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The Big Match Preview: Newport vs Wycombe

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game.

8 September 2017

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Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Newport County vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 9th September 2017, k.o. 3pm
Rodney Parade
Referee: Ben Toner

Seventh meets fourth on matchday six of the Sky Bet League 2 season, as Wanderers make the trip to south Wales looking to continue their 100% record away from home and build on the growing momentum earned in wins against Grimsby and Forest Green.

Gareth Ainsworth’s men took their goal tally to 13 with another three-goal haul last weekend but would have no complaints with a repeat of their narrow 1-0 victory at Newport last year, with the Blues still eyeing a maiden clean sheet of the new campaign.

The Exiles, however, are a virtually completely different side from the one that succumbed to defeat that night, with boss Graham Westley’s tenure being swiftly superceded by a terrific start to the managerial career of Michael Flynn.

The former Newport player has guided his men to victory in half of his 20 matches in charge, steering them away from relegation on the final day of last season and guiding them to an impressive start to the current campaign, earning him a nomination for the Manager of the Month award. Striker Frank Nouble claimed the Player of the Month prize for scoring five times in August.

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth revealed on Thursday that Scott Kashket, Sam Saunders and Nathan Tyson could be in contention very soon after injury, while Ebere Eze and Dan Scarr await their debuts after being unused substitutes last weekend.

Newport will have striker Joe Quigley  available again after international duty, but Shawn McCoulsky, Marlon Jackson and Lamar Reynolds may have to miss out.

Wanderers won both meetings with the Exiles last year but the Welsh outfit still hold the upper hand, winning five of the eight encounters in the EFL.

Two of Wycombe’s three wins have come at Rodney Parade, including the 2-0 success on the opening day of the 2014/15 campaign.

Man in the middle
It’s Ben Toner’s first match in charge of an EFL match this season, having finished the 2016/17 campaign with 121 yellow and five red cards in his notebook across 36 matches.

His last game as a referee in a Wycombe game was in October 2015, when the Blues lost 2-1 at Stevenage.

Wanderers will be wearing their first-choice light and dark blue quarters, with light blue shorts.

Advance ticket sales end at 1pm on Friday but Wycombe fans can pay on arrival at the Away Ticket Office at Gate 6 (cash only). Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park until 1pm on Friday, or from Newport’s ground from 1.30pm on Saturday.

Ticket prices for the game are as follows:

Adult: £20
Concession (60+): £16
Young Adult (16-21/Student with a valid NUS): £14 
Under-16: £8
Under-12: £6
Under-6: Free

By Adrian Wood

Postcode: NP19 0UU

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the A404 south, leading to the A404(M) and continue to the westbound M4. Leave the M4 at Junction 24 and take the B4237, signposted Newport (E). After approximately 2.5 five miles turn left at a set of traffic lights, signposted B4237 (there is also the George pub on a right hand corner). Go under a bridge and at the next set of traffic lights turn right into Corporation Road. After passing an ATS garage on your right, you will see the away supporters’ entrance on your left. For the stadium main entrance take the next left into Grafton Road.

Mileage from High Wycombe =  121 (average journey time 2 hours)

Visiting supporter car parking is available at Fitness4Less on Corporation Road (NP19 0BH) as this is adjacent to the away end entrance.  There are also several public car parks in the City Centre within a short walking distance of Rodney Parade and plenty of parking on the streets near the stadium.

Fancy using the train?
Great Western Railway run a regular service from London Paddington with journey time on direct services a little over 2 hours, for example Paddington depart 10:28 Newport arrive 12:30. Best options for the return are the departures at 17:40 or 18:41, arriving in London at 19:44 and 20:39 respectively. Newport Station is around a quarter of a mile from the stadium.

Facilities for away fans
Information from NCFC concerns their brand new Away Stand which hopefully was ready before the start of the season. This “should provide a better environment for away supporters to watch the game, and increase the numbers of away supporters able to attend”. Away supporters enter Away End via Gate 6 which is located on Corporation Road. There is an Away Fans ticket booth at the gate where you can purchase tickets on the gate. Note these are cash only.

Spare time before or after match?
There is a Clubhouse at the ground (inside the home main entrance) which admits away supporters. Just a five minute walk away from the away turnstiles, is the Excelsior Club located on Corporation Road (with the entrance to the away section behind you, turn right and the Club is down on the left). The Club is free to enter and is family friendly – it comes recommended by NCFC.  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. Otherwise the city centre is a 10-15 minute walk away where there are plenty of pubs to be found including three more Wetherspoons outlets.

Can’t make it?
Listen live on iFollow with Phil Catchpole, or if you’re overseas, you can watch a live stream via the service. There’ll be regular updates as usual across social media.

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Match Reports

Report: Newport 0-0 Wycombe

Chairboys earn first clean sheet in excellent away performance.

9 September 2017

Wanderers were unfortunate not to leave Rodney Parade with all three points after a strong second-half display.

Wycombe had to ride an early storm as County began well but Gareth Ainsworth’s men went on to dominate spells, particularly after the break, with Josh Umerah and Craig Mackail-Smith coming agonisingly close to scoring their first goals for the club.

Ainsworth made one enforced change to his starting line-up, with Adebayo Akinfenwa missing out after collecting an injury in the latter stages of the excellent 3-1 win over Forest Green last week.

Josh Umerah came in for his first EFL start for the Chairboys, leading the line against an in-form County outfit which included Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Month winner Frank Nouble.

The first shot on target arrived just 80 seconds into the game when a long free-kick forward from Scott Brown remained in danger from Ben White’s attempted clearance and Paris Cowan-Hall sent a low drive goalwards, with Joe Day holding on.

Then County had a chance when Frank Nouble kept the ball alive despite Michael Harriman’s efforts to shepherd it out for a goal-kick, and his cross-shot from a tight angle was parried by Scott Brown into the path of Padraig Amond, whose rushed effort was straight at the keeper.

Amond then had another sight of goal with Nouble’s deep cross evading the outstretched arm of Brown, but the former Hartlepool striker couldn’t adjust his body quickly enough to send his header into the net.

Michael Harriman sent a left-footed shot wide from distance in a bid to quell the Exiles’ early spell of pressure, before Joe Jacobson’s deep free-kick evaded the late run of Craig Mackail-Smith who’d lost his man at the back post.

An offside flag saved Newport keeper Joe Day from a definite red card after his misjudgement prompted him to pick up the ball outside his area, only for Paris Cowan-Hall to be adjudged to be offside half a second earlier.

Dominic Gape collected a card on his birthday – a yellow one for a late tackle on Sean Rigg – before Mackail-Smith latched on to a superb through-ball down the right but his cross had a little too much height for Cowan-Hall to head home at the far post.

Joe Day made a smart save with two hands to keep out Luke O’Nien’s bending effort from 20 yards, and the same pair was in action as O’Nien let fly with a stunning volley from 35 yards moment later, with Day tipping around the other post.

Padraig Amond headed over from a cross at the other end as the half developed with both sides having enjoyed spells on top, but unable to find the breakthrough.

Newport were forced into a change before the break with the combative captain Joss Labadie coming off injured, as Brentford loanee Reece Cole took his place.

Scott Brown tipped over a free header from Amond following a long throw from Mickey Demetriou before following it up with another save from Cole’s long-range effort as County applied pressure in stoppage time, but the Blues saw it out to ensure the first half ended goalless.

There were no substitutions at half-time, though a slippery pitch which had been problematic in the first half continued to play havoc for both sets of players, bringing to an end many promising moves at the vital moment.

Josh Umerah saw a shot blocked from a deep free-kick before action swung to the other end and Scott Brown performed heroics to keep out a bullet header at the near post from Amond.

Then superb defending from Adam El-Abd not only thwarted a dangerous 3-on-3 counter-attack from Newport but also started a fast-paced move from the Blues which almost saw Mackail-Smith handed a simple header only for David Pipe to deny him.

From the resulting corner, Umerah’s bullet header was tipped away by Day but the ball stayed alive and Day produced an even better save to keep out Mackail-Smith’s clever shot on the turn which seemed destined for the bottom corner.

Then Anthony Stewart’s header was cleared off the line as the Exiles saw out a strong spell from the Blues, though they were lucky to survive when referee Ben Toner failed to spot a pull on Umerah on the edge of the area.

Chances kept coming, and Mackail-Smith had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock on 63 minutes when Umerah tore away down the right and delivered a sublime early cross behind the defensive line but his team-mate could only sweep it wide of the near post with only the keeper to beat.

Dominic Gape came off for Marcus Bean, perhaps as a preventative measure with Gape having been booked earlier on, and the new arrival almost scored his first Wycombe goal following a strong forward surge which culminated in his fierce shot being pushed away by the keeper.

Josh Umerah sent a left-footed shot wide after Matt Bloomfield won the ball back high up the pitch as the Chairboys continued to have the upper hand, prompting a change from Newport who replaced Sean Rigg with Ben Tozer and changed shape in the process.

They should have done better when Amond failed to pick out Nouble with a cushioned header having found space in the box, before Wanderers made another change, with Ebere Eze making his debut from the bench, replacing Matt Bloomfield.

Eze was at the heart of a move that saw Cowan-Hall’s cross headed off the line with Mackail-Smith waiting to pounce, before Tom Owen Evans came on for Robbie Willmott in County’s final change.

Mackail-Smith headed over from Cowan-Hall’s cross with five minutes remaining, before Amond bent a delicious curling effort just wide of the far post as the clock ticked to 90.

A tense five minutes of stoppage time came and went as the visitors left with a first clean sheet under their belts, showing plenty of signs of progress at the back and feeling a little unlucky not to have claimed the victory.

Attendance: 3,752 (302 away)

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Ticket News

Back the Chairboys at Newport this Saturday!

Tickets for the trip to Rodney Parade are now on sale.

4 September 2017

Tickets for the game at Newport County on Saturday 9th September (k.o. 3pm) are now on sale.

The game will see Gareth Ainsworth's side become the second visiting team to play on the new surface at Rodney Parade in 17/18, after they swept aside Chesterfield 4-1 in late August.

Ticket prices for the game are as follows:

Adult: £20
Concession (60+): £16
Young Adult (16-21/Student with a valid NUS): £14 
Under-16: £8
Under-12: £6
Under-6: Free

Tickets will be available on the day of the game from the Away Ticket Office located at Gate 6 - cash only.

Book online, call the ticket office on 01494 441118, or buy in person at Adams Park.

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