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MATCH PREVIEW: DONCASTER ROVERS (A)

14 September 2016

All the facts and stats you need, ahead of our encounter against Doncaster Rovers this Saturday.

After a home point against local rivals Cheltenham Town, the Exiles prepare for their first visit to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Doncaster Rovers.


Looking at the home side

Doncaster are currently on a very good run of form having won four out of the last five games leaving them on 13 points in the league and they find themselves in fourth place, two points behind the early leaders Plymouth Argyle. Doncaster are sure to put County’s defence to the test as they have scored in all nine of their games so far this campaign, including a 5-1 away win against Morecambe last weekend. Andy Williams has four so far this season and scored a hat trick against Yeovil earlier on this season, John Marquis also has four after a brace against Morecambe and James Coppinger already has three goals to his name. County’s strike force may also have a tough time this weekend as Rovers only concede just over a goal a game on average and have only lost once at home so far this season, in the first round of the League Cup to Championship side Nottingham Forest, and that came from an injury time winner for the two time European champions. 


Getting there

By car: Get onto the M4 and take exit 24 onto the A449. Follow the A449 and A40 to the M50 and continue along the M50 until it meets the M5 at which point head northbound. Merge onto the M42 and continue on the motorway past the NEC in Birmingham after the NEC stay on the M42 and avoid the M6 toll road. The M42 turns into the A42 and then merges with the M1 at East Midlands airport. Continue along the M1 until junction 32 where you should join the M18. Come off the M18 at junction 3 onto the A6182 towards Doncaster and the ground is well signposted. You will pass a retail park on your left and then at the next traffic lights (which has the Lakeside Pub visible behind it) turn left onto White Rose Way. The Lakeside Shopping Centre is now on your right (the stadium is located directly behind the shopping centre). At the next island turn right onto the industrial estate and after passing the Tesco distribution centre on your right, turn right at the bottom of the road and the stadium is further down on your left. 


By train: The station is less than 2 miles away from the ground and there is a connecting bus that leaves from the Transport Interchange attached to the station, however if you want to walk then turn right out of the station and keep walking straight on the A6182 Trafford Way and you will arrive at the ground after 25 minutes or so. There are several options to get to Doncaster. The best one is leaving Newport at 9am and arriving in Birmingham at 10:45. Here you have a choice as to whether you want to change once or twice on your journey. If you want to change once then stay in Birmingham until 11:30 where you can get a train to Doncaster that arrives at 13:17. Alternatively leave Birmingham at 11:03 and arrive in Sheffield at 12:17, change again before leaving Sheffield at 12:24 and arrive in Doncaster at 13:03. For the return journey you can leave Doncaster at 17:59 and arriving in Birmingham at 19:27 to get a connection to Cheltenham Spa and then change again to Newport that arrives at 21:51. Alternatively leave Doncaster at 18:18, change at Derby and get a train directly from Derby to Newport that arrives at 22:19.  


Doncaster Rovers supporter liaison officer has this information for County fans making the journey on Saturday.


"On Saturday the Newport fans will be allocated our North Stand, which holds around 3300 fans. If you travel without a ticket, you will be able to purchase these from our 'Club Doncaster Academy' which is located next to the away end. Myself and the stewards will be able to direct you if you need help. 


Parking is available at the stadium in car park 3 at the price of £5.


Once you have arrived at the Keepmoat there will be food and drink available in the ground. If you would like a drink and a bite to eat before you enter the ground, then the away fans are welcome in the Belle Vue Bar (named after our former ground) which is located at the West Stand. We have some fantastic offers available of a pie & a pint for just £5 or 2 pints for £6! You can also try our very own Doncaster Rovers beer! Also known as Rovers1879. 


 

. Or you can tweet me at @drfc_away."dean.medcalf@clubdoncaster.co.ukIf you have any questions, my email address is 


Form Guide (league only)

Newport County – LWLD D D     6 points

Doncaster Rovers – DW W WLW     13 points


Upcoming Milestones

Joe Day – 4 appearances for 150 career appearances.

Jazzi Barnum-Bobb – 2 appearances for 25 career appearances

Dan Butler – 5 appearances for 125 career appearances

Darren Jones – 5 appearances for 450 career appearances

Jon Parkin – 1 goal for 175 career goals

Lenell John-Lewis – 1 goal for 50 career goals

Ben Tozer – 1 appearance for 250 career appearances

Tom Owen-Evans – 3 appearances for 25 career appearances


Previous Milestones

Mark Randall v Cheltenham Town was his 125th career appearance

Sean Rigg v Cheltenham Town was his 375th  career appearanc


Last Time Out

A brace from Jon Parkin gave him is 173rd and 174th career goals but it wasn’t enough to give County all three points against local rivals Cheltenham Town. The point for County means that they currently sit in 20th place in the league.


The Man in Charge

David Webb is the man in the middle for this fixture with his assistant Declan Ford and Matthew Bristow, the fourth official is Joe Clark. This is Webb’s tenth season on the list but he has never before taken charge of the Exiles. In his career, he has had the whistle for 280 games and handed out 760 yellow cards at an average of 2.7 per game and he has sent players off on 36 occasions. 


Around the League (all times 3pm)

Accrington Stanley v Portsmouth

Barnet v Colchester United

Blackpool v Carlisle United

Cambridge United v Morecambe

Cheltenham Town v Notts County

Crawley Town v Luton Town

Exeter City v Plymouth Argyle

Grimsby Town v Crewe Alexandra

Hartlepool United v Mansfield Town 

Leyton Orient v Yeovil Town

Wycombe Wanderers v Stevenage


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