Newport want season extended

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh has said he wants the Blue Square Bet Premier season extended, because the fixture backlog is unfairly damaging his side's promotion challenge. They have had their away game with Gateshead postponed four times.

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Newport County game called off for fourth time

Newport manager Justin Edinburgh has labelled Newport's fixture congestion 'grossly unfair.' Credit: PA

Newport County's league game away against Gateshead has been called off for a fourth time.

It was due to be played tonight at York City's Bootham Crescent, but the pitch is waterlogged.

York is one of Gateshead's temporary grounds, as they have had drainage problems at their own stadium.

Newport's manager Justin Edinburgh said "it’s beyond a joke – the situation has become embarrassing."

"Can anybody in the country tell me any league, and I include Sunday morning football, who would put up with this nonsense?"

"As its stands we still don’t know where or when we are playing them."

"My players are now set to play 11 games in 29 days – one game every two and half days and that is not on by anybody’s standards."

Newport are currently fourth in the Blue Square Bet Premier, and have four games in hand over some of their promotion rivals.

They have 11 games still to play before the division is set to end on 20 April.

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