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MATCH PREVIEW: CHELTENHAM TOWN (H)

7 September 2016

All the facts you need, as we look ahead to entertaining Cheltenham Town at Rodney Parade this coming Saturday.

After last weekend’s match against Barnet was abandoned at half time, Newport County remain at Rodney Parade for the home tie against Cheltenham Town, who are this season’s local rivals. 


Looking at the visitors

Averaging a point per game so far this season Cheltenham Town find themselves in 17th place in the Sky Bet League Two table, a point ahead of the Exiles. After drawing their first three league games of the season they now have a win sandwiched between two losses against their name as well. They have scored five goals in the league and these have come from five different scorers but Harry Pell’s goal in the first round of the League Cup against Charlton Athletic makes him their top scorer so far this season. 


Form Guide

Newport County – L L W L D D L

Cheltenham Town – D W D D L L W L L


Upcoming Milestones

Jazzi Barnum-Bobb – 2 appearances for 25 career appearances

Mark Randall – 1 appearance for 125 career appearances

Jon Parkin – 3 goals for 175 career goals

Lenell John-Lewis – 1 goal for 50 career goals

Ben Tozer – 2 appearances for 250 career appearances

Tom Owen-Evans – 3 appearances for 25 career appearances

Sean Rigg – 1 appearance for 375 career appearances


Cheltenham’s record against County

Played 4 Won 1 Drawn 2 Lost 1 Goals For 2 Goals Against 2

Friday 13th March 2015: Newport County 1 – 1 Cheltenham Town (Storey 38’)

Sunday 28th December 2014: Cheltenham Town 0 – 1 Newport County (Zebroski 11’)

Saturday 22nd February 2014: Newport County 0 – 1 Cheltenham Town 

Saturday 23rd November 2013: Cheltenham Town 0 – 0 Newport County


Last Meeting

After falling behind to an early goal from Wes Burns at Rodney Parade after Kevin Feely tried to shepherd the ball back to Joe Day who didn’t reach the ball in time, County were able to get back on level terms seven minutes before half-time when Miles Storey equalised, his looping header dipping below the crossbar.


Last Time Out

With the game against Barnet getting abandoned at half time Newport’s last game was against Plymouth where Newport failed to score any points in their opening group game of the Checkatrade Trophy as they fell by four goals to one. Jordan Green had put the Exiles 1-0 up after 19 minutes and they were able to hold the lead to half time, only for Plymouth to level five minutes into the second half and from there they progressed to a comfortable victory. 


The Man in Charge

Carl Boyeson is in charge for this fixture with his assistants Mark Griffiths and Paul Hobday, the fourth official is Andrew Hendley. This is Boyeson’s 15th season on the list and he has taken charge of a Newport County game on two occasions. The last time he refereed the Exiles was in 2014 when an Aaron O’Connor hat trick gave County the win away at Bury and the first occasion was the 1-1 home draw with Exeter City in March 2014. In his career he has been in the middle for 459 games handing out 1228 yellow cards at an average of 2.6 cards per game. He has also sent players off on 86 occasions. 


Around the League (all times 3pm)

Carlisle United v Leyton Orient

Colchester United v Blackpool 

Crewe Alexandra v Exeter City

Luton Town v Grimsby Town

Mansfield Town v Barnet

Morecambe v Doncaster Rovers

Notts County v Accrington Stanley

Plymouth Argyle v Cambridge United

Portsmouth v Wycombe Wanderers

Stevenage v Crawley Town

Yeovil Town v Hartlepool United


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