Robbie Willmott's sweet first-half free-kick was enough to defeat Braintree Town and take Newport County into the second round of the FA Cup.

Willmott's 20-yard shot found the top corner just before the break after Ryan Peters conceded a needless free-kick.

League Two promotion-hopefuls Newport had more possession throughout.

But the best chance of a tight first-round replay fell to the non-league side when Matt Paine wasted a free six-yard header with the score goalless.

Newport keeper Lenny Pidgeley was also forced into a fine diving save from away substitute Liam Enver-Marum after the interval.

But the Welsh side rarely looked like surrendering their lead and posed the greater threat in the second period.

Adam Chapman nearly made it 2-0 with a superb strike that forced a fantastic save from Nick Hamann.

However, Newport did not need a second goal, despite a spirited Braintree finale, and the hosts go through to face Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough in the second round.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport County assistant manager Jimmy Dack told BBC Radio Wales:

"We knew it was going to be tough. Braintree are having a good season, didn't have anything to lose really and came here and gave a good show.

"It was about attitude tonight. To be fair to the boys they had a go. The pitch was a bit bobbly and we did try and pass it at times.

"We weren't as good as we were [against] Hartlepool but you're not going to be great every week."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Newport County

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 18 Jackson
  • 20 Oshilaja
  • 09 Crow Booked
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 19 Naylor (Flynn - 85' )
  • 07 Chapman
  • 12 Willmott
  • 23 Jolley (Minshull - 69' )
  • 14 Washington
  • 22 Worley

Substitutes

  • 03 Hughes
  • 05 James
  • 08 Minshull
  • 16 Jones
  • 17 Flynn
  • 25 Stephens

Braintree Town

  • 20 Hamann
  • 03 Habergham
  • 02 Peters Booked
  • 04 Isaac Booked
  • 19 Wells
  • 05 Paine
  • 26 Mulley (Cox - 88' )
  • 08 Davis
  • 09 Marks
  • 10 Holman (Quinton - 83' )
  • 12 Daley (Enver-Marum - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 06 Quinton
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 14 Carney
  • 18 Enver-Marum
  • 21 Griffiths
  • 22 Cox
Ref: Andy Davies
Att: 1,406

Match Stats

Shots

8 4

On target

5 2

Corners

6 2

Fouls

14 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newport County 1, Braintree Town 0.

90:00 +6:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Braintree Town 0.

90:00 +3:22

Corner, Braintree Town. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

89:45 Booking

Booking Danny Crow (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

89:38

Foul by Danny Crow (Newport County).

89:38

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:38

Hand ball by Dean Wells (Braintree Town).

87:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox replaces James Mulley.

85:44

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Nick Hamann.

85:29

Attempt saved. Conor Washington (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:57

Attempt saved. Michael Flynn (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

84:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Tom Naylor.

84:05

Foul by Conor Washington (Newport County).

84:05

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Bradley Quinton replaces Dan Holman.

78:55

Attempt saved. Ryan Jackson (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

75:51

Lee Minshull (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:51

Foul by Samuel Habergham (Braintree Town).

73:44

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

73:44

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:24

Foul by Conor Washington (Newport County).

70:24

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Lee Minshull replaces Christian Jolley.

68:16

Attempt saved. Danny Crow (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

67:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Liam Enver-Marum replaces Luke Daley.

64:09

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Nick Hamann.

62:44

Attempt missed. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

61:09

Conor Washington (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:09

Foul by Dean Wells (Braintree Town).

56:39

Harry Worley (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:39

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

55:35

Tom Naylor (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:35

Foul by Samuel Habergham (Braintree Town).

54:51

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

54:51

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:22

Foul by Danny Crow (Newport County).

52:22

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:42

Attempt missed. Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

50:12

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Samuel Habergham.

49:11

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:11

Foul by James Mulley (Braintree Town).

47:21

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

47:21

Dan Holman (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Newport County 1, Braintree Town 0.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newport County 1, Braintree Town 0.

45:00 +0:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Braintree Town 0. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

44:27 Booking

Booking Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.

44:01

Conor Washington (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:01

Foul by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).

43:38

Tom Naylor (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:38

Foul by James Mulley (Braintree Town).

39:29

Attempt saved. Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:04

Corner, Braintree Town. Conceded by Ismail Yakubu.

38:09

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

38:09

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:45 Booking

Booking Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.

35:20

Tom Naylor (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:20

Foul by Chez Isaac (Braintree Town).

34:29

Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:29

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

24:27

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

24:27

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:10

Tom Naylor (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:10

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

20:10

Danny Crow (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:10

Foul by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).

17:14

Christian Jolley (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:14

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

15:04

Attempt missed. Luke Daley (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

14:18

Danny Crow (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:18

Foul by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).

13:00

Dan Holman (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:59

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County).

12:38

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Dean Wells.

12:10

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Dean Wells.

11:52

Attempt blocked. Christian Jolley (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:04

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

11:04

Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:05

Attempt saved. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:26

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

7:26

Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:25

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

4:25

Samuel Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:10

Hand ball by Danny Crow (Newport County).

1:36

Attempt missed. Harry Worley (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is too high.

1:13

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Matthew Paine.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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