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8 October 2021

Match Previews


8 October 2021

The Bantams are back on the road again, this time with a cross-border trip to Newport County. The Sky Bet League Two clash will take place at 3.00pm at Rodney Parade, South Wales, on Saturday. 

Newport currently sit 12th - having won the same amount of games as City, with one more defeat.

The Exiles are unbeaten in their last three outings and are set to welcome the Bantams following their biggest win of the season - beating bottom side Scunthorpe United 3-0.

We have created an Opposition Guide to take you through all the key information on Saturday's hosts. 


Newport enjoyed somewhat of an overhaul during the summer transfer window - with 16 players arriving at Rodney Parade and 14 exiting the club. County utilised the loan market and picked up a number of free agents.

INCOMINGS: James Clarke (Walsall), Joe Day (Cardiff), Cameron Norman (Walsall), Jermaine Hylton (Ross County), Courtney Baker-Richardson (Barrow), Christopher Missilou (Swindon), Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers), Courtney Senior (Colchester), Alex Fisher (Exeter), Jake Cain (Liverpool, loan), Finn Azaz (Aston Villa, loan), Louis Hall (Oxford City), Oliver Cooper (Swansea, loan), Timmy Abraham (Fulham, loan), Jordan Greenidge (free agent). 

OUTGOINGS: Liam Shephard (Salford), Tristan Abrahams (Carlisle), Joss Labadie (Walsall), Jack Evans (Penybont), Ryan Taylor (Grimsby), David Longe-King (Grimsby), Tom King (Salford), Daniel Leadbitter (Gloucester City), Corey Whitely (Bromley), Josh Sheehan (Bolton), Ash Baker (The New Saints), Joe Ledley (free agent), Kyle Howkins (free agent), Padraig Amond (Exeter). 


Timmy Abraham

Despite only netting once in league and cup for the Exiles this season, the Fulham loanee has impressed at Rodney Parade. 

Related AS Roma striker Tammy, Abraham has a similar style to that of his brother - playing his best football as the pinnacle of the attack to hold the ball up, allowing his teammates to play off him.

Jake Cain

The Liverpool prodigy has been touted as one of the Merseyside giant's top young talents.

Wigan-born Cain plys his trade in the centre of midfield and joined the Exiles on loan at the end of August. 

James Clarke

Defensive stalwart James Clarke signed for Newport on a free transfer from Walsall and has since gone on to feature seven times in the league, scoring once from his only shot of the season.

The 31-year-old has made over 300 career appearances and his experience has been integral in County’s defence.


Club captain Matthew Dolan signed for the Exiles in 2017 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances in Newport colours.

The 28-year-old is a familiar face to City fans, having played for the club on loan before signing permanently in 2014.

Dolan is primarily a defensive midfielder, but has been deployed as a centre back when County set up with a back three. He was named club captain at the start of the season.


Wayne Hatswell is acting as interim manager following Michael Flynn’s departure.

Flynn spent four and a half years at Rodney Parade, and guided the Exiles to two play-off finals.

Hatswell will take the reins against City while the club search for Flynn’s replacement.


Newport 3 (Oliver Cooper 6’, Courtney Baker-Richardson 68’, Dominic Telford 84’)

Scunthorpe 0

NEWPORT: Joe Day; Mickey Demetriou, Matthew Dolan ©, James Clarke, Cameron Norman; Ed Upson, Ryan Haynes, Robbie Wilmott, Oliver Cooper (Finn Azaz 53’); Dominic Telford (Timmy Abraham 87’), Courtney Baker-Richardson (Alex Fisher 76’). SUBS (not used): Christopher Missilou, Kevin Ellison, Nick Townsend, Aaron Lewis. 

SCUNTHORPE: Rory Watson; Emmanuel Onariase, Harry Davis ©, George Taft, Mason O’Malley; Ross Millen, Hayden Hackney (booked 48’, Myles Hippolyte 75’), Alex Perry (Harry Bunn 75’), Alfie Beestin; Jake Scrimshaw, Aaron Jarvis (Ryan Loft 63’). SUBS (not used): Jai Rowe, Tom Collins, Harry Wood, Jordan Hallam.


Meetings: 44

City Wins: 18

Draws: 6

Newport Wins: 20

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