With no league action last weekend, Swindon Town return to action after a nice 10 day break away. They make the short trip to Wales to take on an in-form Newport County side.
These two sides played each other on the 8th November at the County Ground on a chilly Tuesday night in the EFL trophy. Jordan Lyden netting the only goal of the game and gave Swindon Town a 100% record in the group stage. That game will be remembered for the Instagram battle between Harry McKirdy and Kevin Ellison. The veteran Newport County striker did not take too kindly to the Harry Potter reference in the caption of the photo.
This will be Swindon Town first game in the league since October 30th which was a 3-1 away win at Oldham Athletic. A week later was the excellent 3-0 away win at Crewe in the first round of the FA Cup thanks to a louis Reed double and advancing to the second round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2018.
That win against Crewe Alexandra came at cost with more defensive injuries, Mathieu Baudry went off injured in the first half and it was confirmed today by Ben Garner that he will be out for a month and maybe longer. Romoney Critchlow will also miss tomorrow’s game after picking up an ankle injury in the win against Oldham. The on-loan Huddersfield defender has been doing his rehab at his parent club and hopefully he will be back in the first team picture sooner rather than later.
Harry McKirdy will miss tomorrow trip to Wales due to his one match suspension which was picked up away at Oldham Athletic. He will be a big miss, but this is a perfect opportunity to anyone on the bench to come in and fight for that role behind the striker.
Predicted line up vs Newport County
Wollacott, Odimayo, Conroy, Hunt, Kesler-Hayden, Reed, Gladwin, Payne, Iandolo, Williams, Simpson.
Newport County are in sixth place in the League table, just one place above Swindon who visit Rodney Parade on Saturday afternoon. Only ahead by goal difference ahead of Swindon and Sutton United. 26 points from 16 games. Just three points behind second place Port Vale who are two points behind leaders Forest Green Rovers. It is very tight and congested in the top 8 in League Two.
After a slow start and a managerial change, Newport County have really hit the ground running in the last seven weeks. Unbeaten in the last 7 games which has propelled the side from as low as 15th to a top 6 spot in a short space of time. In this run of 7 games unbeaten in League two that has seen Newport County win their last three games with ten goals scored. A 3-1 away win at Bristol Rovers was followed by a 5-0 hammering of Stevenage at home. Last outing in League Two a Friday night away win at Hartlepool which included a winner from in form striker Dom Telford.
James Rowberry is the Newport County manager; he has been in charge for exactly a month. His previous role was the assistant manager at Cardiff City for seven years. Michael Flynn resigned on the 1st October, Wayne Hatswell took charge for a couple of games before Rowberry was given the job. Rowberry has been in charge of five games in total for Newport County winning three and losing two. The two defeats were in the cup to Swindon Town and Morecambe. Rowberry does have a 100% record in the league with three wins from three. He has switched from a 3-5-2 to a 4-4-2 diamond with success in the small sample size of games he has been in charge at Newport County.
By Scot Munroe