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MATCH PREVIEW | NEWPORT COUNTY A.F.C.

15 December 2017

Cambridge United return to the newly renamed Abbey Stadium to face Newport County A.F.C. for the second time in 13 days, looking to bounce back in Sky Bet League Two and move closer to the top seven.

Shaun Derry’s men will be keen to avenge the 2-0 result at Rodney Parade earlier this month, that ended United’s journey in the Emirates FA Cup at the Second Round stage. However, the U’s will be looking to extend an unbeaten home record against the Exiles that stretches back to February 1985.

With just two defeats in their last seven League fixtures, United are only three points off the play-off places and can make significant progress approaching the hectic Christmas schedule with a win over Newport, who sit directly above the U’s in the League ladder.

Gary Deegan and David Amoo will miss the fixture through injury, whilst Uche Ikpeazu will also be out of action following his dismissal at Port Vale last weekend.

As for the visitors, they fought back to draw 3-3 against Carlisle United last Saturday positioning Michael Flynn’s men comfortably in mid-table and hot on the tails of the top seven.

Following their great escape from what seemed certain relegation last season, the Welsh outfit have more than steadied the ship and have become a real threat in Sky Bet League Two this season.

Shawn McCoulsky grabbed his eighth goal of the season in last week’s tussle with the Cumbrians to move himself one goal ahead of big Frank Nouble as the Exiles lead scorer for the 2017/18 season.

It was a brace from skipper Joss Labadie that caused United the damage at Rodney Parade two weeks’ ago, so the U’s will have plenty to keep check on if they are to continue building on their impressive clean sheet record.

FAMILIAR FACES

As well as former Cambridge United defender Wayne Hatswell in the Newport dug out, the Amber Army will also recognise ex-Academy starlet Robbie Willmott and former loanee Mickey Demetriou within the Exiles playing ranks.

Tickets for the game are available online at cufcdirect.com until 2:30pm, and in-store right up to kick off at 3:00pm.

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MATCH REPORT | CAMBRIDGE UTD 1 NEWPORT COUNTY A.F.C 2

16 December 2017

A stoppage time strike from Newport County captain Joss Labadie inflicted a painful 2-1 defeat on Cambridge United, after a Jevani Brown stunner looked to have given the U’s a deserved point.

United lined-up with five changes as Paul Lewis, George Taft, Ade Azeez, Jevani Brown and George Maris returning to the starting eleven.

The latter had United’s best opportunities during the first 45 minutes. However, he failed to find the target when both Medy Elito and Ade Azeez pulled crosses back to the forward.

The former Barnsley man did force Exiles keeper Joe Day into a save midway through the half, when he out-paced David Pipe down the left before prodding a shot at the near post.

However, moments before the half time whistle was blown by referee Chris Sarginson, the visitors broke the deadlock when Shawn McCoulsky tapped home from close range after David Forde had saved the initial Newport shot at goal.

Piero Mingoia was introduced at the break for the U’s and had an early opening at goal , after Lewis nodded down Jake Carroll’s deep cross, but the diminutive winger could only lift his half volley over the bar. Lewis was then denied an equaliser himself, when Day produced a magnificent stop to claw the midfielder’s header off the line.

It was Jevani Brown who continued to be United’s danger man though and minutes after he played Azeez through one-on-one who missed the target, the 23-year old smashed a phenomenal strike past Day in what looked like certain to secure a hard-earned draw for Shaun Derry’s side.

It was not to be though, with Joss Labadie in the right place to knee the ball into the empty net after David Forde had saved a Newport free kick with his right boot to give the visitors all three points.

Cambridge United: Forde, Halliday, Taylor, Taft, Carroll, Lewis (Dunk, 74 mins), O’Neil (Mingoia, 45 mins), Maris, Brown, Elito, Azeez

Newport County: Day, Pipe (Willmott, 55 mins), Butler, Labadie, White, Dolan, Nouble, Tozer, McCoulsky (Amond, 85 mins), O’Brien (Bennett, 45 mins), Demetriou

Attendance: 3,632 (143)

Vindis Man of the Match: Jevani Brown

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SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER - K.O. 3:00PM

15 December 2017

Cambridge United return to Sky Bet League Two action on home soil at the Abbey Stadium for the first time against Newport County on Saturday 16th December (K.O. 3:00pm).

Following the renaming of United’s home ground back to the Abbey, the U’s play host to the Exiles looking to make it consecutive victories on home soil.

Tickets are available online, in-store and by calling 01223 566 500, and supporters can make a £2 saving when purchasing before midday on match day.

Full match day prices are as follows:

North/South Habbin and Newmarket Road End

Adult - £18
Concession - £14
Junior - £10
Under 12 - £7

Mundipharma Community Stand Family Blocks A & G

Adult - £20
Concession - £15
Junior - £10
Under 12 – £7

Mundipharma Community Stand Blocks B, F, A1 & A2

Adult - £22
Concession - £17
Junior - £12
Under 12 – £7

Mundipharma Community Stand Blocks C, D & E

Adult – £22

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