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The Opposition - Newport County

We take an in-depth look at Michael Flynn's side ahead of Town's Sky Bet League Two clash with Newport County at Rodney Parade on Saturday (3pm).

23 August 2018

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Michael Flynn

Grimsby Town travel to Rodney Parade to face Newport County in Sky Bet League Two this Saturday (3pm).

The Mariners will be hoping to build on their strong performance in the 1-1 away draw at MK Dons on Tuesday, while the Exiles will be looking to continue on from their midweek 3-2 win over Notts County.

Michael Flynn’s men will be aiming to improve on their 11th-place finish in 2017-18 after their play-off hopes were dashed towards the end of last term, and they’ve started this season in encouraging form as they sit in eighth-place on seven points after four games.

After a disappointing opening-day 3-0 away defeat to Mansfield Town, the Exiles beat Crewe Alexandra 1-0 before picking up a convincing 4-1 away win over Cambridge United in the Carabao Cup.

They then drew 1-1 with Exeter City before picking up a dramatic win over Notts County on Tuesday as ex-Town striker Jamille Matt scored in the 95th minute to secure the victory for the Exiles, who extended their unbeaten run to four games in all competitions.

Transfer activity

Flynn has done plenty of business in the transfer market this summer, bringing in 10 new faces for the 2018-19 campaign at Rodney Parade.

Newport’s key signings are arguably 34-year-old experienced central-midfielder, and new captain, Andrew Crofts from Scunthorpe United, 26-year-old winger Keanu Marsh-Brown from Forest Green Rovers, and 27-year-old centre-back Fraser Franks from Stevenage.

Other notable additions include 28-year-old striker Jamille Matt – who spent last season on loan at Town – from Blackpool, and 23-year-old goalkeeper Nick Townsend from Championship outfit Barnsley.

The Exiles also brought in a handful of youngsters on loan ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, including 21-year-old midfielder Charlie Cooper from Forest Green Rovers – who is son of Rovers boss Mark Cooper.

But there were also a number of departures from Rodney Parade this summer – most notably 26-year-old striker Frank Nouble, who joined fellow-League Two side Colchester United.

Midfielder, and former captain, 27-year-old Joss Labadie left the club this summer and is still a free agent, while 28-year-old defensive-midfielder Ben Tozer made the move to Cheltenham Town.

Ones to watch

The Exiles have a very strong squad and, having scored nine goals in their first five games in all competitions this season, have plenty of goal threats all over the pitch.

Newport County striker Padraig Amond

Ex-Town striker Padraig Amond is, perhaps unsurprisingly, Newport’s most dangerous threat to the Mariners this weekend. The 30-year-old has scored three goals in five games in all competitions so far this season, including a brace in the Exiles’ 4-1 win over Cambridge in the Carabao Cup.

Amond is a fox in the box and will be alive and alert should any potential chances arise in the Town box on Saturday.

The Irish striker, who scored 35 goals in all competitions for the Mariners in the 2015-16 season as Town secured promotion from the National League back to the EFL, has scored 14 goals in 46 league games so far for Newport since his move from Hartlepool United last year.

Attacking-midfielder Matt Dolan will be hoping to build on his decent debut season at Rodney Parade last year, in which he scored three goals in 43 league appearances, and he has played in all of the Exiles’ games this season.

The 25-year-old creative midfielder moved to Newport last summer after scoring seven goals in 77 league appearances for Yeovil Town between 2015 and 2017.

Strong centre-half Mickey Demetriou could prove difficult for the Mariners to break down in the Exiles’ defence this weekend.

But aside from being a solid centre-back, the 28-year-old also boasts an impressive goalscoring record – finding the net 11 times in 67 league appearances for Newport since his move from Shrewsbury two years ago.

And he’ll be looking to add to that tally, and score his first goal of the 2018-19 season, against the Mariners this weekend.

It will be a good test for Town, who will be hoping to stretch their unbeaten league run to four games and put in another fine display, as they take on Newport County at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Newport County 1-0 Grimsby Town

Town fall to second league defeat of the season

25 August 2018

Lee Blease
Luke Hendrie

Grimsby Town suffered their second league defeat of the season as they were beaten by Newport County at Rodney Parade.

Matt Dolan's free kick six minutes before half-time eventually proved to be the difference between the two sides in a game of few genuine chances.

And Town were forced to finish the game with 10 men after substitute Wes Thomas was shown a red card in the closing stages.

One enforced change was made to the Grimsby starting XI after the draw at MK Dons in midweek, with Luke Hendrie making his first start for the club in place of the suspended Paul Dixon.

James McKeown began in goal, with Harry Davis, Alex Whitmore, Akin Famewo and Hendrie forming the defence.

Harry Clifton, John Welsh and Jake Hessenthaler continued as the midfield trio, with Martyn Woolford and JJ Hooper again starting on either side of Jordan Cook in attack.

The Town susbstitutes were Sam Russell, Mitch Rose, Louis Robles, Charles Vernam, Andrew Fox, Thomas and Ahkeem Rose.

Newport's starting line-up included a familiar face in the shape of former Mariners favourite Padraig Amond, while ex-Town loanee Jamille Matt had a place on the bench.

The hosts had the first chance of the game and it was that man Amond who got in behind the Town defence, although Famewo got back to block his shot.

A Newport free kick on 11 minutes was cleared by Cook, before a long-range effort from Clifton flew off-target.

A foul on Hessenthaler on 17 minutes gave Town a free kick and after the midfielder had driven the ball into the box, Whitmore's header was blocked on the line by a defender before home keeper Joe Day gathered.

Cook tried his luck with a shot from inside his own half after spotting Day off his line but was unable to catch the keeper out as his effort went wide.

Hooper was then unable to get his head to a cross from Hendrie and the ball went out of play for a goal kick.

A Newport corner on 28 minutes was punched by McKeown but the ball fell for Mickey Demetriou, who fired wide.

Another chance for the hosts came when Dan Butler got in ahead of Clifton and hit a shot which was well-saved by McKeown.

Another corner from Dolan for Newport was headed clear by Whitmore but the hosts retained possession and Amond's cross was deflected behind by Fraser Franks for a goal kick.

A Town free kick came in a dangerous position on the edge of the box when Clifton was brought down on 37 minutes but Woolford's strike went high and wide.

Two minutes later, the opening goal came and it was the home side who took the lead.  A foul by Hooper gave Newport a free kick and DOLAN'S shot from it went over the Town wall and dropped into the net.

One added minute was played at the end of the half, with the hosts holding onto their advantage at the break.

Mitch Rose replaced Clifton before the restart and Welsh was booked three minutes in for a foul.

A ball from Davis towards Hessenthaler at the near post was cleared, before Tyreeq Bakinson beat Welsh but missed the target with his shot.

Mark Harris hit the side-netting soon afterwards as Newport looked for a second goal, before a second Town change saw Thomas come on in place of Hooper.

Cook fired wide after being put through by Thomas, before a good attacking move led to Woolford having a shot blocked.

McKeown had to tip the ball away for a corner following a chip by Josh Sheehan and the flag-kick was headed away by Thomas, with Butler then firing wide.

Antoine Semenyo replaced Mark Harris in the Newport attack with 19 minutes left to play, before Vernam came on for Woolford in Town's last substitution.

A home corner came when Dolan's shot was deflected behind but it was dealt with by the visitors.

Goalscorer Dolan came off with nine minutes remaining to be replaced by Charlie Cooper, before the home side's final change saw Matt introduced for the last six minutes.

Town won a corner as the game moved into four added minutes but they were unable to create any danger from it, with Hessenthaler's cross being blocked after he had turned inside the box.

And a late blow came when Thomas became the third Mariners player of the season to be shown a straight red card when he caught Tyler Forbes with a high foot as he attempted to clear the ball.

Town were unable to find a way back into the game as the home side saw out the remainder of the additional time, meaning the Mariners were left to reflect on a second defeat of the season.

They are next in action on Saturday, when Yeovil Town are the visitors to Blundell Park.

Newport County

1 Joe Day 
28 Mickey Demetriou (C) 
17 Scot Bennett 
5 Fraser Franks 
21 Tyler Hornby-Forbes 
3 Dan Butler 
15 Tyreeq Bakinson 
8 Matthew Dolan 
16 Josh Sheehan 
9 Padraig Amond 
14 Mark Harris


30 Nick Townsend 
18 Jay Foulston 
25 Mark O'Brien 
2 David Pipe 
33 Charlie Cooper 
11 Jamille Matt 
42 Antoine Semenyo

Grimsby Town

1 James McKeown 
24 Harry Davis 
27 Luke Hendrie 
25 Alex Whitmore 
12 Akin Famewo 
4 John Welsh (C) 
15 Harry Clifton 
7 Jake Hessenthaler 
11 Jordan Cook 
16 Martyn Woolford 
9 JJ Hooper


23 Sam Russell 
19 Andrew Fox 
8 Mitch Rose 
14 Louis Robles 
21 Ahkeem Rose 
39 Wes Thomas 
18 Charles Vernam

Attendance: 3,288 (242)

Referee: Neil Hair

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Ticket News

Newport County Ticket Information

17 August 2018

Ticket information regarding our upcoming away trip to Newport County on Saturday 25th August.

We have received 300 tickets in the Bisley Stand for our upcoming Sky Bet League Two away fixture at Newport County on Saturday 25th August, kick-off 3:00pm. Advanced ticket prices are as follows:

Adults - ÂŁ19

Seniors (60+) - ÂŁ15

16-21/Student - ÂŁ13

Under 16 - ÂŁ7

Under 12 - ÂŁ5

Under 6* - FOC

Family Ticket** - ÂŁ42

* Under 6's MUST be accompanied with a full paying adult or senior.
** Family ticket consists of two adult tickets (adult or seniors) and two child tickets (U16, U12 or U6)

Tickets can also be purchased on the day, with a ÂŁ2 price increase across all age categories.

Tickets are available on general sale and can be purchased direct from the Blundell Park ticket office, calling 01472 605050 or by visiting

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