Last week the FA Cup took centre stage but now League Two matters return to the fore as Newport County visit the Wham Stadium.

The Welsh side are in their third campaign back in the Football League and looking to climb the table under the management of John Sheridan.

The Opposition

Newport County returned to the Football League in 2013 after beating Wrexham in the Conference play-off final.

They finished 14th in their first League Two campaign and then ninth after manager Justin Edinburgh had left for Gillingham.

The Exiles began this campaign with ex-England defender Terry Butcher at the helm but he was replaced as boss in October by John Sheridan.


John Sheridan enjoyed a playing career which surpassed 725 appearances and spanned 23 years. Sheridan played in promotion-winning sides at both Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton and scored the winning goal in Wednesday’s victory over Manchester United to secure the League Cup in 1991. He also represented Ireland on 34 occasions, featuring at both the 1990 and 1994 World Cup.

In management, Sheridan guided Chesterfield to the League Two championship in 2011 and also steered Plymouth Argyle from relegation candidates to promotion contenders. He took over at Newport in October, replacing Terry Butcher.

One to Watch

Frontman Scott Boden started his career at his hometown club of Sheffield United before being loaned out to Finnish First Division club IFK Mariehamn.

He joined Chesterfield in 2012 and spent time on loan at Macclesfield and Alfreton. He signed permanently for Macclesfield in 2013/4 scoring 18 goals in the Conference Premier.

Boden signed for County from National League club FC Halifax Town in July 2015. He has scored four goals this season.

Form Guide

Stanley: LLWWW

Stanley have won their last three matches in league and cup, overcoming Dagenham, Leyton Orient and York City.

They sit fourth in League Two, behind third placed Portsmouth on goal difference.

Newport County: LWWDD

County’s 2-2 draw at Brackley Town last weekend was a second in as many games.

Before those draws they’d beaten Bristol Rovers and Wycombe.

Sheridan’s men are 21st in League Two, four points clear of the relegation zone.

Stanley Team News

Defender Dean Winnard is back in contention after missing last weekend’s win over York through suspension.

Joe Wright and Shay McCartan are unavailable due to international duty with Wales Under 21’s and Northern Ireland Under 21’s respectively.

Gerardo Bruna is nearing a return and Adam Buxton is likely to be sidelined for another couple of weeks.

Admission Details

Adults £20
Concessions (Over 65′s & Students*) £15
Under 18′s £10
Accompanied Under 12′s^ £5

*all students must show valid student ID at the turnstile or ticket office
^all under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult

Match Coverage

The official website will have live text commentary on the game.

There will be updates on the club Twitter and Facebook accounts.

At full time a full match report will be posted online and on social media, followed by post match reaction.