All the pre-match stats you need, ahead of our trip to Grimsby Town.
Looking at the home side
Grimsby Town have had a promising start to their season picking up four wins from their first nine games that has put them comfortably in mid-table. Their star man is Omar Bogle who already has 8 league goals to his name, including a hat trick against Stevenage at the end of August. County will want to take advantage of Grimsby’s defending, as they have only kept two clean sheets all season.
Newport County – L W L D D D L L 6 points
Grimsby Town – W L L L W D W L W 13 points
By car: Take the M4 to the A449 taking junction 24 and then follow the A449 and A40 to the M50. Follow the M50, M5 and the M42 to the A42 in Leicestershire. Join the M1 and then take the M180 until it becomes the A180. Continue to follow this road until you reach the ground and then leave Grimsby Road onto Tiverton Street to park along Harrington Street.
By train: The nearest train station to the ground is Cleethorpes which is about a 20 minute walk from the ground. There are no return trains back to Newport on the day of the game however and therefore unless you have overnight accommodation planned it is not advised to travel in this way. If you are travelling by train then you will need to leave Newport at 13:04 to arrive in Cleethorpes at 19:01. This service has a half hour connection in Stockport.
Joe Day – 2 appearances for 150 career appearances
Jazzi Barnum-Bobb – 2 appearances for 25 career appearances
Dan Butler – 3 appearances for 125 career appearances
Jon Parkin – 4 appearances for 575 career appearances and 1 goal for 175 career goals
Lenell John-Lewis – 1 goal for 50 career goals
Grimsby’s record against County
Played 8 Won 2 Drawn 3 Lost 3 Goals For 8 Goals Against 6
Sunday 28th April 2013: Newport County 1 – 0 Grimsby Town 0 (Jolley 31’)
Wednesday 24th April 2013: Grimsby Town 0 – 1 Newport County (Yakubu 89’)
Saturday 20th April 2013: Grimsby Town 3 – 0 Newport County
Saturday 29th September 2012: Newport County 0 – 0 Grimsby Town
Saturday 19th November 2011: Grimsby Town 2 – 2 Newport County (Hatswell 2’, Jarvis 17’)
Saturday 20th August 2011: Newport County 0 – 0 Grimsby Town
Saturday 2nd April 2011: Newport County 2 – 1 Grimsby Town (Knights 59’ Todd 72’)
Saturday 2nd October 2010: Grimsby Town 2 – 0 Newport County
A Christian Jolley goal gave County a 1-0 win on the day and a 2-0 win on aggregate in the semi-final of the play-offs in the football conference. After a late goal from Ismail Yakubu had given County the lead in the away leg, they returned to Rodney Parade to finish the tie off and book their trip to Wembley.
Last Time Out
County let a half time lead slip against Cambridge United as they lost by two goals to one at Rodney Parade. Rhys Healey had given the Exiles the lead early in the first half when he was left unmarked at the back post, but an identical goal for Uche Ikpeazu in the second half followed by a Luke Berry bicycle kick seven minutes from time was enough to give the visitors their first league win of the season and drop the Exiles into the bottom two.
The Man in Charge
Ben Toner is in charge for this match with his assistants Ian Dudley and Ian Smedley, the fourth official is Ricky Wootton. This is Toner’s fifth season on the list and last season he was in charge of two Newport County fixtures, the 3-0 away win at Portsmouth and the 1-0 away defeat to Hartlepool United. In his career he has had the whistle for 97 matches and handed out 268 yellow cards at an average of 2.76 per game. He has also sent off 14 players.
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