Noah Dougherty
Tuesday 01 December 2020

League leaders Newport County make the trip to Nailsworth this evening, as the two sides lock horns for the first time in over a year.

Mark Cooper's men come into this one on the back of a victory at Southend United, wile Michael Flynn's men saw of 10-man Salford City with ease last time out.

Here is all you need to know ahead of the game:

What we said: 

Richard Dryden training November 2020

“Newport are top of the table and they’re there for a reason,” said Assistant Head Coach Richard Dryden.

“They’ve changed the style of play from what I’ve seen in the last couple of years, and they knock it around well.

“They’ve got a lot of quality players and can score from set-plays and open play.”

Team news: 

Rovers are without any fresh injury concerns, while Scott Wagstaff closes in on a return to fitness.

Key player: Padraig Amond

As one of three County players with five or more goals this season, Padraig Amond is certainly a danger in the area. Although just 180cm tall, Amond possesses great aerial ability as well as the capability to finish with both his left and right foot.

Amond started his career at his hometown club Shamrock Rovers and continued to play in Ireland before venturing to Portugal where he made 17 appearences for Pacos de Ferreira.

He then moved on to League Two for the first time, playing over 80 times for Morecambe. Spells at Grimsby and Hartlepool followed before his eventual move to The Exiles in 2017. 

Last time we met: 

 10-man Forest Green fell to a 0-2 defeat at home to unbeaten Newport County following a first half red card at The New Lawn.

The welsh side took the lead very early on when Padraig Amond capitalised on some high pressure up the pitch to score into an empty net.

Joe Wollacott was dismissed inside half an hour when he made a late challenge on Tristen Abrahams after he was played a short backpass.

The away side made it two very late on in the match through Ryan Haynes after Joseph Mills had struck the post with a free kick earlier in the second half.

Head-to-head:

Things hang finely in the balance between Forest Green and Newport County.

Of the 15 meetings between the sides, Rovers have won four while County have won six.

In recent years, both sides have had fruitful afternoons at the other’s stomping ground, and have each hit four away from home over the last three seasons.

Coverage:

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Full commentary of Saturday’s match will also be available on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on 1413AM.

Stay up to date also on Twitter and Instagram by following @FGRFC_Official, which will have all of the team news before kick-off and updates throughout the game.

There will also be key updates and team news on Facebook. Round-up the clash by checking out the club website where there will be a full report looking back on the encounter.

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