Jol­ley up for Ex­iles as safety ‘as­sured’

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NEW­PORT eased their rel­e­ga­tion wor­ries with a vi­tal vic­tory over Wy­combe that should see them safe, ac­cord­ing to as­sis­tant man­ager Jimmy Dack.

Chris­tian Jol­ley’s first goal since the open­ing game of the sea­son and a late thun­der­bolt from Chris Ze­broski saw the Ex­iles pick up only their third win in their last 23 league matches.

And, hav­ing bat­tled for the play-off places be­fore Christ­mas, Justin Ed­in­burgh’s side are surely now safe – though it leaves the vis­i­tors em­broiled in an almighty scrap with Northamp­ton to avoid the trap­door to the Con­fer­ence and the pair meet on Good Fri­day.

“It has been a long time com­ing, a win at home, we’ve not been play­ing too badly but we’ve made a lot of stupid mis­takes and been pun­ished for them but we didn’t make any,” Dack said.

“We were quite ac­com­plished, it could’ve been more than 2-0, we were a lit­tle bit ner­vous at the start and so were the crowd but we helped to get each other over the line. The boys haven’t hid­den, they’ve kept plug­ging away and we will try and kick on with as many points as we can.

“We needed to win, the pres­sure is al­ways on us at home, but we needed that win. Be­fore the start of the sea­son 99 per cent of our fans would’ve been happy with stay­ing up.”

Mean­while, Wy­combe boss Gareth Ainsworth was distraught at the man­ner of the de­feat.

He said: “It was a ter­ri­ble game to watch, the ball was in the air more than it was on the ground and that’s ter­ri­bly dis­ap­point­ing.

“We wanted to play a bit, we had the bet­ter chances in the first half, but in the sec­ond I couldn’t recog­nise us, we were a shadow of the team that beat Da­gen­ham.

“We fell to pieces in the sec­ond half, I am flab­ber­gasted at the per­for­mance, and we’ve given our­selves a big ask now in the game on Fri­day against Northamp­ton.”

The Ex­iles were lucky they didn’t fall be­hind early when Nick Arnold’s ef­fort was spec­tac­u­larly cleared by Darcy Blake.

That gave New­port im­pe­tus and Jol­ley was de­nied by Matt In­gram and Rene Howe headed wide.

Wy­combe came close on the stroke of half-time when Matt McClure’s header was tipped away by Ian McLough­lin and the vis­i­tors were made to rue their misses.

First Ryan Jack­son’s long throw caused panic and Jol­ley swiv­elled to fire home. Five min­utes later New­port de­liv­ered a killer blow to Wy­combe when Howe headed down a long ball into the path of Ze­broski who lashed it into the top cor­ner.

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