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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 4,319) 10th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Heywood

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Newport County AFC Newport

Northamptn 3

J Blyth (25)
R O'Donovan (27)
G Deegan (84)

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Newport 1

C Washington (89)

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Last Updated: 10/08/13 7:00pm

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Gary Deegan: Grabbed Cobblers' third

Gary Deegan: Grabbed Cobblers' third

Jacob Blyth marked his Northampton debut with the opening goal as the Cobblers beat Newport 3-1 at Sixfields.

Blyth, a recent signing on loan from Leicester, netted after 25 minutes and his strike partner Roy O'Donovan quickly extended the lead two minutes later.

Gary Deegan ensured all three points for Aidy Boothroyd's side with six minutes remaining but there was still time for substitute Conor Washington to reply for the visitors.

Looking to build on their opening-day success, newcomers Newport created some decent early openings.

Matt Duke tipped over Christian Jolley's deflected cross and from Adam Chapman's subsequent corner the Cobblers goalkeeper got the faintest of touches to help Chris Zebroski's header on to the crossbar.

More was to come from the Welsh club as Max Porter fired just wide, Zebroski failed to convert David Pipe's loss cross and Ismail Yakubu headed over.

In between, Blyth was just off target as the hosts finally created an opening.

But, after surviving County's initial threat, Northampton took the lead in the 25th minute when on-loan striker Blyth rose superbly to head home an inswinging cross from Ian Morris.

The Cobblers doubled their advantage shortly afterwards with Morris once again the provider, this time playing in O'Donovan who neatly curled the ball around keeper Jamie Stephens and into the far corner of the net.

Newport had a couple of chances either side of the break to reduce their arrears. Duke kept out another Zebroski header on the stroke of half-time and Pipe shot wide just after the restart.

Boothroyd's team again started slowly in the second half and rarely threatened but Deegan added a third goal in the 84th minute, latching on to substitute Ivan Toney's pass to beat Stephens with a low effort from the edge of the box.

Sub Washington grabbed an 89th-minute consolation goal when he cut into the box before beating Duke from a tight angle.

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6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
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11 Bury 42 54
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13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
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16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39