York City extended their unbeaten run to 16 games with victory over Newport County and claimed their place in the League Two play-offs.

Michael Coulson's second-half free-kick from 25 yards secured the win for Nigel Worthington's side.

Newport went close to opening the scoring when Lee Minshull headed Ryan Jackson's throw against the post.

Visiting keeper Ian McLoughlin denied Adam Reed twice and saw Coulson hit the crossbar before his late winner.

York City manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York:

"The run we're on at the moment is magnificent effort by the players and the staff.

"We fully deserve to be in the play-offs, I think that's the first thing. We've not crept in the back door.

"It doesn't matter what way you get in we've really forged ahead and stuck to our guns and we've got in there through determination and energy.

"There are two big games to come home and away and at the moment as it stands we've got a one in four chance of getting through, so that's the nice side of it."

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"If they score a good goal then you can sometime hold your hand up and say you've been done by a bit of brilliance or skill.

"But we know we should have stopped them scoring and come away with a draw.

"We need to bring some fresh faces in and need to make sure that the recruitments we bring in are better."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

York City

  • 31 Pope
  • 02 Oyebanjo
  • 03 Davies
  • 10 Penn
  • 15 Lowe
  • 16 McCombe
  • 27 Brobbel (Bowman - 65' )
  • 14 Montrose Booked (Hayhurst - 71' )
  • 07 Coulson
  • 08 Andrew
  • 37 Reed

Substitutes

  • 05 McGurk
  • 11 Jarvis
  • 18 Platt
  • 19 Bowman
  • 20 Allan
  • 24 Ingham
  • 26 Hayhurst

Newport County

  • 33 McLoughlin
  • 18 Jackson
  • 03 Hughes
  • 04 Porter
  • 20 Feely
  • 13 Sandell (O'Connor - 45' )
  • 08 Minshull
  • 07 Chapman (Flynn - 85' )
  • 11 Zebroski
  • 23 Jolley (Jeffers - 71' )
  • 12 Willmott

Substitutes

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 10 O'Connor
  • 14 Jeffers
  • 17 Flynn
  • 24 Amadi-Holloway
  • 45 Howe
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 4,531

Match Stats

Shots

9 12

On target

6 3

Corners

4 2

Fouls

9 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, York City 1, Newport County 0.

90:00 +3:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, York City 1, Newport County 0.

90:00 +3:19

(York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:19

Foul by Kevin Feely (Newport County).

90:00 +1:55

William Hayhurst (York City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:55

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Newport County).

90:00 +0:44

Attempt missed. Chris Zebroski (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

89:25

Foul by Calvin Andrew (York City).

89:25

Kevin Feely (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:12

Attempt missed. Michael Flynn (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

84:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Michael Flynn replaces Adam Chapman.

83:45

Michael Coulson (York City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:45

Foul by Shaun Jeffers (Newport County).

81:57

Corner, York City. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

77:52

Attempt missed. William Hayhurst (York City) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

76:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! York City 1, Newport County 0. Michael Coulson (York City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

75:29

Ryan Bowman (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:29

Foul by Kevin Feely (Newport County).

72:20

Corner, York City. Conceded by Lee Minshull.

71:48

Corner, York City. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

71:37

Russell Penn (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:37

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

70:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. William Hayhurst replaces Lewis Montrose.

70:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Shaun Jeffers replaces Christian Jolley.

68:28

Hand ball by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

67:20

Attempt blocked. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Ryan Bowman replaces Ryan Brobbel.

62:26

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Nick Pope.

62:16

Attempt saved. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

61:31

Foul by Russell Penn (York City).

61:31

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

59:04

Attempt missed. Christian Jolley (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

57:43

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

56:49

John McCombe (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:49

Foul by Aaron O'Connor (Newport County).

55:39

Adam Reed (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:39

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

53:50

Attempt saved. Adam Reed (York City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

53:24

Keith Lowe (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:24

Foul by Aaron O'Connor (Newport County).

49:13

Attempt missed. Michael Coulson (York City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins York City 0, Newport County 0.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, York City 0, Newport County 0.

45:00 +1:45

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

45:00 +0:45

Adam Reed (York City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:45

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

44:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Aaron O'Connor replaces Andy Sandell because of an injury.

42:33

Foul by Michael Coulson (York City).

42:33

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

41:52

Attempt saved. John McCombe (York City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

41:13

Lanre Oyebanjo (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:13

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

40:15

Attempt missed. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

39:46

Foul by Adam Reed (York City).

39:46

Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:30

Attempt saved. Adam Reed (York City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:13

Ryan Brobbel (York City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

36:53

Corner, York City. Conceded by Ian McLoughlin.

36:42

Attempt saved. Adam Reed (York City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

35:01

Foul by Calvin Andrew (York City).

35:01

Kevin Feely (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:08

Foul by Calvin Andrew (York City).

31:08

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

30:53

Ryan Brobbel (York City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:53

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

29:09 Booking

Booking Lewis Montrose (York City) is shown the yellow card.

29:00

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

28:53

Foul by Lewis Montrose (York City).

25:37

Ryan Brobbel (York City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:37

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

24:07

Ryan Brobbel (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:07

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

23:44

Attempt saved. Adam Reed (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

23:00

(York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:58

Foul by Chris Zebroski (Newport County).

22:43

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Russell Penn.

21:37

Attempt missed. Ryan Jackson (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

18:06

Attempt missed. Max Porter (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

16:20

Adam Reed (York City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:20

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

14:13

Attempt saved. Kevin Feely (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

7:33

Foul by Russell Penn (York City).

7:33

Max Porter (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:24

Foul by Ryan Brobbel (York City).

6:24

Andrew Hughes (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:52

Lanre Oyebanjo (York City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:52

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

2:32

Attempt missed. Adam Chapman (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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