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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 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39