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Big Match Preview: Newport County vs Stevenage

13 December 2019

Mark Sampson’s men return to the road to take on Michael Flynn’s Newport County on Saturday 14th December for a 3pm kick-off…

  • Ticket News...

Tickets are available to purchase from Rodney Parade on the day of the game at the following prices:

  • Adults: £22
  • 60+: £18
  • 16-21: £16
  • Under 16: £10
  • Under 12: £8

Ambulant disabled supporters receiving middle or higher rate disability allowance pay the applicable price for their age category and receive a free carers ticket. Four away wheelchair bays are avaialble but please note, there are uncovered.


The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach will be departing The Lamex Stadium at 10:00am on the day of the game, so please arrive with time to spare in order to ensure a timely departure.

To book a seat, please call John Carroll on 01438 814285 after 6pm or visit and book online.

  • Onto the game...

As we enter the crucial Christmas period where games come thick and fast, Stevenage know only a win will suffice in South Wales on Saturday.

After a run of three goalless draws in a row, Mark Sampson’s side sit joint-bottom of League Two; off the bottom by superior goal difference. The problem of scoring goals has been much a tale of Stevenage’s season so far, as opposed to keeping them out.

Paul Farman’s performances between the sticks has played a large part of why Boro have the seventh best defensive record in the league, conceding only 21 in 19 games. A solid base to build on, Stevenage will aim to capitalise on their displays at the back, by converting the chances in the opposition’s half.


Newport County come into Saturday’s clash on the back of four league defeats in a row, and will hope to turn their form around with a home win over a team at the foot of the table. Wins over Brighton Under 21s, Maldon and Tiptree and Grimsby Town have overshadowed The Exiles’ poor league form, seeing the team on the River Usk drop to midtable.

A win for the visitors tomorrow could put Stevenage to within two points of third bottom, with a game in hand. Victory for Newport, on the other hand, could put Michael Flynn’s side back to within a point of the play-off places.

  • Previous meetings…

Since our first meeting in December 2014, Stevenage boast a positive win record over Newport County, winning six of our ten league fixtures.

Stevenage’s record away at Rodney Parade is less impressive, however. With our only away win coming in 2016, Boro have drawn once and lost three times in the five contests.

An own goal from now-retired Darren Jones gave Stevenage the lead inside ten minutes, before a Tom Pett header doubled the advantage.

Last season, Antoine Semenyo’s 98th minute winner broke Stevenage hearts to help Newport to a 2-1 win over their play-off rivals. Matt Dolan opened the scoring for the Amber Army inside sixty seconds, only to be cancelled out by Luther James-Wildin’s first goal for Stevenage on the stroke of half-time. Serious injuries for Newport during the game meant an additional nine minutes of injury time to a game either side could go and, but Semenyo’s winner lifted the roof off Rodney Parade.

  • Officials...

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Assistant Referee 1: John Flynn

Assistant Referee 2: Thomas Harty

Fourth Official: Darren Wilding

  • Betting...

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  • Online coverage...

Live match commentary will be available for UK iFollow subscribers so make sure you sign up to listen to every game. If you are based outside of the UK & Ireland, you can stream the game LIVE! 

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

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iFollow subscribers will also be able to access full match highlights along with all the post-match reaction on Sunday.


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