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PREVIEW | Newport County AFC vs Northampton Town

13 September 2021

Newport County AFC return to Rodney Parade on Tuesday evening for their rearranged Sky Bet League Two clash against Northampton Town.

The Exiles are searching for their first home league win of the campaign, while Northampton will hope to continue their good start to the new campaign.

THE OPPOSITION - NORTHAMPTON TOWN

Northampton Town have begun the season with three wins, one draw and two losses as they look to bounce back from last season’s relegation.

The Cobblers’ victories this season have come at the expense of Port Vale, Colchester and Scunthorpe, while they shared the points in their encounter with Crawley.

But their last game ended in defeat against Forest Green Rovers, so Town will be hoping to bounce back at the first time of asking.

TEAM NEWS

Manager Michael Flynn made one change for Friday night's 2-2 draw with Harrogate Town by bringing in Priestley Farquharson in place of Timmy Abraham. Aneurin Livermore missed the trip to North Yorkshire after an impressive display against Leyton Orient and could return for the visit of the Cobblers.

Northampton are currently dealing with the loss of club captain Joseph Mills and Sid Nelson, who both look to be ruled out for the foreseeable future.

ONE TO WATCH - DANNY ROSE

Danny Rose joined Northampton in October 2020 from Mansfield Town. He has made six appearances so far this season, managing one goal against Scunthorpe.

During his time at Mansfield, the 27-year-old made 141 appearances and scored 38 goals. He also had spells at Bury and Barnsley.

Rose’s Mansfield debut came against the Exiles in 2016, with the striker marking his first match with a goal to help his new team to a 3-2 win.

IN THE HOT SEAT - JON BRADY

Jon Brady was appointed as permanent manager at Sixfields in May after a spell in interim charge.

He joined the Cobblers as an under-16s coach in 2016 and was promoted to under-18s coach in 2017, before taking charge of the first team.

In his coaching career, Brady successfully managed Brackley Town between 2009 and 2015, winning seven trophies and breaking numerous records as manager of the club, becoming the longest-serving and most successful manager in their history.

LAST MEETING

The last time County faced Northampton was in September 2019 at Sixfields, when the Cobblers ended County’s 17-match unbeaten streak in the league.

Goals from Andy Williams and Sam Hoskins saw the hosts earn a 2-0 win.

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REPORT | Northampton Town 0-1 Newport County AFC

14 September 2021

Jon Guthrie’s goal on the stroke of half-time was enough to earn Northampton Town a 1-0 win over Newport County AFC.

The defender got on the end of a loose ball in the penalty area and slammed beyond Joe Day to chalk up his third goal of the campaign.

County were unable to cause any real trouble for Northampton goalkeeper Liam Roberts, with Cameron Norman’s header with 12 minutes left of normal time the closest they came to drawing level. 

But the Exiles, who had earned two solid points against Leyton Orient and Harrogate Town, were condemned to their third league defeat of the campaign.

Michael Flynn made four changes from the 2-2 draw with Harrogate Town on Friday night as County reverted to a back four, while Day chalked up his 250th appearance for the Exiles.

Aneurin Livermore and Jake Cain were handed their first league starts for the Exiles in place of Ed Upson and Matty Dolan. Lewis Collins and Timmy Abraham were also brought in to replace Ollie Cooper and Alex Fisher respectively.

It took County less than three minutes to open the scoring in North Yorkshire four days earlier, but it was a quiet opening to proceedings as both sides struggled to get going under the Rodney Parade lights. 

Robbie Willmott looked lively and helped the home side a string of early corners, but they were fortunate to not be caught out down the opposite end. County looked to create an opening with a set-piece off the training ground but Livermore’s pass failed to pick out Haynes, who was forced to bring down Ali Koiki to prevent a quick Cobblers breakaway.

Danny Rose then managed to get on the end of a loose ball in the penalty and fired an effort towards goal but Priestley Farquharson threw his body in the way to deflect it to safety.

It took 44 minutes for the first shot on target of the evening to arrive and it resulted in the opening goal. Livermore was shown a yellow card for a rash challenge on Jack Sowerby which allowed the Cobblers to ask a question of the home defence. Mitch Pinnock’s delivery caused problems in the penalty area before the ball fell kindly to Guthrie, who rifled beyond Day into the top corner to put the visitors ahead.

County came close to finding the equaliser on the hour mark when Ryan Haynes got down the left and teed up Willmott on the edge of the area, but his shot was deflected and looped just over Roberts’ crossbar.

Willmott enjoyed another opportunity to test Roberts three minutes later as he found a pocket of space on the edge of the area, only to see his shot sail wide of the post.

County then had Day to thank for preventing the Cobblers from doubling their advantage when he got down quickly o palm Nicke Kabamba’s downward header away to safety - an incident which led to another blow for the Exiles as Bennett went down and was taken off on a stretcher. 

Finn Azaz was sent on in place of Bennett and carved out two opportunities in the space of two minutes for the hosts. First, he got beyond Mitch Pinnock and found an unmarked Norman, who headed straight at Roberts. Abraham then appeared to get the faintest of touches on another delivery from Azaz, but the ball went past the outside of the post.

Norman’s long throw-in caused problems in the away side’s penalty area with nine minutes left and forced Roberts to punch the ball to the edge of the area, where Azaz was waiting but his shot flew over the crossbar.

The injury to Bennett ensured there were 12 minutes of additional time indicated by the fourth official, but it brought no joy for the Exiles as they fell to defeat.

Newport County AFC: Joe Day, Ryan Haynes, Mickey Demetriou (C), Priestley Farquharson, Cameron Norman, Scot Bennett (Finn Azaz 72’), Aneurin Livermore, Jake Cain (Ollie Cooper 57’), Robbie Willmott, Lewis Collins (Kevin Ellison 57’), Timmy Abraham.

Subs not used: Nick Townsend, James Clarke, Matty Dolan, Aaron Lewis.

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