BOSS James Rowberry is keen to see Newport County AFC’s young prospects in action - but he won’t treat their clash against League Two promotion hopefuls Port Vale as an experiment.

While the Exiles no longer have anything to play for, the Valiants head into this afternoon’s clash (kick-off 3pm) knowing that victory will move them into third with one game to go.

Rowberry has involved academy prospects Harrison Bright, Sonny Lewis and Jack Karadogan in matchday squads but they are yet to make League Two debuts.

The highest that County can finish is ninth but Vale’s promotion rivals won’t get a helping hand from the manager already thinking about the future.

“They are at the forefront of my thoughts but it depends on different situations with players,” said Rowberry.

“I still want to look at certain things and not experiment – they will be the systems that we have played whether 3-5-2, 4-1-3-2, 4-box-2. I am not going to come away from those systems and the principles will stay the same.

“With regards to the young lads, I am very keen to see them play. Whether that happens in this next two games, I don’t know, but they will have a really important part to play in pre-season.”

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County were third and hunting automatic promotion when they beat Carlisle on March 25.

However, a horrendous run of form has not only dashed their top-three hopes but ended their play-off aspirations with two games to go.

The Exiles have taken just four points from a possible 21 and Rowberry wants to put that right before the summer break.

“I want an improvement on where we have been at with certain elements of our game and to continue with others. We’ve got to make sure we put things right at Port Vale,” he said.

“Look at the last three games and in the first half against Crawley and second half against Colchester we weren’t what we normally are. At Sutton we dominated the game but a decision-making error cost us.

“Port Vale play 3-5-2 with a strong strike force of James Wilson and Jamie Proctor, who are their key threat.

“It’s about imposing our game on Port Vale in our own way – it’s on Sky and I want to show everybody what we can do and what we are about.”