Neath look to continue run at Newport
NEATH head to Newport tomorrow (12) looking to continue an excellent recent run that has seen them win six of their last seven matches.
Last Saturday the Blacks beat high-flying Bedwas at The Gnoll and will travel to Rodney Parade with confidence soaring.
The Black and Ambers squandered a 27-10 half-time lead to lose to Bridgend in their last outing.
Their victory helped the Blacks climb above Newport and up to eighth in the table, but the Gwent side have a game in hand.
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Neath will be looking for revenge after Newport won at The Gnoll in November.
Prop Marc Jones is unlikely to be fit so coach Patrick Horgan will be seeking permit cover, while wing Elliot Jones could come into contention behind the scrum.
"We will be looking for another 80-minute performance — we called for it against Bedwas last week and that is what it took to topple them," said Horgan.
"We were pleased by the side's approach in a game which was a real crowd pleaser, but we are not getting carried away as we know that nothing but our best will do.
"Newport might be feeling the pressure of successive home defeats by Bridgend and Swansea, but they are a proud club and will come back firing.
"We just want to keep improving, as we have been doing all year.
"The higher we are in the table, the better everyone feels. We just try to win every game we possibly can until the end of the season and keep some consistency in our performance.
"It'll be roughly the same team for Newport, maybe one or two changes. Some players are carrying knocks so we'll have to see how they are."
Reflecting on last weekend's success, Horgan added: "The players were magnificent and, although I don't like singling out anyone in what was a tremendous team effort, our young flanker Callum Davies had a very impressive first start.
"It was another step up for us. We still have a lot to do but we are rebuilding this side which has a strong local base. Eleven of the starting line-up are from the immediate area."
Neath: (from) A. Bramwell, G. King, K. James, E. Jones, R. Evans, L. Phillips, J. Leyshon, D. Cummins, C. Morgans, D. Langdon, L. Jones; R. Jones, R. Davies, A. Wyn Davies, A. Williams, R. Clancy, S. Vokes, C. Jones, A. N. Other, R. Jones, E. Evans, J. Griffiths, L. Evans, G. Gravell (capt), S. Jones, M. Rees, C. Davies, L. Ward.