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PREVIEW | Oldham Athletic vs Newport County AFC

6 August 2021

Newport County AFC kick-off their 2021/22 campaign with a trip to Boundary Park to take on Oldham Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

The Exiles came within touching distance of securing promotion last term after reaching the Sky Bet League Two play-off final before falling short at the final hurdle.

Michael Flynn has strengthened his squad over the summer window after several departures from Rodney Parade, and will be looking to guide the Exiles one step further this season. 

Flynn's side were forced to play all bar two of their fixtures last season without the Amber Army due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they will receive their full backing in Greater Manchester as the Exiles look to make a positive start to the new campaign.

THE OPPOSITION - OLDHAM ATHLETIC

Oldham Athletic come into the new season off the back of an 18th-placed finish last term, with the Latics managing 15 wins and accumulating 54 points.

Through the transfer window, the Latics have lost Conor McAleny, Sido Jombati and Gary Woods, but have bolstered their squad with the arrivals of Sam Hart, Hallam Hope, Jack Stobbs, Jayson Leutwiler and Harrison McGahey.

TEAM NEWS

It’s been a busy summer window for the Exiles, which has seen plenty of arrivals and outgoings at Rodney Parade. 

Cameron Norman became the first signing of the window when he made the switch to south Wales shortly after the Sky Bet League Two play-off final, and Flynn has added 10 additional faces to his squad since.

We could see several of them handed their debuts this weekend.

Oldham have the issue of trying to replace the goals of Conor McAleny after the 21-goal striker departed for Salford City in the summer. They will be hoping new man Hallam Hope can link well with Zak Dearnley to fill the void left by the Englishman.

ONE TO WATCH - DAVIS KEILLOR-DUNN

Davis Keillor-Dunn will be looking to push on from an impressive season last term after netting 10 league goals from midfield, including two braces against Cambridge United and Colchester United.

The 23-year-old has had his contract extended to the end of the 2021/22 season after his promising start to last season.

He joined the Latics from Wrexham following a stint in Scotland with Falkirk and Ross County.

IN THE HOT SEAT - KEITH CURLE

Keith Curle took over at Boundary Park in March after Harry Kewell’s departure, steering the Latics to safety at the end of last season.

The 57-year-old guided Northampton Town to promotion from Sky Bet League Two in 2019/20 through the play-offs and has vast experience with the likes of Mansfield Town and Carlisle United.

Curle also enjoyed a lengthy playing career as a defender, most notably at Bristol City, Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, while he also represented England briefly in 1992.

LAST MEETING

The last meeting between the sides came at Boundary Park last season, where the Latics recorded a 3-2 win.

County took the lead early on through Jake Scrimshaw but were pegged back by Keillor-Dunn, whose side then took the lead through Bobby Grant after Joss Labadie was sent off for the Exiles.

The away side were level again after a 20-yard effort from Luke Gambin, but an unfortunate own-goal from Mickey Demetriou sealed the win for Oldham.

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REPORT | Oldham Athletic 0-1 Newport County AFC

7 August 2021

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Huw Evans Agency

Kevin Ellison came off the bench to head in a late winner against Oldham Athletic to get Newport County AFC off to the perfect start in the new 2021/22 Sky Bet League Two season.

The 42-year-old, who signed a one-year extension this week, replaced Lewis Collins with 17 minutes left on the clock but that was enough for him to earn the Exiles maximum points on the opening day - a feat which they haven't achieved since 2013.

In the dying minutes, the veteran striker met a perfect Ryan Haynes cross and looped a header over Oldham ‘keeper Danny Rogers right in front of the visiting 317 County fans.

The Exiles welcomed three new signings into the team with debuts for Cameron Norman, Ed Upson and Jermaine Hylton while Joe Day returned in goal after two seasons away.

After spending last season playing behind closed doors, both sides were cheered on to the pitch at Boundary Park by the returning support and it was the home crowd who had more to cheer in the opening quarter of an hour as the Latics started strongly.

The Exiles continually gifted possession to the hosts and struggled to compete in the aerial duels, which gave Oldham the upper hand, however, Day wasn’t forced into any meaningful save as the County defence managed to cope with the early pressure.

A tussle between Norman and home skipper Carl Piergianni led to the first two bookings of the game and the County wing back became a target for the home crowd as a result.

The Exiles finally found their rhythm in attack on the half-hour mark with Robbie Willmott and Mickey Demetriou firing in crosses from both wings, but Collins couldn’t get the ball under control to test Rogers.

Newly appointed captain Matty Dolan had to be replaced towards the end of the half after he picked up a knock, debutant James Clarke replaced him.

Piergianni and Jacob Blyth both tried their luck with headers as the half-time whistle beckoned. The Oldham captain went closest as his effort flew narrowly past the post while Blyth’s attempt was simple enough for Day, whose last County appearance came 805 days ago.

The tables turned after the restart as County started on the front foot with Wilmott’s deliveries proving troublesome and Michael Flynn opted to make an early second-half change with Fulham loanee Timmy Abraham coming on for Hylton on 51 minutes.

Willmott, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Exeter City, continued to find space down the left flank and fired in a number of crosses but it was his set-piece delivery that looked to have helped open the scoring when Demetriou powered home a header from his free kick, but the linesman’s flag ensured the score stayed level.

Piergianni continued to carry the threat for the hosts as he rose highest in the box, twice, but both times he saw the ball fly agonisingly wide.

As the clock ticked down for the final 20 minutes Ellison replaced Collins in County’s third and final change and it proved to be an inspired substitution. Haynes won possession in the middle of the park and raced down the left wing before firing an inch-perfect delivery for Ellison, who connected perfectly and gave Rogers no chance with the header to send the visiting fans wild.

Newport County AFC: Joe Day; Priestley Farquharson, Matty Dolan (C) (James Clarke 35), Mickey Demetriou; Cameron Norman, Robbie Willmott, Scot Bennett, Ed Upson, Ryan Haynes; Lewis Collins (Kevin Ellison 73), Jermaine Hylton (Timmy Abraham 51).

Subs not used: Nick Townsend, Aaron Lewis, Christopher Missilou, Jordan Greenidge.

 

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Tickets confirmed ahead of Sky Bet League Two fixture against Oldham Athletic

30 July 2021

Tickets for our trip to Oldham on Saturday 7th August 2021 are now on sale.

The Exiles will travel to Boundary Park for the first fixture of their 2021/22 season campaign. Newport County AFC do not have tickets to sell to fans therefore, supporters can purchase tickets via the link below which will direct you to Oldham’s ticketing system.

Oldham have stated they are operating a cash turnstile on the day of the game. Ticket prices are as follows:

In Advance

Adult: £18.00

O65: £8.00

Under 21 (with valid ID): £8.00

Under 18: £5.00

On the day

Adult: £22.00

O65: £10.00

Under 21 (with valid ID): £10.

Any Wheelchair/Ambulant Disabled supporters need to contact the Oldham ticket office directly on 0161 785 5150 or email supporter.services@oldhamathletic.co.uk.

Away fans are advised to park in the Elk Mill Retail Park car park which is a short 5-minute walk from Boundary Park and there is no charge for parking as long as you do not park in front of the DW Sport Gym as you can only park here for two hours. There is no facility for away fans to park on site except limited availability for Disabled supporters where there’s 5 accessible bays marked out next to The Chadderton Road End in the North Stand car park. The spaces are available for pre-booking before the match and can be booked up until 4PM the day before the game. There is a £5 charge that can only be paid over the phone and then the away supporter’s name and details will be issued to the Car Park attendant for them to allow them access. Any remaining spaces on the Saturday are issued on a first come, first-served basis where the £5 charge still applies.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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