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15 March 2019 Venue Rodney Parade Attendance

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Match pack: Newport County (A)

15 March 2019

The Robins go in search of an away three points when they head across the Severn Bridge to Newport County this evening in League Two (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Six days after Michael Duff’s men overturned Notts County with a 4-1 victory they are looking for a repeat performance in what’s all set to be a bruising encounter with the south Wales side.

Cheltenham have twice tasted victory against Newport this season, in League Two and the Checkatrade Trophy, and make the short journey targeting a clean sweep.

Kick-off at Rodney Parade is at 7.45pm for matchday 38 of the League Two campaign.

Team news

There are no fresh injury concerns to contend with. Nigel Atangana and Alex Addai are the only two to miss out through injury.

Matt Bower’s loan move to Weston-super-Mare means he’s unavailable, while for Ben Tozer and Cameron Pring there’s an opportunity to line up against one of their former clubs.

See what boss Michael Duff had to say about the game in his pre-match press conference:

Opposition

Thirteenth place Newport are only four points ahead of the Robins going into tonight’s clash, but can look back on another memorable season where they knocked a top flight and Championship team out of the FA Cup, and hosted one of the best clubs in the world in the FA Cup fifth round.

A third round success over Leicester City, followed by a replay win against Middlesbrough, set them up with an eye-watering clash with Man City that saw the likes of David Silva, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus feature on the Rodney Parade turf.

They have been highlights of another solid season in League Two for the south Wales outfit. They head into this evening’s game on the back of a last gasp midweek defeat at Northampton. Their most recent home run out though saw them overcome Carlisle United, while they’ve proven how effective they are at home not just with their FA Cup results but having also beaten the likes of Mansfield, Exeter City and Colchester there this season.

In Padraig Amond they have a 20-goal man, previously of Grimsby Town and Hartlepool United, who will be one to watch out for. Former Fleetwood attacker Jamille Matt is another who has recorded double figures thus far, while the January recruitment of Ade Azeez is another notable name in their forward line.

The likes of Mickey Demetriou, Scot Bennett and goalkeeper Joe Day are mainstays in a team that boss Michael Flynn continues to push forward since his appointment in March 2017. Assisted by former Cambridge United defender Wayne Hatswell, County are in their sixth consecutive season in League Two.

Previous meetings this season

A 2-1 home win over Newport in late November was the catalyst for the Robins much improved home form in League Two this season. The Welsh side travelled to Gloucestershire positioned in the higher echelons of the division, but Michael Duff saw his side record their first home league win of the campaign thanks to goals from Will Boyle and Tyrone Barnett.

Bristol City loanee Antoine Semenyo had claimed a goal late on for Newport, but Cheltenham held on to gain maximum points, while also thankful that Mickey Demetriou’s penalty miss in the final ten minutes didn’t count towards the end result.

Fast forward two weeks and the two sides met again at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, this time in the Checkatrade Trophy. It was the Robins who again tasted victory, though by the smallest of margins, via a penalty shootout that helped the club progress into the third round.

Padraig Amond had given Newport the lead, however Alex Addai found the net acrobatically to make sure the tie went to penalties.

The Robins were in fine form from the spot, converting all seven spot kicks, while Scott Flinders saved a Mark Harris effort to ensure Cheltenham progressed into the next round, with a 7-6 penalty shootout win.

Watch the highlights from that Checkatrade Trophy meeting:

Tickets

Tickets can be bought in advance from the ticket office at Cheltenham up until 3pm today. For pricing details, as well as information on how to book onto the Travel Club coach, click here.

It’s possible to buy at Newport this evening, however ticket prices do rise by £2. The Travel Club coach leaves Cheltenham for the game at 4.30pm this afternoon.

Coverage

Stay in touch with all that’s going on by following @CTFCofficial for team news, match updates and live photos. You can also visit the club’s Facebook page for team news and goal updates, while the club website will have full reaction to the game with the match report and reaction from the manager and players.

You can listen to live commentary too. Tune in online via iFollow or listen to the game on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

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Match Reports

Full-time: Newport County 1-0 Robins - report & highlights

15 March 2019

Ten man Cheltenham Town fell to a Friday night defeat in south Wales as an unfortunate Chris Hussey own goal proved to be the difference as Newport County ran out narrow winners at Rodney Parade.

Despite shading a first half devoid of many chances, the Robins fell behind ten minutes after the break as Padriag Amond’s lobbed attempt deflected into the net off Hussey when Scott Flinders attempted to keep it out.

A much better second half with chances at either end was then made harder for Cheltenham to get back into as Will Boyle was shown a red card for bringing down Jamille Matt as the last man with 15 minutes to go.

The visitors battled hard even at a man down but it wasn’t enough to prevent a sixth straight Sky Bet League Two loss away from home.

Robins boss Michael Duff named an unchanged team from the side that started and comfortably beat Notts County at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium the previous weekend.

After a scrappy start, some gritty play by the right sided corner flag from Billy Waters and Kevin Dawson allowed Jordan Tillson to scoop the first shot on goal of the game over the crossbar.

The Robins then played some neat football just outside the Newport penalty area as Luke Varney flicked the ball out wide to Hussey, but his low driven cross evaded any touch and squirmed wide for a goal-kick.

Lining up in a similar formation to Michael Duff’s side, the Exiles’ best threat in the first half came from high hanging crosses for their front three to attack, but Cheltenham dealt with their aerial threat well in the opening 20 minutes.

As the first half entered its final stages, the visitors continued to frustrate Michael Flynn’s side, as Tillson tried hid luck again from distance only to see his half-volley comfortably caught by Joe Day.

The hosts came out in the second half having made two subs and changed their shape, which brought about a positive spell of pressure in the Cheltenham half.

That pressure soon paid off, as a ball into the box proved awkward to deal with and Amond span on the spot, before attempting to lob the ball over Flinders, who parried the attempt into the unfortunate Hussey and into the net.

With the wind now firmly in their sails, Newport came close to doubling their lead as Robbie Willmott’s header span off target.

At the other end, following a Ben Tozer long-throw, Chris Clements’ recycled cross was met by a powerful header by Will Boyle, but the Yorkshireman’s effort went wide.

Dawson and Waters then played a quick one-two, but the latter’s attempt was blocked by Day as he was pushed out wide following being closed down.

The frantic action continued, as Ryan Broom faied to get rid of the ball and Jamille Matt raced through on goal – but he ran into Flinders despite having two supporting players with him.

Cheltenham’s task then became much harder, as Boyle struggled to sort his feet out and tussled with Matt before bringing him down and the referee sent him off.

Adebayo Azeez then found himself in on goal, but Flinders made a superb diving save to claw his shot wide with four minutes to go – but it still proved to be the last meaningful action as Tillson’s header from a corner was unable to force an equaliser for Cheltenham.

NEWPORT COUNTY: Day (Gk), Butler, Demetriou, O’Brien © (Pipe 46), Poole, Bennett, Bakinson (Sheehan 46), Willmott, Azeez, Matt (McKirdy 90), Amond.

Subs not used: Townsend (Gk), Forbes, Kennedy, Marsh-Brown.

ROBINS: Flinders (Gk), Hussey, Tozer ©, Dawson (Bingham 64), Broom, Boyle, Waters (Maddox 86), Raglan, Tillson, Clements, Varney (Barnett 65).

Subs not used: Lovett (Gk), Thomas, Forster, Pring.

ATTENDANCE: 3192 (242 from Cheltenham)

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Newport County

11 March 2019

Fresh from Saturday's home victory over Notts County, Cheltenham are next on the road this Friday with a short trip over the Severn Bridge to Newport County.

The Robins head to Rodney Parade for a third meeting with the Welsh side this season, with kick-off under the lights at 7.45pm.

Having caught the eye with their impressive home form, Michael Duff will be hoping to replicate the same eye-catching home performances on the road with a good showing in south Wales.

Tickets for the match are on sale from the ticket office at Cheltenham and are priced:

Adult ÂŁ19.00
Senior (65+) ÂŁ15.00
Young Adult (18-21) / Student ÂŁ13.00
Under 16 ÂŁ7.00
Under 12 ÂŁ5.00
Under 6 ÂŁ0.00
FAMILY (2 Adult + 2 Junior) ÂŁ42.00

Prices go up by ÂŁ2 on the night so supporters are advised to buy in advance.

The Travel Club coach heading to the match departs from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 4.30pm. A seat is ÂŁ12/ÂŁ10 for members and ÂŁ14/ÂŁ12 for non-members.

You can purchase tickets and away travel for the game when the ticket office is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week, between 10am and 3pm.

Call 01242 573558 (option 1) to book over the phone or pop in to buy in person.

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