Stevenage travel to South Wales for a Valentine’s Day clash with Newport County in Sky Bet League Two…
Stevenage currently sit second in the league - five points clear of fourth with games in hand. On Saturday, Boro’s twelve league match unbeaten streak came to an end as Bradford City picked up a 3-2 win at The Lamex Stadium. Steve Evans’ men will be looking to bounce back immediately in order to stay on the path to promotion.
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Newport County have had a mixed bag of results so far this campaign, with eight wins, eight draws and twelve losses seeing them sit eighteenth in Sky Bet League Two. Despite a poor start to the season, The Exiles have picked up some form as of late, losing just one of their last seven league games.
On Saturday, Newport made the long trip to Barrow and picked up a 1-0 victory thanks to a last-minute Mickey Demetriou header. The weekend prior to that, The Exiles got the upper hand over Swindon Town with a 2-1 win in front of a home crowd.
Newport began the campaign with James Rowberry in charge, but with the side sitting eighteenth after thirteen matches, Rowberry was relieved of his duties and replaced by current boss Graham Coughlan. Coughlan has previously had managerial spells at Bristol Rovers and Mansfield.
Boro and The Exiles have met on sixteen occasions in the past with the first meetings coming in the 2014/15 campaign. From those sixteen meetings, Stevenage have won seven, Newport have won five, with the sides drawing four times.
Arguably Stevenage’s best victory over The Exiles came in the 2016/17 campaign, as Matt Godden’s hattrick sealed a 3-1 win at The Lamex Stadium. The following season’s encounter at The Lamex was also high scoring as Tom Pett, Dale Gorman and Danny Newton grabbed the goals in a 3-3 thriller.
This season’s reverse fixture also went in Boro’s favour as Alex Gilbey’s second-half strike made the difference in a 1-0 victory.
Rodney Parade has been home to Newport County since 2012. The ground has a capacity of 7,850 and is the second-oldest stadium in the Football League behind by Preston North End’s Deepdale. Away supporters are typically housed in the South Stand which is an uncovered terrace.
Ollie Yates has been appointed Match Referee for tonight’s fixture, with Grant Taylor and Richard Morris as Assistants, and Ravel Cheosiaua as Fourth Official.
Yates has dished out ninety-six yellow cards and one red in twenty-four matches this season.