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08 December 2018 Venue The County Ground Attendance

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PREVIEW: NEWPORT COUNTY AFC

5 December 2018

Town will be looking to make it three league wins in a row this weekend as Newport County AFC visit the Energy Check County Ground on Saturday.

Despite Richie Wellens’ men going out of the FA Cup last weekend, their league run stays in-tact and another win could take them to within two points of the play-offs.

Last time out in the league, Town thrillingly beat Stevenage 3-2, and will hope for the same amount of excitement in their third home game in 12 days.

The Oppo

After finishing 22nd in the 2016/17 League Two season, Newport improved on their showing last season, finishing 11th. This term, they have maintained that steady progression and find themselves fourth heading into the Christmas fixture list.

Despite a 3-0 opening day loss, their early-season form was impressive – they won seven out of ten game in the league to kick off their 2017/18 campaign.

Since then, they’ve maintained a relatively steady form, apart from almighty blips against Yeovil and Crawley, losing 6-0 and 4-1 respectively.

Jamille Matt is their top goalscorer this season with 10 goals – Padraig Amond is hot on his heels with nine, and five assists, however.

Head-to-head

Town’s record against Newport, in the league, is not the greatest – the last time the Robins beat Saturday’s visitors in a league fixture was 1987.

Earlier in the seaso, Town were on top in the Checkatrade Trophy, winning 1-0 through a Michael Doughty penalty - Swindon's third victory over the Exiles in four years. 

06 Sep 1986        Newport County AFC v Swindon Town    D             2-2          League Division Three

25 Jan 1987         Swindon Town v Newport County AFC    W            3-0          League Division Three

23 Sep 2014        Newport County AFC v Swindon Town    W            1-2          Johnstones Paint Trophy

01 Sep 2015        Newport County AFC v Swindon Town    W            1-1          Johnstones Paint Trophy

25 Nov 2017        Swindon Town v Newport County AFC    L              0-1          League Two

14 Apr 2018        Newport County AFC v Swindon Town    L              2-1          League Two

11 Sep 2018        Swindon Town v Newport County AFC    W            1-0          Football League Trophy

The Gaffer

Newport born and bred, Michael Flynn has a long relationship with the Club.

He began his Newport career as a teenager in the academy before breaking through to the first team and eventually earning a move to pro-football.  In 2012, Flynn returned to help fire the Club into the Football League with victory over Wrexham in the play-off final at Wembley.

After initially retiring from playing, he progressed through the roles of first team coach, academy manager, then (briefly and slightly bizarrely) Football and Business Development Director, before returning as a first team coach under then manager Graham Westley.

He re-signed as a player in January 2017 making his fourth debut for the Club in a 3-1 home win vs Hartlepool.

In March 2017, Michael Flynn was appointed the Club’s Caretaker Manager in the face of almost certain relegation from the Football League.  Cast 11 points adrift with 12 games to go, the rookie manager was tasked with nothing more than restoring fight and pride into the Club.  12 games later, he and the team had achieved what football pundits had deemed impossible and fought their way out of the relegation zone and retained their League Status in dramatic style.

On 9th May 2017, Michael Flynn was named as the Club’s permanent Manager.  Not quite ready to hang up his playing boots, Flynn is ready to resume his playing role if the Club needs him.

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REPORT: SWINDON TOWN 2-1 NEWPORT COUNTY AFC

8 December 2018

Kaiyne Woolery sealed a third win in a row for Swindon as they overcame Newport County AFC 2-1 at the Energy Check County Ground.

 Woolery, on his return to the side, rounded Joe Day in the 81st minute to bag the points.

Michael Doughty had put Swindon in front just a minute into the match, but the Exiles equalised almost exactly the same amount of time after half-time through Padraig Amond.

Doughty was involved for the Town’s winner as he reversed the ball to the eventual match-winner, Woolery.  

First Half

Town were quick out of the blocks – after solid hold-up play from Kaiyne Woolery, Kyle Knoyle crossed to the back post. Doughty was lurking, plucked the ball out of the sky and swung a shot into the net, via a David Pipe deflection.

The home side didn’t let up either, camping in Newport’s half and pressing the ball energetically.

Their hard work in the final third was almost rewarded on 16 minutes Ellis Iandolo weaved in and out down the left and found Elijah Adebayo – he opened up his body and shot, Joe Day got a vital touch, pushing the ball onto the post.

From then, Town worked the ball and were very close with shots from distance – Doughty tried to chip Day from 25 yards but it sailed over. Taylor was next from 40 yards but was wide of the mark before a free-kick whistled past the post to round off the action.

Second Half

As quickly as Town had gone in front in the first half, Newport were just as sharp to equalise after the interval. Dan Butler crossed and Padraig Amond headed down and past Lawrence Vigouroux, who up until that point had been relatively unchallenged.

 And Town were under the cosh for a fair amount of the half – long throws and set-pieces had them penned back in for long periods.

They still managed to fashion the best chance following the goal – Doughty found Woolery in the box but he dragged his shot wide of the post.

Again, on 67 minutes, despite a period of pressure from the Exiles it was Town who worked the best effort. Scott Twine’s fancy feet earnt him a yard of space – he shot but Day was behind it.

And it seemed for all the world that the two teams would cancel each other out – but Woolery had different ideas. Doughty drove from midfield and reversed a wonderful pass into the returning striker.

You wouldn’t have known this was his first game back, judging by the finish – he rounded Day and planted the ball into the back of the net sending the County Ground into raptures.

Once again, the home side had to fight off a barrage of long balls right up until the final whistle but once again they showed their grit and determination to see out the game.

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