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Newport County vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 9th September 2017, k.o. 3pm
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different side from the one that succumbed to defeat that night, with boss Graham Westley’s tenure being swiftly superceded by a terrific start to the managerial career of Michael Flynn.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.
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:
Concession (60+): £16
Young Adult (16-21/Student with a valid NUS): £14
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 PureVans.com 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 PureVans.com 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.
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