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Match Preview | Newport County (H)

8 December 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Newport County (H)

8 December 2023

Tranmere Rovers return to league action this Saturday, with Newport County the visitors to Prenton Park.

Nigel Adkins’ side are unbeaten in their last four matches in the division, including wins over Forest Green Rovers and Gillingham, as well as away draws with Sutton United and Mansfield Town. 

Rovers’ impressive form saw the boss up for the League Two Manager of the Month award, while Rob Apter earned a Player of the Month nomination after scoring four goals in those games. 

Newport County are 15th in the division with wins in their last two matches. They ended Stockport County’s long unbeaten run before picking up three points on the road at Morecambe. 

Graham Coughlan’s men drew 1-1 with National League side Barnet in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup last weekend, with a replay set for next Tuesday night. 


Team news: 

Joe Starbuck is back on the grass after his ankle injury and is close to a return to full training. 

Paul Lewis is also back on the grass but is still a couple of weeks away from joining in with the squad. 

Kristian Dennis has been in training all week, having missed the Mansfield game last Tuesday. 


Last league match: 


Last five meetings:    

18th March 2023 - Tranmere Rovers 1-3 Newport County - League Two 

SCORERS - Hendry 

20th August 2022 - Newport County 2-1 Tranmere Rovers - League Two 

SCORERS: A. Lewis (OG) 

26th February 2022 - Newport County 4-2 Tranmere Rovers - League Two 

SCORERS – Dacres-Cogley, Demetriou (OG) 

21st August 2021 - Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Newport County - League Two 


2nd March 2021 - Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Newport County – League Two 

SCORERS - Feeney 


One to watch: Will Evans 

Forward Will Evans has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season, having joined the Exiles from Cymru Premier side Bala Town in the summer of 2022. 

The 26-year-old played for Cardiff Metropolitan University from 2016 to 2020, before signing for Bala where he found the net 24 times over two seasons. 

He equalised for Newport against Morecambe in their last league match, which the Exiles went on to win 2-1. 


Manager: Graham Coughlan 

Graham Coughlan signed up at Rodney Parade in October 2022, and lifted the side to 15th in the table at the end of the campaign. 

The Irishman began his managerial journey at Bristol Rovers in 2018, five years on from the conclusion of his two decade long senior playing career. 

After 12 months in the Westcountry, the 49-year-old joined Mansfield Town before a short spell as a coach in Sheffield United’s youth setup. 



Referee - Sebastian Stockbridge 

Assistant Referees - Alex Gray & Lee Freeman 

Fourth Official - Paul Marsden 


Stockbridge last refereed Rovers in our 2-1 League Two loss to Grimsby Town in December 2022. 



We recommend buying tickets for the match online in advance. By doing so, fans can enjoy discounted prices and can download their ticket to their digital wallet or as a PDF.      

Tickets will also be available to buy on the day from The Club Store with a £2 price increase after 12pm.      

Fans can buy tickets online by clicking here.  


Match coverage:    

International supporters can buy a half-season pass to watch every game live for just £3 per game by clicking here!     

UK-based supporters can listen to full match commentary for as little as £1 per game by getting a monthly audio pass here.     

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.     


X: @tranmererovers       

Facebook: @trfcofficial       

Instagram: @tranmererovers       


Match reaction from Nigel Adkins and a player will follow the game on our YouTube channel. 

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