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PREVIEW: Newport County AFC stand between Cheltenham Town winning £20,000 and claiming a place in last 16 of Checkatrade Trophy

Cheltenham Town host Michael Flynn’s Newport County AFC on Tuesday evening in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The team to progress into the last 16 will earn £20,000, which would be a great asset to The Robins ahead of the January Transfer Window.

Michael Duff’s side enjoyed one of their best results of the season against the Welsh side in their last home league match, beating The Exiles 2-1.

Cheltenham come into the game off the back of a 3-1  F.A Cup second round defeat to Accrington Stanley, but they can take confidence from their performance against the League 1 side after a great first half performance.

Cheltenham topped their group to reach the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy, beating Arsenal u21’s and Coventry to secure their place in the second round of the tournament.

Their opponents have qualified for the knockout stages for the first time in their history, and with their impressive league form, they will be hoping for a good run in the cup.

Newport’s Irish striker Padraig Amond talked to our reporter Ryan Robinson ahead of the game at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

“We want to win the competition. It’s a great chance for us to get to Wembley and win a trophy at Wembley.

“How many chances do you get to win a trophy at Wembley? Obviously we played there last season against Spurs but to win the trophy, we’d have had to have won four or fives games. And the chances of us winning the FA Cup are quite slim.

“We’ll always go out to try and win every game, sometimes it doesn’t always work out like that, but again we owe Cheltenham one for last weekend. We weren’t happy with our first-half performance against them last time but it’s no redemption job or anything like that.

“Just because Cheltenham beat us last weekend, it doesn’t mean you want to beat them more than anyone else because you should always want to win every game the same.

Cheltenham’s Jacob Maddox, on loan from Chelsea, rejoined the setup on the weekend after a short period on the sidelines due to fitness problems. The youngster shone in the group stages of the Checkatrade Trophy, scoring twice against Arsenal u21’s.

Maddox was replaced after 60 minutes against Accrington Stanley, but if he can feature for Duff’s side it will give them a real boost in their threat from midfield.

Cheltenham will be hoping to bounce back from two successive away defeats, and a second win in as many weeks against 4th placed Newport will certainly help them regain confidence.

WHEN : 4th December – 19:45

WHERE: Jonny-Rocks Stadium (Whaddon Road)

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