Match Preview | Barnet (H)

Newport will look to make it three wins in seven days when they welcome Barnet to Rodney Parade on Saturday afternoon.

Newport will look to make it three wins in seven days when they welcome Barnet to Rodney Parade on Saturday afternoon. 

Graham Coughlan’s men will be full of confidence following Tuesday’s battling victory away at Morecambe. Seb Palmer-Houlden’s first goal since returning from injury was the difference maker in Lancashire, and the striker will look to hold down his position in Saturday’s starting XI. 

Harry Charsley returned to the team on Tuesday night, making an appearance off the bench, coming on in the 83rd minute to get some time in his legs. The midfielder will be hoping to get more game time on Saturday as he returns to match fitness. 

Coughlan has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game as players continue to return from the sidelines, providing him with more options as the busy Christmas period approaches.

Manager’s Comments 

Graham Coughlan spoke highly of Dean Brennan's men ahead of tomorrow afternoon's clash in his pre-match press conference: "There isn't a lot of places between the clubs in the pyramid," he began.

"It'll be a really good, tight, hard encounter I'd imagine, of course one we're looking forward too, being on home soil.

"They've got some dangerous players and they've been flying. They use the ball well and therefore have a lot of possesion, that's the way they play.

"They have a lot of quality in their squad; the experience, the fitness of young lads too, a lot of power a lot of pace and they've done a lot with it this season."

Opposition Form 

After only losing two of their opening eighteen league games and keeping pace with National League leaders Chesterfield, Barnet have experienced a drop in form in recent weeks, losing their last four league games. 

Last weekend, the club were dealt a late blow when Charlie Baker scored in the 98th minute for Wealdstone to condemn Barnet to a narrow 3-2 defeat. Before that, they were defeated 4-1 by Oldham at The Hive. 

Barnet’s biggest threat this weekend will come through Nicke Kabamba. The former Northampton and Hartlepool striker has been in fine form for the Bees this season, hitting the net 13 times in 22 games, including three in his last five. 

Ticket Info 

You can find ticket information for Saturday’s FA Cup encounter here.

Seated Terrace 100 Club
Adult £15 £14 £20
Senior  £13 £12 £18
Young Adult 16-21 £11 £10 £16
Under 16 £7 £7 £12
Under 12 £5 £5 £10
Under 6 Free Free £5

You can secure a ticket for tomorrow's clash HERE.

Last Time Out 

Our last game against Barnet was in the 2018 season in what would be Barnet’s last season in the Football League. The Bees grabbed a 2-0 win, with goals from Shaq Coulthirst and Ricardo Santos proving decisive.

Head to Head 

Our head-to-head record with Barnet does not make pretty reading for Newport fans. We have played each other 11 times in League Two and the FA Cup, losing five games, drawing five, and winning one. Our solitary victory was, as chance would have it, an FA Cup second-round win in 2015. 

Played for Both 

Several players have played for us and Saturday’s visitors. There have been few players that have made the switch in recent years, though, few of them have made lasting impacts at either club. 

Jamie Turley made six appearances for us between 2016 and 2018 and would then make thirteen appearances for Barnet before hanging up his boots in 2022. Another player signed in 2016 was Mark Randall. Randall made 25 appearances for us in the 2016/17 season, and had made 12 for Barnet the year before. 

Other players to have swapped North London for South Wales include Joe Stephens and Ryan Burge.