Preview: Newport County AFC (H)

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Orient welcome 11th place Newport County AFC to the Breyer Group Stadium this weekend. Kick-off is scheduled for 03:00PM.

The O’s will be looking to build on an encouraging second half performance against Northampton in mid-week.

Ryan Watson’s goal on the stroke of half time gave Ross Embleton’s side work to do, but a switch in tactics saw Orient work their way back into the game.

Their pressure eventually told in the 84th minute when Scott Wharton handled in the area, leaving the referee Alan Young with no choice but to point to the spot.

Josh Wright stepped up and calmly slotted the ball past David Cornell to equalise. Following the penalty, an incident broke out between Wharton and James Dayton which saw Young dismiss both men.

After a dip in form, Newport appear to have found their feet again. A 2-1 win away at Scunthorpe a fortnight ago ended a run of 11 league games without a victory.

They then followed that up with an impressive 2-0 home win against Swindon at Rodney Parade last weekend. Josh Sheehan and Jamille Matt bagging a goal each in that one.

Michael Flynn has bolstered his squad with two new arrivals this month. Striker, Billy Waters joins from Northampton, while Dale Gorman has come in on a loan deal from the O’s, although he’ll be unavailable for Saturday’s game due to the terms of his loan.

Team News

James Dayton’s red card against Northampton on Tuesday night, means he will be suspended for the next three games.

Jamie Turley, Sam Ling, Jobi McAnuff and Dean Brill remain unavailable for selection.

Last Meeting


The reverse fixture will still be fresh in the mind of both sides, having only occurred a matter of weeks ago.

Ruel Sotiriou gave the O’s an early lead in South Wales with a flicked header from Wright’s free kick.

Orient remained in front until ten minutes from time when Padraig Amond stabbed home to bag an equaliser for the Exiles.

Ref Watch

Referee: David Rock

Assistant Referees: Paul Yates and Stephen Finch

Fourth Official: Matthew Buonassisi

Rock has overseen 14 EFL matches so far this term, handing out a total of 43 yellow cards and one red.

He last took charge of an Orient fixture back in December’s EFL Trophy tie with Bristol Rovers, in which he booked both Matt Harrold and Conor Wilkinson.


Can’t make the game? You can follow live updates through the Club’s Twitter feed. Post-match reaction will also appear on shortly after the final whistle.

Overseas fans can watch the match via the Orient TV Live-Stream, sponsored by The Lion and Key Hotel for just £5, while domestic fans can listen to the audio stream, with commentary from Dave Victor, for just £2.50.