NEWPORT County AFC manager Michael Flynn and his players are hoping to be backed by a bumper crowd at Rodney Parade on Wednesday night as they aim to book a place in the Trophy final.

County host League Two rivals Salford City (kick-off 7.45pm) in a one-off semi-final with a place in the final at Wembley at stake.

This tie, which will be shown live on Sky Sports, must be settled on the night and will go straight to penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

If the Exiles progress to the final on April 5 it will be their fifth trip to English football’s headquarters in eight years.

The late Justin Edinburgh led the club to the FA Trophy final against York City in 2012 and the Conference play-off final a year later, securing promotion with victory over Wrexham.

And Flynn’s men could make it to Wembley for a third successive season after their FA Cup replay with Tottenham Hotspur in 2018 and last year’s League Two play-off final against Tranmere Rovers.

Tickets cost £5 for adults and just £1 for under-16s for all areas of the ground.

They are available online at and over the phone on 01633 264572 or from the Kingsway club shop until 4.30pm today and tomorrow.

Fans can also pay on the day at Rodney Parade and Flynn hopes to have some vocal support for his team.

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“It would be great to see a big crowd on Wednesday,” said the Exiles boss. “We like a Wembley trip here at Newport County AFC and your support is so vital for us.

“It’s a big game against Salford, who have spent big.

“They’ll fancy their chances but you, being the 12th man, can really help us get over the line and get us back to Wembley.”

Captain Joss Labadie also had a message for the fans before the semi-final.

“Thanks for your continued support throughout the season,” said the skipper.

“If you can get yourself down to Rodney Parade on Wednesday for the Salford game, hopefully we can go one better at Wembley this time and make it a great day.”

And striker Jamille Matt added: “It would be good to get as many as possible on Wednesday. Tickets are only a fiver so get behind the boys.

“We want to beat Salford and get to Wembley again so come down and support the boys and I’m sure we can get the job done and get another trip to Wembley.”

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Salford won 2-1 at Rodney Parade in League Two in November after Tristan Abrahams missed a late penalty and they are now four points above County in the table after a battling 1-0 win at bottom club Stevenage in difficult conditions on Saturday.

Speaking after that match, Salford boss Graham Alexander spoke about his side’s return to Rodney Parade.

“We played there earlier in the season and the weather was bad, and I think the pitch has deteriorated since then because of the use it gets,” said the former Scotland international.

“So I would expect the game to be similar [to Saturday’s win]. We’ve shown that we can come to a ground like this in difficult conditions and compete and win, and we’re going to have to do that again on Wednesday.

“We want to reward the supporters,” he added. “They’re superb and I’m sure they’ll be down there with us on Wednesday. Hopefully we can get a similar result for them.”

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