Hartlepool dropped into the Sky Bet League Two relegation places as they slumped to a flat 2-0 home defeat to Barnet.
Newport's win over Accrington sees the Exiles leapfrog Pools, putting them two points in front with two games remaining.
Victory for Barnet, under caretaker boss Rossi Eames, was only their second win in 13 games.
But they controlled the game throughout against a side lacking in confidence, belief and ability.
John Akinde was denied an opener after 12 minutes as his angled header was...