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PREVIEW: Bradford City vs Newport County

25 March 2022

Newport will be hoping to keep the pressure on the rest of the promotion chasers in Saturday's game at Bradford.

The promotion picture in League Two could not be tighter, with just six points being the difference between automatic promotion in 2nd and a 'mere' top-half finish in 10th going into the weekend's games.

With eight games of the regular season to go, County are 6th and a point off 2nd but also only a point clear of 8th, outside the play-offs. 

James Rowberry will be able to welcome back goalkeeper Nick Townsend who missed the game against Hartlepool but Ollie Cooper and Jake Cain will be unavailable with groin and rib injuries respectively.

Bradford will also come too soon for Courtney Baker-Richardson and Josh Pask with Rowberry hoping to have Baker-Richardson back for Exeter next week and Pask for Swindon the week after.

The Bantams have not won a home game under new manager Mark Hughes, with their last three points at Valley Parade coming way back on January 15 with a 2-1 win over Salford.

They are expected to be with Tom Elliot and Alex Gilliead again as they return from injury.

County are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Bradford after a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture back in October, with Newport winning three games in a row between the two sides before that draw.

Newport have picked up four wins from their last five matches while Bradford have only won two after a run of games that has seen them come up against Mansfield, Swindon, Forest Green and Port Vale who are all eyeing promotion. 

 


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