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The Big Match Preview - Newport County

Posted: Fri 04 Mar 2016
Author: @wwfcofficial
Image by: PRiME Media Images

All you need to know about the Sky Bet League 2 meeting at Rodney Parade on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Newport County vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 5th March 2016, k.o. 3pm
Rodney Parade, NP19 0UU
Referee: Ross Joyce

The Chairboys' usually excellent away form has wavered slightly with back-to-back losses on the road being sandwiched in between two excellent victories at Adams Park, but they'll hope to rediscover their magic touch on their travels as they return to the scene of a happy start to the new era around the club.

The first game of the 2014/15 season saw the Blues handed a trip to Newport County, who were expected to be involved in a promotion push while Gareth Ainsworth's men were tipped for another struggle at the foot of the table after just about surviving relegation three months earlier.

But the Wanderers made a mockery of those predictions with a confident and professional performance in a 2-0 win which set the tone for the year ahead, and Ainsworth regularly references that day as a starting point for the achievements which have followed.

This time they head to south Wales looking to inflict misery on an Exiles side who have struggled for results on their home turf, which has been badly damaged by a combination of the weather and a heavy schedule of football and rugby matches in recent weeks.

However, they did record an impressive 1-0 win against high-flyers Mansfield Town last time out at Rodney Parade, before enduring a 2-0 loss at Crawley in their worst performance under new boss Warren Feeney, according to the manager himself.

Wycombe could hand a debut to new loan signing Rowan Liburd, whose impressive goalscoring at non-league level with Billericay and youth level with Reading suggests he could help his new side overcome their goal-shy nature of late.

Aaron Pierre is contention as he battles back to full fitness after a leg injury, although a hamstring problem could keep Marcus Bean sidelined.

Tickets
Tickets must now be purchased on arrival at the stadium - Wanderers fans are accommodated in the Bisley Stand (all-seated).

Prices
Adults: £21
Seniors (65+): £17
Young Adult (16-21): £17
Under 16*: £9
Under 12*: £7
Under 6*: FREE

*Applies to the ages of fans on 1st August 2015. Under 6s must be accompanied by a full paying adult or senior.

Travel
Click here for Adrian Wood's guide for the trip to Newport.

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are mostly housed on one side of the Bisley Stand. This stand is all seated and covered and being relatively new the facilities inside are good. In addition a small temporary block of open seating is also made available at the South End. The seating in the Bisley Stand gives the better and more comfortable view, but both areas share the same facilities. There is a food outlet just inside the ground by the turnstiles. The entrance to the away supporters section is at the opposite end of the stadium to the home areas and is accessed along Corporation Road (so no need to go through the main stadium entrance). It is poorly signposted and is literally a small pathway situated in-between some residential houses. There are a couple of blue poles that mark the entrance.

Facilities around the ground
There is a Clubhouse at the ground (inside the home main entrance) which admits away supporters. In addition away fans have their own bar at the top of the Bisley Stand. Recommended local hostelry is the Wetherspoon pub on Chepstow Road called the “Godfrey Morgan” which is only a ten minute walk from the away turnstiles.  Along Chepstow Road there are a number of food outlets including a couple of fish and chip shops and a Greggs Bakery.
 
Can't make it?
Phil Catchpole and guest are behind the mic to provide live commentary on Chairboys Player and the FLi Player app from 2.55pm. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial.

Last time out
Recap that 2-0 win on the opening day of last season: