Neither manager made any changes at the break and the second half started in a similar fashion with County on the front foot. On 49 minutes the home fans got excited as Howe was fouled in a similar position to where Burge scored his wonder free-kick against Oxford the previous Tuesday. However, on this occasion the midfielder's effort went straight into the grateful arms of Brown.
Cheltenham made a rare forage forward as the awkward Harrison tested Parish from long range but it was comfortable save for the on-loan Bristol City keeper. On the hour Edinburgh made 2 changes bringing on Porter and Crow for Minshull and Chapman as the County were committed to attack with 3 strikers now on the pitch. Mark Yates responded by bringing on Jombati for goalscorer Vincent on 65 minutes as the game began to open up.
Jeffers then came on for Howe on 75 minutes and was immediately in the action with a determined run down the right wing but his cut back was cleared away at the second attempt from inside the six yard box by captain Elliott. Despite concerted pressure in the final third of the pitch for the last 10 minutes by County, the goal would not come and Cheltenham held on to rise up to 15th in the table as Newport County AFC remain in 8th place with a chance to get back on a winning run against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday in the third of a 5 match home run.
County: Parish, Hughes, Yakubu, Chapman (Crow 60), Minshull (Porter 60), Zebroski, Willmott, Sandell, Burge, Anthony (Capt.), Howe (Jeffers 78)
Subs: Thompson, Pipe, Porter, Crow, Jeffers, Jackson, Naylor
Booked: Hughes, Burge
Cheltenham Town: Brown, Elliott (Capt.), Deering, Harrison, Gornell, McGlashan, Richards, Braham-Barrett, Ihiewke, Brundel, Vincent (Jombati 65)
Subs: Taylor, Cureton, Roberts, Williams, Kotwica, Lucas, Jombati
Referee: Steve Rushton