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Rodney Parade (ATT 3,864) 4th January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Newport Newport County AFC vs Northampton Town Northamptn

Newport 1

H Worley (45+2)

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Northamptn 2

H Hope (29)
D Carter (47)

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Last Updated: 03/01/14 7:39pm

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Lenny Pidgeley: Expected to start

Lenny Pidgeley: Expected to start

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Newport County and Northampton Town at Rodney Parade.

Newport goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley looks set to play through the pain when they welcome Northampton.

The former Exeter shot-stopper sustained a broken thumb in the 1-0 loss to Burton last Saturday and with back-up Jamie Stephens sidelined with a hamstring injury, manager Justin Edinburgh looks set to ask Pidgeley to start.

Striker Aaron O'Connor is closing in on a return to fitness having been sidelined since May with a groin injury but this match looks to have come too soon for last season's top scorer.

Midfielder Max Porter is also back in training while Tom Naylor will feature after extending his loan stay from Derby until the end of the season.

Struggling Northampton will take a much-changed squad to Newport as they look to climb off the foot of League Two.

Strikers Hallam Hope and Antonio German arrived from Everton and Gillingham respectively on New Year's Day and go straight into contention for their debuts.

Their arrivals come as attacking duo Izale McLeod and Luke Norris have returned to their parent clubs, fellow striker Roy O'Donovan is in Dubai discussing a potential overseas move and defender Matt Heath has departed following the expiration of his short-term contract.

Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Ian Morris, Clive Platt, Kelvin Langmead, Lewis Hornby and Alex Nicholls all remain sidelined, but midfielder Darren Carter makes his delayed return from a one-match suspension after the New Year's Day clash against Chesterfield was postponed.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Shrewsbury Town 34 64
2 Burton Albion 34 64
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 63
4 Luton Town 34 58
5 Bury 34 58
6 Southend United 34 58
7 Newport County AFC 34 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 34 52
9 Stevenage 34 52
10 Northampton Town 34 50
11 AFC Wimbledon 34 46
12 Morecambe 34 45
13 Portsmouth 34 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 34 43
16 Cambridge United 34 41
17 Mansfield Town 34 41
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 34 40
19 Oxford United 34 39
20 York City 34 36
21 Carlisle United 34 36
22 Tranmere Rovers 34 34
23 Cheltenham Town 34 34
24 Hartlepool United 34 27