Lancashire Times
Weekend Edition
Joseph Symes
Sports Correspondent
2:00 AM 18th March 2023

Looking At The Opposition: Newport County

Photo: Newport County FC
Photo: Newport County FC
With fewer than ten games remaining of the League Two season, it's crucial that sides begin to take advantage to reach their respective aims. At Prenton Park, a fixture that has produced many memorable match-ups over the years will commence on Saturday, as Tranmere Rovers fresh off the back from a 2-0 defeat at Gillingham, host lowly Newport County.

A mini revival was looking on the cards at Tranmere, with seven points out of a possible nine leaving them in a position where a late siege could result in a play-off finish, but after being soundly beaten in Kent on Saturday, it's seemed to drain any optimism rapidly, with the same issues costing them and pressure mounting on Micky Mellon They need to recover fast if they want to re-kindle any type of promotion push, and three points on Saturday could be paramount for Rovers.

Newport is accustomed to promotion pushes after many play-off finishes over the years, but this season, it has been a complete contrast, lingering down the bottom half of the table. Recent points have meant they've gained a cushion between themselves and the drop zone however, it's been a largely unsatisfactory season. A victory at Tranmere would put mathematical survival on the cards, but it would end their barren run which reads no wins in five.

KEY PLAYER: Omar Boyle

An experienced striker in the Football League, Omar Bogle has shown this season to be a difference maker, and he can be one if Newport are to topple Tranmere.

With nine goals to his name thus far, Bogle is County's leading scorer in League Two but of late, he, like his side, are on a real dry patch of form, with his last strikes coming as he netted a brace against promotion battling Stevenage.

He needs to start firing soon, as Newport survival still hangs in the balance.

2022-23: Newport 2-1 Tranmere

2021-22: Newport 4-2 Tranmere

Tranmere 0-1 Newport
2020-21: Tranmere 1-0 Newport

Newport 1-0 Tranmere

MANAGER: Graham Coughlan

After years of management closer to home, Coughlan has had to settle in South Wales, but he hasn’t had the desired impact he would have wanted.

Coughlan is experienced as he’s managed for many years for many different clubs in England, with one of his biggest achievements to date was keeping Bristol Rovers in League One.

He moved closer to his Yorkshire home as he spent a brief time at Mansfield and Sheffield United U23’s before taking up the challenge at Newport.

More wins are needed on the board as they continue their pursuit to remain a Football League side, something Coughlan and his men are going to have to step up to.