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02 October 2018 Venue Rodney Parade Attendance

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Match Preview: Newport County v Macclesfield Town

2 October 2018

Macclesfield Town will look to follow up their positive performance on Saturday as they face Sky Bet League Two high-flyers Newport County AFC in South Wales tonight. 

County are currently second in the table and have won their last three games on the bounce in all competitions - netting eight goals in the process. 

On Saturday, they came back from 2-0 down to defeat Cambridge United 4-2 - exemplifying their title credentials 

Tonight, County will search for their eighth three-point haul this campaign to ensure they stay within touching distance of table toppers Lincoln City. 

Yet, despite Newport’s league position, The Exiles have a goal difference of minus one, along with the division’s worst defensive record above Morecambe in 17th. 

A third of their fifteen goals conceded in the division have come on Newport’s own turf, proving that this strong, spirited side can be undone. 

 

Team news 

Magic Man Danny Whitaker will have to wait to see if he recovers from a knee injury sustained on Saturday, whilst  Callum Evans will miss out after being stretchered off at Morecambe. 

Long-term absentees Elliott Durrell, Jordan Ponticelli and Ryan Lloyd remain side-lined, whilst Michael Rose will miss this fixture and complete his suspension. 

Jamille Matt could win a place in Newport County’s starting eleven, having netted four times in their last two matches in all competitions. 

 

Last time out: Newport County AFC 4-1 Macclesfield Town 

The Silkmen have only ever visited Rodney Parade once before, their sole trip coming in 2013 to contest a National League fixture. However, it was not one to remember. 

Despite Jay Burgess opening the scoring for the visitors in the third minute, The Exiles went on to win 4-1 with goals from Christian Jolley, Andy Sandell and a brace from Robbie Willmott. 

This win played a part in County’s promotion to the Sky Bet League Two a few weeks later, a feat achieved in just one season. And almost five and a half years later, Macc will meet a new County side who are once again at the top end of their division.

 

One to watch – Padraig Amond 

Newport have boasted ten different scorers this season and in his second term at Rodney Parade, starting number-nine Padraig Amond has once again played a pivotal role. 

The 30-year-old Irishman is the joint leader in both goals and assists this campaign, having found the net on four occasions and set up his teammates on three. 

The 5’11 striker, who has also plied his trade in the Republic of Ireland and Portugal, is a proven threat at League Two level, having scored a combined forty-five goals in ninety league appearances for Grimsby Town and Hartlepool United. 

He left the latter club in the summer 2017 to remain in the fourth tier with Newport, where in his first season at Rodney Parade, he finished as County’s top scorer with 15 goals. This season he has shown no signs of slowing down. 

By Matt Bates

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Match Report: Newport County 3 - 3 Macclesfield Town

2 October 2018

Macclesfield Town were denied their first victory in over six years back in the Football League as Newport County twice fought back to salvage a point as Jamille Matt’s 97th-minute equaliser broke Silkmen hearts at the Rodney Parade stadium.

Fiacre Kelleher and David Fitzpatrick poised the visitors in the driving seat with two early goals before Dan Butler’s effort inspired a Newport comeback.

The Exiles captain Mickey Demetriou levelled the scoring when his penalty was slotted expertly past Kieran O’Hara before referee Trevor Kettle awarded Macclesfield another penalty and the third spot-kick on the night.

Fitzpatrick smashed his effort home to secure a brace for the Silkmen captain before Matt shattered Macclesfield hearts when his headed effort denied Mark Yates’s side all three points.

A blistering first-half saw The Silkmen instantly firing themselves into the ascendancy after Kelleher towered above every Newport player in his path to drive home his headed effort to fire Yates’ side into an early lead against The Exiles.

The joy didn’t stop there for the visitors as the traveling Cheshire side were awarded a penalty just minutes after scoring the opener.

A long ball from Kieran O’Hara was flicked on from Nathan Blissett and Tyrone Marsh raced beyond Butler before being pulled down by the defender. Referee Kettle showed no hesitation almost instantly pointing towards the spot.

Fitzpatrick made no mistakes with a calm and collected penalty to double The Silkmen’s advantage.

Blisset was proving to be a real problem for the home side early on with the 28-year-old forward bullying The Exiles defence with his aerial dominance.

The visitor's euphoria was eventually calmed when Macclesfield picked up two bookings as both Scott Wilson and Peter Vincenti were cautioned after both players impeded Charlie Cooper in their tracks.

The Forest Green loanee was a bright focal point for the home side causing early problems for the visitors in the second half with Macclesfield coming up against the second Cooper in just a number of days with The Silkmen facing Charlie’s dad Mark when the Forest Green Rovers manager brought the Gloucestershire side to the Moss Rose on Saturday.

Kelleher and Lowe were enjoying a new-found defensive partnership with the Silkmen defenders clearing everything in their path to frustrate the home side to limited chances.

However, the home side did salvage a way back into the game when a corner routine straight from the training ground brought one back for the hosts. Butler saw himself free at the edge of the box, and the ball fell into the 24-year-olds path before the former Portsmouth defender slotted his effort past O’Hara to fire this fixture back into life.

The second half began with waves of Newport possession followed by numerous chances for The Exiles to find an equaliser.

Their early pressure paid dividends when Kettle pointed to the spot for a second time in the game this time awarding the spot-kick to the home side following a foul from Kelleher.

A sloppy penalty to concede after Day launched a goal-kick forward and headed into the path of Matt. The former Fleetwood Town striker took the ball past O’Hara who came storming off his line before being dragged down by Kelleher.

Exiles captain Mickey Demetriou stepped up for Flynn’s side to expertly slide his left-footed penalty past O’Hara to level up the affair and inspire a terrific comeback from the South Wales outfit.

A killer blow for the visitors and another setback that could have got the better of Yates’ troops, but, his Silkmen responded well to drag themselves back into the affair.

A Macclesfield corner once again looked to find the towering Kelleher who lept up high before the ball fell to the floor before striking Demetriou’s arm leaving the referee no choice but to award the third penalty of the night.

Once again Fitzpatrick took the weight of the loyal travelling 52 supporters to step up for yet another spot-kick. The Silkmen captain on the night made a nervy run to the ball before smashing his effort past a helpless Joe Day to once again fire Macclesfield into an unlikely lead with ten minutes left to play.

The visitors were agonisingly close to their first victory since their return to the footballing league, and Yate’s players were defending like heroes to frustrate the home side.

There was a couple of heart in mouth moments for Macc as the referee looked to have awarded Newport a second penalty, however, Trevor Kettle had signalled for a goal kick much to the delight of the away fans.

The Silkmen were seconds away from their first victory in over six years back in the EFL. Numbers of Newport attacks were expertly dealt with by the inspired defensive partnership of Lowe and Kelleher.

However, the visitors couldn’t quite hold on as they went on to concede in the most heart-breaking fashion. As the 97th minute lingered a looping ball to the back post was met Matt whose controlled header into the bottom corner shattered the dreams of the Macclesfield faithful who had waited for more than half a decade to see their team taste victory back in League Two.

A sucker punch to deny Macc their first three points of the season but a performance the players can most certainly build on.

The team will have to respond quickly and dust off the pain of seeing another victory snatched from their grasp. The Silkmen host, Notts County on Saturday and performances like tonight, will reassure the fans that surely that maiden victory back in the top-flight isn’t too far down the road.

Teams

Macclesfield: O’Hara, Hodgkiss, Lowe, Kelleher, Fitzpatrick, Maycock, Vincenti, Arthur, Marsh, Wilson, Blissett

Attendance: 2624 (52 away)

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Ticket News

Newport Ticket News

1 October 2018

Ahead of our trip to Rodney Parade tomorrow evening, we are pleased to bring you ticket news relating to the fixture.

All tickets can now be bought directly from the Moss Rose at a £2 discount from the matchday prices which are as follows -

Adult: £21.00

Concessions: £17.00

16-18 / Students: £15.00

Under 16: £9.00

Under 12: £7.00

Under 6: Free

Tickets will remain on sale until 16:30 this afternoon, they will also be available on the day.

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