The Mariners host mid-table Newport County at Blundell Park tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 3pm) looking for a return to winning ways following the draw against Bradford City on Monday.

Curtis Thompson put Town ahead against the Bantams but a late penalty from skipper Richie Smallwood ensured the points were shared.

You can view Monday’s match highlights by clicking HERE.

Team News

Assistant Head Coach Shaun Pearson has stated that goalkeeper Harvey Cartwright will be unavailable for selection after picking up an injury in the first half against Bradford City but Jake Eastwood is in line for a return to the starting line-up.

Kieran Green and Harry Clifton will be assessed ahead of tomorrow’s fixture, and both hope to be back in the squad.

Arthur Gnahoua is unlikely to feature after his knee injury he picked up at Barrow on Good Friday. Denver Hume will also serve his one game ban following the red card he received in the last game.

You can view Shaun’s full pre match interview by clicking HERE.

Newport County

These two sides last locked horns in mid-December when both teams played out a score draw at Rodney Parade. Despite the goalless first half it was the South Wales side that took the lead in this one courtesy of former Mariner Omar Bogle. Danny Rose was able to level the scores up just five minutes later before Town headed home with a point on the board.

Newport County are currently managed by former Bristol Rovers and Mansfield Town manager Graham Coughlan who has been with Newport since the near beginning of last season. Since his arrival he’s guided his County side to a 15th place finish in Sky Bet League Two as well as a potential play-off push this season which has them currently sat in 13th.

The Exiles come into this game having lost their last three games in a row to the hands of Barrow, Colchester United and Crawley Town. With Newport currently sitting seven points off the play-offs it’s an unlikely proposition to see the Welsh side from making the top seven but not yet impossible.

Tomorrow’s visitors have a mid-table ranking in both home and away form having won seven out of their 21 away league games which has them sat 14th in the away form table. County have however won two out of their last six away games coming at Harrogate Town and AFC Wimbledon.

Will Evans is Newport County’s top scorer so far, having scored 23 goals from 47 appearances this season. His 20 goals in the league has Evan’s ranked third in the Sky Bet League Two golden boot race.


UK based supporters can follow the action via our social media channels however overseas supporters will be able to watch tomorrow’s match against Newport County on Mariners TV with match passes available for £10 – they are available HERE.


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