Day: February 25, 2017

Second half fightback sees Port take all three points

Newport came from behind to complete the double over Hamworthy this season

With one or two players not fully fit, Newport made three changes from the team that started against Andover last week.

Hamworthy kicked off attacking the Shide end and had a clear chance in less than 90 seconds when Mark Ford outpaced the Newport defence but with only Gary Streeter to beat from about ten yards, he shot off target. Newport in response had Liam Newbold burst through the defence, but Tommy Scott was quickly off his line to block the shot.

On 18 minutes, Hamworthy took the lead. A break on the left by Connor Phillips, drew Gary Streeter out of position before the ball was played to an unmarked Edgar Zarin at the far post who smashed it into the roof of the empty net from six yards. Five minutes later, the same player was booked for a foul on Josh Maloney.

Newport were forced into a substitution on 42 minutes when Jared Wetherick left the field with a foot injury to be replaced by TomMcInnes.

Although both sides had produced some good moves, shots on target were at a premium.

Half time Newport 0 Hamworthy 1

Hamworthy made a double substitution at the interval bringing on Nick Swann and Ryan Johnson for Ryan Dovell and Edgar Zarin.

Within a minute, Newport were level when Tom McInnes from the edge of the penalty area lobbed Tommy Scott. Shortly afterwards Tom McInnes saw another shot well saved low down near the post by Tommy Scott

Newport’s second goal on 53 minutes was similar to the first. This time Liam Triggs from the edge of the penalty area lobbed the advancing Tommy Scott.

Newport continued to attack and had a good chance for a third but Connor Kelly blasted over from close range. Liam Newbold was shown a yellow card for disputing a decision then Connor Kelly along with Declan Randall was shown a yellow card following a slight altercation.

With ten minutes remaining Newport replaced Josh Maloney with Joe Butcher. Hamworthy’s final substitution saw George Turner come on for Connor Phillips. The game became stretched as Hamworthy sought an equaliser and Newport a third goal.

Newport should have made the match safe in the 85th minute when Liam Triggs played a long ball through to TomMcInnes who steered it past Tommy Scott and into the net.

However there was a nervous ending to the match as Hamworthy pulled a goal back on 90 minutes when a cross from the right was turned into his own net under pressure from a defender by Aiden Sainsbury.

Fortunately Newport managed to see out stoppage time without any concerns to earn all three points in what had been an entertaining second half. Newport moved up one place to tenth in the table.

Final Score Newport 3 Hamworthy 2

Newport: Streeter, Newbold, K Sainsbury, Taylor, West, Pearce, A Sainsbury, Triggs, Wetherick (McInnes), Maloney (Butcher), Kelly.

Hamworthy United: Scott, O’Sullivan, Dovell (Johnson), Hodge, D Randall, Clarke, B Randall, Ford, Smith, Phillips (Turner), Zarin (Swann),

Referee: B White

Attendance 90