The Robins welcome Newport County AFC to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium in the Checkatrade Trophy this evening for a battle to see who can claim a place in the final 16 of the competition. (Kick-off: 7.45pm).
Only 10 days since the two clubs last met in Sky Bet League Two action, they come head-to-head again, as the Robins look to get back to winning ways following the weekend’s Emirates FA Cup defeat to Accrington Stanley.
Michael Duff’s side have impressed in the Checkatrade Trophy this season, winning their group to get to this stage. Victory tonight will represent an opportunity to kick-start another good run of form and to progress further to the final stages of the competition.
There are questions over whether Jacob Maddox could be involved after the Chelsea loanee came off in the second half on Saturday, while club captain Johnny Mullins will be looking to recover from the illness that ruled him out of the FA Cup trip.
Sean Long and Kevin Dawson are both definitely out as they continue their fight to get fit from injury problems.
Since the Robins earned three points against Newport at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium ten days ago the Welsh side have bounced back with a 3-1 home win over Northampton Town at their Rodney Parade home, and drawn 0-0 with their Welsh counterparts, Wrexham of the National League, in the FA Cup.
They will welcome Wrexham for a replay to decide who goes through to the third round later this month with the winners facing the possibility of a Premier League tie with Leicester City.
To get to this stage of the Checkatrade Trophy Newport lost 1-0 away against Swindon Town on matchday one, beat Chelsea under-21s 3-0 on matchday two, and confirmed their progression through their group with a 2-0 home success over Plymouth Argyle in their final group game.
In League Two they currently sit fourth in the division, one place below the automatic promotion places. They are joint on 35 points with Colchester United who currently lie in third.
Last time out
Will Boyle and Tyrone Barnett scored first half goals in front of a crowd of 3,672 at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium to help the Robins to a 2-1 win ten days ago against tonight’s opponents.
Newport were offered a lifeline with five minutes to go in the second half to get back into the contest when they were awarded a penalty. Mickey Demetriou couldn’t take advantage from 12-yards though, dragging his penalty wide.
They did halve the deficit on 89 minutes through Bristol City loanee Antoine Semenyo, but Michael Duff’s charges held on to record an excellent three points.
Revisit that last meeting at Cheltenham below:
Tickets will be available to purchase on the turnstiles for tonight’s game. They are also available to buy online in advance.
Prices are £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. Newport fans have been allocated the Hazlewoods Stand with Robins supporters located in the Autovillage Stand, Paddock and a section of the Colin Farmer Stand this evening.
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