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Match Previews

📝 Match Preview: Newport County (A)

Join us on the road as we cross the Severn Bridge

31 March 2022

Exeter City make the journey across the Severn Bridge this Saturday as we fellow promotion chasers Newport County at Rodney Parade.

After a 2-1 win over Stevenage last weekend thanks to Sam Stubbs' double, the Grecians sit second in the Sky Bet League Two table, five points ahead of the Welsh side. Matt Taylor's men are currently on a run of one defeat in 16 matches - that coming at Mansfield in early February.

The Exiles last home match was two weeks ago at home to Hartlepool United, losing 3-2 to Pools, but before that had only lost once in ten matches on home turf. Their last match was a 0-0 draw at Bradford City last Saturday. James Rowberry's Welshmen have the firepower of the league's leading marksman Dom Telford up front, with the former Plymouth Argyle striker on 24 goals already this campaign. 

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City will be in our red and white home strip for this fixture.

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Matt Taylor's Thoughts

Taylor's men head across the border in search of a fifth win in seven matches, but face a Newport side just five points behind them in the Sky Bet League Two table. 

"We know that if we play our very best it will be a good game of football and hopefully a good outcome," Matt said ahead of the clash. 

"I've watched Newport recently and it's hard to take too much detail out of it. But there's a lot of personnel on the pitch that we are familiar with.

"They have a centre-forward who is bang on form and the sign of a good team is their goal return.

"Full credit to Newport for the investment in their pitch - it's a really good surface now."

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Tickets

Ticket for City's trip are now SOLD OUT.

The full allocation of 1,031 tickets for this fixture of which 422 are covered seating (Bisley Stand) and 609 uncovered seating (PureVans South Stand) sold out on Wednesday, March 9. Thank you for your incredible support.

Please do not travel without a valid ticket for the away end. 

How to Follow

Not heading to Oldham this weekend? Fear not, get the next best thing and listen LIVE on iFollow!

By purchasing a match pass at the cost of just £2.50 you'll get access to the audio stream which includes the live BBC Radio Devon commentary.

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The match pass revenue goes directly to the club, so you will be showing your support from home!

Overseas viewers can watch the action with a £10 match pass. 

To purchase a match pass please click here.

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Newport's Last Home Match

Newport County 2 Hartlepool United 3 | 18/3/22 | Sky Bet League Two

Despite taking an early lead, Hartlepool fought back to lead 2-1 before Neill Byrne made it 3-2.

Previous Encounter at Rodney Parade

Newport County 1 Exeter City 1 | 16/02/21 | Sky Bet League Two

Two red cards, 32 shots faced, but City hung on for draw on a crazy evening in South Wales. Ryan Bowman's goal sandwiched by red cards for Alex Hartridge and then himself had City leading the match until the 89th minute, when their resistance was finally broken by Dom Telford. 

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Match Reports

📝 Match Report: Newport County 0 Exeter City 1

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2 April 2022

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City edged out a tightly contested encounter with Newport County thanks to a second half header from Tim Dieng.

City found the breakthrough in the 71st minute as a dangerous Jack Sparkes free-kick found the head of a lurking Tim Dieng who found the bottom left corner.

County Midfielder Finn Azaz had chances in the first half to put the hosts ahead, though City held strong throughout. Cam Dawson rarely had a save to make as the 1017 City fans were sent home to Devon happy. 

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Matt Jay was the only change for the Grecians, with Tim Dieng retuning to the team after missing out on the squad at home to Stevenage.

A quiet opening ten minutes failed to dampen the lively away support as City aimed to break the deadlock early.

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The best chance of the opening stages fell to Newport as Azaz broke through following a ball lifted over the top of the City backline. Cam Dawson and Archie Collins both combined to ensure that County didn’t find the opener.

Minutes later there was another breakaway from the Exiles, as former Grecian Scott Bennett fired wide from inside the box.

The chances kept coming for the opponents, as Azaz was presented with his second chance of the match in the 27th minute, but once again Dawson was there to see off the danger.

The 35th minute produced a half-chance for the in-form Jevani Brown as the striker attempted an acrobatic overhead from the right of the Newport goal, unfortunately for City misfiring high and wide.

The following stages presented few chances for either team, as both searched for a late first-half breakthrough.

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On the verge of the half-time, Archie Collins whipped a teasing corner from the left which allowed Sam Stubbs to break away from his marker at the far post and fire narrowly wide of the target.

The second period started in a familiar way, with Newport the team looking to apply the pressure to their opponents.

The 57th minute saw City produce their first shot on target as Jack Sparkes tested Joe Day in the Newport goal, firing straight at the keeper from long range.

Just a couple of minutes later, another chance came the Grecians way as a right corner delivery from Jevani found the head of Dieng who is unable to properly connect at the far post.

Enthusiastic support from the away end was pushing City to find a breakthrough. A couple of corners came and went for the away side with no end result.

With few chances for either team, the 71st minute saw City awarded a foul after Dieng was dragged down to the left of the opposition box. A Jack Sparkes cross delivered into the centre of the box found the head of Dieng and his low driven header found the bottom left of the County goal.

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Following this, Newport looked for an immediate response, pushing players forward in a committed effort to draw level. Dominic Telford found some space in a crowded box but was only able to find the lively City supporters thanks to a block from Sparkes.

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The match looked to be petering out in the closing stages, as Newport continued to search for a leveller. The Exiles continued to pass the ball around the edge of the Grecian box with Alex Hartridge being called upon with an important block to prevent a last-gasp equaliser.

A left sided corner for the opponents in the 88th minute allowed Courtney Baker-Richardson to produce a low driven header towards the left corner, but Cam once again came up with a strong save to stop the opponents. City would then see out the final few minutes for a huge three points.

The Grecians are next in action away at Carlisle United next Saturday, April 9 in a 3pm kick-off.

Newport County AFC: Day, Norman, Demetriou ©, Clarke (Street 89’), Lewis, Bennett (Collins 73’), Willmott, Azaz, Waite, Telford, Fisher (Baker-Richardson 61’)

Subs: Townsend, Haynes, Dolan, Ellison

Exeter City: Dawson, Key, Sweeney ©, Hartridge, Stubbs, Sparkes, Collins, Rowe, Dieng (Coley 84), J.Brown, Zanzala (Phillips 80’)

Subs: S.Brown, Diabate, Caprice, Coley, Jay

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Attendance: 5,697 (1,017 away)

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Ticket News

🎟 Newport County tickets SOLD OUT

Tickets and travel now on sale for trip to Rodney Parade

9 March 2022

Ticket for City's trip to Newport County on Saturday April 2, 3pm are now SOLD OUT.

The full allocation of 1,031 tickets for this fixture of which 422 are covered seating (Bisley Stand) and 609 uncovered seating (PureVans South Stand) sold out on Wednesday, March 9. THank you for your support.

Ticket Details

Bisley Stand (covered)

  • Adults: £22
  • Senior (60+): £18
  • Young Adult (16-21)/Student: £16
  • Under-16: £10
  • Under-12: £8
  • Under-6* free

PureVans.com South Stand (uncovered)

  • Adults: £20
  • Senior (60+): £18
  • Young Adult (16-21)/Student: £14
  • Under-16: £10
  • Under-12: £8
  • Under-6*: free

*must be accompanied by full paying adult or senior. 

4 wheelchair user + carer spaces are available in the PureVans.com South Stand, while ambulany disabled pay the applicable age category with a free carer.

How to Buy

Tickets are now on sale at newtickets.ecfc.co.uk and can also be purched by calling 01392 411 243 or visiting the club shop at St James Park from 10am to 4pm (Monday to Friday).

Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel, completely run by the Supporters' Club, and not for profit, will be available for City's trip to Newport County.

  • The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 10:45am for a cost of £20 for all passengers 

Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road park and ride (by Miller and Carter Steakhouse), junction 28 (Cullompton services), junction 27 (Tiverton), junction 25 (Taunton). All other pick-ups by prior arrangement.

PLEASE NOTE: Face coverings are required to travel on Grecian Travel. This does not apply if you are exempt.

How to buy

Currently Grecian Travel can only be booked directly.

For more information or to book please contact John Bishop on 07904 036334 or by email at: john.bishop760@btinternet.com (after 6pm).

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