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MATCH PREVIEW: CRAWLEY TOWN

29 February 2016

All the details you need, ahead of Tuesday's trip to Crawley Town.

Looking at the visitors

With only seven points from the last ten games Crawley Town find themselves in the bottom third of the League 2 table, only two places ahead of County, who could leapfrog them if the Exiles win both of their games in hand. The Red Devils have one of the worst goal differences in the league with -18, beaten only by the bottom three sides in the division, but similarly to Newport they are averaging around a goal a game, something that suggests this midweek fixture is not going to finish as a thrilling 5-4 encounter. Gwlon Edwards is their top scorer with seven in the league so far this season, with Matt Harold and Roarie Deacon on five goals apiece, Simon Walton is close behind them on 4. 


Getting there

By car: Join the M4 heading towards London and at Junction 4B take the M25 Southbound. From Junction 7 take the M23 Southbound towards Gatwick Airport and Brighton. Leave the motorway at the last exit, Junction 11 (signposted A264 Horsham). At the roundabout at the end of the motorway turn right onto the A23 going towards Crawley and the ground is on the left just before the next roundabout. Look for the large red and white football on the roundabout itself and you will see the stadium entrance. Turn left at the roundabout and then left again into the stadium car park which costs £5.

By train: Leave Newport at 14:09 and arrive into London Paddington at 16:08. Leave London Victoria at 17:02 and get to Crawley at 17:41. For the return journey a different journey is required, leaving Crawley at 22:01 and arriving at Gatwick Airport at 22:09 for a 13 minute connection before leaving at 22:22 towards Reading, arriving there at a minute past minute. There is only a nine minute connection there before leaving for Newport, returning at 02:12


Form Guide

Newport County – DL LWDLW WDW    15 points

Crawley Town – L LWL L LWLDL     7 points


Upcoming Milestones

Scott Barrow – 1 appearance for 175 professional appearances

Medy Elito – 1 goal for 25 professional goals

Dean Morgan – 4 goals for 75 professional goals

Tom Meechan – 1 goal for 75 professional goals

Joe Day – 1 appearance for 125 professional appearances


Previous Milestones

Conor Wilkinson v Mansfield Town was his 50th professional appearance

Scott Boden v Mansfield Town was his 250th professional appearance


He Played for Both

Dean Morgan played 14 games for Crawley Town before coming to Rodney Parade in the January window. So far for County he has made three appearance and picked up a single yellow card. 


Crawley’s record against County

Played 15 Won 6 Drawn 3 Lost 6 Goals For 23 Goals Against 21

Tuesday 29th September 2015: Newport County 0 – 3 Crawley Town 

Tuesday 8th October 2013: Crawley Town 2 – 3 Newport County (Zebroksi 43’, Chapman (p)48’, Essam (o.g) 61’)

Monday 25th April 2011: Newport County 0 – 1 Crawley Town 

Saturday 23rd October 2010: Newport County 0 – 1 Crawley Town

Saturday 16th October 2010: Crawley Town 2 – 3 Newport County (Rose 25’, Reid 42’ Knights 47’)

Monday 26th April 2004: Crawley Town 1 – 2 Newport County 

Saturday 13th September 2003: Newport County 1 – 2 Crawley Town

Saturday 12th April 2003: Newport County 3 – 3 Crawley Town 

Saturday 7th September 2002: Crawley Town 2 – 0 Newport County

Saturday 13th April 2002: Newport County 1 – 1 Crawley Town 

Saturday 23rd February 2002: Crawley Town 0 – 1 Newport County

Saturday 5th May 2001: Crawley Town 1 – 2 Newport County

Saturday 9th December 2000: Newport County 3 – 1 Crawley Town

Saturday 29th January 2000: Newport County 0 – 1 Crawley Town

Saturday 28th  August 1999: Crawley Town 2 – 2 Newport County


Last meeting

Crawley Town came away from Rodney Parade as 3-0 winners after a first half double from Gwlon Edwards before Matt Harrold added a third just after the hour mark. The result meant that County remained at the bottom of the football league whilst Crawley managed to lift themselves out of the bottom two, to be replaced by the now bottom club Dagenham and Redbridge.


Last time out

A late Scott Boden volley from twelve yards out was the only goal of the game at Rodney Parade as County beat Mansfield Town to record their third win in four, and the Exiles have no only lost once in their last seven, moving themselves up to 19th in the league and they are now eight points clear of the bottom two, with two games in hand.


The Man in charge

Tim Robinson is the man in charge for this fixture with his assistants Ryan Atkin and Ian Fissenden, the fourth official is Adam Nunn. This is Robinson’s fifth season on the list and he took charge of County’s Boxing Day defeat to Barnet this season where he sent off Medy Elito and he also produced a red card in Newport’s 1-0 victory over Dagenham and Redbridge last season, although that one went the way of the opposition. He was in charge for two games of the 2013/14 season for the Exiles as well, the 1-1 draw with Dagenham and Redbridge and the 2-1 defeat by AFC Wimbledon. In his first season on the list he took charge of four games in County’s promotion season back to the football league. He travelled to South Wales three times for the 1-0 defeat to Luton, the 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town and the 0-0 draw with Darlington. The 3-2 away loss to Bath City was also controlled by Robinson.


Around the league (all times 7:45pm)

Barnet v Plymouth Argyle

Bristol Rovers v Hartlepool United

Cambridge United v Wycombe Wanderers

Carlisle United v Leyton Orient

Exeter City v Portsmouth

Luton Town v Morecambe 

Northampton Town v A.F.C Wimbledon

Notts County v Dagenham and Redbridge

Oxford United v York City

Yeovil Town v Accrington Stanley



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