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PREVIEW: NEWPORT COUNTY v YEOVIL TOWN

12 April 2017

All you need to know ahead of Town’s match against Newport County on Good Friday in Sky Bet League Two (3pm).


A Glovers win at Rodney Parade would provide a healthy of space between themselves and the bottom two.


Darren Way’s side are currently seven points above the drop zone and Friday’s opponents Newport, who have won four of their last seven games since Michael Flynn took temporary charge.


Otis Khan made a welcome return to action at Portsmouth last week following a lengthy spell on the sidelines to give Way another creative option in the absence of Ben Whitfield, who will miss the match in South Wales due to suspension.


Matty Dolan (ankle) and Nathan Smith (knee) also played a part on the south coast while Alex Lawless (hamstring) was an unused substitute.


Forward Francois Zoko was in the goals again against Pompey, making it three in his last four at Fratton Park.


The Ivorian will be hoping to add to his 13 goals in all competitions when Yeovil head to Newport.


The Exiles’ good form of late has given them a good chance of avoiding relegation after previously looking down and out.


The Welsh outfit lost 4-0 at home to bottom club Leyton Orient at the beginning of March which left them 11 points adrift of safety and saw the end of Graham Westley’s reign.


Flynn took over and since then, Newport have twice recorded back-to-back wins leaving them just three points behind Hartlepool United.


Defensively they have tightened up, keeping clean sheets in their last two wins.


Joint-top scorers Rhys Healey and Josh Sheehan returned to parent clubs Cardiff City and Swansea City respectively but in Sean Rigg and former Glover Ryan Bird, Newport remain a goal threat.


Head-to-head

Town have never lost to or conceded against Newport in the EFL.


The two sides have met three times since the Exiles’ promotion to League Two in 2015, with the Glovers winning the last two 1-0.


A Jack Compton penalty was enough to separate the teams last season, while an own goal gifted Town three points in this year’s reverse.


Referee

Dean Whitestone will take charge of his 40th game of the season at Rodney Parade.


Mr Whitestone, who has refereed a mixture of League One and Two matches this season, coupled with a few cup games, has awarded 111 yellow cards and has issued two reds. 


The Northamptonshire-born referee has officiated two Town matches this season – the reverse fixture against Newport (1-0 win) and the 1-1 draw at Accrington Stanley.


Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Thomas Harty (West Midlands) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) with Joe Clark (West Midlands) acting as fourth official.  


Coverage

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account which can be found here, with additional updates available via YTFC's official Facebook page


If you’re unable to attend the game a full match report will follow on ytfc.net at full-time with post-match reaction from manager Darren Way and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 


Tickets

Tickets can purchase in advance at the Huish Park ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. Fans can buy tickets on the day from a ticket booth near gate 6 at Rodney Parade – there will be no price increase but it is cash only.

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REPORT: NEWPORT COUNTY 1-0 YEOVIL TOWN

14 April 2017

Yeovil Town suffered a 1-0 defeat against Newport County at Rodney Parade in Sky Bet League Two.

After a first-half largely devoid of final third action, the Welsh outfit took the lead just before the hour-mark courtesy of a pinpoint Mickey Demetriou free-kick.

Nathan Smith had Town’s best chance in the closing stages with a shot from close range, but County held on for a win that pulls the Glovers into the scrap for safety. 

With every outfield player available for selection, Darren Way made five changes to the side that lost out to promotion chasing Portsmouth six days ago. 

Despite the relative fit bill of health, one alteration was forced with the ever-present Artur Krysiak ruled out with a training ground foot injury forcing Jonny Maddison to make his EFL debut. 

After coming off the bench in Hampshire to mark his return from almost three months out with an ankle injury, Otis Khan replaced Tom Eaves in the Glovers front three. 

In a second attacking change, Omar Sowunmi came in for Brandon Goodship in a bid to combat the challenging Rodney Parade conditions, with two further alterations in defence. 

With much made of the importance of the fixture before kick-off, Smith returned to make his 250th Yeovil appearance and take the captain’s armband, whilst Ryan Dickson recovered in time from an ankle knock to replace Tom James at left-back. 

On a pitch dominated by a combination of mud and sand as opposed to the usual green expanse, it was an unsurprisingly scrappy start to proceedings. 

Perhaps more used to their surroundings, it was County who dominated proceedings in the opening half an hour with an early chance for Alex Samuel. 

Chasing a ball over the top, the Newport striker beat the onrushing Maddison to the ball but saw his attempted lob from just inside the box drift over the bar, with the eventual collision between the two not meriting a spot kick in the eyes of the officials.

With the home support encouraged by their side’s start it took until 19 minutes for Town to create a nervy moment for the hosts, as Alex Lacey’s header from a Khan free-kick had to be tipped over for a corner by stopper Joe Day.

It was a rare foray into the Newport final third for Way’s side, with their only other opportunity coming from the lively Zoko’s lay-off for Khan whose eventual shot was blocked for a corner. 

Although Newport enjoyed plenty of time in the Glovers half, Maddison remained largely untroubled between the sticks, only being called on to routinely claim Ryan Bird’s header with a little over five minutes of the half remaining.

As the first-half drew to a close it was the former Yeovil striker who was at the heart of the action as he had a penalty claim waved away by referee Dean Whitestone having gone down under challenge from Smith. 

The incident rounded off the first-half proceedings, with Newport unable to turn territory into goal scoring opportunities. 

With the home outfit making a substitution at the break both sides lined up with variations on 4-4-2 after the restart, with Town starting the half brightly. 

After good work from Zoko to recycle possession, Butcher’s ball into the box found Khan who weaved his way into a shooting position, only for the livewire’s effort to drift over the bar. 

In the 15 minutes after the restart the Glovers enjoyed an even share of possession arresting the pattern of the first-half, only to be dealt a huge blow by the set-piece expertise of Demetriou. 

After Bird was brought down 25 yards from goal, the defender stepped up to expertly dispatch an effort into the bottom corner to send the home crowd into raptures.

The opener instantly saw Akpa Akpro introduced for Khan, before Shayon Harrison took to the field in place of Sowunmi shortly after as Town re-jigged their frontline in search of a response.

Committing numbers forward Newport always looked likely to threaten on the break, and perhaps should’ve put the result beyond doubt with Sean Rigg and Samuel both going close. 

With the deficit only one, Town always had a chance to rescue something from their trip to Wales and could’ve done so when Akpa Akpro headed wide from Harrison’s flick-on with Day stranded.

In the process of heading wide the Town striker picked up a lengthy facial injury which meant the Glovers played much of the final 10 minutes with 10 men, as it all seemed to conspire against Way’s side.

With the last kick of the game Smith prodded an effort just over the bar after a scrap in the box, but Newport stood firm to leave Yeovil hovering just four points above the drop zone. 

Newport County: Day; O’Brien (Rigg 45’), Bennett, Demetriou; Pipe, Rose, Randall (Jones 86’), Owen-Evans, Butler; Bird, Samuel (Williams 90’).
Bookings: Randall 45’.
Subs not used: Bittner, Barnum-Bobb, Myrie-Williams, Gordon. 

Yeovil Town: Maddison; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Dawson, Butcher (Lawless 76’), Dolan; Khan (Akpa Akpro 61’), Sowunmi (Harrison 67’), Zoko.
Bookings: Khan 45’.
Subs not used: Mugabi, James, Goodship, Eaves.

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