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PREVIEW: Newport County vs Swindon Town

19 November 2021

Newport County will be confident of goals in a hotly-anticipated game against near-neighbours Swindon Town at Rodney Parade on Saturday at 3pm.

Two teams currently occupying play-off positions in League Two go head-to-head in South Wales on Saturday afternoon with County boasting two strikers in red-hot form going into the weekend.

Dom Telford and Courtney Baker-Richardson have scored 14 goals in seven games between them, with County unbeaten in those seven games as manager James Rowberry has three wins from his three league matches in charge of the Exiles.

Swindon will also be without defenders Romoney Crichlow (ankle) and Mathieu Baudry (foot tendons) which is a blow to the Robins as Crichlow has impressed since joining the club on loan from Huddersfield in the summer while Baudry was a key cog in then-Richie Wellens' side earning promotion to League One as champions in the 2019-20 season.

Ex-County winger Harry McKirdy will also miss the game through suspension and Anthony Grant will also miss out due to being away with Jamaica on international duty this week and is yet to train since his return to England.

Town will have fellow Internationals Kaine Kesler-Hayden (England U20), Jojo Wollacott (Ghana) and Jonny Williams (Wales) available for selection, however. 

Newport will be able to welcome back Scot Bennett from injury while Robbie Willmott remains out of contention due to the diagnosis of COVID-19 in the midfielder last week. 

Swindon are having a very Jekyll and Hyde season but do lie in 7th, level on points with Newport with a game in hand, despite only winning one league home game all season as Ben Garner's side do currently have an unbeaten record away from home in 2021-22, with four wins in a row coming on their travels. 


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