Match ends, Newport County 2, Colchester United 0.
Newport County moved back into the League Two automatic promotion places with a 2-0 win over fellow-challengers Colchester United at Rodney Parade.
The Exiles leapfrog John McGreal's side after securing a first league win in five courtesy of a strong second half.
Jamille Matt's 11th goal of the season put Newport ahead on 54 minutes before youngster Cameron Pring's first senior goal made the result safe.
Ex-Newport striker Frank Nouble almost scored a late consolation for the U's.
Newport move to third in League Two, a place and a point ahead of Colchester.
Newport manager Michael Flynn told BBC Radio Wales:
"It is a massive win. They were by far the better team in the first half, but we showed a desire to defend.
"Padraig Amond gave one of the best League Two performances I have ever seen... he was first class today.
"I have not heard anything (about a potential approach for his services from Shrewsbury).
"If an approach comes it is up to the club to deal with that. But until I hear anything, it is business as usual for me."
- 2PipeBooked at 47mins
- 7WillmottSubstituted forPringat 34'minutes
- 8DolanSubstituted forO'Brienat 90+1'minutes
- 42SemenyoSubstituted forM Harrisat 86'minutes
- 14M Harris
- 5ProsserBooked at 74mins
- 4LapslieSubstituted forGondohat 76'minutes
- 7SeniorSubstituted forCollinsat 81'minutes
- 10SzmodicsBooked at 61mins
- 11DickensonSubstituted forMandronat 58'minutes
- Roger East
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Newport County 2, Colchester United 0.
Foul by Cameron Pring (Newport County).
Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Newport County. Mark O'Brien replaces Matthew Dolan.
Cameron Pring (Newport County) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.
Attempt saved. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Tyreeq Bakinson (Newport County).
Substitution, Newport County. Mark Harris replaces Antoine Semenyo.
Attempt missed. Ryan Gondoh (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Frank Nouble (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Colchester United. Aaron Collins replaces Courtney Senior.
Foul by Antoine Semenyo (Newport County).
Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Luke Prosser.
Attempt saved. Antoine Semenyo (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Fraser Franks (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mikael Mandron (Colchester United).
Courtney Senior (Colchester United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.