“Tonight it’s going off in Newport town”
- 21 Ounces, Goldie Lookin Chain (2004)
Walsall make a Tuesday night trip to South Wales hoping to continue an impressive record on the road.
Newport currently sit 13th in League Two, a single place above Walsall. The teams are deadlocked on 39 points, but the Exiles have a superior goal difference and have played three fewer games. Newport’s league record for the season so far reads: P29, W10, D9, L10, F27, A26, Pts39.
The hosts have been inconsistent of late, having won three and lost three of their last six league games, including a home defeat to Cambridge on Saturday. They do however boast a solid record at Rodney Parade, winning seven and losing just three of their home matches this season.
Padraig Amond leads the Newport scoring charts with 11 goals, followed by former Sutton Coldfield and Kidderminster striker Jamille Matt with six, and Tristan Abrahams with five.
Recent League Form
Jan 18 Swindon (H) Won 2-0
Jan 25 Orient (A) Lost 2-1
Jan 28 Macclesfield (H) Won 1-0
Feb 01 Plymouth (A) Lost 1-0
Feb 08 Cambridge (H) Lost 1-0
How can we forget…
Our last visit to Newport came on 4th November 2017, a televised FA Cup 1st Round game where the hosts came out deserved winners. Frank Nouble and Shawn McCoulskey had the home team 2-0 up by 46 minutes, a late goal from Amadou Bakayoko was nothing more than a consolation.
A lack-lustre and gutless performance that punctuates the past five years following Walsall, this defeat saw heightened demands for then-manager Jon Whitney to be sacked.
Played for Both
Cameron Pring played seven games on loan at Newport last season scoring his first and only professional goal in that spell. He is the only current link, but former Walsall striker Aaron Williams managed three goals in 17 games for the Exiles during 2017-18 before dropping back into non league.
Newport defender Kyle Howkins was born in Walsall, so that kind of counts.
Newport are a decent team who have a few games in hand on the teams occupying the top half of the table, so they may see this tie as an opportunity to kick-start a late run for the play-offs. Wouldn’t be surprised by a win, but more than content with a 1-1 draw.
- Walsall Win
- Newport Win