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Newport Preview & Travel

Russ Wilcox has revealed he is yet to decide whether to rest striker Paddy Madden and winger Gary McSheffrey because of the state of the pitch at Rodney Parade, however both are likely to start.

The Iron boss may however be tempted to bring Terry Hawkridge back into the side in place of Hakeeb Adelekun, who was largely ineffective against Bristol on Tuesday evening. Etienne Esajas is also pushing for a place on the bench after a brace in the reserve win over Mansfield in midweek.

Deon Burton remains sidelined through injury.

United travel to Wales unbeaten in 17 league matches while Justin Edinburgh’s side have lost their last two home matches.  

Exiles’ Captain David Pipe was an unused substitute against the Dons and he could start while Rene Howe is also likely to return to the starting line up.

Rodney Parade

Newport County moved to Rodney Parade at the start of the 12/13 season after spending 18 seasons at Newport Stadium. The ground was partly developed in 2011 with the opening of the Bisley Stand, giving the stadium a total capacity of 11,676, however, this is reduced to just over 7,000 for football matches.

For this game, Iron fans will mostly be situated one side of the Bisley Stand, where up to 580 away fans can be accommodated. Should demand require it, an extra 400 seats can be made available in a temporary block of seating at the South End. The Bisley Stand is shared with home fans, but does provide the better view of the game from more comfortable seats.

Both areas share the same facilities though, including a food outlet just inside the ground by the turnstiles. A couple of blue poles mark the away entrance to the ground.

The Iron have sold just over 200 tickets, with tickets available on the day in Wales.

BISLEY STAND

Adults – £18
Senior Citizen (Over 65) – £14
Student* – £14
U16 – £9
U12 – £6
U6 – Free

SYNTER END
Adults – £15
Senior Citizen (Over 65) – £11
Student* – £11
U16** – £5
U12** – £5
U6 – Free* Available to anyone in full-time education.
** U16, U12 or U6 on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

Getting there by car

From Scunthorpe you take the first exit at the second roundabout onto M181 heading to Humber Bridge/Doncaster/M180. Keep right upon reaching a fork before following signs for M180.Upon reaching the exit onto M18, you should then merge onto the M1.

At junction 23A, exit onto A42 towards M42/Tamworth/Birmingham. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for M42/London/M40/Coventry, before merging onto M42. Continue along M42 before turning onto M5.
At junction 8, exit toward M50/South Wales/Ross before taking the second exit at the roundabout onto M50. At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto A40 and continue onto A449. At the roundabout, take the fourth exit onto the Coldra/B4237 and then continue onto Clarence Pl/B4596. Turn left onto Rodney Road.

Getting there by train

An early start will be in order for Iron fans travelling to Newport by train on 1 March, with the first point of call coming at Scunthorpe Station at 09:08 on the First Transpennine Express service to Sheffield Station. From here, board the 10:23 train to Reading, this will see you arrive at Birmingham New Street by 11:27.

From Birmingham, you’ll need to catch the 11:42 service towards Bristol Temple Meads. Upon arriving at Bristol Parkway, you’ll need to catch the London Paddington to Swansea train at 13:08. This will see you arrive at Newport Station by 13:31. You’ll then face a short walk/taxi drive to the ground. Train times subject to change. Alternative routes available.

Pubs & grub

To start with, there is a small clubhouse inside the main entrance at Rodney Parade that will admit away supporters. The Wetherspoon pub, which is only a 10 minute walk from the ground, sits on Chepstow Road and will also allow entry to away fans. The pub is listed on the CAMRA good beer guide and is located nearby a number of food outlets such as Greggs Bakery and a number of fish and chip shops.

There are a number of options in the town centre, which is only a 10-15 minute walk away e.g. the John Wallace Linton and the Queen’s Hotel.

Players to watch

Chris Zebroski, striker – the 6’3” striker sits joint top of County’s scoring charts for the season so far, with eight goals in 23 appearances. The well-travelled forward, who signed on a free transfer in the summer, can play either on the wing or as a central striker and so proves to be a dangerous opponent.

Danny Crow, striker – the 28-year-old signed on a free transfer from Luton Town in June 2012 after scoring nine goals in the 11/12 season. The forward has so far scored eight goals this season with five of which coming in the league.

Robbie Willmott, midfielder – capped at England ‘C’ level and described as a highly-rated utility attacker. The 23-year-old signed for the Exiles during the January transfer window of 2013 from Cambridge United. Has so far made 37 appearances this season.

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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