Newport County bolstered their survival prospects with a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Bath City at Spytty Park on Tuesday evening.
On-loan midfielder Lee Minshull found the back of the net on 12 minutes and his goal was enough to help the Exiles claim all three points and lift themselves two points clear of the dreaded drop zone.
The Romans started brightly but were caught napping at the back when Ryan Charles' cross from the left wing found Minshull, who fired in from close range.
Bath had a glorious opportunity to draw level in the 22nd minute but Chris Shephard failing to hit the target on the follow-up after seeing Lee Phillips' initial effort blocked by Newport goalkeeper Glyn Thompson.
Thompson was almost left red faced in the 35th minute when his powerful clearance cannoned straight into Phillips and bounce wide to safety.
Despite creating a fair number of chances, Bath were unable to find the all-important killer touch in front of goal and the scoreline remained unchanged heading into the half-time break.
Newport gave a better account of themselves after the interval and came close to doubling their advantage in the 50th minute, but Gary Warren somehow managed to miss the target with a volleyed effort from just six yards out.
And the hosts really should have added to their tally on the hour when skipper Gary Warren failed to hit the target from two yards out.
Bath almost made Newport pay for their wastefulness in front of goal late on, but Paul Stonehouse's volleyed effort flew narrowly over the bar.
Newport bookings: Warren, Minshull.
Bath bookings: Burnell, Simpson, Stonehouse.
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