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JUSTIN EDINBURGH PREVIEWS VISIT OF NEWPORT COUNTY
The Cobblers boss ahead of the final pre-season friendly
28 July 2017
Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh is looking forward to welcoming one of his former clubs to Sixfields on Saturday when Newport County are the visitors as the Cobblers wrap up their pre-season campaign.
“I’m looking forward to Saturday, I had a fantastic time at Newport and I’ve got some really good friends there," he said.
“It will be good to go up against them and it’s our final chance to work on a few things before Shrewsbury.
“We still need to add one or two more to the squad and we are working hard on that. We’ve got a talented squad and I think everybody is excited about the season ahead."
Northampton Town 2 Newport County 1 - the match report
29 July 2017
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY Saturday July 29th, 3.00pm Sixfields
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2 Chris Long 70 Leon Barnett 83
NEWPORT COUNTY1 Lemar Reynolds 68
Attendance: 1,346 (80 away supporters)
Cobblers: David Cornell, Leon Barnett, Regan Poole, Aaron Pierre, Daniel Powell, George Smith, Yaser Kasim, Matt Taylor, Matt Crooks, Billy Waters, Alex Revell Subs: David Buchanan, Ash Taylor, Marc Richards, Leon Lobjoit, Dean Bowditch, Aaron Phillips, Chris Long, Joe Iaciofano, James Goff
Newport: Joe Day, David Pipe, Dan Butler, Joss Labadie, Robbie Willmott, Matt Dolan, Frank Nouble, Scot Bennett, Mark O’Brien, Sean Rigg, Mickey Demetriou Subs: Evan Press, Mo Touray, Trialist 1, Trialist 2, Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, Lewis Collins, Jamie Turley, Jay Fourston, Aaron Williams, Tom Owen-Evans, James Bittner
Referee: Mr Darren England
Booked: Cobblers: none Newport: Joss Labadie (52)
Sent off: Cobblers: none Newport: none
A week before kicking off the 2017/18 Sky Bet League 1 season with a trip to Shrewsbury, the Cobblers wrapped up their pre-season campaign with a home fixture against Newport County, a club previously managed by Justin Edinburgh between 2011 and 2015.
Edinburgh named a strong starting eleven while latest recruit, Burnley striker Chris Long, was named on the bench having signed a season-long loan deal at Sixfields 24 hours previous. Injury deprived Newport’s Ben Tozer an appearance against his former club.
After a fairly low key opening half hour, Billy Waters fired a shot over the bar having been played in by Yaser Kasim. It was the first real sight of goal for the Cobblers who, despite some good possession, found clear cut chances hard to come by.
David Buchanan, Dean Bowditch and new signing Chris Long all came on for the second half, George Smith, Billy Waters and Matt Crooks making way.
Joe Day made a diving save to keep out a Matt Taylor free-kick before Edinburgh made another couple of changes, Marc Richards and Ash Taylor replacing Alex Revell and Aaron Pierre.
Lamar Reynolds opened the scoring for Newport midway through the second half but the Cobblers weren’t behind for long, Chris Long with a fine solo effort to level things up. Long was forced out wide by the Newport defence but created some space for himself before curling a shot in off the post.
Leon Barnett headed in from a Matt Taylor corner to put the Cobblers in front on 83 minutes, and that proved to be the winning goal as the Cobblers signed off their pre-season action with a come from behind victory.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets) SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 5 SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 4 CORNERS: (4) 6 FOULS: (9) 15 CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
NEWPORT MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets) SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 8 SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 8 CORNERS: (2) 3 FOULS: (7) 17 CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 5
Tickets for Saturday's pre-season friendly with Newport County will be available on arrival.
Tickets are priced as follows:
2017/18 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS Adults £10.00 Seniors (Over 65) £8.00 Juniors £4.00 Under 7s Free
NON SEASON TICKET HOLDERS Adults £12.00 Seniors (Over 65) £10.00 Juniors £5.00 Under 7s Free
Tickets are available now, from the ticket office and www.ntfcdirect.co.uk, while tickets for this game will also be available on arrival.
Those looking to purchase tickets on arrival should please visit the main ticket office if paying by card, or cash buyers can visit the ticket cabin opposite the main entrance. Those supporters looking to collect season tickets should also visit the main ticket office.
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