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IT was far from a happy new year for Newport County AFC as relegation-threatened Northampton Town escaped Rodney Parade with three points.
Goals in either half from Hallam Hope and Darren Carter gave the Cobblers a much needed victory in their battle to beat the drop in League Two.
Harry Worley had cancelled out Hope's opener with a header in first half stoppage time but County were caught out again just after the break as Carter beat Lenny Pidgeley with a fierce drive from the edge of the area.
County missed a host of second half chances and were denied a point when the excellent Matt Duke saved Andy Sandell's 88th minute penalty.
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