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Match preview - Town head to Newport looking to return to winning ways

5 October 2023

We look to rebound from the midweek defeat to AFC Wimbledon as we make the long journey to face Newport County this weekend.

Simon Weaver’s side head into the clash knowing victory will take them above their opponents but will need to be wary against an Exiles side more than capable of finding the net so far this season.

Our opponents

County currently sit five spots but just a single point above Town in the table. They did collect maximum points last time out thanks to a 2-1 home win against Colchester that ended a run of five games without a win.

At home though they have been beaten just once in six games, accruing 11 of their 14 points at Rodney Parade. There have been plenty of goals in matches featuring the Exiles too, with all but one seeing three or more goals scored.

Previous meetings

Town won a thriller on the road last season with a late Luke Armstrong goal sealing all three points. Omar Bogle gave County an early lead but goals inside of the opening ten minutes from Sam Folarin and George Thomson turned things around. Bogle levelled with just over ten minutes remaining before Armstrong won the day.

Prior to this Town had been defeated in both previous away clashes. In 2020/21 a late Brandon Cooper goal earned the points with Town falling to a 4-0 defeat in 2021/22 with a brace from Dom Telford.

The man in charge

Graham Coughlan is the man in the dugout, coming up on a year in charge after replacing James Rowberry.

Coughlan had a long career in English football after arriving from the Irish League, most notably playing for Plymouth, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Shrewsbury and Southend.

Prior to taking the Newport job Coughlan had brief spells in charge at both Bristol Rovers and Mansfield Town.

Ones to watch

In his second season at the club forward Will Evans has shone so far this season, netting eight times in 11 appearances. Omar Bogle has chipped in with four goals from just six starts.

Seb Palmer-Houlden has shown promise in limited time since arriving from Bristol City whilst Harry Charsley has added two goals from midfield.

Defender Ryan Delaney has two assists since arriving from Morecambe in the summer as does full-back Adam Lewis, on loan from Liverpool for the season.

Long-time Exile Scott Bennett will anchor the midfield with Aaron Wildig playing in a more advanced role.

History

Initially founded in 1912, County were re-formed in 1989 and worked their way back through the non-league set up to reach the Conference Premier for the 2010/11 season before a further promotion to League Two was earned following the 2012/13 season, where they have remained since.

One of their most famous seasons came back in 1980/81 when they reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners Cup before being defeated by Carl Zeiss Jena 3-2 on aggregate.

County subsequently slipped down the divisions though and found themselves relegated from the Football League in 1987/88 and were declared bankrupt the following season.

Team news

Simon Weaver will hope to have both Levi Sutton and Abraham Odoh back available after they missed the midweek clash against AFC Wimbledon. Elsewhere, Sam Folarin could be set to miss out after Simon Weaver revealed the forward has tight hamstrings.

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Match Reports

Thomson and O'Connor fire Town to win in Wales

7 October 2023

George Thomson and Anthony O'Connor strike either side of half time as Town claim all three points away at Newport

A George Thomson long range effort and Anthony O'Connor finish were enough for Town to claim all three points from their trip to Rodney Parade.

Will Evans' 58th minute finish made it a nervy ending to the game, but Town held on to claim a second straight win away at the South Wales club.

Simon Weaver made two changes from the midweek tie with Wimbledon as Josh March made his first start since returning to the club, replacing Sam Folarin, while James Daly came in for Jeremy Sivi.

Rod McDonald had been due to start, but a late fitness check ruled the defender out, with Warren Burrell taking his place and Toby Sims coming onto the bench.

Town started the warm afternoon well with March looking lively from the start, helping his side win early corners, but they were dealt with by the hosts.

It was Newport who would be the first to test the goalkeeper as Mark Oxley kept out Scot Bennett's drive that could have proved difficult.

Bryn Morris had the best chance of the half for the Welsh side, but couldn't make a clean connection when the ball dropped to him between the penalty spot and six-yard box.

Town took the lead three minutes before the end of the first half when top scorer Thomson claimed his fourth of the season. After great work from Matty Daly down the left, the midfielder struck the ball low and hard past Nick Townsend from just outside the area.

Town doubled their lead seven minutes after the restart when Thomson's corner was attacked at the near post by March, but ended up being bundled in at the far post by O'Connor.

Newport Manager Graham Coughlan looked to the bench in response to being two down and his changes had an instant impact.

Substitute Lewis Payne found space on the right and sent in a teasing low ball that Evans was able to convert at the far post.

With 30 minutes to play, Town knew the pressure was going to arrive from County, though in O'Connor and Burrell the hosts found themselves up against an inspired centre half pairing who helped limit the chances the home side could produce.

Newport nearly had themselves back on level terms in the 86th minute, but Wildig's header hit the outside of the upright and bounced clear.

Dean Cornelius' crucial late block would end all hopes of a Newport comeback, as Town took the points back to Yorkshire.

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Ticket News

Up Next - Newport County (A) Fixture Information

4 October 2023

It's a trip to Wales up next as we travel to Newport County on Saturday 7th October, kick-off 3pm.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online via the below link or by emailing tickets@harrogatetownafc.com.

Buy Tickets

Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day, with cash and card, though there is a £2 increase when buying on the day.

Ticket collections are from away end ticket booth gate 6, where away fans should enter the ground (Corporation Road).

Parking

Parking for disabled supporters can be booked by emailing office@newport-county.co.uk.

It is reccomended supporters park in the Kings Way or Friars Walk car park then walk over the footbridge to the stadium.

Away travel

The Independent Supporters Club will be running a coach to Newport County. Contact Jordan on 07989 969575 to book and for further information.

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Updates will be provided across our social media channels and via our Live Match Centre, where text and audio commentary can be accessed.

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