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Rodney Parade (ATT 3,864) 4th January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Newport Newport County AFC vs Northampton Town Northamptn

Newport 1

H Worley (45+2)

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Northamptn 2

H Hope (29)
D Carter (47)

Duke ensures win for King

Last Updated: 04/01/14 6:31pm

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Matt Duke: Saved a late penalty

Matt Duke: Saved a late penalty

Northampton pulled off a shock 2-1 win at promotion hopefuls Newport to give caretaker boss Andy King his first win since taking over.

Goals from debutant Hallam Hope and Darren Carter clinched the points for Northampton, while goalkeeper Matt Duke saved Newport midfielder Andy Sandell's late penalty.

Northampton almost opened the scoring after 12 minutes when Antonio German's deflected cross hit the crossbar and bounced off the goalline.

On-loan Everton youngster Hope then gave Northampton the lead on his debut with a good finish after 29 minutes.

The 19-year-old almost grabbed a second nine minutes later but headed wide from six yards.

County drew level in first-half injury-time when Harry Worley rose to meet Robbie Willmott's corner with a powerful header after 47 minutes.

But two minutes after the break the Cobblers were back in front thanks to a stunning 25-yard drive from Carter.

Sandell had the chance to equalise for Newport in the 87th minute when David Moyo fouled Lee Minshull in the box, but his penalty was saved by Duke.

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Sky Bet League 2

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2 Shrewsbury Town 45 89
3 Southend United 45 84
4 Bury 45 82
5 Wycombe Wanderers 45 81
6 Stevenage 45 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 45 68
8 Luton Town 45 65
9 Newport County AFC 45 65
10 Northampton Town 45 61
11 Exeter City 45 61
12 Morecambe 45 60
13 Dagenham & Redbridge 45 59
14 Oxford United 45 58
15 AFC Wimbledon 45 57
16 Portsmouth 45 56
17 Accrington Stanley 45 53
18 Cambridge United 45 51
19 York City 45 51
20 Carlisle United 45 49
21 Mansfield Town 45 48
22 Hartlepool United 45 44
23 Cheltenham Town 45 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 45 39