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21 April 2018 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

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Preview | Newport County (h)

20 April 2018

EFL Sky Bet League Two – The Hive London – Saturday 21st April 2018 – KO 15:00pm

Last Time We Met:

The last time we came face-to-face with Newport, the Bees made sure it was very much a night to remember.

The hosts took the lead through Ben White with just over 15 minutes to go after finding the net from close range.

However, a John Akinde header from a Jamal Campbell-Ryce cross on 88 minutes levelled proceedings at Rodney Parade.

The Bees didn’t settle for a point though as they scored a very similar goal in stoppage time as Campbell-Ryce pinged in another ball into the box but this time it was Shaquile Coulthirst who headed home.

The Bees need a win on Saturday and they will no doubt be aiming to replicate the heroics of our last meeting with the Exiles.


Four different playing spells at his home team Newport saw Michael Flynn make over 100 league appearances for the Exiles, finding the net 10 times.

He was also part of the County side that won promotion back to the Football League in 2013 and also played for the likes of Wigan Athletic, Gillingham, Blackpool, Bradford and Huddersfield.

Alongside his third spell in South Wales in 2014, the 37-year-old took over as the director of Newport’s youth academy.

Flynn was also first team coach of Newport of which was followed by a Football and Business Development Director role at the club before rejoining the coaching staff under Graham Westley.

In March 2017, Flynn was appointed caretaker manager of the Exiles for the remaining three months of the 2016-17 season and guided them to safety.

Following that campaign, the former midfielder was made permanent manager on a two-year contract.

During his debut season in EFL management, he guided Newport to FA Cup heroics against Leeds United before sending Tottenham Hotspur to a replay where they faced each other again at Wembley.

As for their league performances, Newport sit mid-table which is above and beyond the situation they faced last season.


One man who the Bees will have to watch out for this weekend is the player who sits highest in Newport’s top scorers this season and that is Padraig Amond.

Currently in his first season at Rodney Parade, the 29-year-old has found the net 12 times this campaign whilst creating three assists. All of Amond’s goals have come within the box so the Barnet defenders will have to be on top of their game on Saturday to prevent him from posing a threat.

Being the Exiles’ top scorer this campaign, it comes as no surprise that Amond has had the most shots too. The Irishman has accumulated 48 efforts on target out of 76 attempts this campaign in all competitions.

Newport’s number nine also has 4 Republic of Ireland U21 appearances to his name and has created an impressive goal track record during his 11-year professional career.

Amond also rustled the net in Newport’s last fixture so he will undoubtedly be high on confidence going into this weekend’s encounter.


Charlie Clough is another one who isn’t a stranger to Newport, spending a month on loan there from Bristol Rovers in 2010, making three appearances during his time in South Wales.

David Tutonda will also be hoping to come up against his former club on Saturday after making 12 appearances for County during a loan spell from Cardiff City in 2015. The 22-year-old found the net twice whilst picking up one assist in the three months he spent there.

Goalkeeper Jamie Stephens arrived at the Hive London in 2015 off the back of a two-year spell at Newport. The 24-year-old made 13 appearances in all competitions for the Exiles before he was released in May 2015 at the end of his contract.

Last Time Out:

Newport make the trip to North London off the back of a 2-1 victory last weekend.

The Exiles managed to see off play-off chasers Swindon Town to move themselves up to 12th in the standings.

Amond opened the scoring with a quarter of an hour on the clock after the forward latched onto David Pipe’s cross before looping the ball over Stuart Moore’s head.

County doubled their advantage 20 minutes later courtesy of Ben Tozer who headed home after the ball was played in by Ben White.

Despite Swindon pulling a goal back just past the hour mark through Paul Mullin, Newport held on to claim their first win since January.

Seeing out the victory was made a little easier when Swindon went down to 10-men as Rollin Menayese received his marching orders for picking up his second yellow card four minutes after their goal.

Ticket Details:

Our £10 South Terrace ticket offer continues for this game, as does Kid a Quid anywhere in the stadium!

Click here for tickets.

Keep up with the game:

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Match Reports

Match Report & Reaction | Barnet FC 2-0 Newport County

21 April 2018

The Bees claimed a much deserved 2-0 victory over Newport County this weekend in their penultimate home game of the season.

Shaquile Coulthirst and Ricardo Santos were the two goal scorers as Barnet clinched vital points at the Hive.

The hosts got off to the best start possible after Coulthirst broke the deadlock with only 10 minutes on the clock after turning his man and burying his effort low into the back of the net.

After the crossbar denied Newport from drawing level, Barnet could have been two up when Richard Brindley saw his effort blocked off the line.

The full-back was in the thick of it again when his free-kick forced Joe Day to make a low save to his right after David Tutonda was brought down with 25 minutes on the clock.

The Bees continued to show sheer desire when Brindley posed a threat yet again after coming back onto the field following treatment to his head. He burst down the right flank before crossing into Simeon Akinola but his close range effort failed to trouble Day.

Martin Allen’s side maintained their search for a two-goal cushion and Brindley could have delivered but his free-kick from outside the area deflected into the hands of the Newport goalkeeper.

Barnet showed no signs of ending their dominance and Coulthirst nearly added to his goal tally but his shot from the edge of the box deflected off an Exiles defender out of danger.

The first half was undoubtedly all Barnet and John Akinde nearly made it two on the stroke of half-time when he beat Day to a one-on-one but his header was cleared off the line by Ben White.

The Bees began the second period exactly how they ended the first; Akinde cut inside from the left wing and fired a shot at goal which was parried out of danger by Day.

Just shy of the hour mark and the visitors started to flex their muscles as Padraig Amond drilled in a dangerous cross into the box but Santos was on hand to clear his lines.

However, it was Barnet who had the next chance to find the net when Akinola played in Akinde from the left but his effort on the turn from close range fell wide of the post following pressure from the Newport defenders.

The Bees then had two chances in the space of a minute to go two up as Santos’ curling effort from the edge of the area was palmed away. Seconds later, Brindley cannoned a volley from the right side of the box which whistled inches wide of the post.

The constant second half pressure and dominance from the Bees soon paid off with nine minutes remaining after a Watson corner was headed home by Santos to double the hosts’ lead.

It could have been three in stoppage time as Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro let fly from distance but his effort could only lead to a corner.

However, that miss didn’t matter as the Bees claimed all three points in what was undoubtedly one of their best performances of the season.

We travel to Morecambe next Saturday as the fight for survival continues.

Bees side: Ross, Brindley, Santos, Nelson, Weston, Akinde, Coulthirst (Akpa Akpro), Tutonda, Akinola (Payne), Nicholls, Sweeney (Watson)

Unused Subs: McKenzie-Lyle, Clough, Bover, Fonguck.

Attendance: 1,816 (240 Newport)


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Ticket News

Tickets | £10 South Terrace offer remains for Newport!

11 April 2018

After back-to-back home games where our support has been superb, we're happy to confirm the £10 South Terrace ticket offer will continue for our match against Newport County.

Our fixture against the Exiles will be the penultimate game of the season at The Hive London, taking place on Saturday 21st April, kick off at 3pm.

As well as the £10 South Terrace ticket offer, it also remains £1 for Under 17's anywhere in the stadium!

Tickets for this fixture are on sale now.

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