substitution

Substitution Michael Flynn is brought on as a substitute for Michael Boateng.

73:25 Booking

Booking Enes Fermino goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

73:18

Unfair challenge on Michael Boateng by Enes Fermino results in a free kick.

71:27

Enes Fermino gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Boateng. Free kick taken by Andy Sandell.

70:19 Substitution

Substitution Rhys Griffiths leaves the field to be replaced by Jake Harris.

67:17

Pablo Mills fouled by Michael Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Winn restarts play with the free kick.

65:59 Substitution

Substitution Aaron O'Connor is brought on as a substitute for Christian Jolley.

65:43

Robbie Willmott produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

64:17

Rhys Griffiths takes a shot. Blocked by John Paul Kissock.

64:04

Rhys Griffiths provided the assist for the goal.

64:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Willmott - Newport 4 - 1 Macclesfld Robbie Willmott finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newport County 4-1 Macclesfield.

63:17

Alex Gilbey produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

62:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Minshull by Enes Fermino. Andy Sandell restarts play with the free kick.

62:07

Enes Fermino concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony James. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

61:37

Foul by Michael Boateng on John Paul Kissock, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Keiran Murtagh.

59:25

Corner from the right by-line taken by Sam Wedgbury, Rhys Griffiths makes a clearance.

58:51

Andrew Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Waide Fairhurst. Direct free kick taken by Enes Fermino.

58:04

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell from the right by-line, Rhys Taylor makes a save.

56:36

Ryan Jackson delivers the ball, Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

56:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Boateng on John Paul Kissock. Guy Madjo restarts play with the free kick.

54:34 Substitution

Substitution (Macclesfield) makes a substitution, with Waide Fairhurst coming on for Jay Burgess.

54:25

Effort on goal by Lee Minshull from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

53:47

Shot comes in from Andy Sandell from the free kick.

53:47 Booking

Booking Booking for Thierry Audel.

51:43

Unfair challenge on Rhys Griffiths by Thierry Audel results in a free kick.

51:09

Jay Burgess takes a shot. Tony James gets a block in.

50:45

Enes Fermino takes a shot.

47:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thierry Audel by Rhys Griffiths. Direct free kick taken by Rhys Taylor.

46:23

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Sandell from the right by-line, clearance made by Enes Fermino.

45:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rhys Griffiths by Thierry Audel. Direct free kick taken by Alex Gilbey.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:01 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +2:32

Rhys Griffiths concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Mills. Rhys Taylor takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +0:57

The assist for the goal came from Christian Jolley.

45:00 +0:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Willmott - Newport 3 - 1 Macclesfld Goal scored by Robbie Willmott from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newport County 3-1 Macclesfield.

42:55

Andy Sandell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Wedgbury. Thierry Audel takes the free kick.

41:03

Sam Wedgbury concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Sandell. Andrew Hughes takes the free kick.

40:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Sandell - Newport 2 - 1 Macclesfld Penalty taken left-footed by Andy Sandell and scored. Newport County 2-1 Macclesfield.

39:25 Booking

Booking Booking for Ryan Jackson for unsporting behaviour.

38:40

Penalty awarded for a foul by Ryan Jackson on Andy Sandell.

36:59

Andy Sandell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Wedgbury. Ryan Jackson restarts play with the free kick.

36:14

Corner taken by Andy Sandell from the right by-line.

36:00

Rhys Griffiths takes a shot. Save made by Rhys Taylor.

35:28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Enes Fermino. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

34:41

Rhys Griffiths challenges Keiran Murtagh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Pablo Mills.

30:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Enes Fermino on Christian Jolley. Lenny Pidgeley takes the free kick.

30:21

Alex Gilbey takes a shot. Save by Rhys Taylor.

29:14

Keiran Murtagh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Gilbey. Free kick taken by Andy Sandell.

27:38

John Paul Kissock takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

27:05

Keiran Murtagh fouled by Michael Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Pablo Mills.

23:54

Assist on the goal came from Alex Gilbey.

23:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Christian Jolley - Newport 1 - 1 Macclesfld Christian Jolley finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Newport County 1-1 Macclesfield.

23:39

Foul by John Paul Kissock on Alex Gilbey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andy Sandell.

20:32

Andy Sandell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Wedgbury. Ryan Jackson restarts play with the free kick.

19:43

Unfair challenge on Pablo Mills by Christian Jolley results in a free kick. Rhys Taylor takes the free kick.

19:18

The official flags Guy Madjo offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

15:02

Peter Winn decides to take the corner short.

14:16

Peter Winn takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Andy Sandell.

11:22

Foul by Byron Anthony on John Paul Kissock, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Enes Fermino.

10:23

Shot from outside the box by Christian Jolley misses to the left of the goal.

8:39

Robbie Willmott sends in a cross, save by Rhys Taylor.

8:01

Christian Jolley takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

4:48

Alex Gilbey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

4:12

John Paul Kissock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Minshull. Free kick taken by Andy Sandell.

2:57

Assist by Enes Fermino.

2:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Jay Burgess - Newport 0 - 1 Macclesfld Jay Burgess scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newport County 0-1 Macclesfield.

0:25

Guy Madjo fouled by Tony James, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Mills.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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