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PREVIEW | Newport County vs Wrexham

19 January 2024

You wait five years for a Welsh derby, and then two come around at once. Four weeks after our victory at the STōK Cae Ras, we face Newport County again.

THE WREXHAM ANGLE

The return of Ollie Palmer at the end of another impressive home win was a bonus for Phil Parkinson last Saturday. He fielded an unchanged team for a third consecutive match, and only had 4 players unavailable through injury - goalkeeper Rob Lainton and centre backs Aaron Hayden, Eoghan O'Connell and Jordan Tunnicliffe. 

Jacob Mendy remains unavailable as he is in Cote d'Ivoire at AFCON. The group stage ends on Tuesday for The Gambia, so he could be available by next weekend, but hopefully he'll continue to follow his dream into the knock-out stages of the competition.

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LAST MEETING

THE OPPOSING VIEW

County came into last month's match at the STōK Cae Ras in good form, and it has continued since. In fact, since that loss they're unbeaten, having won 3 and drawn 3. That could easily have been 5 wins too, as Sutton scored a last minute equaliser at Gander Green Lane and 10-man Eastleigh managed to take them to a replay in the FA Cup with a late, contentious penalty. They made amends by seeing the National League team off comfortably at The Silverlake Stadium.

A couple of results stand out during that run. Forest Green Rovers came to Rodney Parade and took a surprise 2-0 lead into the break, but Callum Jones' dismissal was a turning point as County roared back to score 4, with top scorer Will Evans chipping in with a couple. They also enjoyed an impressive draw against promotion-chasers Crewe Alexandra.

The victory over Eastleigh earned Newport a home FA Cup tie against Manchester United, and the attendance for that match will be boosted by two temporary stands erected to cope with the influx of Wrexham fans on Saturday!

HEAD TO HEAD

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Our last game at Newport, in December 2018, ended in our heaviest defeat in this fixture. However, the context of the 4-0 defeat ought to be considered. Graham Barrow’s team were defied by an inspired performance from Joe Day at the STōK Cae Ras, despite County being two divisions higher than us. The replay started disastrously when Luke Young picked up an early red card, but Wrexham put in a stubborn performance to go into the break level. However, that resistance was broken in the second half as County racked up 4 goals. That result matched one in April 1983, as we lost on the way to relegation to Division Four.

We did well at Rodney Parade during the three years County spent in the National League – a period which ended, of course, with their victory over us in the 2013 play-off final at Wembley. In our first clash since Newport rose back to the same level as us, Andy Morrell struck in the first half, but The Exiles earned a draw thanks to an 89th minute equaliser.

The following season we won there thanks to an Adrian Cieslewicz goal, despite the fact that we rotated the squad in preparation for the play-offs, and in January 2013 we struck first again, through Danny Wright, but had to settle for a draw.

Newport went out of business 37 years ago, and while they fought their way back up the divisions as a reformed club we didn’t face them in the league between 1987 and 2010. However, since the resumption of this Welsh derby we’ve been unbeaten in the league, winning 4 games and drawing 3. Furthermore, we’ve only conceded one goal in our last 6 league matches.

We’ve won 10 of our last 15 league matches against County, losing just twice, so predictably our recent record at Newport is pretty good.

We’ve played a few cup ties at Rodney Parade in recent years, with rather more mixed results. We won a Welsh Premier Cup quarter final in January 2006, a 2-0 win coming through two goals by Jon Walters. However, at the same stage of the competition a year later things went horribly wrong. It was Brian Carey’s tenth game in charge and he was still looking for a win; surely it would come against lower division opposition we’d seen off comfortably a year earlier? It looked that way when Mike Carvill gave us a 51st minute lead, but five catastrophic minutes later we were behind and went on to lose 2-1.

Our best result at Newport came in April 1969 when Ian Moir and Arfon Griffiths scored in a 2-0 win, starting a sequence of five consecutive wins over County.

Griffiths, Ray Smith and Ollie Kearns are our top scorers in this fixture, each with three goals. Kearns got all his in a hat trick in a 4-1 Welsh Cup win in March 1988.

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TODAY’S OTHER FIXTURES

AFC Wimbledon v Crawley Town

Barrow v Crewe Alexandra

Bradford City v Doncaster Rovers

Gillingham v Forest Green Rovers

Harrogate Town v Grimsby Town

Mansfield Town v Sutton United

MK Dons v Morecambe

Newport County v Wrexham

Notts County v Stockport County

Swindon Town v Tranmere Rovers

Walsall v Accrington Stanley

There are a number of matches in this round which could make a case for being "six-pointers". Barrow entertain Crewe knowing defeat would see their visitors replace them in fourth place. Leaders Stockport travel to Notts County, whose focus is suddenly on the teams which are thundering up behind them.

A number of those teams are facing each other: AFC Wimbledon and Crawley are 3 points off the play-offs, while Accrington Stanley face resurgent Walsall.

Tough away matches for the bottom two, who are both starting to detach from the rest of the table, mean the clubs above them have a chance to put real distance between them and the danger zone.

POTENTIAL MILESTONES

Andy Cannon's 275th career appearance.

 

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Match Reports

REPORT | Newport County 1-0 Wrexham AFC

Ten-man Wrexham narrowly defeated in South Wales

20 January 2024

Wrexham AFC succumbed to defeat in the Welsh Derby, as they fell to a 1-0 loss on a cold afternoon at Rodney Parade.

Will Boyle was shown a red card after 18 minutes for his challenge on Shane McLoughlin, making the Red Dragons’ task even tougher in Newport. 

Seb Palmer-Houlden broke the deadlock in the 34th minute, as he rose highest to head in from Newport captain Ryan Delaney’s cross. 

Despite a valiant effort from Phil Parkinson’s side, they couldn’t manage a late comeback - but they still remain in the Sky Bet League Two promotion places. 

With Stockport County’s match against Notts County called off due to a frozen pitch, the Red Dragons were handed a fantastic opportunity to claim first place in the Sky Bet League Two table.

Phil Parkinson was forced into making four changes to the side that calmly dispatched of AFC Wimbledon in a 2-0 win last weekend, as Will Boyle, Ryan Barnett, James Jones and Sam Dalby all came into the starting eleven. 

That meant that Tom O’Connor, Anthony Forde, Andy Cannon and Steven Fletcher all missed out, with Parkinson confirming that they were all ruled out of contention with injury. 

Newport however, decided to name an unchanged side, with Graham Coughlan deciding to stick with the line-up that booked County’s place in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup to set up a tie with Manchester United. 

The previous fixture between the two sides started in a tense fashion, with the match deadlocked at half-time. After the hosts got the game underway, a similar pattern unfolded - a game full of intensity but very little chances to show for those efforts. 

Wrexham were handed a costly blow in the 18th minute, as Boyle, who came in to replace O’Connor, was shown his marching orders for a reckless challenge on Shane McLoughlin. 

The defender’s touch was stray and he slid towards the ball, winning the challenge, but his trailing leg seemed to catch County’s number 19 and he was subsequently shown red. 

Despite the numerical disadvantage, the Red Dragons had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock shortly afterwards. 

Barnett’s plucky determination led to him keeping the ball in County’s box, but his right-footed effort from an awkward angle landed just wide of the post. 

Soon enough, Newport took the lead after 34 minutes in South Wales. 

Seb Palmer-Houlden rose highest from Ryan Delaney's superb cross and the young forward on-loan from Bristol City headed with ease into the top-right corner. 

Newport continued to level-up their pressure on Parkinson’s ten-man side, but Arthur Okonkwo made a fantastic outstretched save in spectacular fashion, denying Bryn Morris' powerful right-footed strike after 40 minutes.

George Evans got the second half underway, and Barnett seemed to shift higher up the pitch to accompany Paul Mullin in Wrexham’s forward line. 

As the Red Dragons advanced up the pitch, Palmer-Houlden spurned a golden opportunity. He latched onto an under-hit pass from McClean, only to fire wide of Okonkwo’s goal in the 50th minute. 

Chances were few and far between, with the numerical difference clearly playing its role in Wrexham’s fortunes. While not much of note was created going forwards for the visitors, Okonkwo continued to make a number of key saves to keep the game alive at Rodney Parade. 

Parkinson brought Ollie Palmer, as Barnett then returned to his more natural position. 

Wrexham continued to battle, going toe-to-toe with their Welsh rivals. 

However, despite a valiant and hard-working performance, chances just didn’t seem to fall for Wrexham in South Wales and they couldn’t manage to find an elusive equaliser at Rodney Parade. 

Wrexham AFC: Okonkwo, Cleworth (Palmer 62’), Tozer (C), Boyle, Barnett, Jones (Bickerstaff 82’), Evans, Lee, McClean, Dalby (O’Connell 23’), Mullin.

Subs not used: Howard, McFadzean, McAlinden, Young.

Newport County: Townsend, Lewis (Bondswell 65’), Delaney (C), Clarke, Evans, Morris, Bennett, McLoughlin, Charsley (Waite 74’), Wildig (Baker 74’) Bak, Palmer-Houlden. 

Subs not used: Maxted, Payne, Rai, Wood. 

Match Attendance: 9,537 (1,400 Away)

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Newport County (A) on sale from 10am

Season-ticket holders can buy from 10am; members from 2pm

21 December 2023

Tickets for our away fixture on Saturday January 20 against Newport County will go on sale to Season Ticket holders and Club members from 10am.

As in line with our previous away fixtures, Season Ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets from 10am, followed by Club members at 2pm.

We have been allocated 1,010 tickets for the match, and supporters will be situated across the Bisley Stand and the South Stand.

All tickets will be issued as digital/print-at-home only with no physical tickets available for the fixture. We would like to thank Newport for their co-operation in allowing our fans the chance to use digital tickets.

There will be no online queuing system in place for supporters purchasing tickets, so all you will need to do is log on to the e-ticketing website at the appropriate time.

Supporters are reminded that Wrexham AFC Women will also be in South Wales that weekend, taking on Cardiff City at Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday January 21. Tickets for the women’s game are on sale here, with Wrexham supporters encouraged to buy in block 116.

How To Purchase Tickets

Tickets can be bought via our eTicketing website, at the below prices, with both Season Ticket Holders and Members being limited to one ticket per account, and a maximum of 6 tickets in one transaction (applicable for both online and in-person purchases).

For instructions on how to ensure you have activated your eTicketing account and have the correct privileges attached, please see this guide.

While we appreciate our fans wish to support the team, we urge supporters without a ticket to not attend the game. 

Anyone who attempts to buy tickets in the home end will be ejected, and no refund will be given.

Any tickets, should they remain, will be released for general sale at 10am on Friday 22 December.

Ticket Collections

As this fixture is an all-digital ticketed match, there will be no collections of physical tickets and no upgrades of tickets after purchase.

Once you have purchased your ticket, you should receive an email with your e-ticket – which you can either download or print out.

Should you not receive the appropriate email, you have until Thursday January 18 to raise this with our Ticket Office.

Any enquires after this date, will not be able to be dealt with, so we urge supporters to get in contact prior to this date should they have any issues.

If presenting your eTicket on a phone at Rodney Parade, please ensure that your phone is well-charged, the screen is not damaged or cracked and that the brightness on your device is turned up.

If you decide to print your ticket at home, ensure it is A4 size and that it is not damaged. There will be no reprints from Newport County under any circumstance at Rodney Parade.

Ticket Pricing

Bisley Stand

Adult: £24

Senior 60+: £20

Young Adult 16-21: £18

Under-16: £12

Under 12: £10

Under 6: Free of charge

Purevans.com Stand

Adult: £21

Senior 60+: £19

Young Adult 16-21: £15

Under-16: £12

Under 12: £10

Under 6: Free of charge

All wheelchair/ambulant tickets will be charged at the above pricing dependent on age.

Accessible Tickets

The Club have been allocated a small number of Accessible, Carer and Wheelchair tickets for the fixture at Rodney Parade.

Accessible tickets can now be purchased online for this game, speeding up the ticketing process for supporters.

All users who are eligible have already had their ticketing accounts updated with the required information and required number of companions.

As such, users will simply need to login to their accounts and it will automatically pick-up whether they are an ambulant disabled customer, or wheelchair user and allow them access to select the area which meets their requirements.

Users will only be able to select the number of companion tickets required in accordance with their eligibility criteria (i.e. a user eligible for one companion ticket will only be able to select one companion ticket).

Companion tickets will be auto-allocated to their own "companion" account which has already been created for each eligible user, will not affect the “one ticket per member” policy, and must be purchased with an accessible ticket (companion tickets cannot be purchased on their own).

Supporters requiring additional support with accessible tickets should contact Wrexham AFC Disability Liaison Officer Kerry Evans, on kerry.evans@wrexhamafc.co.uk.

Away Travel

Official supporter travel will also be available for this game, via our eTicketing website. Coaches will depart from Mold Road at 09:30am and be priced at £26 for Adults, and £24 for Under 16’s.

Away travel will go on sale at 10am, in-line with the ticket policy.

Please note, the buses will depart at 09:30am, and there will be no provisions for those who arrive late. Supporters must make note of their designated coach on the ticket and only board the coach they’ve been allocated to.

All under-14s must be accompanied on official supporter travel, and alcohol is strictly prohibited by law.

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