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Preview: Newport County (A)

24 October 2014

For the second weekend running Stanley are on the road, this time with a trip to Wales to take on Newport County.

Ahead of kick off, Chris Forsyth has all the information you might need:John Coleman's team returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Hartlepool in midweek and now head to Wales looking to make it six points from the week with a win over Newport County.

The Reds lost their last away game 2-1 at Stevenage and will be looking to do better this time.

Newport are close to the play-off places in League Two and looking to continue an unbeaten record against the Reds that saw them win one and draw one last season.[/vc_tab]Kal Naismith remains unavailable for selection due to compassionate leave following his recent bereavement but Nicky Hunt has been given the all clear after missing the Hartlepool game through injury and has returned to training.

After a lengthy spell on the sidelines full back Michael Liddle is back in contention after also returning to training this week.

Adam Buxton is Stanley's only confirmed injury absentee.

Newport have new loan signing Curtis Obeng available after he completed a move from Swansea City.[/vc_tab]County have spent six of the last 10 seasons in the Conference South, three seasons in the Conference Premier and one season in League Two.

They won the Conference South league title in the 2009/10 season, before spending the next three seasons in the Conference. They then gained promotion to the football league in the 2012/13 season by beating Wrexham 2-0 in the Conference play-off final at Wembley, with the goals coming from Christian Jolley and Aaron O'Connor.

County then spent last season in League Two and finished in 14th place in the table on their return to the Football League.[/vc_tab]

Justin Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a former Tottenham Hotspur, Southend United and Portsmouth defender who was appointed Newport manager in October 2011.

Edinburgh led his side to safety in the 2011/12 season, also reaching the final of the FA Trophy where they lost 2-0 to York City, before leading County to promotion via the play-offs in the 2012/13 season. They then finished in 14th place in League Two last season.

The 44 year old has previous managerial experience at Billericay Town, Fisher Athletic, Grays Athletic and Rushden and Diamonds.

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Mark Byrne

25 year old Byrne signed for the club in the summer from Barnet and has so far made 13 appearances and scored one goal for the club.

Byrne started his career at Notts Forest and had several loan spells at clubs including Burton Albion and Rushden and Diamonds and also had two spells on loan at Barnet. Byrne then signed for Barnet on a permanent deal in 2011 and made a total of 147 appearances and scored 19 goals during his three spells at the club before signing for county in the summer.

[/vc_tab]The two clubs have only ever met on two occasions in their history, with both of the meetings taking place last season. In the game at Rodney Parade last season, Newport ran out 4-1 victors with Chris Zebroski netting twice and Harry Worley and Christian Jolley scoring once. Danny Webber scored Stanley's consolation.

In the return fixture at the Store First stadium the sides drew 3-3 with Peter Murphy scoring twice and Kal Naismith getting the other goal for Stanley. Robbie Willmott, Ryan Burge and Lee Minshull scored for Newport.[/vc_tab]Stanley returned to winning ways against Hartlepool in midweek following back-to-back defeats against Dagenham and Stevenage.

That means John Coleman's side have three wins from their last five games. They sit 14th in League Two but only four points from the play-off places.

Newport have made an excellent start to this season's League Two campaign, currently sitting in 8th place in the table after 14 games. They have so far won four, drawn two and lost one of their seven home matches this season.

Their last game was at home to Southend United on Tuesday night, with County winning the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from Mark Byrne.[/vc_tab]

Stanley

James Gray 5

Kal Naismith 4

Rob Atkinson 3

Shay McCartan 2

Marcus Carver 2

John O'Sullivan 2

Luke Joyce 2

Sean Maguire 2

Newport

Chris Zebroski 4

Darren Jones 2

Aaron O'Connor 2

Joe Piggott 2[/vc_tab]

Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire)

A League ref since 2006, Mr. Heywood has been a regular at Championship level this season.

His last Stanley game was the goalless draw at Dagenham in March.

This season: 14 games, 36 yellow cards, 3 red cards[/vc_tab]

The Ground

Newport currently play at Rodney Parade, after moving their in 2012 after previously playing at Newport Stadium and Somerton Park. The current capacity of Rodney Parade is 7850 and the clubs record attendance inside the stadium is 6615, which was set against Grimsby Town in 2013 in the Conference play-off semi-final.

The overall record attendance that the club have ever achieved was 24,268, which was set against Cardiff City in the Third Division South in 1937.

For more information on Newport County, why not visit their official website www.newport-county.co.uk or their Twitter feed @NewportCounty

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