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PREVIEW | Newport County AFC vs Scunthorpe United

2 October 2021

Next up for Newport County AFC comes the visit of Scunthorpe United to Rodney Parade, with the Exiles looking to bounce back from their last outing.

Saturday’s opposition Scunthorpe are searching for their first win in four games this weekend.

THE OPPOSITION - SCUNTHORPE UNITED

Scunthorpe have not enjoyed the easiest of starts this season, with the side currently sitting in 23rd place with seven points.

United have won just once so far from their nine fixtures, a 1-0 home success against Tranmere.

The Iron now find themselves winless in four matches, a run that they would like to end this weekend.

TEAM NEWS

County will be without Priestley Farquharson and long-term absentees Scot Bennett and Courtney Senior, but Mickey Demetriou and Dom Telford are both set to return.

United will be boosted by the returns of captain Harry Davis, midfielder Harry Bunn and striker Ryan Loft, although they will be missing Tom Pugh, Tyrone O’Neill and Alex Kenyon for the trip to south Wales.

ONE TO WATCH - JAKE SCRIMSHAW

A name familiar to the Amber Army, Jake Scrimshaw looks set to be leading the line for Scunthorpe this weekend. The striker signed on a season-long loan from Bournemouth in the summer window.

Scrimshaw has netted once so far this season in a 1-1 draw with Sutton, but will be looking to add to his tally against the side he represented last season.

During the 21-year-old’s spell at Rodney Parade, he managed three goals in his 16 appearances.

IN THE HOT SEAT - NEIL COX

Scunthorpe United appointed Neil Cox as their new first-team manager in August 2020. He arrived from Notts County, where he was assistant manager.

The Iron secured survival under Cox in his first season after a difficult campaign, finishing 22nd in League Two.

Cox started his coaching life with a management stint at Leek Town before a six-year spell as assistant to Neal Ardley at AFC Wimbledon. The duo then went on to manage Notts County.

LAST MEETING

The last time County faced the Iron came in April, with the Exiles looking to strengthen their place in the play-offs.

An own goal and finishes from Lewis Collins and Mickey Demetriou gave County a 3-0 half-time lead.

The lead was extended in the second half after another headed goal for Demetriou, capping off a fine performance from the Exiles.


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