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PREVIEW: Newport County vs Mansfield Town

18 February 2022

Newport County welcome an in-form Mansfield Town to Rodney Parade on Saturday, as the Exiles are keen to get back to winning ways.

The Stags are 6th in League Two and have only lost one of their last 15 games in the division, with that solitary defeat coming on November 23 away to Sutton United.

County meanwhile are without a win in three since last Saturday's dramatic 3-3 draw at home to Scunthorpe.

Saturday's visit of Mansfield is the second of five-straight home games for the Exiles as they aim to keep pace with the promotion-chasing pack in League Two.

Despite their run of impressive form, Mansfield still sit 18th in the League Two away table with only two of their last 12 victories coming away from Field Mill.

Mansfield will be without Kellan Gordon (knee) and George Lapsilie (thigh) and County are hoping that Scot Bennett will be ok after he was substituted at the weekend and James Rowberry has no fresh injury concerns going into Saturday.

Stephen McLaughlin is the Stags' top scorer with four while County still have the top scorer in League Two thanks to Dom Telford's 21-goal tally so far. McLaughlin is also Mansfield's top assister, setting up six goals for Nigel Clough's side.

County have not lost at home to Mansfield since 2015 while the reverse fixture earlier this season ended in a 2-1 defeat with Robbie Willmott scoring for Newport.

The last meeting at Rodney Parade ended in a 2-1 Newport win with late goals from Scott Twine and Matt Dolan completing a second-half comeback.

As it stands, Storm Eunice will not affect the game, but we will provide supporters with any update should the situation change.

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