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📝Emirates FA Cup Replay: Newport County Preview

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Team News

Max Wright and Luke Hendrie are both set to miss out again through injury. 

Moses Ogbu will also miss this second round replay with a knee injury.

Harry Clifton was an unused substitute in Wales U21's Euro qualifier win against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday night.   

Head to Head

Since County were refounded, the two sides have met on 14 occasions - the Mariners have won four times, County six, and there have been four draws.

Last season Town had a comprehensive 3-0 win against The Exiles at Blundell Park, with County snatching a 1-0 victory at their place back in August. 

Here's the last seven meetings between the two sides.  

PO-2 28-Apr-13 A Newport Co L 0 1 6,615
FL-4 27-Sep-16 H Newport Co W 1 0 4,296
FL-4 14-Feb-17 A Newport Co D 0 0 1,868
FL-4 23-Sep-17 A Newport Co L 0 1 3,356
FL-4 13-Jan-18 H Newport Co L 1 2 3,397
FL-4 25-Aug-18 A Newport Co L 0 1 3,288
FL-4 2-Feb-19 H Newport Co W 3 0 3,712


Grimsby Town 1 – 1 Newport County AFC

Saturday 9th November 2019

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialGTFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick - delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from Anthony Limbrick

This game will be broadcast live on iFollow Mariners. Join Matt Dean and former Town striker Chris Hargreaves for full audio coverage. Book your audio match pass. 

Betting Odds:

Town are 7/4 to book a place in round two. more >>

Man in the Middle:

Darren Handley will take charge of this first round replay. 

Darren Handley is currently embarking on his fifth full season as a Football League referee having taken charge of his first League Two fixture midway through the 2013/14 campaign when York City and Cheltenham Town drew 0-0 at Bootham Crescent.

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Key Men for Newport - Former Town man Padraig Amond leads the way for County with seven goals and two assists to his name.

Pacey frontman Tristan Abrahams is also one to watch, he’s bagged four goals this season and has three assists.

The Managers

Anthony Limbrick

“Earlier in the season we were passing the ball, getting it wide, getting crosses in the box, and really being a threat and aggressive, and taking the game to other teams.

“So we really want to try and get back to that and do those things, and I think if we can find those basics, and some consistency in our performances, then we’ll be able to get that level again.

“So a little bit more positivity in the way that we perform, train, and work every day, and we’ve looked to start with that today and hopefully we can carry that on.”

Michael Flynn

Flynn admits County must be wary of a managerial change and can’t necessarily look at it as a reason to be optimistic.

He told the County official Website: “It’s going to be a difficult game – no two games are the same, it doesn’t matter if it’s against the same team.

“Grimsby have lots of strengths. They’re aggressive on set plays, they’ve got James Hanson who is probably the best player in the league in the air. We know Matt Green can score goals, Jake Hessenthaler in midfield can control a game if given space. They can cause problems.

“The manager’s gone so a couple of the players will feel like they have a fresh start. That can be a bad thing for us, I can’t affect what happened at Grimsby Town, I just want to concentrate on what we do, and I want to get the win."

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Match Reports

📝Match Report: Newport County 2-0 Grimsby Town

Mariners knocked out of FA Cup after replay in Wales

20 November 2019

Grimsby Town were knocked out of the FA Cup at the first round stage as they lost their replay with Newport County at Rodney Parade.

In their first game since parting company with manager Michael Jolley, the Mariners created few clear-cut chances and fell behind shortly after half-time when former Blundell Park favourite Padraig Amond opened the scoring.

And after Mattie Pollock was dismissed for a second bookable offence in added time, Newport made the result safe with a second goal, scored by midfielder Joss Labadie.

Interim boss Anthony Limbrick's first team selection showed four changes to the Town side that began the initial tie at Blundell Park, with James McKeown, Harry Davis, Elliott Hewitt and Ahkeem Rose coming in for Sam Russell, Ludvig Ohman, Elliott Whitehouse and James Hanson.

McKeown started in goal, with Luke Waterfall, Davis and Pollock forming a centre-back trio.

Hewitt and Liam Gibson operated as wing-backs, with Jordan Cook, Jake Hessenthaler and Ethan Robson taking up midfield roles and Rose joining Matt Green in attack.

The Grimsby substitutes were Russell, Whitehouse, Ludvig Ohman, Harry Clifton, Harry Cardwell and Joe Starbuck.

Newport also made changes for this replay, with Amond restored to the starting line-up after coming off the bench to score the equaliser in Cleethorpes.

Goalkeeper Tom King dropped to the bench after coming back from international duty with Wales, as Nick Townsend took over between the sticks, while Corey Whitely also came into the XI.

An early chance for the Mariners came when a Hessenthaler free kick was not cleared and after the ball came back into the penalty area, it was flicked on for Cook but he could only hit the side-netting from a narrow angle.

A shot from Robson was blocked as Town continued to make the early running, before the visitors won the first corner of the game on nine minutes. Hessenthaler's delivery was not dealt with but an offside flag eventually brought the attack to an end.

A free kick at the other end was headed away, before Green was flagged offside as the Mariners attacked again on the quarter-hour.

A foul by Hewitt on Whitely gave the hosts a free kick inside the Grimsby half but they were unable to create a chance from it.

Amond sent a volley through to McKeown from the edge of the box after a Newport corner was only half-cleared, then a 20-yard effort from Rose took a deflection for a corner, which was punched clear by Townsend.

Green saw a low shot comfortably stopped by Townsend on 27 minutes, before Cook was caught offside as he headed against the bar after being picked out by a great cross from Hessenthaler.

A foul by Scot Bennett on Rose gave Town a free kick on the right but Robson's shot from it bounced through to Townsend.

Another free kick came soon afterwards, this time on the Grimsby left, but Robson's ball had too much height and power and went all the way out for a goal kick.

Newport won a corner on the right on 38 minutes when a cross by Labadie was blocked but Mark O'Brien's header from the flag-kick bounced wide.

Tristan Abrahams fired wide from the edge of the box soon afterwards, then a foul on Robson gave Town a free kick in a central position but it caused no problems for the home defence.

A free kick at the other end was not dealt with as the ball bounced around the penalty area but it was eventually headed at McKeown by Ryan Inniss.

One added minute was played at the end of a first half which had been low on quality from both sides, with the score remaining goalless at the break.

No changes were made before the restart and Abrahams was shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Hewitt two minutes in.

Rose won a corner on the left two minutes later but the ball frrom the flag was cleared. And seconds later, Newport took the lead after a quick counter-attack led to a great ball from Abrahams finding AMOND, who calmly slotted past McKeown.

Rose became the next to be booked, then the striker was in action to clear a Newport corner after the ball from it had been headed towards goal by Ryan Haynes.

Cardwell replaced Green in Town's first change on 54 minutes but it was now the hosts who were doing most of the attacking and pushing for a second goal.

A Mariners corner on 66 minutes came to nothing, before a Newport corner at the other end was gathered by McKeown at the second attempt.

A more promising sign for Town came when a good ball from Robson found Rose but he could only shoot at keeper Townsend.

Former Grimsby loanee Jamille Matt replaced Whitely with 16 minutes to go, before Clifton came on in place of Rose in the black and white of Town.

Pollock was booked for a foul on Matt as the clock ticked towards the final 10 minutes, before the visitors survived a handball penalty shout as a powerful volley hit Waterfall.

The final Town substitution saw Whitehouse come on for Hewitt with nine minutes remaining, before good defending by Waterfall denied Inniss with a header from Haynes' cross.

A foul by Josh Sheehan on Clifton gave the away side an opportunity to get the ball into the box from the right on 86 minutes. Sheehan was booked but Robson's delivery failed to test Townsend or his defence.

As the game moved into five minutes of added time, the Mariners were reduced to 10 men as Pollock was shown a second yellow card for pulling Abrahams down.

And Newport sealed their passage through to round two when LABADIE found the net at the second time of asking after his initial shot had been well saved by McKeown.

The Welsh side will now make the trip to Essex to face Maldon and Tiptree in the next round, while the Mariners are next in action in the league when they travel to Northampton Town on Saturday.


Newport: Townsend, Whitely, O'Brien, Bennett, Inniss, Willmott, Labadie (C), Sheehan. Haynes, Amond, Abrahams.

Subs: King, Howkins, Nurse, Dolan, Maloney, Matt, Poleon.

Town: McKeown (C), Hewitt, Gibson, Davis, Pollock, Waterfall, Cook, Hessenthaler,  Robson, Rose, Green.

Subs: Russell, Öhman, Clifton, Starbuck, Whitehouse, Cardwell.


Attendance: 2,053 (93) 


Referee: Darren Handley


Next Up: Northampton Town (A)

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🚌Travelling To Newport? Read Our Essential Guide Before You Set Off

Read our essential guide before setting off for Wales.

18 November 2019

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Newport County AFC

What’s the ticket information?

Tickets can be purchased on the day via the small ticket booth to the left of the turnstiles, this is CASH ONLY.

Adult (22-59) £18.00
Senior (60+) £14.00
Young Adult (16-21)/Student £12.00
U16 £7.00
U12 £5.00
U6 £0.00

How do I get to the ground?

Postcode for the ground is NP19 0BH – This takes you directly to the away turnstile. Fans are located in the Bisley Stand.

Where is the best place to park?

The ground does not have a car park so it's street parking (please watch out for restrictions) or the town centre offers a number of pay and display car parks.

What is the nearest train station to the stadium and what is the approximate distance and walking time?

The nearest train station to the ground is Gwent (Newport) which is less than a 10 minute walk away.

Leave the train station at Platform 1
Cross the road so you are outside of Admiral Insurance and turn left
The path curves left past Delilah’s café and bar.

This brings you out near the Market Arcade and Popadom’s Indian Restaurant
At the end of the road, go down the staircase on your right and through the underpass.
This will bring you to Clarence Street Bridge
Over the bridge and 1st right brings you to the ground.

Recommended pubs for away fans?

There are no designated away pubs for away fans visiting Newport County. The closest pub is the Excelsior Institute on Corporation Road, which is about a 5-minute walk from the away turnstiles. Alternatively the town centre has a number of different pubs.

Food available in the area?

The ground is just across the bridge from the town centre that has a number of eateries including in Friars Walk which has Zizzi’s, Bistro Pierre and others.

When do turnstiles open?

Turnstiles open around 90 minutes before kick-off.

Where is the nearest cash machine to the Stadium?

There are a number of cash machines available in the town centre, just across the bridge.

What is the process for supporters looking to bring flags into the stadium?

There are generally no issues with supporters bringing flags but they must be displayed in a safe manner, not blocking walkways. Stewards will be on hand to assist where needed.

What food and drink is available on the concourse at the stadium?

Both hot and cold food and drink items are available on the concourse. Alcohol will be served in the ground for away fans too.

Please note that all stadium bars are CASHLESS

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