Date: 10th December 2016 at 4:28pm
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Until last January, when they lost to them 1-2 at the Globe Arena, Morecambe had a perfect record against Newport County, having won all of their previous five meetings home and away. There`s barely been a dull moment in south Wales in recent times with a change in ownership and multiple managers but County entertained the team from Lancashire on Saturday – seventeenth in the table themselves before the game – absolutely rock bottom of the EFL.

On a water sodden pitch at Rodney Parade, Morecambe`s lively Rhys Turner was badly fouled and Darren Jones` name was duly noted in the referee`s notebook after only three minutes. Just two minutes later, Turner -the replacement for loanee Tranmere striker Cole Stockton – brilliantly shrugged off both the man who had already been booked and Josh Labadie to bear down on the Newport goal but his cross was deflected by a defender into home custodian Joe Day`s gloves without any further threat. As the rain continued to pour down, Alex Kenyon and Labadie both celebrated their returns from long-term injuries by being booked for stupidly exchanging Handbags with each other after eleven minutes. With quarter of an hour played, Aaron Wildig headed wide when well placed after excellent approach play by the visitors. The Exiles survived, however and went ahead when Tom Owen-Evans smashed an unstoppable half-volley past Barry Roche into the top corner of the goal after twenty-six minutes. As the rain continued to lash down from the leaden Welsh heavens, the two teams still tried to play some decent football and Newport went back to the dressing rooms one goal to the good at half time.

The greatest two worries for the Exiles` ex-Preston North End manager Graham Westley (where he was an unmitigated disaster) must have been, firstly, that three of the four men at the back of his formation had already been shown yellow cards and – given the slippery conditions – must be in serious danger of being sent-off during the second half. The second biggest worry for County and their supporters at this juncture, though, must have been the conditions themselves. As the players were spared the deluge by the shelter of the dressing rooms at half time, groundsmen made valiant efforts to clear those large areas of a pitch which is regularly hammered by rugby as well as football boots which were showing signs of becoming waterlogged.

To no avail: the referee abandoned the contest at half time to the dismay of travelling supporters and both teams alike. For Morecambe, the long trip to South Wales had been a complete waste of time and money and for Newport, the fact that for once they were actually winning must be a bitter pill indeed to swallow. They thus remain bottom of League Two. Morecambe must wait until the completion of the rest of the Saturday League programme to find out what the abandonment has meant for their own position.

Morecambe: 1 Barry Roche; 2 Liam Wakefield; 5 Ryan Edwards; 6 Dean Winnard; 3 Aaron McGowan; 4 Alex Kenyon (Y); 8 Peter Murphy (C); 14 Luke Conlan; 24 Michael Rose; 18 Rhys Turner; 15 Aaron Wildig.

Subs not used: 12 Danijel Nizic; 21 James Jennings; 10 Lee Molyneux; 17 Andy Fleming; 19 Ntumba Massanka; 27 Luke Jordan; 7 Paul Mullin.

Newport County: 1 Joe Day; 2 Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Y); 4 Darren Jones (Y); 6 Josh Labadie (Y); 11 Jennison Myrie-Williams; 12 Ben Tozer; 13 Marlon Jackson; 16 Josh Sheehan; 17 Scot Bennett (C); 20 Tom Owen-Evans; 34 Josh O`Hanlon.

Subs not used: 30 James Bittner; 7 Jack Compton; 14 Paul Bignot; 15 Jordan Green; 19 Rhys Healey; 32 Finlay Wood; 40 Abdoulaye Meite.

Ref: Brendan Malone