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19:00 5th May 2017
By  Chris Gadsby

PREVIEW | County have one Cup Final to go in front of a sold out Rodney Parade

One to go… County must win to guarantee safety

Looking at the visitors

There were nervous times in Nottingham midway through the season with Notts County getting dangerously close to the drop out of the football league. Fortunately for the Magpies though a good string of results towards the latter part of the season has climbed them up the table and they are now comfortably safe for next season. For this game though where Newport know another 1-0 win, of which they have had four in the last six games, is all that is required for safety, they will enjoy looking at the table and seeing that Notts have conceded 74 goals in the campaign, only beaten by Leyton Orient with 84, and the same number as Hartlepool United. At the other end of the pitch Notts will be hoping Jonathan Stead can find the target, he has 14 from his 40 appearances this season, whilst Jonathan Forte and Adam Campbell have ten and eight goals to their name.

League Form

Newport County – WLDLW W WLWL   16 points

Notts County – WLW W W WDL LW     19 points

Upcoming Milestones

Jazzi Barnum-Bobb – 1 appearance for 50 career appearances

Previous Milestones

David Pipe vs Carlisle was his 475th career appearance

Notts County’s record against County

Played 3 Won 2 Drawn 0 Lost 1 Goals For 5 Goals Against 6

Saturday 19th November 2016: Notts County 0 – 3 Newport County (Rigg 34’, Healey 38’, Sheehan 62’)

Saturday 30th April 2016: Newport County 0 – 1 Notts County

Saturday 12th December 2016: Notts County 4 – 3 Newport County (Byrne 5’, Rodman 10’, Boden 83’)

Last Meeting

The meeting against Notts County earlier on this season was a happy occasion for Newport as a 3-0 victory lifted them out of the relegation zone for the one and only game since the end of September, before returning the week after with defeat to Wycombe. It was two goals in five minutes that really put County on the front foot when Sean Rigg scored just after the half hour mark followed shortly by Rhys Healey doubling the tally. In the second half and Newport kept the pressure on, scoring their third and securing the game thanks to Josh Sheehan just after the hour mark. If County do the double over Notts then safety is secured.

Last Time Out

Midway through the afternoon everything was going Newport County’s way but then two quickfire goals for Carlisle United has meant that everything has come down to the last day. Whilst County are two points above the relegation zone, their inferior goal difference means they have to win to be absolutely sure of safety, as anything else coupled with a Hartlepool win against Doncaster will mean it’s the side from the North-East who survive.

The Man in Charge

Nigel Miller is in charge for this fixture with his assistants Marc Wilson and Anthony Da Costa, the fourth official is Brett Huxtable. Miller has never taken charge of a Newport County fixture before but this is his 14th season on the list and in his career he has taken charge of 476 games and handed out 1160 yellow cards at an average of 2.52 per game, he has also sent players off on 85 occasions.

Around the league (All times 5.30pm)

Blackpool v Leyton Orient


Colchester Untied v Yeovil Town

Crawley Town v Mansfield Town

Crewe Alexandra v Barnet

Exeter City v Carlisle United

Grimsby Town v Plymouth Argyle

Hartlepool United v Doncaster Rovers (televised) 

Luton Town v Morecambe

Portsmouth v Cheltenham Town

Stevenage v Accrington Stanley

Wycombe Wanderers v Cambridge United