Michael Flynn. Pic: Getty Images.

Newport Aim To Extend League Two Home Record

Newport County are the only team in League Two with a 100 per cent home record and they take on in-form Yeovil Town at Rodney Parade this afternoon (3pm).

Yeovil are unbeaten in their last five matches and County manager Michael Flynn says: “It would be massive to keep our home run going.

“I didn’t particularly want to mention that statistic, but you can also say we’ve won the last six home games in the league. Three from the end of last season, three this season.

“It is a bit of a fortress at the minute and I really want to make it seven wins on the bounce come 5pm on Saturday.”

Newport have had eight different goalscorers this season and that has helped them ease into second place, just behind leaders Lincoln City.

Colchester United can match that number, but no team in League Two can beat it

“I want everybody scoring and a 20-goals a season striker,” said Flynn.

“Look, I have no doubts that if he is fully fit all season, Padraig Amond will get close to that figure. I think a few others will chip in along the way as well and I think it just goes to show what we’re about.

“It’s all about the team. There are no individuals here and the players have a real close bond together. 

“We’ll have some tough times, some good times and we’ll enjoy it and learn from it all together. That includes my staff and I myself as well.”

Flynn made eight changes to his Newport starting line-up for the Checkatrade Trophy match at Swindon Town in midweek and will recall those rested for the clash with Yeovil.

Fraser Franks and Padraig Amond are among those set to return for Newport after missing out in midweek because of soreness.

Robbie Willmott is expected to be among the substitutes after returning to action at Swindon following a hamstring problem.

Cardiff City’s Mark Harris, who is on loan at Newport, is fit to be involved after concussion.

“Everybody bar one is fit so that’s pleasing,” he added.

“Mark Harris has fully recovered and trained with us this week and done all his protocol. Thankfully he’s available for tomorrow.

“It’ll be the first time this season that near enough everyone is fit.”

Andrew Crofts looks likely to be the player who may miss the match because of injury.

Yeovil will welcome international trio Shaun Donnellan (Ireland), Sessi D’Almeida (Benin) and Enus Mahmutovic (Luxembourg).

Wes McDonald and Rhys Browne have returned to training after injuries and seem set to strengthen the selection hand of Glovers boss Darren Way.

Former Newport favourite Gary Warren is now with Yeovil and returns to his old club for the first time since leaving in 2012.

Yeovil are unbeaten since the opening day of the season and stand just outside the play-offs.

They travel to Rodney Parade having not played a game in 11 days after their league match last weekend was called off due to international call-ups.

“Yeovil are much improved this season,” said Flynn. “Manager Darren Way has done a good job down there and is starting to get more of what he is looking for at the club. 

“I know he’s been there quite a while now, but they’ve had a little bit more of a budget boost recently and he’s been able to get some more players that he wanted.

“They have a lot of pace and experience in their team. Yeovil will make it difficult, they will be up for it and looking to beat us at home to take a big scalp.”

Newport: Joe Day, Fraser Franks, Mickey Demetriou, Scott Bennett, David Pipe, Matt Dolan, Tyreeq Bakinson, Dan Butler, Josh Sheehan, Padraig Amond, Jamille Matt or Mark Harris.

League Two

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P W D L F A W D L F A GD PTS
1 Lincoln 7 3 0 1 9 4 2 1 0 5 1 +9 16
2 Newport Co 7 3 0 0 5 2 2 1 1 4 5 +2 16
3 Exeter 7 2 1 1 9 6 2 0 1 4 1 +6 13
4 Carlisle 7 2 1 0 5 3 2 0 2 4 5 +1 13
5 Colchester 7 2 0 1 9 2 1 3 0 5 3 +9 12
6 MK Dons 6 2 1 0 3 1 1 2 0 3 2 +3 12
7 Swindon 7 2 1 0 7 5 1 2 1 5 7 0 12
8 Yeovil 6 1 2 0 4 2 2 0 1 5 1 +6 11
9 Forest Green 7 0 4 0 3 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 11
10 Oldham 7 2 0 2 6 5 1 2 0 3 1 +3 11
11 Stevenage 7 2 1 1 4 3 1 1 1 3 3 +1 11
12 Mansfield 6 2 1 0 5 1 0 3 0 3 3 +4 10
13 Bury 7 3 1 0 9 3 0 0 3 3 6 +3 10
14 Tranmere 7 2 2 0 3 1 0 2 1 5 6 +1 10
15 Crawley 7 1 1 1 6 7 2 0 2 3 3 -1 10
16 Crewe 6 2 1 0 9 0 0 0 3 0 8 +1 7
17 Port Vale 7 2 0 1 5 2 0 1 3 2 6 -1 7
18 Cheltenham 7 0 0 3 1 5 2 1 1 5 3 -2 7
19 Cambridge U 7 1 0 3 4 7 1 1 1 3 5 -5 7
20 Northampton 7 0 2 2 4 7 1 1 1 4 4 -3 6
21 Grimsby 7 0 1 2 2 6 1 1 2 3 6 -7 5
22 Morecambe 7 1 0 3 1 5 0 0 3 2 10 -12 3
23 Macclesfield 7 0 2 1 2 4 0 0 4 3 10 -9 2
24 Notts Co 7 0 1 2 1 7 0 0 4 6 14 -14 1

Other League Two fixtures (All 3pm kick-offs)

Carlisle United vs Tranmere Rovers

Cheltenham Town vs Crewe Alexandra

Colchester United vs Cambridge United

Crawley Town vs Morecambe

Grimsby Town vs Oldham Athletic

Macclesfield Town vs Lincoln City

Mansfield Town vs Exeter City

MK Dons vs Forest Green Rovers

Notts County vs Stevenage

Port Vale vs Northampton Town

Swindon Town vs Bury FC

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