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PREVIEW | County take on Leicester City Under 21's in the Quarter Final of the Leasing.Com Trophy at Rodney Parade

3 February 2020

Newport County AFC will be looking to reach the semi-finals of the Leasing.Com Trophy when they come up against Leicester City U21s in the rearranged fixture at Rodney Parade.

The winner will contest for a place in the Wembley final, with unbeaten Leicester U21s representing a tough challenge.

Supporters should note the earlier kick-off time of 7pm.

Here, you can find all the facts and statistics ahead of this Leasing.com Trophy Quarter-Final…

 

Leicester City U21s’ Leasing.com Trophy journey so far

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The Young Foxes remain undefeated in this season’s competition, picking up two wins and a draw from their group matches. Their group wins came against Grimsby Town and Sunderland.

Since beating Sunderland, Leicester U21s have gone on to defeat two more League One outfits in Doncaster and Tranmere, both away from home.

Their third round tie at Tranmere saw them come away 2-1 winners, with strikers Admiral Muskwe and George Hurst scoring for the young side.

The Young Foxes made the trip to South Wales two weeks ago for this match, however the referee deemed the pitch to be unplayable just hours before kick-off.

 

Manager – Steve Beaglehole

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Steve Beaglehole has been a part of the Leicester City setup since the early 2000s, and over that time has even helped to take over the senior team for league games in 2007 and 2011.

In 2012, Beaglehole took charge of the Leicester City ‘development squad’, where they won the league in his first season. He also took a team to the HKFC International Soccer Sevens tournament, which they also won.

The 59-year-old also holds a sports science degree, as well as being a qualified P.E. teacher. Beaglehole was the youngest man to obtain the ‘A’ Licence badge, when he was 21 years of age.

 

Officials

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Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire)

Assistant Referee 1: Alan Clayton

Assistant Referee 2: Steven Plane

Fourth Official: Robert Lewis

Referee Ben Toner is in his fifth season as a league referee. He has previously refereed County five times, the last time being the 0-0 draw with Wycombe.

So far this season, Toner has taken charge of 24 games, handing out 83 yellow cards and 5 reds.

This follows last season, where he officiated 38 games, distributing 120 yellow cards and 6 reds.

 

Can’t make the match?

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You can follow along on social media using @NewportCounty on Twitter, or via the Club’s official Facebook and Instagram pages.

Despite the game being a cup match, a live showing of this fixture will occur on iFollow Exiles if a Match Pass is purchased for domestic and international subscribers.

However, commentary by Charlie Brown and Richard Shepherd can be found at the Match Centre from 6:45pm.

An on-the-whistle match report of this match will be provided on the Club website upon the end of the game.

Michael Flynn’s post-match analysis will appear on the website the day after the game, while you can watch all of Flynn’s post-match press conference as-well as two County players by subscribing to iFollow Exiles now.


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