January will be a very important month for Newport as they look to move up the table and away from the dreaded relegation zone. First up is a trip to the Brewery Field to face a Bridgend team who will also be looking to move up the table. The home team have won two out of their last three games whereas the Black & Ambers have lost their last four – their last coming in the home game against Bridgend.
On their day the Ravens can beat any team as we saw when they got the victory against high-flying Merthyr but they lack that consistency that is needed to be competing at the top end of the league table.
Newport still have a couple of key players out with injuries but the coaches still hope to put out a competitive match squad.
Team will be selected after Thursday training.
Newport: Lewis Smout, Matt Dwyer, Tom Piper, Ben Carter, Joe Bartlett, Josh Skinner, Kyle Tayler, Rhys Jenkins Capt., Daffyd Buckland, Matt O’Brien, Elliot Frewen, Tom Pascoe, Jon Morris, Harri Lang, Dai Richards.
Replacements: Dan Preece, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Andrew Mann, Josh Reid, Geraint Watkin, Geraint O’Driscoll, Connor Edwards.
Referee: Rhys Jones
AR1: Aled Liddington
AR2: Jon Hardy
Bridgend are offering matchday hospitality to visiting supporters. For £25 you get pre-match meal in President’s lounge, ground entry and a programme. If you’d like to book, please contact Gemma Davies by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07935 177458. The deadline for bookings is Thursday at 5pm (subject to availability).