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Preview: Cheltenham V Newport

29 December 2017

Cheltenham Town finish 2017 on home soil with a Sky Bet League Two fixture against Newport County AFC on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Gary Johnson’s men will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat to Yeovil Town last time out at the LCI Rail Stadium.

Newport County AFC – currently in tenth spot in the league and five points ahead of the Robins – lost 2-0 at Wycombe Wanderers on Boxing Day.

The teams have met twice this season, with the Robins winning 2-1 in the Checkatrade Trophy in November and Newport winning the league clash 1-0 in September at Rodney Parade.

The Opposition:

Newport County manager Mike Flynn has demanded a reaction after a 2-0 Boxing Day defeat to Wycombe Wanderers – when for the second successive game the Welsh side were reduced to ten men.

“When you start as badly as we did for the first 20 minutes it’s tough against a strong Wycombe team,” said Flynn. “The two goals we conceded were not good enough and that’s what’s cost us the game.

“If you look at it, there wasn’t two goals difference in that game.

“I thought we were the better team in the middle period. We got in some good positions and Labadie hit the bar out of nothing.

“It’s wasn’t a 2-0 game but if you concede two poor goals like that then it’s going to be tough to win.”

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: George Lloyd remains an injury doubt (hip flexor). Jordan Cranston, Jaanai Gordon and Jordon Forster are long-term injury casualties.

Newport team news: The visitors will be without the suspended Mark O’Brien and Joss Labadie.

The man in the middle:

Referee Antony Coggins – who has taken charge of 19 games this season and handed out 41 yellow cards and one red card - will take charge of the league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium. He previously referred the away clash with Morecambe in August. He will be assisted by John Farries, Stephen Brown and fourth official Ronald Ganfield.

Last time we met:

07/11/17 – Newport County 1-2 Cheltenham (CT)

12/09/17 – Newport County 1-0 Cheltenham (L2)

04/02/17 – Cheltenham 1-1 Newport County (L2)

10/09/06 – Newport 2-2 Cheltenham (L2)

13/03/15 – Newport 1-1 Cheltenham (L2)

Ticket Information:

You can buy tickets online by clicking HERE and collecting on the day.

On matchday, the Ticket Office will be open for collections from 12noon and limited seating will also be available for fans wishing to pay by card on the day.

All remaining seats will be available for cash purchasers on the day from the turnstiles from 1.30pm.

As always, fans collecting pre-paid tickets are asked to arrive early to avoid any queues and to enable easy access into the stadium.

For further information call the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium on 01242 573558 (option 1) or email via

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