WOKING put Newport County to the sword at Rodney Parade, scoring three times as the Exiles crashed to a 3-2 defeat.
Two goals by Kevin Betsy left County with it all to do before a superb Andy Sandell freekick gave Newport hope.
However, the hosts missed several decent chances and their old Conference South rivals took advantage when sub Brad Bubb made it 3-2.
A Mike Flynn header deflected in off Danny Crow with two minutes to go gave County a slim hope, but they couldn't score the decisive third.
The Exiles now have ten days without a game as they celebrate their centenary, still top of the Conference.