Newport County upset over Welsh Cup exit

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh
Edinburgh feels Newport's Welsh Cup games should have been moved

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh feels his side have not been given fair chance in the Welsh Cup this season.

County accepted an invitation from the Football Association of Wales to return to play in the competition for the first time since 1992.

They were knocked out in the fourth round on Saturday after fielding an inexperienced side as their Conference match at Gateshead took priority.

"I think it's disappointing really," said Edinburgh.

"We're in the Welsh Cup and they haven't really accommodated us to move the fixtures or place the fixtures where we can put out a real competitive side."

A mixture of youth and reserves players represented Newport against Welsh Premier League title contenders The New Saints on Saturday.

The full-time outfit, based in Oswestry, proved too strong for the visiting County, with first-half goals from Connall Rawlinson, Alex Darlington, Greg Draper and Craig Jones securing a comfortable win.

At the same time, Edinburgh's first-team boosted their hopes avoiding relegation from the Blue Square Bet Premier by completing a remarkable comeback at Gateshead with two goals in the final six minutes to win 2-3.

Wrexham also rejoined the Welsh Cup for the first time since 1995 this season, but they were knocked out in round three when their tie against Airbus UK clashed with an FA Cup match.

"It's a shame really because it's a prestigious competition and a fantastic tournament to win," added Edinburgh.

"Unfortunately ourselves and Wrexham haven't really been given equal opportunity, which upsets the club and the supporters."

Despite the disappointment of their Welsh Cup exit, Edinburgh was delighted with his side's victory at Gateshead, only their third away win of the season.

County remain in the relegation zone, two points from safety, but with two games in hand on their nearest rivals.

"As long as it's in our own hands we won't panic," Edinburgh said. "We showed immense strength and character [at Gateshead].

"We had some very good performances. Adam Chapman, who we picked up on the motorway on the way up on Friday after signing him on loan from Oxford, came on and played a pivotal part.

"We were 2-0 down and he came on the changed the game. And young Jake Harris is developing a knack of getting some good goals."