PREVIEW: Newport County vs Exeter City

Newport County are able to welcome back Courtney Baker-Richardson and Jake Cain ahead of Saturday's crunch game with fellow promotion chasers Exeter City.

Oli Cooper and Josh Pask remain out though while Courtney Senior and Priestley Farquharson are no closer to a return to action.

Exeter will be without a host of players with Kyle Taylor, Jonathan Grounds, Sam Nombe and Harry Kite all out injured while Pierce Sweeney is being "assessed". Nigel Atangana will miss a third-straight game due to suspension while on-loan County forward Padraig Amond cannot play against his parent club.

The Grecians are on a good run of late, winning four of their last six games and drawing the other two as they've rised to 2nd in the table and opened up a five-point gap to Port Vale who are in 4th and thus outside the automatic promotion places. 

County will be looking to get back in the win column after last Saturday's 0-0 draw at Mark Hughes-managed Bradford with a double header against promotion chasers coming up with Swindon away following Saturday's match.

The League Two promotion race is still too close to call, with only four points being the difference between 4th and 11th going into the weekend's fixtures with County hoping a win will take the Exiles into 3rd.

Newport will be looking to get their first victory over Exeter since January 2019 with the reverse fixture ending in a 2-2 draw at St.James Park earlier in the season.