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19 October 2021 Venue Rodney Parade Attendance

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PREVIEW: Another Tuesday night in Newport

We look ahead to the midweek fixture

18 October 2021

Don't forget that Tuesday night's game requires a valid Covid pass.

Following a period of consultation, the Welsh Government have confirmed that the new legislation in Wales will mean that people aged 18 and over who are attending terraced stadiums with more than 4,000 people, such as Newport's Rodney Parade, must present one of the following in order to attend:

+ A digital NHS COVID pass.
+ A paper NHS COVID pass.
+ Proof of a recent negative Lateral Flow Test.

Any United fan attending Newport County v Carlisle United on Tuesday 19 October must be in possession of one of the above.

For details of how to obtain a pass, click HERE.


September brought a reminder that Covid is still very much a threat as four of Newport's squad tested positive, forcing a number of others into isolation.

It was bad news on top of bad news for the Exiles who had just been thumped 8-0 by Southampton in the EFL Cup. That, incidentally, was a record away win for the Saints.

Indifferent results through August brought a flurry of activity on deadline day, with Liverpool's Jake Cain and Swansea's Ollie Cooper joining on-loan for season.


The month started with the news that popular boss Mike Flynn had left his role as manager, with the team on a run of just one win in five outings at the time.

Flynn kept the side in the Football League in his first season in charge and his four years as manager included two play-off finals and some memorable cup runs.

Wayne Hatswell stood up to take temporary charge and the bounce effect was immediate with a 3-0 home win over Scunthorpe. That was backed up by a second clean sheet and 0-0 draw with Bradford.

Last Tuesday brought the disappointment of a defeat to the Arsenal U21 side in the Papa John's Trophy, and that was followed by frustration in Exeter at the weekend as they twice led, only to be pegged back to a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw.


Experienced midfielder Robbie Willmott is our pick for this game.

He's a steadying influence and can also pitch in with the odd goal or two along the way.

Over 150 appearances have been notched for the Exiles since he joined in 2017, and he's back to play his part having spent 17 games on-loan with Exeter last season.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Newport County wins
League 4 3 7
Total 4 3 7

United were at Rodney Parade in April 2021 and the teams battled it out for a point each in what was a tense 0-0 draw.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

These teams met in November 2020 with United breezing into a three-goal lead with goals from Lewis Alessandra and Jon Mellish (2). But it was to be a nervy ending as Jamie Devitt and Josh Sheehan bagged late strikes to keep things interesting.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The March 2020 trip to Brunton Park for Newport was the last fixture to be played bfore the Covid-19 lockdown was imposed later that week.

United were ahead with just five minutes on the clock when Omari Patrick nodded the ball into the net. JJ Kayode doubled the lead from the spot, and the night got worse for the visitors when Ryan Innis was sent off on the stroke of half time.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

We were down in Newport in October 2019 when a last-minute goal from George Nurse condemned the Blues to an away defeat.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Prior to that we came together at Rodney Parade in March 2019 and it turned out to be a day for the home side as Ade Azeez and Padraig Amond netted either side of the break to send the Blues home with nothing to show for their efforts.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Our meeting with the Exiles in November 2018 looked comfortable as Jamie Devitt netted twice to give the Blues a two-goal cushion. Padraig Amond had something to say about that as he pulled the visitors right back into it just before the break. Dan Butler thought he'd earned his side a point with just three minutes left to play, but Danny Grainger bagged himself a goal of the month award and a victory for his team with almost the last kick of the game.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Both of the 2017/18 season games were draws, with the December trip to Rodney Parade seeing the sides having to settle for a share of the spoils off the back of a 3-3 stalemate. Luke Joyce sparked a much better second half for United when he scored from very close range immediately after the break, but it was nip and tuck and strikes from Tom Miller and Kelvin Etuhu were needed to make sure Carlisle had something to show for their efforts.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The 17/18 league season ended when these two came together in May right here on our own patch. Mark Ellis put us ahead with less than a quarter of an hour gone, but Padraig Amond restored parity just before the break, and that was just about that as the teams played their way to full time and a well earned summer break.

Watch the highlights from that game here ...


Referee - David Rock
Assistant Referee 1 - Declan O'Shea
Assistant Referee 2 - Grant Taylor
Fourth Official - Ollie Williams
Observer - Craig Cox

David RockThe referee for this game is Mr David Rock. He has taken charge of 13 games so far this showing 45 yellow cards and one red.

He was our referee in November 2020 when Tranmere scored the only goal of the game at Prenton Park. Aaron Hayden had his name taken on the night.

We met up with him for the first time as our man in the middle for the trip to face Orient back in October 2019. Jack Iredale scored the goal which earned us a 1-1 draw and Mo Sagaf, Nathan Thomas and Byron Webster had their names taken on the day.

He was also our man in the middle for our away game at Crawley in February 2020. No goals were scored that day, but Aaron Hayden, Nick Anderton and Byron Webster had their names put into the book.


We have been allocated 221 seated tickets in the Bisley Stand.


Adult £22
Senior 60+ £18
Student  £16
Young adult 16-21 £16
Under 16 £10
Under 12 £8
*Under 6 FOC

*Under 6 must be accompanied by a full paying adult or senior

Disabled info

Wheelchair users pay the relevant concession with the carer free of charge. The wheelchair area is in the south stand.

Dates of sale 

Sun 17 Oct Closed
Mon 18 Oct 10am - 4pm


Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0330 094 5930 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Newport 2 - 2 United

Report from the Tuesday night away game

19 October 2021

Midweek trips into South Wales seem to have become a regular thing in recent years, and it was off to Rodney Parade once again for the Blues on Tuesday night.

Joe Riley and Taylor Charters were into the starting eleven for Jack Armer and Corey Whelan, with Brennan Dickenson slipped back into a more defensive role.

It was pelting down with rain as the players warmed up, and there was no sign of the bad weather easing as they came out of the tunnel to kick things off.

The start couldn't have gone any better and United were ahead with just 38 seconds on the clock when they broke from midfield off the back of some superb football.

Clough turned possession over in midfield and he ran forward before bringing Riley into play, who had charged forward on the overlap. He clipped an intelligent pass inside to Clough, who backheeled a clever return into his path, with the pair by now deep inside the area.

Riley was onto it with neat control and he calmly slotted it past the rooted keeper who could only watch in disbelief as his guard was breached from close range.

Newport looked to respond and a cross from Dolan had to be guided behind by McDonald. The skipper placed the ball for the corner and he swiftly rolled it into the path of the lurking Dom Telford. His first-time effort had power but it whipped just over the bar.

A shot from distance from Willmott was deflected over as the Exiles came again, but Alessandra was there to complete the clearance after Clarke had mistimed his header from that particular set piece.

More good football followed from Carlisle as Clough and Riley combined in midfield. They almost picked a way through for Alessandra but the offside flag went up.

Howard was needed on 15 minutes when Dolan took charge of a 19-yard free kick, from the angle of the box. It dipped over the wall but the alert stopper clawed it away with both hands.

The Blues were dangerous moments later when Riley surged forward, into the home half. He spotted Gibson, who took over with a drop of the shoulder and a fizzed snapshot. Day got there to tip it over his bar.

A winding run from Dickenson followed and his low cross found Clough, who dinked it over his marker as he shaped to shoot. The ball ricocheted and Alessandra was there, but Upson took it off his toe.

The visitors looked lively and both Clough and Mellish were blocked as they tried to make an Alessandra dummy count.

But Newport were back on terms courtesy of a lightning quick break as fleet of foot created space in the middle of the park. Haynes was suddenly free and clear and he wasted no time in picking out Telford, who had his back to goal, 17-yards out. A turn and a rifled shot left Howard with no chance.

The Cumbrians attacked from the restart with Gibson on the heels of Demetriou to regain possession. Mellish had his effort charged down, and Alessandra was pulled up for going in too hard on Day as the ball floated loose.

It proved to be a big moment as Telford received a short pass before going on a sprint. It opened up in front of him, so he kept going and going, and he was eventually able to pick his spot with a measured finish that somehow evaded the dive from Howard.

Another push forward from Cooper caught United light at the back on the left flank as he went beyond Haynes to take the ball at his feet. He had just one thing in mind and he thought he'd added to the tally when his toe poke diverted off Feeney. Howard was stranded, but it smacked back off the post and through a ruck of bodies. Willmott caught his volley cleanly but Howard was waiting.

A pull on the shirt from McDonald on Baker-Richardson gave the Exiles a free kick on the 22-yard line in time added for the period, and Dolan was an inch away from bulging the net when he once again popped it over the wall.

Another downpour accompanied the whistle to start the second half and Norman went wide to create space for a cross when Willmott had sent it his way. His delivery had venom but Baker-Richardson couldn't find a touch.

Clough sent a free kick from tight by the corner flag at Alessandra and the slightest of touches from him brought Mellish into play. He couldn't readjust and his volley went wide.

The Blues had a run of corners as they pushed men forward and Feeney put his laces through a half clearance when it came his way. It needed a block as it angled at the target.

A free kick from deep from Clough caused problems as a touch from Upson went only as far as Guy, and his volley spun wickedly at Mellish. Day saved as it went high, but the flag was already up.

United were thwarted three times in quick succession on 65 minutes when Dickenson ripped through the defence to deliver. Young couldn't connect, but Gibson was on hand at the back stick to volley. Day got fingers to it, and it hit the post, and Young looked to set to register his first league goal until Upson turned goalkeeper with a handball on the line. He was sent from the field of play for his endeavours, and Zach Clough put enough on his spot kick to guide it past Day.

And the visitors had an excellent chance to take the lead on 73 minutes when Gibson turned defence into attack. Clough streaked past him, but he fluffed his shot and made the save easy for Day to make.

Baker-Richardson hit the bar with a speculative effort from wide as the game ebbed and flowed, and Dickenson nodded over at the other end after Clough had crossed from an Armer pass.

Gibson then brought a diving parry from Day as United increased the pressure, and Day had to push the ball behind again when Dickenson tried his luck from an angle.

Newport were reduced to nine men with six minutes left to play when Ryan Haynes chopped Gibson to the floor - his second bookable offence.

And Day leaped to punch a curler from Clough away from the top corner from the resulting free kick as the 20-yarder bent and swirled its way towards the net.

The closing minutes were disjointed, with stoppages disrupting the passages of play, and it was a share of the points at the end of a game that had just about everything.



Newport County - Telford (27, 30)

Carlisle United - Riley (38 seconds), Clough (67 pen)



Newport County - Haynes (48 & 85 sent off), Upson (sent off 65 ... handball)

Carlisle United - McDonald (13), Mellish (21)



Newport County - Day, Norman, Haynes, Upson, Clarke, Willmott, Dolan (c), Baker-Richardson (Lewis 88), Telford (Fisher 83), Demetriou, Cooper (Azaz 71) Subs - Townsend (gk), Abraham, Ellison, Cain.

Carlisle United - Howard, Riley, McDonald, Feeney, Dickenson, Charters, Guy, Mellish (Young 61), Gibson, Alessandra (Armer 61), Clough (Fishburn 90). Subs - Jensen (gk), Dinzeyi, Whelan, Mampala.


Match officials

Referee - David Rock
Assistant Referee 1 - Declan O'Shea
Assistant Referee 2 - Grant Taylor
Fourth Official - Ollie Williams
Observer - Craig Cox


Attendance - 2,962 (108 away fans)

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