Ashley Vincent's first-half goal earned Cheltenham victory over Newport - their first win of 2014.

Andrew Hughes and Chris Zebroski squandered early home chances and Vincent, making his first start since re-signing for the Robins in August, converted Jermaine McGlashan's cross.

The win means Cheltenham move nine points clear of the relegation zone.

But defeat leaves Justin Edinburgh's hosts trailing seven points off the play-off places.

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

Post-match: Cheltenham boss Yates

"I thought we were good today, we won everything because we wanted to. We've been far from perfect this season, we know that, but performances like that give you heart.

"It's time for people to step up and although we can't do anything this season, we can still finish eighth and with the desire and commitment shown today, we've got a chance.

"It's been a good week culminating in a good three points and we want to finish the season strongly. It hasn't been by design that we've not been as good this season, our standards haven't been as good but it's a tough league."

Newport County assistant manager Jimmy Dack told BBC Radio Wales: "It was very disappointing today, we were below par.

"We played well Tuesday night [in the 3-2 win against Oxford] and we thought we had an opportunity today to kick on.

"We know with that [Rodney Parade] pitch, going into the sand and that in the first half you can't move the ball quickly, it's a tough one to break the lines and get in behind them.

"But second half we felt that playing into the good side that we could pass the ball and move it a bit quicker, but our ball back to front wasn't good enough."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Newport County

  • 29 Parish
  • 08 Minshull (Porter - 60' )
  • 13 Sandell
  • 21 Anthony
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 03 Hughes Booked
  • 15 Burge Booked
  • 12 Willmott
  • 45 Howe (Jeffers - 78' )
  • 11 Zebroski
  • 07 Chapman (Crow - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Pipe
  • 04 Porter
  • 09 Crow
  • 14 Jeffers
  • 18 Jackson
  • 19 Naylor
  • 33 Thompson

Cheltenham Town

  • 01 Brown
  • 28 Ihiekwe
  • 22 Braham-Barrett
  • 14 Richards
  • 32 Brundle
  • 06 Elliott
  • 11 McGlashan
  • 21 Vincent (Jombati - 65' )
  • 10 Gornell
  • 09 Harrison
  • 08 Deering

Substitutes

  • 04 Taylor
  • 07 Cureton
  • 12 Roberts
  • 19 Kotwica
  • 20 Jombati
  • 27 Williams
  • 31 Lucas
Ref: Steven Rushton
Att: 3,130

Match Stats

Shots

6 6

On target

0 3

Corners

6 7

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +5:17 Full time

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

90:00 +2:52

Attempt missed. Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

90:00 +1:01

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

90:00 +0:19

Foul by Danny Crow (Newport County).

90:00 +0:19

Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:17

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

88:00

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Andy Sandell.

86:17

Danny Crow (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:17

Foul by Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town).

85:41

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

85:41

Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:22

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

84:22

Foul by Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town).

82:56 Booking

Booking Andrew Hughes (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

82:44

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Newport County).

82:44

Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:34

Foul by Max Porter (Newport County).

78:34

Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Shaun Jeffers replaces Rene Howe.

76:26 Booking

Booking Ryan Burge (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

76:16

Foul by Ryan Burge (Newport County).

76:16

Mitch Brundle (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:59

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ismail Yakubu.

73:08

Foul by Max Porter (Newport County).

73:08

Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:09

Attempt missed. Max Porter (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

69:52

Chris Zebroski (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:52

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town).

69:16

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ismail Yakubu.

69:08

Attempt blocked. Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

68:46

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Byron Anthony.

67:25

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

67:25

Foul by Michael Ihiekwe (Cheltenham Town).

66:25

Byron Anthony (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:25

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

64:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Sido Jombati replaces Ashley Vincent.

64:00

Foul by Rene Howe (Newport County).

64:00

Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Danny Crow replaces Adam Chapman.

59:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Max Porter replaces Lee Minshull.

58:48

Attempt missed. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

55:46

Attempt saved. Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

54:22

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

54:22

Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:43

Byron Anthony (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:43

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

50:48

Rene Howe (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:48

Foul by Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town).

47:16

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ashley Vincent.

45:00

Second Half begins Newport County 0, Cheltenham Town 1.

45:00 +2:16 Half time

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

41:24

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

39:31

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:31

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town).

37:36

Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

37:13

Attempt saved. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

34:40

Rene Howe (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:40

Foul by Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town).

33:03

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

33:03

Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:02

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

27:20

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

27:20

Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:12

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Scott Brown.

24:44

Andy Sandell (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:44

Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

22:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 0, Cheltenham Town 1. Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jermaine McGlashan.

20:26

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Byron Anthony.

14:00

Chris Zebroski (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:00

Foul by Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town).

12:00

Attempt missed. Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

11:17

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

11:17

Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:49

Attempt missed. Rene Howe (Newport County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

9:29

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

7:49

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

7:24

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

4:49

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

4:49

Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:22

Attempt blocked. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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