James Rowberry to end Newport County Friday switches

NEWPORT County AFC boss James Rowberry will freeze devices under Friday night lights after an exhausting week that forced his team members into a cryogenic chamber.

The Exiles hosted Swindon in Ligue 2 last Saturday, traveled to Crawley on Tuesday and traveled to Colchester tonight ahead of a game tomorrow (kick off at 7:45 p.m.).

It was a cold night at Broadfield Stadium midweek, but the fixture list meant the team had the option to resort to cryotherapy on Wednesday to help their bodies recover, an offer four players accepted.

A decision was taken ahead of the season to postpone several matches from Saturday to Friday.

The county traveled to Harrogate, Barrow and Hartlepool as they host Hartlepool and Colchester on Fridays as part of the run-in.

“I will no longer be doing advocacy on Friday nights, but things beyond our control may change,” said Director Rowberry, who took the reins last month.

“I knew that was the program [when joining the club] and I am really calm to continue.

“We are going to prepare as best we can and the players have already done so. We will give our all for the fans who travel all this way or watch iFollow.

The county had planned seven eventful days and Rowberry refreshed his team at Crawley by bringing in Aaron Lewis for Ryan Haynes at left-back and Kevin Ellison at front for Courtney Baker-Richardson.

He will make at least two changes at Colchester with captain and defenseman Matty Dolan for concussion and midfielder Ed Upson suspended.

“Naturally, we’ll be a little tired from the travel,” Rowberry said. “It’s not ideal to go to Crawley on a Tuesday night and then to Colchester on a Friday night.

“We are going to prepare as best we can. We will rest and recover properly, provide the right nutrition and hydration, provide the right support from the point of view of massage and physiotherapy.

“We were able to use a cryochamber on Wednesday which was a huge help for some of the guys.

“Our sports science department of Lewis (Binns) and Tom (Gittoes) is at the forefront of modern technology and we are fortunate to have them on board.”

Colchester had the home advantage on Tuesday, beating Exeter City 3-1.