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Newport County vs. Latics

4 November 2023

Oldham Athletic take on League Two side Newport County in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon at Rodney Parade.

It will be Newport's first taste of FA Cup action this season, where they will come up against an Oldham Athletic side who edged past Altrincham impressively in the final qualifying round to reach this stage.

The League Two outfit suffered a 1-0 defeat in their respective group in the EFL trophy last weekend to West Ham’s U21s side thanks to a terrific Gideon Kodua strike that found the top corner.

It meant Newport have split their opening two group games with a win and a loss whilst the final fixture against Bristol Rovers crucial in the bid for progression to round two for both sides.

Oldham meanwhile met Altrincham for the second time in as many weeks last weekend but were unable to repeat the same result after an entertaining 2-2 draw was played out at Boundary Park.


Latics had to come back from behind on two separate occasions in the game. Altrincham’s danger man Chris Conn-Clarke opened up the visitor’s first opening and it was a lethal punch when his deft cross was met firmly by Justin Amaluzor to give his side the lead.

Some excellent football inside the box between Kieron Freeman and James Norwood found the striker with space to fire the equaliser into the roof of the net for his seventh of the season though minutes later Altrincham were awarded a controversial spot kick after Hallam Hope was deemed to have handled the ball.

The penalty was smartly dispatched by Conn-Clarke that saw the visitors regain the lead in the first half, though Nathan Sheron denied Altrincham the victory late on with a thunderous strike to share the spoils.

The Opposition

In Group H of the Southern region of the EFL Trophy saw West Ham’s U21 side secure their place in round two of the competition with a 1-0 win at Newport last weekend which secured their progression through to round two.

Newport meanwhile must wait for qualification until their final fixture of the group stage that will come against Bristol in just under two week’s time which will decide which of the two sides will advance.

The game was one of few opportunities for either side, though both did have chances of quality that only West Ham were able to take. Lewis Payne’s low cross was met by Nathan Wood whose first-time effort struck the inside of the post inside four minutes.

Kodua had his first of several opportunities in the match. George Earthy’s neat slide rule pass found the striker who in on goal was denied by a strong block by Newport keeper Nick Townsend.

Newport County beat Colchester 2-1 in League Two cracker | South Wales Argus

Omar Bogle’s poor pass had gifted possession to the visitors though Earthy this time was denied by another block by Townsend. West Ham did ultimately punish Newport’s waste

in possession, when Kodua whipped a delicious effort into the top corner to give the away side a narrow lead after an hour played.

Townsend in the final 30 minutes of the game kept the scoreline at 1-0 with some strong stops to thwart Lewis Orford and Kodua late on, though Newport were unable to force penalties.

If Newport can progress to the next round, they will look to better their performance in the competition from last season where they lost out in a 3-1 defeat to MK Dons.

The defeat was their third in the last five fixtures in all competitions, and Newport’s third successive game without victory at Rodney Parade which they will seek to correct when they host Oldham at the weekend.

They were able to pick up a needed win in League Two action a few days prior. A Bogle brace from the spot that came in a seven-minute period was enough to secure an important three points at Gillingham.

Newport had gone their previous four league fixtures without a win, with their result at Gillingham a timely victory after a difficult first eleven league games.

Latics’ upcoming opponents had initially gone winless in the opening five League Two fixtures before a 2-1 win over Colchester United snapped that run to secure their first win of the campaign.

That victory up to date is Newport’s only win at Rodney Parade, though the Exiles do have a terrific chance to grab their second on their home turf in what is England’s most prestigious cup competition.

Key Threat

Will Evans was a standout choice when looking at the main threats Oldham would have to face on Saturday. The forward has been in fine goalscoring form for Newport so far this season, and he will be looking for the net once more this weekend.

The 26-year-old has struck 12 times so far this season, with ten of those coming in League Two action, though his last goal came in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Walsall in mid-October.

Newport County's Will Evans deserves Wales call, says boss Coughlan - BBC  Sport

It was however a special effort, precisely firing a stunning curling strike into the top corner to give his side a 2-1 lead. It came in a game where his attacking play was particularly highlighted.

Evans’ creative nous was also on show, a smashing driven cross found Bryn Morris at the back post to put Newport back in front. The forward has shown the impact he can have on games, though Oldham will hope to erase the footprint Evans will want to leave on the game.

In the dugout

Graham Coughlin has been on a steady journey as a manager since his playing days ended in 2013 at Southend United. The 48-year-old was quick to gain managerial experience as assistant at Southend for an eight-year period spanning until 2018.

GRAHAM COUGHLAN: "The three points was vital." - News - Newport County

Match Officials

Today's referee is Daniel Middleton, who'll be assisted by Richard Morris and Oliver Spender, with Neil Pratt taking up the role of fourth official.

Match coverage and information

Live audio commentary is available on Latics Player, guiding you through the match.

For more information, visit the Latics Player page by clicking here.

This Emirates FA Cup fixture will not be available to stream either domestically or ocverseas.

Supporters can follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC

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Newport 2-0 Latics

4 November 2023

Latics exited the FA Cup at the hands of Newport County in south Wales.

In a game when Latics never really got going, Shane McLoughlin opened the scoring with a tidy finish inside the box.

As the visitors struggled to get a grip on the game, the Exiles added a second with just over ten minutes to go, to secure the tie.

Oldham came into this game with new ‘keeper Dan Langley replacing the injured Norman on the bench, and Brennan Dickenson making his return in place of Green who had a hamstring tweak.

Athletic had an early chance thanks to the great work of Norwood, he followed up Scot Bennett’s sloppy back-pass, and looked the chip Townsend in between the sticks, but the shot didn’t trouble him.

The opening goal would come at the other end, and it came after some fantastic passing from the hosts.

A wonderful diagonal ball was received by Matthew Bondswell, whose defence-splitting cross found McLoughlin in the area, who tapped home.

Mellon opted to make a change after half an hour, swapping Brennan Dickenson for Liam Hogan.

Oldham’s best chance of the game arguably came just before the break, Lundstram’s long ball reached Nuttall, who forced the ‘keeper to make a superb save to deny him from inside the box.

Norwood’s workrate saw him create another chance out of thin air early in the second-half, he dispossessed the Newport defence and set himself up to get a shot away in a good position, just for Delaney to make a vital tackle.

Mellon sought to change things around up top with thirty minutes to play, as Alex Reid came on in place of Joe Nuttall.

Reid had an immediate impact, controlling and bringing down Hobson’s superb pass from the back, before getting a shot away on the half-volley.

Latics were chasing the game, and succumbed to a second goal, again from McLoughlin.

He received the ball from Wildig, setting himself up for a powerful shot from 30 yards, which beat Hudson and sent Newport through to round two.

Oldham: Hudson, Kitching, Hobson, Lundstram, Nuttall (Reid, 57’), Sheron (Gardner, 86’), McGahey, Hope, Dickenson (Hogan, 32’), Freeman, Norwood (Fondop, 86’).

Subs not used: Langley, Raglan, Shelton, Ward, Willoughby.

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Ticket News

Newport (A) Tickets & Travel

30 October 2023

Ticket and travel information for the fixture at Rodney Parade against Newport County (Saturday 4 November, kick-off 3.00pm).

Latics have been allocated 400 tickets in the covered Bisley Stand, with an additional 600 available in the uncovered South Stand, should the initial release sell out.

Supporters should note that tickets are only available via the hosts' ticketing website.

Tickets go on sale at 12pm today (23 October).

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Prices are as follows:

  Covered Seating (Bisley Stand) Uncovered Seating (South Stand)
Adult £15 £14
Senior £13 £12
16-21 £11 £10
Under 16s £7 £7
Under 12s £5 £5
Under 6s Free Free

A coach has been arranged, departing at 9:45am from the Joe Royle Stand car park.

Adults £35
Under 18s £30

Tickets for supporter coach travel can be purchased by visiting;

Oldham Athletic Ticket Office
Boundary Park Main Stand
Furtherwood Road (Off Sheepfoot Lane)
Greater Manchester

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