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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Newport County visit in Season Opener

4 August 2017

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Boro face The Exiles in first game of the new season...

This Saturday, we see the return of the Sky Bet League 2 back at The Lamex Stadium. Newport County are the first visitors to make the trip this season, as Darren Sarll’s men look to get the perfect start to the new campaign.  

Key Matchday Info...

  • Advance priced tickets are available until 5pm today in the club shop, or midnight tonight at borotickets.co.uk. Tickets will also be available at matchday prices on the turnstiles.
  • The Club Shop & Ticket Office are open from midday on Saturday.
  • Free parking is available across the A602 in Fairlands Valley car park. Please note not to park in the nearby retail parks.
  • The Broadhall Suite is open from midday to both home and away fans. Food and drink is available up until kick off.
  • Use our Arriva Shuttle Bus service which runs from the Bus Station and Railway Station to The Lamex Stadium for just £1.50 return.
  • The bus leaves the stations at 12:54, 13:19, 13:44, 14:09 & 14:34 before the game and then at 16:40, 17:00, 17:20 & 17:45 from the stadium.

Onto the game…

For the EIGHTH season in a row, Stevenage are kicking the campaign off at the Lamex Stadium. Boro will be hoping to change their opening day fortunes though, having only won one of those previous eight.

After a miracle escape from the drop last season, Newport County will surely be looking to consolidate their league status under hometown boss, Michael Flynn. The Exiles will be gearing up for their fifth successive season in League Two, following promotion in 2013.  

New signing Alex Samuel will hope to make an impression against his former club, having spent the second half of last season at Rodney Parade. Samuel won the Supporters Player of the Year award for the Welsh side, instrumental in their run to survival.

View from the camp...

Stevenage boss, Darren Sarll has spoken about his excitement ahead of the new season. Read his thoughts and watch his pre-match press conference HERE.

Previous meetings...

The game on Saturday will be the seventh meeting between the two sides, Stevenage with the superior record, having won four, drawn one and lost one.

Last time we met:

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REPORT: Stevenage 3-3 Newport County

5 August 2017

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A 3-3 draw was hard to swallow for Boro on opening day as Newport County fought back from two goals down to equalise in added time.

Goals from Tom Pett, Dale Gorman and Danny Newton weren't enough as a resilient Exiles came away with a point. 

Darren Sarll named five debutants as Danny Newton, Alex Samuel, Harry Beautyman, Joe Martin and Joe Fryer all made their first competitive starts for the club.

With big players just making their way back from injury, Sarll had a whole wealth of talent and experience on the bench with the likes of Jack King, Chirs Whelpdale, Tom Conlon and Matty Godden all ready to be called upon.

It took only ten minutes for Boro to take the lead. Tom Pett’s eyes lighting up after a poor Newport back-pass allowed him to sneak in, take the ball around the keeper before slotting into an empty net. The perfect start to opening day.

The visitors should have been level on 26 minutes as Frank Nouble put over a brilliant chance from just a few yards out. After a deep Newport free-kick crashed off the crossbar, it fell perfectly for Frank Nouble who could only blaze the ball over. A real let off for Boro.

On 30 minutes it was almost another miracle intervention to deny a Newport equaliser. This time down to skill, not luck, as Joe Fryer beat away Dolan’s free-kick which was destined for the top corner.

Newport were enjoying their best spell of the game and Fryer was at it again moments later, parrying Reynold’s effort away at the near-post before denying Nouble with a point blank header.

Stevenage were able to create a couple of chances before the break, Samuel heading wide as Ronnie found him from the right. It was Ronnie again who was the supplier not long after, finding McKee inside the six yard box but a dogged Newport defence were able to crowd him out and clear.

So, not the greatest of halves from Boro but a 1-0 lead at the break will have been well received by all.

The Exiles picked up where they left off in the second half and got their equaliser on 54 minutes from a Newport corner. Labadie’s header was initially blocked on the line but Frank Nouble stabbed in from a yard or two out to send the away fans into raptures.

Sarll reacted to the goal by making an immediate change, bringing on Chris Whelpdale for Alex Samuel as Boro looked to regain control of the game.

Luke Wilkinson, who was having a fantastic game at the back, did his part in attack moments after Newport drew level. The big defender showing some quick feet in the oppositions box before being hacked down to win a penalty. Dale Gorman stepped up and did the rest, putting Stevenage into a 2-1 lead.

There were cheers all around the stadium not long after as Matty Godden made his way onto the pitch for Mark McKee. Godden, who hadn’t played a minute of pre-season, making it back just in time to play a part in the first game of the season.

Some many fans may have been forgiven for thinking the game was almost wrapped up with 20 minutes left as Danny Newton fired in to make it 3-1. A great moment for the former Tamworth star to score on his debut as he reacted brilliantly to stroke home Gorman’s deflected strike.

They would have been wrong though as an impressive Newport struck back. Mickey Demetriou smashing in an unbelievable strike with just over 10 minutes left to make it 3-2. A truly breathless game to open up the season.

Boro came close to extending the lead again as Jack King (introduced for Dale Gorman) and then Danny Newton both came close to a telling touch, but in the 94th minute it was the away end celebrating as McCoulsky prodded in to make it 3-3.

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