Ebbsfleet Utd 1-1 Newport

Preston Edwards rescued a point for relegation-threatened Ebbsfleet United with a last-gasp penalty save to dent Newport County's promotion chase.

Robbie Willmott tumbled over in the area under Phil Walsh's challenge in added time, but Edwards guessed right to palm away Andy Sandell's spot-kick.

Lee Minshull had headed in Scott Donnelly's cross to put County ahead.

But Liam Enver-Marum equalised for Ebbsfleet when Newport allowed Ashley Carew's cross to skid across the area.

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Ebbsfleet goalkeeper Preston Edwards told BBC Radio Kent:

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Edwards thrilled by penalty save

"It was what we deserved. Fortunately I saved it [the penalty, we got a point against a good team and let's hope we can go on from that.

"I've saved five [penalties] out of eight now, I'm pleased with that. If I hadn't saved it they would have been celebrating three points and we would have thought what if?

"It's looking a lot better, we've got games in hand, but there are points on the board for the other teams, we have a realistic chance of staying up, lots of games around us, we need wins now and hopefully six wins, maybe seven, will keep us up."

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"Obviously we're disappointed with missing a penalty but probably on reflection of the game a draw was the right result.

"If you look at the bigger picture that's three away games on the spin, we've taken seven points and if you'd said beforehand would we have accepted that we probably would have.

"It was heavy out there, it was not conducive to play football on and I think a lot was taken out of us Tuesday night (in the 3-2 win at Hereford United) with the atmosphere and the emotion of the whole game."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Ebbsfleet United

  • 01 Edwards
  • 05 Walsh
  • 06 Lorraine Booked
  • 11 Phipp
  • 17 Gwillim
  • 07 Marum (Azeez - 88' )
  • 15 Barrett
  • 16 Bellamy
  • 23 Carew
  • 09 Elder
  • 20 Godden

Substitutes

  • 12 Menz
  • 03 Blake
  • 18 Azeez
  • 25 Shitta
  • 26 Alabi

Newport County

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 05 James Booked
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 21 Anthony
  • 02 Pipe
  • 08 Minshull
  • 13 Sandell
  • 17 Flynn Booked
  • 26 Donnelly (Thomson - 80' )
  • 23 Jolley (Willmott - 79' )
  • 27 Griffiths (O'Connor - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 03 Hughes
  • 14 Thomson
  • 24 Willmott
  • 07 O'Connor
Ref: Breakspear
Att: 808

Match Stats

Shots

10 7

On target

1 1

Corners

5 3

Fouls

12 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:58 Penalty

Power penalty taken by Andy Sandell saved by Preston Edwards. Ebbsfleet United 1-1 Newport County.

90:00 +2:51

Phil Walsh gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Robbie Willmott.

90:00 +0:17

Effort on goal by Lanre Azeez from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

89:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ismail Yakubu on Matt Godden. Gareth Gwillim restarts play with the free kick.

86:58 Substitution

Substitution Lanre Azeez is brought on as a substitute for Liam Enver-Marum.

86:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Sandell on Liam Enver-Marum. Free kick taken by Ashley Carew, Effort from deep inside the area by Matt Godden misses to the right of the goal.

85:34

Liam Bellamy concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Sandell. Andy Sandell takes the free kick.

83:26

Close range header by Andy Sandell misses to the right of the goal.

78:24 Substitution

Substitution Jake Thomson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Donnelly.

78:24 Substitution

Substitution Robbie Willmott on for Christian Jolley.

78:24

Aaron O'Connor produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

73:42

Andy Sandell fouled by Liam Enver-Marum, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

71:52

Scott Donnelly fouled by Neil Barrett, the ref awards a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley takes the indirect free kick.

69:31

Shot from just outside the box by Liam Bellamy goes over the crossbar.

67:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Minshull by Ashley Carew. Indirect free kick taken by Byron Anthony.

66:57

Aaron O'Connor produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

63:52

Indirect free kick taken by Preston Edwards. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Gwillim from the right by-line, clearance by Lee Minshull.

63:52 Substitution

Substitution Aaron O'Connor is brought on as a substitute for Rhys Griffiths.

63:52

Rhys Griffiths challenges Neil Barrett unfairly and gives away a free kick.

61:23

Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Gwillim from the right by-line, Rhys Griffiths makes a clearance.

58:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rhys Griffiths by Phil Walsh. Scott Donnelly crosses the ball in from the free kick, Ismail Yakubu concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Lorraine. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

57:42

Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

57:42 Booking

Booking Paul Lorraine is booked.

57:32

Paul Lorraine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Flynn.

54:48

A cross is delivered by Ashley Carew,

54:33

Assist on the goal came from Ashley Carew.

54:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Enver-Marum - Ebbsfleet 1 - 1 Newport Liam Enver-Marum fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Ebbsfleet United 1-1 Newport County.

53:36

Gareth Gwillim takes the free kick.

53:36 Booking

Booking The referee books Michael Flynn for unsporting behaviour.

53:27

Ashley Carew fouled by Michael Flynn, the ref awards a free kick.

52:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Sandell on Paul Lorraine. Preston Edwards takes the free kick.

52:11

Paul Lorraine fouled by Rhys Griffiths, the ref awards a free kick. Preston Edwards takes the free kick.

51:51

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

50:38

Matt Godden challenges Tony James unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

47:34

Nathan Elder produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

46:48

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gareth Gwillim, Lee Minshull manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:13

Effort on goal by Christian Jolley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

43:28

Assist on the goal came from Scott Donnelly.

43:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Minshull - Ebbsfleet 0 - 1 Newport Lee Minshull grabs a headed goal from close range. Ebbsfleet United 0-1 Newport County.

43:17

Scott Donnelly delivers the ball,

41:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Jolley on Tom Phipp. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

39:38

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Gwillim played to the near post, clearance made by Andy Sandell. Corner from right by-line taken by Gareth Gwillim.

37:47

Foul by Paul Lorraine on Lee Minshull, free kick awarded. Michael Flynn takes the free kick.

36:44

Ismail Yakubu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Elder. Phil Walsh takes the indirect free kick.

35:42

Lee Minshull gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Elder. Direct free kick taken by Neil Barrett.

34:39

Effort from inside the area by Christian Jolley misses to the left of the goal.

33:24

Effort on goal by Tom Phipp from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

32:36

Centre by Andy Sandell, Gareth Gwillim makes a clearance.

31:46

Centre by Tom Phipp.

30:20

Tony James fouled by Nathan Elder, the ref awards a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley takes the indirect free kick.

28:59

Matt Godden takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

24:14

Ashley Carew delivers the ball, Header from close range by Liam Enver-Marum clears the bar.

24:14 Booking

Booking The referee shows Tony James a yellow card.

23:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Bellamy by Tony James.

23:00

Nathan Elder challenges David Pipe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

22:30

Lee Minshull gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Carew. Free kick taken by Phil Walsh.

21:56

The official flags Rhys Griffiths offside. Preston Edwards takes the indirect free kick.

20:23

Christian Jolley is caught offside. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

20:03

Christian Jolley takes a short corner.

18:52

Shot by Matt Godden from outside the box goes over the net.

15:27

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Donnelly from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Paul Lorraine by Andy Sandell results in a free kick. Preston Edwards takes the free kick.

15:05

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Donnelly, Nathan Elder makes a clearance.

13:37

The assistant referee signals for offside against Liam Enver-Marum. Lenny Pidgeley takes the indirect free kick.

12:26

Matt Godden has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

9:37

Centre by Gareth Gwillim, Andy Sandell manages to make a clearance.

7:03

Unfair challenge on Tom Phipp by Rhys Griffiths results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Phil Walsh.

4:20

Christian Jolley produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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