Newport County ground out victory over Alfreton to stay in third place in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Striker Christian Jolley's left-footed strike on the stroke of half-time gave the Exiles a 1-0 lead at the break.

Substitute Byron Anthony's header on the 67th minute secured the victory for the home side.

Kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes after officials discovered goalposts at one end of the Rodney Parade ground were six inches too high.

That prompted a late start at the ground that also hosts Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport RFC rugby teams.

Newport have already secured a play-off spot but retain only a slim chance of automatic promotion following Kidderminster's win at Wrexham.

The Exiles dominated a scrappy and one-sided game which was played in torrential rain and awful conditions but they were never really troubled by the visitors.

Alfreton secured their Blue Square Bet Premier status with their recent win over Tamworth.

Newport play Luton on Tuesday and the final game of their regular league campaign is against Grimsby.

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Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"It was a bit of a throwback to my time playing out on that pitch but I thought we adapted very well to the conditions.

"I thought it was an evenly fought contest with players using their common sense and a referee managing it well. [It was] a massive three points.

"That's three consecutive victories here inside a week so I'm delighted for the players. There's been a lot of pressure on these players in these last three games."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Newport County

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 03 Hughes
  • 05 James
  • 06 Yakubu (Anthony - 54' )
  • 02 Pipe
  • 13 Sandell
  • 17 Flynn
  • 23 Jolley (O'Connor - 69' )
  • 24 Willmott
  • 30 Gilbey (Donnelly - 77' )
  • 25 Washington

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 21 Anthony
  • 26 Donnelly
  • 07 O'Connor
  • 27 Griffiths

Alfreton Town

  • 22 Pickford
  • 02 Law
  • 06 Kempson
  • 10 Bradley
  • 16 Rose
  • 17 Streete
  • 14 Meadows
  • 18 Hewitt (Franklin - 69' )
  • 09 Clayton (Soares - 62' )
  • 11 Arnold
  • 21 Tomlinson (Taylor - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Barnes
  • 03 Franklin
  • 04 Taylor
  • 08 Soares
Ref: Johnson
Att: 2,138

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

8 4

Corners

8 5

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:27 Full time

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

90:00 +2:22

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Law from the left by-line, Close range shot by Louie Soares misses to the left of the target.

89:47

The official flags Conor Washington offside. Jordan Pickford restarts play with the free kick.

89:25

Connor Franklin fouled by David Pipe, the ref awards a free kick. Jordan Pickford takes the free kick.

88:10

Corner from the right by-line taken by Josh Law, Headed effort from inside the area by Darran Kempson misses to the left of the goal.

87:45

Byron Anthony challenges Connor Franklin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan Arnold.

86:40

Corner taken by Andy Sandell, clearance made by Louie Soares.

85:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Conor Washington on Theo Streete. Jordan Pickford takes the indirect free kick.

84:32

Nathan Arnold is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

83:59

Aaron O'Connor challenges Jordan Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jordan Pickford restarts play with the free kick.

83:04

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nathan Arnold. Lenny Pidgeley takes the indirect free kick.

82:19

Scott Donnelly produces a cross, Darran Kempson makes a clearance. Louie Soares takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.

76:06 Substitution

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

74:33

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nathan Arnold. Lenny Pidgeley takes the free kick.

73:39

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andy Sandell, Darran Kempson makes a clearance.

72:33

The ball is crossed by Louie Soares, save by Lenny Pidgeley.

72:02

Nathan Arnold delivers the ball, clearance by Tony James.

71:33

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Law, David Pipe makes a clearance.

71:12

Aaron O'Connor challenges Connor Franklin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jordan Rose takes the free kick.

68:50 Substitution

Substitution Connor Franklin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Hewitt.

68:14 Substitution

Substitution (Newport County) makes a substitution, with Aaron O'Connor coming on for Christian Jolley.

67:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Jolley by Jordan Rose. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

66:13

Assist by Andy Sandell.

66:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Byron Anthony - Newport 2 - 0 Alfreton Byron Anthony finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Newport County 2-0 Alfreton Town.

65:02

Dan Bradley concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Jolley. Robbie Willmott has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Jordan Pickford. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Sandell,

63:23

Foul by Theo Streete on Conor Washington, free kick awarded. Andy Sandell restarts play with the free kick. Christian Jolley takes a shot. Jordan Rose gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Robbie Willmott from the left by-line, save by Jordan Pickford.

62:52

Nathan Arnold takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

61:51 Substitution

Substitution Paul Clayton leaves the field to be replaced by Louie Soares.

61:51 Substitution

Substitution Alastair Taylor on for Ben Tomlinson.

59:45

Effort on goal by Danny Meadows from just inside the area clears the bar.

58:16

Ben Tomlinson delivers the ball.

57:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Arnold by Robbie Willmott. Jordan Pickford takes the indirect free kick.

55:25

Danny Meadows fouled by Alex Gilbey, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jordan Rose. Steven Hewitt takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

53:45 Substitution

Substitution Byron Anthony on for Ismail Yakubu.

53:17

A cross is delivered by Paul Clayton, Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.

52:08

Christian Jolley fouled by Jordan Rose, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Sandell crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

48:04

A cross is delivered by David Pipe, Danny Meadows manages to make a clearance.

47:27

The offside flag is raised against Paul Clayton. Lenny Pidgeley takes the indirect free kick.

46:25

Dan Bradley fouled by Michael Flynn, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jordan Rose.

45:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Clayton on David Pipe. Indirect free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:39 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:09

The assist for the goal came from Conor Washington.

45:00 +0:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Christian Jolley - Newport 1 - 0 Alfreton A goal is scored by Christian Jolley from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newport County 1-0 Alfreton Town.

42:48

Michael Flynn challenges Jordan Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jordan Pickford restarts play with the free kick.

39:59

Conor Washington takes a shot. Theo Streete gets a block in.

38:41

Foul by Dan Bradley on Alex Gilbey, free kick awarded. Lenny Pidgeley takes the indirect free kick.

38:04

Robbie Willmott delivers the ball, save by Jordan Pickford.

36:49

Robbie Willmott sends in a cross. Ismail Yakubu takes a shot. Jordan Rose gets a block in. Andy Sandell takes the outswinging corner, Jordan Pickford makes a save.

34:26

Christian Jolley produces a cross, Shot from deep inside the area by Robbie Willmott clears the bar.

31:38

David Pipe produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

31:06

Darran Kempson concedes a free kick for a foul on Conor Washington. Robbie Willmott takes the direct free kick.

30:05

Unfair challenge on Darran Kempson by Christian Jolley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Josh Law.

29:22

Josh Law takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Lenny Pidgeley.

28:58

Nathan Arnold takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.

26:50

The ball is crossed by Ben Tomlinson, Tony James manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Law from the left by-line to the near post, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lenny Pidgeley by Steven Hewitt. Lenny Pidgeley takes the free kick.

24:48

Andy Sandell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Clayton. The ball is sent over by Josh Law, Close range headed effort by Jordan Rose goes wide of the left-hand upright.

21:04

Unfair challenge on Paul Clayton by Andy Sandell results in a free kick. Josh Law restarts play with the free kick.

19:56

The ball is delivered by Robbie Willmott, clearance made by Darran Kempson.

19:10

Andy Sandell takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Dan Bradley. Andy Sandell produces a cross, Dan Bradley manages to make a clearance.

18:02

Alex Gilbey challenges Paul Clayton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darran Kempson takes the indirect free kick.

17:49

Christian Jolley sends in a cross, clearance made by Theo Streete.

17:25

The ball is sent over by Michael Flynn, save by Jordan Pickford.

13:54

Handball by Ben Tomlinson. Indirect free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

11:38

Conor Washington takes a shot. Save made by Jordan Pickford. Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Sandell, save by Jordan Pickford. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Robbie Willmott from the left by-line to the near post, Dan Bradley makes a clearance.

8:49

The ball is swung over by Ben Tomlinson, Michael Flynn makes a clearance.

7:09

Robbie Willmott sends in a cross, Ismail Yakubu takes a shot. Save by Jordan Pickford.

5:09

Theo Streete fouled by Christian Jolley, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jordan Pickford.

4:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Gilbey by Paul Clayton. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

3:03

Conor Washington sends in a cross, Shot from deep inside the area by Andy Sandell clears the crossbar.

2:00

The offside flag is raised against Ben Tomlinson. Lenny Pidgeley takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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