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Rodney Parade (ATT 5,387) 17th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Collins

Newport Newport County AFC vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

Newport 1

A Sandell (pen 42)

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Bristol R 0

Exiles secure bragging rights

Last Updated: 17/08/13 6:25pm

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Andy Sandell: Scored from the spot

Andy Sandell: Scored from the spot

Andy Sandell's penalty proved the only goal of the game as Newport emerged victorious from their Severnside derby with Bristol Rovers.

The cross Severn rivals had not faced each other in a competitive fixture since Rovers claimed the spoils 25 years ago.

But a first-half penalty from former Rovers winger Sandell ensured the hosts continued their impressive return to the Football League.

County dominated the opening exchanges at Rodney Parade, with Christian Jolley and Adam Chapman threatening.

The deadlock continued despite their dominance as Chris Zebroski fired narrowly wide.

The visitors clung on with heroic defending denying both Jolley and Zebroski.

But Newport eventually got the breakthrough when Jolley took the ball past John-Joe O'Toole and was hauled down in the area.

Lee Collins had no choice but to award a penalty and Sandell promptly sent Steve Mildenhall the wrong way.

Rovers returned with far more purpose in the second half but Newport held firm.

And Conor Washington should have doubled their lead after breaking through but Mildenhall was more than a match.

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Sky Bet League 2

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1 Burton Albion 39 77
2 Shrewsbury Town 39 74
3 Wycombe Wanderers 39 74
4 Bury 38 67
5 Southend United 38 63
6 Newport County AFC 39 61
7 Plymouth Argyle 39 60
8 Luton Town 39 58
9 Stevenage 39 58
10 Northampton Town 39 56
11 Exeter City 39 55
12 AFC Wimbledon 39 53
13 Morecambe 39 50
14 Portsmouth 39 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 39 49
16 Oxford United 39 46
17 Accrington Stanley 39 46
18 Mansfield Town 39 45
19 Cambridge United 39 44
20 York City 39 41
21 Carlisle United 39 41
22 Hartlepool United 39 39
23 Tranmere Rovers 39 38
24 Cheltenham Town 39 37