All square between Cambridge United and Newport County at the Abbey Stadium in Sky Bet League Two
Cambridge United and Newport County battled out a goalless draw in Sky Bet League Two.
There was little to choose between the two sides at the Abbey Stadium as two well-organised and disciplined sides ended up cancelling each other out in windy conditions.
It was a stubborn performance from United in the first half, with the gusting wind going against them.
Newport have been talked of highly during the off-season, but they got off to a drawn start, throwing away a two-goal lead to be held 2-2 by 10-man Mansfield at home.
They did make the brighter beginning to this game, with Padraig Amond firing a shot from an angle into the side-netting.
A theme of the half was corners for the visitors but, despite seven set-pieces for the visitors, they never seemed to pose a hint of a threat to the U's. This was a sign of their impressive organisation, as they looked extremely hard to break down.
Jamile Matt has a header that was held with ease by Dimi Mitov, while Joss Labadie tried to make the most of a slight glimpse of goal, but pulled his shot wide.
United had taken a little while to get into the match as an attacking threat, but Jabo Ibehre fired a half-chance wide from just outside the six-yard box and Luke Hannant had a shot from the edge of the area charged down and deflected wide by Danny McNamara.
There was a blow, though, for the U's just before half time as Kyle Knoyle went down injured, with what was believed to be a dislocated shoulder.
With the sides deadlocked at the break, given the organised nature of both teams, it felt like it was going to require a moment of brilliance - or a mistake - for the first goal.
The most likely outlet to create the opening seemed to be the U's left, where Dan Jones and Hannant were combing well - with Hannant prepared to hold as his left-back surged ahead to deliver some tantalising crosses that were just a bit too close to the keeper.
That moment of magic almost came from Hannant in the 58th minute, with a curling first time effort from 25 yards that had to be punched clear by Newport keeper Tom King.
In the 66th minute, there was a heart-in-the-mouth moment for United as a ball was allowed to travel across the six-yard box and was crying out for a Newport touch before Greg Taylor got a toe to it to clear.
The Welsh side were getting a bit more of a hold in the game and, from the edge of the area, Ryan Haynes' side-footed effort was easily held by Mitov and then Amond's last action of the game saw him blaze over from the penalty spot.
A sign of what may be to come as the season develops for the U's came in the 84th minute as a lovely passing move down the right flank got them in behind the Newport defence, it was just that the final ball was unable to pick out a home player.
Newport seized on an error in the 88th minute to break away and when a cross fell to Robbie Willmott 25-yards out, Mitov pulled off a good save to deny the former U, and then some good defending smuggled the ball out for a corner.
It ended up all-square and, on the day, a draw was a fair result, and the U's will be happy to have ended a six-game losing run against the Welsh side.
Cambridge United: Mitov, Knoyle, Taft, Taylor, Jones, Lambe, Lewis, Maris, Hannant, Smith, Ibehre.
Substitutes: Davies (Knoyle, 44), Dallas (Jones, 70), Richards (Ibehre, 70).. Subs not used: Burton, Dunk, Darling, Knowles.
Newport County: King, Demetriou, Howkins, McNamara, Haynes, Willmott, Dolan, Labadie, Sheehan, Matt, Amond.
Substitutes: Abrahams (Dolan, 61), Bennett (Amond, 76). Subs not used: Townsend, Leadbetter, Nurse, Whitely, Maloney.
Referee: Marc Edwards.
Bookings: Cambridge United - Lewis (foul, 66); Newport - McNamara (foul, 15).
Attendance: 3,949 (224 away).