Match Data 2009/2010
Newport County 2
Ian Selley (Hinshelwood, 55)
Luke Medley (Sewell, 84)
Charlie Henry (Morgan, 68)
Report from the Portsmouth News by Kevin Ricketts
The Hawks became the latest victims of the Newport County juggernaut, suffering a 2-0 defeat as the Welsh side were crowned Blue Square South champions at Spytty Park last night.
Dean Holdsworth's County have lost only once in the league all season.
And Shaun Gale's Hawks rarely looked like threatening that record in front of a massive 4,000-plus crowd.
'It was always going to be difficult but in the end we are disappointed,' said Gale.
'We weathered their early storm only to concede a poor goal.
'They were in an area where they shouldn't have got a cross in and we didn't pick up in the middle.
'Then we failed to take our chances when they came along.
'I felt we gave them a run for their money but it wasn't good enough.'
The Hawks had an early let-off when the impressive Craig Reid crashed a shot against the inside of the post in the fourth minute.
There was little respite for the visitors with the home side continuing to apply the pressure.
Hawks keeper Aaron Howe tipped Danny Rose's free-kick over the bar and it was no surprise when the home side made a 25th-minute breakthrough.
Rose found ex-Hawk Jamie Collins overlapping down the left and his cross was headed in at the far post by Sam Foley.
After the goal the Hawks came more into the game with their main threat coming from the long-throw of Jon McDonald.
Eight times he launched the ball deep into the County area but the defence dealt with it comfortably.
The visitors had their best spell at the start of the second half but still failed to create any clear-cut chances.
Any hopes the Hawks had of getting back into the game were finally dashed midway through the second half when Foley grabbed his second goal.
Ian Simpemba cleared off the line but it went straight to Foley who fired in a left-foot shot from eight yards.
The second goal killed the game and the home side coasted to the championship-clinching triumph, which has left the Hawks' play-off hopes hanging by a thread.
'There are still 27 points to play for and we won't be throwing the towel in because of this one defeat,' said Gale.
'We have nothing to lose and have to go again and keep at it.
'I still believe we can get enough points to make a late bid for the play-offs
'It doesn't get any easier though, because we lost Gary MacDonald with a calf injury during the warm up.
'Also we are without Ian Simpemba, Mustafa Tyriaki and Ian Selley for the next game because they are suspended.'
The Hawks now face a crucial week as they host two teams occupying play-off places.
Staines Town arrive on the south coast on Saturday followed by Braintree Town 48 hours later.