Ebbsfleet 1 County 1
6:44pm Saturday 9th March 2013 in Sport
NEWPORT County AFC missed the chance to seal a sixth successive win in the Blue Square Bet Premier after Andy Sandell saw his stoppage-time penalty saved at Ebbsfleet United.
Goalkeeper Preston Edwards rescued a point for the relegation-threatened hosts after Robbie Willmott was sent tumbling in the area under Phil Walsh's challenge.
Lee Minshull had headed in Scott Donnelly's cross to put County ahead just before half-time but Liam Enver-Marum equalised for Ebbsfleet ten minutes after the break.
The draw leaves the Exiles two points off the top of the table with two games in hand over leaders Wrexham, who were beaten 2-1 at Dartford.
They are next in action against Gateshead in Hartlepool on Monday night (kick-off 7.45pm).
Manager Justin Edinburgh said: "Obviously we're disappointed with missing a penalty but probably on reflection of the game a draw was the right result.
"If you look at the bigger picture that's three away games on the spin, we've taken seven points and if you'd said beforehand would we have accepted that we probably would have.
"It was heavy out there, it was not conducive to play football on and I think a lot was taken out of us Tuesday night with the atmosphere and the emotion of the whole game."