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Another champion show as County edge towards the century of points.

Newport County ......................... 4 Maidenhead ................................ 1 ONCE again Newport County produced a performance that bore the hallmark of champions to delight their fans and take their Blue Square South points total to 94, a massive 26 more than second-placed Dover, with four matches left to play.

And County will look to bring themselves to within three points of a fabulous century tomorrow evening when they make the short trip to play struggling Weston. A County victory will ensure the Seagulls finish in the relegation places.

Referee Marc Whaley left it until 2.30pm to declare the Spytty Park-pitch playable and County made light of the conditions to give a masterclass in precision passing, with the pace of their game leaving Maidenhead chasing shadows.

Charlie Henry was impossible to mark in a magical first half in which his wing trickery laid on goals for Dave Gilroy in the 11th minute and Craig Reid six minutes later.

It was Reid's 26th goal of the season and the league's top scorer had a glorious chance to add to the tally in the 38th minute after Gilroy had been brought down by Marcus Rose. But he fired the penalty almost into orbit.

Danny Rose scored a spectacular third in the 67th minute and substitute Scott Rogers matched him five minutes later before Maidenhead grabbed a flattering consolation goal in the 74th minute.

But County's onward march was never in the remotest of doubt and all the talk at Spytty Park is of next season and matches against the likes of Wrexham in the Blue Square Premier.

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Danny Rose celebrates scoring for Newport County, while Craig Reid, inset, was also on the scoresheet
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 5, 2010
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