Grimsby Town 0-1 Newport County
Newport County will take a one goal lead into Sunday's Blue Square Bet Premier play-off semi-final second leg after a 1-0 win at Grimsby Town.
Ismail Yakubu's header took a deflection off Ian Miller for the only goal of the game two minutes from time in a tight game at Blundell Park.
Craig Disley had Grimsby's best chance of the game in the second half when his header hit the post.
The two sides will meet again in the second leg at Rodney Parade on Sunday.
Grimsby had beaten Newport 3-0 at Blundell Park four days previously on the final day of the regular season.
Newport manager Justin Edinburgh had rested several players for that game and his side showed seven changes for the first leg.
The Mariners - managed by Rob Scott and Paul Hurst - in contrast made three changes with goalkeeper James McKeown, Shaun Pearson and Andy Cooke restored to the starting line-up.
Grimsby went into the game boasting the best defensive record in the Blue Square Bet Premier, having finished the regular season fourth and two points behind third-placed County.
In a scrappy opening to the game Liam Hearn saw a header, from Sam Hatton's free-kick, smothered by Lenny Pidgeley.
Newport responded and Yakubu headed wide from Mike Flynn's cross before David Pipe fired over the cross bar.
Pipe, Newport's captain, volleyed high and wide of the post while Pidgeley was kept on his toes by efforts from Hearn and Jamie Devitt.
The two sides were evenly matched during the first half but Grimsby came close to taking the lead in stoppage time.
Pidgeley could not hold on to Devitt's effort from the edge of the box but the keeper made amends when he denied Aswad Thomas in the resultant scramble.
Devitt tried his luck from distance in the opening minutes of the second half but his weak shot did not trouble Pidgeley while an effort over the crossbar was the winger's last effort before he was replaced by Andi Thanoj.
Andy Sandell did have the ball in the net for Newport but referee Graham Horwood had already blown for a foul by Christian Jolley on centre-half Miller.
Cleveland Taylor skied an effort over the crossbar after good work from Thomas on the left had set up the on-loan Burton midfielder and the woodwork came to Newport's rescue when Craig Disley's header hit the post before Tony James cleared the danger
But two minutes from time the visitors broke the deadlock when Yakubu met substitute Robbie Wilmott's inswinging free-kick and his header took a slight deflection off defender Miller to beat McKeown.
Newport will have a one goal advantage going into Sunday's second leg at Rodney Parade with a final at Wembley against Wrexham or Kidderminster the prize.
VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Grimsby joint-boss Rob Scott told BBC Radio Humberside:
"I think we deserved a point. I don't think either team created too much. It was as it panned out. We said before the game it was going to be a tense affair.
"Frustration is the over-riding feeling at the moment.
"We've got a squad here that's competitive and we felt that we'd rather have Andi Thanoj in the squad in case we wanted to change things around."
Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:
"I thought we were disciplined, dogged and resolute - all the things you need to come to a place like Grimsby, who have a fantastic home record.
"There was nothing between the two sides and I thought we were outstanding, We started ever so bright and took the game to Grimsby.
"Slowly they got back into the game and they pressed us back second half. The whole team defended outstandingly."
- 13 McKeown
- 02 Hatton
- 03 Thomas
- 05 Pearson
- 06 Miller
- 29 Naylor
- 08 Disley Booked
- 15 Devitt (Thanoj - 58' )
- 31 Taylor Booked (Marshall - 72' )
- 10 Hearn
- 12 Cook
- 19 Wood
- 21 Thanoj
- 26 Marshall
- 20 Southwell
- 25 Hannah
- 40 Pidgeley
- 05 James
- 06 Yakubu
- 21 Anthony
- 02 Pipe
- 08 Minshull Booked
- 13 Sandell
- 17 Flynn
- 23 Jolley (Willmott - 88' )
- 30 Gilbey (Donnelly - 86' )
- 09 Crow (Washington - 65' )
- 01 Julian
- 03 Hughes
- 24 Willmott
- 26 Donnelly
- 25 Washington
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.90:00 +5:32
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.90:00 +4:34
Andy Cook takes a shot. Tony James gets a block in.90:00 +3:40
Centre by Aswad Thomas, Andy Sandell manages to make a clearance.90:00 +1:59
Marcus Marshall takes a shot. Michael Flynn gets a block in.90:00 +1:31
Sam Hatton takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Ismail Yakubu makes a clearance.90:00 +1:27
Sam Hatton takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.90:00 +0:11
Foul by Andy Sandell on Liam Hearn, free kick awarded. Sam Hatton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.88:45
The assist for the goal came from Andy Sandell.88:45 Goal scored
Goal! - Ismail Yakubu - Grimsby 0 - 1 Newport Ismail Yakubu finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Grimsby 0-1 Newport County.87:23
A cross is delivered by Andy Sandell,87:23 Substitution
Substitution Robbie Willmott is brought on as a substitute for Christian Jolley.87:23
Foul by Aswad Thomas on Christian Jolley, free kick awarded.87:01
Sam Hatton produces a cross, Andy Cook takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.85:30 Substitution
Substitution Scott Donnelly is brought on as a substitute for Alex Gilbey.85:17
The ball is sent over by David Pipe, clearance by Ian Miller.85:02
Foul by Tom Naylor on Lee Minshull, free kick awarded. Andy Sandell restarts play with the free kick.84:13
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andi Thanoj played to the near post, clearance made by Lee Minshull.83:01
Shot by Christian Jolley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.81:59
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Pearson by Lee Minshull. James McKeown takes the direct free kick.
The referee penalises Andy Cook for handball. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.80:26
The ball is sent over by Christian Jolley.79:28
Tom Naylor produces a cross.78:15
Tom Naylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Gilbey. Direct free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.77:36
Aswad Thomas crosses the ball, Headed effort from close range by Craig Disley bounces off the post.74:56
Michael Flynn sends in a cross, save by James McKeown.71:42 Substitution
Substitution (Grimsby) makes a substitution, with Marcus Marshall coming on for Cleveland Taylor.71:05
Sam Hatton produces a cross, clearance by Tony James.70:24
The referee blows for offside against Christian Jolley. James McKeown takes the free kick.69:30
The ball is swung over by Michael Flynn, save by James McKeown.68:21
Cleveland Taylor challenges Andy Sandell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley takes the free kick.67:17
Effort on goal by Cleveland Taylor from just inside the area clears the bar.66:35
Conor Washington sends in a cross, Christian Jolley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Miller. James McKeown restarts play with the free kick.64:52 Substitution
Substitution Danny Crow leaves the field to be replaced by Conor Washington.63:51
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Shaun Pearson misses to the right of the target.63:12
The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Crow. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Hatton.62:22
Corner taken by Andi Thanoj from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by David Pipe.61:54
Danny Crow is ruled offside. James McKeown restarts play with the free kick.61:19
Lee Minshull fouled by Craig Disley, the ref awards a free kick. Lenny Pidgeley takes the direct free kick.59:56
Effort by Andi Thanoj from a long way out goes over the crossbar.59:00
The ball is crossed by Lee Minshull, save by James McKeown.57:08 Substitution
Substitution Andi Thanoj joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Devitt.56:56
Shot from just outside the box by Jamie Devitt goes over the bar.56:32
The ball is swung over by Aswad Thomas, clearance by Ismail Yakubu.55:28
Foul by Lee Minshull on Shaun Pearson, free kick awarded. James McKeown takes the free kick.55:15
The assistant referee flags for offside against Liam Hearn. Lenny Pidgeley takes the indirect free kick.51:39
Danny Crow is caught offside. James McKeown takes the free kick.49:23
Corner taken by Michael Flynn, Ian Miller manages to make a clearance.48:28
Shot from outside the box by Jamie Devitt misses to the left of the target.47:09
Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.47:09 Booking
Booking Cleveland Taylor shown a yellow card.47:06
The referee gives a free kick against Cleveland Taylor for handball.46:29
Corner taken by Jamie Devitt from the right by-line played to the near post, David Pipe manages to make a clearance.45:56
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie Devitt.45:01
The referee gets the second half underway.45:00 +1:03 Half time
Half Time It is the end of the first-half.45:00 +0:24
Jamie Devitt takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley gets a block in. Aswad Thomas takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley gets a block in.42:05
Danny Crow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Miller. Direct free kick taken by James McKeown.40:26
Shot by Andy Sandell from a long way out goes over the target.36:40
Aswad Thomas sends in a cross.35:58
The ball is delivered by Alex Gilbey, clearance made by Andy Cook.35:00
Andy Sandell takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Craig Disley.34:22
Cleveland Taylor fouled by Danny Crow, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Hatton.33:11
Michael Flynn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Naylor. Direct free kick taken by James McKeown.29:59
Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Sandell, Ismail Yakubu produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.28:46
Alex Gilbey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.28:16
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Naylor on Byron Anthony. Lenny Pidgeley takes the direct free kick.26:26
Byron Anthony gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Devitt. Shot comes in from Jamie Devitt from the free kick, Lenny Pidgeley makes a save. Corner taken by Jamie Devitt played to the near post,25:39
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Naylor by Lee Minshull.24:21
Sam Hatton takes the free kick.24:21 Booking
Booking Lee Minshull receives a yellow card.24:12
Unfair challenge on Jamie Devitt by Lee Minshull results in a free kick.23:30
Alex Gilbey takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Pearson.22:17
Free kick crossed left-footed by Alex Gilbey from right channel, clearance made by Sam Hatton.22:17 Booking
Booking Craig Disley receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.22:10
Craig Disley concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Jolley.21:20
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.20:30
David Pipe produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.18:16
Tom Naylor crosses the ball, save by Lenny Pidgeley.16:58
Byron Anthony challenges Andy Cook unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Sam Hatton, Liam Hearn takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.16:47
The ball is sent over by Alex Gilbey, Ian Miller makes a clearance.15:16
David Pipe takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.13:46
Foul by Craig Disley on Alex Gilbey, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andy Sandell.13:12
Alex Gilbey takes a shot. Craig Disley gets a block in.11:16
Craig Disley takes a shot. Save made by Lenny Pidgeley.10:58
Free kick awarded for a foul by Byron Anthony on Andy Cook. Sam Hatton crosses the ball in from the free kick.10:35
Effort from outside the penalty box by Danny Crow goes wide right of the goal.8:52
Corner taken by Michael Flynn, Ismail Yakubu takes a shot. Michael Flynn delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Byron Anthony misses to the right of the target.8:40
Michael Flynn crosses the ball, clearance by Craig Disley.6:39
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Hatton on Alex Gilbey. Michael Flynn crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.5:34
Michael Flynn takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Craig Disley manages to make a clearance.5:12
Christian Jolley has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.2:23
Foul by Alex Gilbey on Tom Naylor, free kick awarded. A cross is delivered by Sam Hatton, Shaun Pearson takes a shot. Lenny Pidgeley makes a save.0:38
Christian Jolley concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Hatton. James McKeown restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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