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Newport County AFC v Bury FC

25 March 2014

County keep another Clean Sheet

With County going for their first back-to-back wins since Boxing Day, manager Justin Edinburgh named a unchanged side to Saturdays 1-0 win at Torquay. 

That meant there was home debuts for both Darcy Blake and Kevin Feely, who were the busier of the defences in the opening exchanges. Bury skipper Craig Jones twice found himself unmarked from crosses at the far post but on both occasions he squandered the chance to open the scoring.

The closest the visitors came to scoring came from a long-range Danny Mayor shot, which forced an impressive save down low from County 'keeper Ian McLoughlin, who managed to tip the ball around the post.

That save inspired a resurgence from County that started when striker Chris Zebroski found space in the Bury area to unleash a forceful shot straight at the towering figure of Brian Jensen in the Bury goal.

Robbie Willmott had a fierce shot from sixteen-yards that looked destined for the top corner before being brilliantly saved by the veteran goalkeeper and that ensured that the game remained goal-less going into half-time.

Aaron Holloway replaced Danny Crow at half-time and the substitution inspired County to a lively start to the second half. Newport were unable to make the most of their possession and create any clear cut chances with a volley by Mike Flynn parried away by Jensen being the closest County came to opening the scoring.

The best chance of the second half fell to midfielder Lee Minshull, who's leaping header from a County corner scraped the post on its way wide of the goal.

The half petered out with both sides unable to find any success in the final third and the game ended goalless.

County:    McLoughlin, Hughes, Chapman, Minshull (Porter 82), Crow (Holloway 45), Zebroski, Willmott, Blake, Flynn (Capt.), Naylor, Feely

Subs:        Porter, Sandell, Jeffers, Worley, Jolley, Holloway, Howe 

Referee: Chris Sarginson

Attendance: 2,160 

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