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Match Preview | Gillingham (A)

27 October 2023

Club News

Match Preview | Gillingham (A)

27 October 2023

Tomorrow, Newport make their second long trip in less than a week, when they travel to Kent to take on Gillingham.

Graham Coughlan will be looking for an instant response from his team following a difficult result against Notts County on Tuesday night. 

Injury worries continue to pile up, with Josh Seberry now part of an ever-growing list of first-team pros on the sidelines following a terrible incident on Tuesday after being ruled out with a broken Fibula. Coughlan will now have to consider his options for the weekend.

Opposition Form 

After being early pace-setters in the league, Gillingham’s form has dipped a little since September, with manager Neil Harris relieved of his duties mid-way through the month. The Gills still find themselves in the play-off spots, though, sitting in seventh place, having won two of their last five games. 

Their last outing saw them register a 1-0 away at Swindon, with a goal from Connor Mahoney being the difference-maker. 

Away from their management team, the Gills have had a fairly settled side this season. Macaulay Bonne has started every league game up front and will retain his place on Saturday, while Jonathan Williams, Connor Mahoney, and Dom Jefferies provide the fire-power in midfield. 

Ticket Info 

You can find ticket information for Tuesday’s encounter below: 

Adult - £22

Senior 65+ - £19

Young Adult 18-21 - £14

Under 18 - £10

Under 14 - £7

There will be no tickets available to purchase on the day of the game.

Last Time Out 

Our last visit to Priestfields was a triumphant one at the end of last season. In the penultimate game of the campaign, we registered a 2-1 victory with an early goal from Cameron Norman and a 78th-minute strike from Omar Bogle handing us the three points.

Head to Head 

Newport and Gillingham have a long history together, with our first encounter with the Gills coming all the way back in 1920. Since then, we have played each other a whopping 82 times. We have won 37 of those games, while Gillingham have won 28, with 17 ending in a draw. You have to go over thirty years to find Gillingham’s last win against us, a 2-1 win on home soil on August 23rd, 1986. 

Played for Both 

Several players have swapped for South Wales for Kent and vice versa in recent years. One player with local links who will be lining up against us this weekend is Dom Jefferies. Jefferies was a product of our youth academy, joining us at 14. He left the club in 2020 and, after captaining Brentford B, was signed by Neil Harris at Gillingham in 2022, where he has made an instant impact. He is a regular in the Gills team, establishing himself as one of their most creative midfield players. 

Several former players have also made the move to Gillingham, with Mark Byrne being one of the most memorable in the last few years. The Irish midfielder made the switch from Rodney Parade to Priestfield in 2016, making over 130 appearances for the Gills. 

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