Newport County maintained their title challenge and quest for the Blue Square Premier with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Eastleigh.
Dean Holdsworth’s men have now opened up an 18 point gap at the top of the table and at times looked a class above Eastleigh on a cold evening’s game at the Silverlake Stadium.
Craig Reid got the Exiles up and running from the penalty spot before a Sam Foley wonder strike put the visitors 2-0 up.
Ian Baird’s Spitfires pulled one back through loan striker Stafore Palmer before the break. This was the youngster’s second goal in as many games as Palmer marked his home debut with a goal; which unfortunately was a mere consolation and proved to one of very few bright points for the hosts.
Charlie Henry was in inspired form for Newport playing a starring role for the visitors; having a hand in all four County goals. The former Havant & Waterlooville winger laid on three assists for his team and got on the score sheet himself with a penalty late in the game.
The match as a contest was put to bed with Foley’s second goal of the evening and Newport’s fourth, as the forward netted a close range header seven minutes from time to complete the rout.
Approximately 150 fans made the long trip from South Wales and were rewarded with an excellent result from their side. Eastleigh, meanwhile can do little but turn their attentions to the next game, which is away to Weston-Super-Mare this Saturday.