Newport 0-0 Dartford

Newport's stuttering form continued with their automatic promotion hopes fading after playing out a goalless draw with mid-table Dartford.

Aaron O'Connor tested Csaba Somogyi with a right-footed effort from the edge of the area while Andy Sandell had an attempt saved at the other end.

Lenny Pidgeley did well to keep out Charlie Sheringham's shot while later saving Tom Bonner's header.

The Exiles are now 10 points behind Kidderminster with three games in hand.

But crucially they are nine behind second-placed Mansfield who have played the same number of games as the Welsh side.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"A clean sheet is positive - that's three consecutive clean sheets - and I think we had the chance to have won it.

"But with Azza [striker Aaron O'Connor] getting in there, he's getting into scoring positions and it's only a matter of time before the goals come back for this team.

"Any game that we don't win we're frustrated but you have to respect the opposition and they're a team that have done very well this season and they didn't make it easy for us."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Newport County

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 03 Hughes
  • 05 James (Yakubu - 77' )
  • 21 Anthony
  • 02 Pipe
  • 08 Minshull
  • 13 Sandell
  • 24 Willmott Booked
  • 26 Donnelly
  • 30 Gilbey (Jolley - 57' )
  • 07 O'Connor

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 06 Yakubu
  • 23 Jolley
  • 34 Evans
  • 27 Griffiths

Dartford

  • 29 Somogyi
  • 03 Green
  • 04 Champion
  • 06 Bonner
  • 22 Evans (Sheringham - 66' Booked )
  • 08 Wallis
  • 10 Bradbrook
  • 14 Noble
  • 20 Burns
  • 07 Hayes (Rose - 84' )
  • 27 Prior (Erskine - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Sutton
  • 02 Rose
  • 15 Collier
  • 09 Erskine
  • 28 Sheringham
Ref: Horwood
Att: 2,111

Match Stats

Shots

10 5

On target

7 4

Corners

5 5

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:37 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:43

Elliot Bradbrook fouled by Lee Minshull, the ref awards a free kick. Csaba Somogyi takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Minshull on Jon Wallis. Csaba Somogyi takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:04

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Save made by Csaba Somogyi.

87:42

Free kick taken by Csaba Somogyi.

87:42 Booking

Booking Robbie Willmott is given a yellow card.

87:25

Robbie Willmott concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Green.

85:48

Corner from the left by-line taken by Scott Donnelly, save made by Csaba Somogyi.

85:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Willmott by Adam Green. Andy Sandell crosses the ball in from the free kick.

84:42 Substitution

Substitution Jason Prior goes off and Jacob Erskine comes on.

83:01 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Hayes leaves the field to be replaced by Richard Rose.

81:13

Corner taken by Ryan Hayes, Tom Bonner takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley. Corner taken right-footed by Lee Noble from the left by-line, save by Lenny Pidgeley.

79:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Sheringham on Andy Sandell. Scott Donnelly takes the free kick.

76:08 Substitution

Substitution Ismail Yakubu is brought on as a substitute for Tony James.

75:46 Booking

Booking Charlie Sheringham receives a caution.

75:13

Jason Prior has a volleyed shot. Tony James gets a block in.

73:30

Lee Burns challenges Lee Minshull unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Sandell takes the free kick.

73:07

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Save made by Csaba Somogyi.

71:33

Foul by Tom Bonner on Aaron O'Connor, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Andy Sandell, Csaba Somogyi makes a save.

70:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Byron Anthony on Elliot Bradbrook. Elliot Bradbrook shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Lenny Pidgeley.

69:57

David Pipe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Bonner. Direct free kick taken by Adam Green.

68:52

Inswinging corner taken by Lee Noble, Header from deep inside the area by Jason Prior goes over the bar.

67:24

Andy Sandell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Hayes. Ryan Hayes crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Lee Minshull. Charlie Sheringham takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley. Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hayes to the near post, clearance by Aaron O'Connor.

65:28 Substitution

Substitution Jack Evans leaves the field to be replaced by Charlie Sheringham.

62:46

Tom Bonner concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron O'Connor. Scott Donnelly shoots direct from the free kick, save by Csaba Somogyi.

59:26

Christian Jolley is ruled offside. Csaba Somogyi takes the direct free kick.

57:46

Corner taken by Andy Sandell from the right by-line played to the near post, Jack Evans makes a clearance.

56:02 Substitution

Substitution Christian Jolley is brought on as a substitute for Alex Gilbey.

54:54

Robbie Willmott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Bonner. Csaba Somogyi takes the free kick.

48:58

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Bonner.

48:24

Corner taken short by Andy Sandell.

47:24

The ball is sent over by Jack Evans, Scott Donnelly gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Jon Wallis from the left by-line, save by Lenny Pidgeley.

45:39

Andy Sandell takes a shot. Csaba Somogyi makes a save. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Donnelly from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Adam Green.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:34 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:05

Effort on goal by Andy Sandell from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

44:05

Robbie Willmott is caught offside. Csaba Somogyi restarts play with the free kick.

37:22

Foul by Elliot Bradbrook on Alex Gilbey, free kick awarded. Lenny Pidgeley takes the free kick.

34:36

Lee Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Pipe. Lenny Pidgeley takes the direct free kick.

33:40

Lee Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Pipe. Byron Anthony restarts play with the free kick.

31:57

The ball is sent over by David Pipe.

30:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Sandell by Jack Evans. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Scott Donnelly, save by Csaba Somogyi.

25:03

Effort from the edge of the area by Aaron O'Connor goes wide of the right-hand post.

24:02

Aaron O'Connor takes a shot. Save by Csaba Somogyi.

22:12

Jason Prior is caught offside. Lenny Pidgeley takes the direct free kick.

18:23

Corner taken right-footed by Scott Donnelly, save by Csaba Somogyi.

16:22

Tom Champion fouled by Andy Sandell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Csaba Somogyi.

13:38

Scott Donnelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Green. Direct free kick taken by Csaba Somogyi.

9:17

Ryan Hayes is caught offside. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

7:16

Shot from just outside the box by Scott Donnelly goes over the crossbar.

5:35

Scott Donnelly takes a shot. Tom Champion gets a block in.

4:51

Jason Prior concedes a free kick for a foul on Byron Anthony. Direct free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.

2:49

Tom Champion challenges Robbie Willmott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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