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Preview | Gillingham v Newport County

Ethan Coleman and Oli Hawkins will be pushing for starts as Gills prepare to welcome Newport County for their final home league fixture of the season.

28 April 2023

Neil Harris has options available to him but may name an unchanged XI ahead of Newport's visit to ME7.

Gillingham v Newport County

MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday April 29th

Kick-Off, 3pm


Team News:

Shaun Williams and Aiden O’Brien will both miss the final two games of the season due to injury. Ethan Coleman, who started in Williams’ place at Bradford, will likely retain his place in the starting XI. Josh Chambers should be involved in the matchday squad after returning from his loan spell at Worthing.


Omar Bogle will likely retain his place in the Newport starting XI, having scored twice in their 3-2 defeat to Harrogate. Former Gillingham academy player Matt Baker could start against his former side on Saturday.


Manager Comments:

Neil Harris - "There is a completely different feel about the place now. There is a real buzz!

"I think we have come a long way but that is down to confidence in the group.

"Over the last four games against top sides, we have been as good as them. That gives me belief."


Graham Coughlan- “Gillingham has always been a really tough place to go. That hasn’t changed.

“It’s a mammoth task. It’s a massive challenge, a great challenge.

“We here at Newport County AFC would like to pass on our condolences to Gillingham Football Club with the loss of Tony Smith, who’s an absolute legend in those parts. I’m sure the Gillingham fans will come out tomorrow and fill the place in recollection of his achievements at the Football Club.”


Previous Meetings:

When the two sides met at Rodney Parade earlier in the season, it was Newport that came out on top thanks to a Priestley Farquharson brace, with his goals coming either side of half-time.

Gillingham’s last home league fixture against The Exiles came in February 1987. After a goalless first half, Newport took the lead just seconds after half-time when Roger Gibbins gave them the lead. However, Gillingham got back onto level terms four minutes later as Colin Gordon found the back of the net on his Gills debut.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw despite Keith Peacock’s side's best efforts to find a winner.


Ticket Information:

If you want to watch the Gills in their final home game of the season, click the link below!




Gillingham win - 11/8

Draw - 11/5

Newport County win - 19/10

Special Bet: George Lapslie to score first and Gillingham to win 2-0 - 70/1.


Match Officials:

Referee - Craig Hicks

Assistants - Abbas Khan and Nicholas Dunn

Fourth Official - Adrian Tranter

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