Month: August 2018

Reserves take on Champions

Newport Reserves take on last years Harwood IOW Division 1 champions Whitecroft and Barton this Saturday at St. George’s Park.

Kick off is at 2.30pm and a good local crowd is expected.

Newport First Team have no game as they receive a bye in the FA Vase and are exempt until the 2nd Round takes place in November. The Port have no game pencilled in 15th September but is expected they will have a match against a side that gets knocked out of the Vase on Saturday.

Newport 1 – 1 East Cowes Vics

In the first Port-Vics league derby for almost thirty years, Vics held the Port to a one-all draw, after having been reduced to ten men shortly before the interval.

Newport put out a more experienced side than the one that had travelled to Wimborne on Saturday, with Scott Sampson and Darren Powell replacing Alex Harmer and Neo Lamb. The Vics had as many as eight former Newport players in their starting line-up, with the following players all having donned a yellow shirt at some point in their playing careers: Hunt, Ballantyne, Walsh, Przespolewski, Burton, Browne, Butcher and Ahmed.
Newport played the first half towards the allotments, on a green pitch, softened by recent rain, in mild, overcast conditions, in front of a large August bank holiday crowd.

The first half was a feisty, open contest, with plenty of chances for both sides. The first opportunity of the game fell to Jared Wetherick in the third minute, who rose powerfully to meet a Joe Craig cross, forcing the Vics keeper to drop the ball. Then, in the fourth minute, teenage Port ‘keeper Ryan Hall was forced to make an acrobatic save from Jimmi Burton. There then followed a period of sustained Vics pressure, during which they had three corners in three minutes, all ending with the unfortunate Mr Burton being unable to convert the chances coming his way: firstly, having his shot blocked, then shooting wide from five yards, and finally having an effort punched away by Ryan Hall. Then, it was Newport’s turn to apply the pressure, with Jared Wetherick sending a free header wide of the post in the 14th minute, Joe Craig shooting past the left post in the 19th, and Spike Pearce heading over the bar in the 20th.

The first goal came in the 26th minute from a very well-worked move: Joe Craig launching a long cross met by Jared Wetherick’s head at the far post, who dispatched the ball across the goal to be tapped in by the youngster, George Holmes, from five yards, to give the Port a one-goal advantage. It took the Vics all of three minutes to respond, when, in the 29th minute, Jimmi Burton took the ball from outside the area, wrong-footed a defender, and placed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of Ryan Hall’s net, to equalise for the away side.
Wetherick then came close to restoring Newport’s lead, when—in the 34th minute—he had a powerful shot blocked by Will Hunt. In the 39th minute, came an incident that changed the nature of the game: young Vics striker, Elias Ahmed—who had earlier clashed with the Port’s captain, Martin McDonough—launched a reckless challenge on Newport’s No11, Mark Taylor, earning him a straight red (which some observers thought merited yellow). Shortly before half-time, Vics had a chance to take the lead, when Ryan Hall missed a high cross, but Alex Przespolewski was unable to take advantage, and the two sides reached the half-time break on equal terms.


The second half saw the Port with the lion’s share of the possession and goal chances, but found themselves unable to take advantage of their extra man. The first chance of the second half fell to the Vics, when Jordan Chapman broke free in the 46th minute, forcing a successful intervention from Ryan Hall. Then, chances for the Port to take the lead came thick and fast: Lewis Wright twice shooting wide in the 47th minute, Darren Powell directing a far post header from just five yards out to the Vics’ keeper in the 48th minute. In the 57th minute, a Joe Craig cross found Mark Taylor at the far post, who lobbed it over the keeper, but his effort was saved on the line. In the 62nd minute, Jared Wetherick sent the ball just over the bar from a header five yards out.

In the 78th minute, Andy Sampson decided to throw on some fresh legs with a double substitution: Kyle Drew and Louie Fleming coming on for George Holmes and Joe Craig. However, the Vics stayed resolute and the Port continued to labour in vain. In the 80th minute came an extremely promising three-on-one attack for the home side, but neither Wetherick, Taylor nor Drew could make anything of their opportunities. The game became fractious towards the end, with Spike Pearce getting booked for a foul on Keenan Walsh, and two Vics players—Jake Ballantyne and Brandon Hayward booked for time wasting, and an absorbing contest fizzled out to a draw.


The Port remain unbeaten in twelfth position in Wessex League 1, having won one and drawn two of their three games. East Cowes Vics climb to fifth position in the table, but have played two more games.

Newport next play in the Wessex League at Andover Town on 9 September. The next home game, against Stoneham, comes at the end of the month, on 29 September.

The reserves have two home fixtures in close proximity: on 29 August, they play Osborne Coburg, then, on 1 September, Whitecroft and Barton.

Newport: Hall, Pearce, Triggs, McDonough, Powell, Sampson, Wright, Holmes (Fleming 78), Wetherick, Craig (Drew 78), Taylor. Subs (not used): Charlesworth, Fleming, Harmer, Drew, Streeter.

Referee: Jack Birch

Goals: Newport: Holmes 26 East Cowes Vics: Burton 29

Attendance: 242

Wimborne Town 6 Newport 0

Newport crashed out of the FA Cup at the preliminary round stage against Southern Premier League side, Wimborne Town.

A youthful Newport side, unbeaten in all competitive games so far this season, travelled to Wimborne in Dorset, hoping to cause an upset against a side three leagues above them in the non-league pyramid. Given the fact that ‘the Magpies’ had been knocked out of the FA Cup five times in the previous six seasons by Wessex League clubs, the Port had some reason to be optimistic about their prospects of reaching the First Qualifying Round, Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be.

Newport began the match kicking uphill on Wimborne’s sloping pitch, on a fine late summer afternoon.
The game began in the worst possible fashion for the islanders, when, after just forty seconds, a masterclass in passing by the home side led to an incisive finish by Wimborne Town marksman, Toby Holmes, his hundredth goal in one hundred full appearances for the club. The Port, however, managed to keep their composure against higher league opponents over the rest of the first half, and even managed to create a few chances for themselves: in the eleventh minute, first Neo Lamb blasted the ball at the Wimborne keeper, then Martin McDonough put a long shot over the crossbar; in the 23rd minute Jared Wetherick shot the ball wide. The Magpies, however, had a hatful of chances themselves, with Luke Burbidge, Jordan Lee and Jack Lovell all breaking through the Port defence, but without adding to the home side’s lead. Then, in the 44th minute, it appeared Wimborne would be going into half-time with a two-goal advantage, after Mark Taylor tussled with Jack Lovell in the penalty area, with Lovell going down in what appeared to be a soft penalty, earning Taylor a yellow card. Lovell took the spot kick himself, hitting the ball low to the right of Ryan Hall in the Newport goal, an effort easily saved by the young keeper.

Half-time: Wimborne Town 1–0 Newport IW

The Port kept the deficit to just one goal for the first hour of the game, before Wimborne—and in particular their prolific striker, Toby Holmes showed their quality by scoring a further five goals in just over fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, at the other end, Jared Wetherick showed his quality with a fine volley in the 53rd minute, saved low-down by the Wimborne keeper.

The Magpies’s and Toby Holmes’s second goal came in the 59th minute, when the in-form striker ended a fine run by dribbling the ball past Ryan Hall and slotting the ball into the net. (2–0) Holmes then scored his hat-trick in the 66th minute with a flying header. (3–0) At this point, Andy Sampson attempted to change the course of the game by throwing on his substitutes: Louie Fleming, Kyle Drew and Craig Castle coming on for Neo Lamb, George Holmes and Joe Craig. However, the flood of goals for the Dorset side could not be stopped. Not content with a hat-trick, in the 74th minute, Holmes added a fourth to his tally by tapping the ball into the net from a Luke Burbidge cross. (4–0) Toby Holmes then created rather than scored a goal, when he set up Luke Burbidge to fire the ball into the Newport net in the 75th minute. (5–0). Finally, in the 77th minute, substitute Lee Francis scored a sixth for the home side, with a low shot from outside the area. (6–0). Matters could have been worse for the Port in the closing stages, but for some goalkeeping heroics from Ryan Hall, saving two further attempts by Lee Francis, in the 80th and 86th minutes.

FT: Wimborne Town 6–0 Newport IoW

Goals: (Wimborne) Holmes 4 (1,59, 66, 74), Burbidge (75), Francis (77)

Newport: Hall, Harmer, Lamb (Fleming 67), Wright, Pearce, McDonough, Craig (Castle 67), Triggs, Wetherick, Holmes (Drew 67), Taylor

Referee: Brian White

Attendance: 214

FA Cup: Wimborne Town v Newport

The Port travel to East Dorset on Saturday as our FA Cup adventure continues into the Preliminary Round.

Wimborne Town sit three leagues above Newport in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier (South) and are hot favourites to end the Port’s progress, but this is the FA Cup and bigger shocks have happened.

Newport are currently undefeated in competitive matches this season and each game has seen progress for the young side although obviously not against sides playing at the level of the Magpies.

Wimborne however have struggled to get going but did get their first league win of the season last Saturday beating Harrow Borough 5-3.

The match takes place at The Cuthbury, where the Port have visited many times before taking on the notoriously sloping pitch and often coming away with a victory. My last visit here was 2009 when Sam Dye hit a screamer into the top corner to give us victory.

The club is running a coach from Lymington, there are a few seats left. In order to get the coach you must be on the 1205 Wightlink sailing from Yarmouth.

credit: Photo by Pitchside photos.

News Update: Fleet Spurs – Reserves midweek – Wimborne Travel

Tuesday night Newport travelled to Fleet Spurs in the first round of the Hampshire Senior Cup.

Newport came through 2-1 winners all the goals coming in the first half, the Port scorers were George Holmes on 15 minutes and Jared Wetherick on 20 minutes. Fleet pulled a goal back on 39 minutes.
The Port will now travel to Sholing in the next round.

Newport Reserves play at home to Sandown tonight (Wednesday) in the Isle of Wight Division 1, kick off 7.30pm

The club are running a coach to the FA Cup match at Wimborne Town on Saturday – from Lymington.

If you wish to travel on the coach make sure you are on the 1205 Wightlink sailing from Yarmouth. Cost of the coach is £10 return, there are currently 12 spare seats – in addition to all those who have already advised they wish to travel. If you have not already done so please send a quick email to just to give us your names and numbers.

We shall return in time to get the 1915 sailing from Lymington arriving back in Yarmouth 1945.

Newport 2-0 Petersfield Town

The Port maintain their bright start to the 2018/19 campaign by beating Petersfield Town 2–0 in the Wessex League 1 fixture, and remain unbeaten in all competitions after three games.

Newport fielded what is probably their strongest side, making three changes to the one that beat Amesbury in the FA Cup last Saturday. In defence, Scott Sampson returned in place of Alex Harmer; in midfield, George Holmes replaced Kyle Drew; and up front, Joe Craig took the place of Craig Castle. Two experienced players also made a welcome return to the subs bench: Liam Triggs and Gary Streeter. Fortunately, the fine display of youngster Ryan Hall in the Newport goal meant the services of the veteran goalkeeper were not required.

The Port began kicking off towards the allotments end on a good pitch in fine weather.

The Rams had the most opportunities in the early part of the game, forcing the Port’s keeper, Ryan Hall into a number of saves, first from Olly Kershaw in the sixth minute, then from Harry Giles in the seventh. Hall was put under further pressure in the twelfth minute, when made to drop the ball under aerial challenge, with a free kick surprisingly not awarded to the home side. At the other end, Jared Wetherick was again a formidable physical presence in the opposition’s penalty area, with chances coming his way in the thirteenth and thirtieth minutes. Joe Craig and George Holmes also had their opportunities; the latter shooting over the bar in the 35th minute, after a good display of control and skill.

The deadlock between the two sides was broken in the 40th minute by Jared Wetherick, scoring his third goal in three games. First Joe Craig made a fine run down the left, crossing the ball to be picked up by George Holmes on the far side of the penalty area. Holmes’ shot was parried but fell then fell to Wetherick, who blasted a poacher’s goal into the back of the net from about ten yards out. A minute later, the Port nearly added a second, when Mark Taylor appeared to have been fouled in the Petersfield area, but no penalty was awarded.

Half-time: Newport IoW 1–0 Petersfield Town

Petersfield came out onto the pitch in the second half determined to level the score, but the Port successfully weathered the storm, thanks in part to a fine display by, Ryan Hall in the Newport goal.

Petersfield made a couple of substitutions, with Will Essai and Gary Judd coming on early in the half, both causing problems for the Port defence: Essai shooting across the face of the goal in the 62nd minute, and a Judd header forcing another fine save from Hall in the 69th minute. Then, it was time for Newport defender Spike Pearce to make the game safe for the Port, rising high over the Petersfield defence to score a superb headed goal from a Lewis Wright corner in the 70th minute of the game.

Newport made a number of substitutions: Liam Triggs coming on for Lewis Wright, Kyle Drew replacing George Holmes, and Darren Powell taking the place of Martin McDonough. Andy Sampson’s decision to throw on Kyle Drew appeared to be another inspired move (following his successful substitutions of the previous Saturday) when the striker broke through in the 86th minute, only to be brought down in the penalty area. The referee, however, mysteriously decided not to award what appeared to be a clear penalty. Petersfield also had their chances, with Ryan Hall making a fine save to punch the ball over the bar in the 85th minute, and Spike Pearce clearing the off the line in the 90th minute, but the Rams were unable to score a consolation goal.

Final score: Newport IoW 2–0 Petersfield Town

Goals: Jared Wetherick 40, Spike Pearce 70

Newport: Hall, Charlesworth, Lamb, McDonough (82 Powell), Pearce, Sampson, Wright (73 Triggs), Holmes (76 Drew), Wetherick, Craig, Taylor

Referee: Anthony Cross

Newport Man of the match: Ryan Hall

Attendance: 100

On Tuesday, 21 August, the Port play away at Fleet Spurs in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

On Saturday, 25 August, Newport play away at Wimborne Town in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup. Coach seats are still available for anyone wishing to make the journey.

Newport Reserves play at home on Wednesday 22nd August (7.30) against Sandown and Saturday 25 August (2.30) against West Wight

The next first team home game is the Wessex League 1 fixture against East Cowes Vics on Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August.

FA Cup: Wimborne

We are considering whether to run a coach from Lymington to Wimborne for the FA Cup match on Saturday 25th August. We need to gauge if there is interest for supporters to come on board.

There would be room for up to 20 supporters paying approx £10 each for the coach plus buy your own foot passenger ticket for the ferry and entrance to the ground.

If you are interested please drop an email to just with your name and number of seats required. At present this is just an enquiry and you would be asked to confirm once a definite decision is taken.

Newport v Amesbury Town

The Port continue their fine form in cup competitions, progressing to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup after beating fellow Wessex League 1 side, Amesbury Town.

Newport made two changes to the side that drew 2–2 away to Alton the previous Saturday, with Spike Pearce replacing Scott Sampson in central defence, and Kyle Drew playing up front in place of George Holmes.
In what was very much a game of two halves, Amesbury dominated a first half in which they could easily have been three goals ahead at the break, only to come unstuck in the second half, after two inspired substitutions by the Newport manager.

Newport kicked off towards the allotments end, on a hard pitch, in overcast, drizzly conditions.
Amesbury showed their attacking intent early in the game, with Harry Beckley shooting narrowly past the post in the fourth minute.
Newport replied with Jared Wetherick breaking through in the sixth minute, but unfortunately, he found himself unable to control the ball.

The Wiltshire side continued to press the Newport defence, with Tyler Brockway nearly scoring in the tenth minute. Then, in the fourteenth minute, after an undignified scramble in the home side’s penalty area, Rob Owen shot into the right corner from five yards out, to give the away side the lead.
Amesbury continued to dominate throughout the remainder of the first half, with Rob Owen, Harry Beckby (on a couple of occasions) and Tyler Brockway, all coming close to increasing the Amesbury lead. At the other end, the physical presence of the Port’s centre-forward, Jared Wetherick, appeared to be the sole threat for the home side.


Newport emerged late from the half-time break, with the youngster, George Holmes, coming on to replace the luckless Kyle Drew, who had left the field of play shortly before the interval. Whatever choice words Andy Sampson had used with his team in the dressing room appeared to have had the desired effect almost immediately, as just two minutes after the break, a looping ball found substitute Holmes at the near post, who tucked it into the back of the Amesbury Town net from five yards, to make the scores level.

The game then became scrappy, with Mark Taylor and Amesbury’s Rob Owen both booked after a tussle outside Newport’s penalty area. Then came time for Andy Sampson’s second inspired substitution of the game, with Lewis Fleming coming on to replace Craig Castle in the 72nd minute. Within a minute of his arrival on the field of play, in the 73rd minute, Lewis had scored, latching onto a long ball and powering past Dave Cardus in the Amesbury goal, to blast the ball into the empty net, and give the Port a 2-1 lead.
Not to be overshadowed by the youngsters, it was now Jared Wetherick’s turn to show his strength and experience, breaking through the Wiltshire side’s defence in the 77th minute, to slot the ball into the left-hand corner, and make the score 3-1 to the Island team.

By this stage, Amesbury had lost their composure and discipline. When, in the 79th minute, the Amesbury defender, George Higgins, tussled with Lewis Fleming over a ball that had gone out of play, he appeared to throw a punch at the Newport player. Fortunately, the punch did not connect, but the referee took a dim view of his antics, awarding Higgins a straight red.

Newport nearly managed a fourth goal in the 82nd minute, when Mark Taylor rounded the Amesbury keeper, but the angle was too acute for him to extend Newport’s lead.


Newport: Hall, Harmer, Lamb, McDonough, Pearce, Charlesworth, Wright, Drew (42 Holmes), Wetherick, Castle (72 Fleming), Taylor (84 Catania)

Amesbury: Rob Owen 14
Newport: George Holmes 47, Lewis Fleming 73, Jared Wetherick 77

Man of the Match: Martin McDonough

Attendance: 140

Referee: Michael Ballard

All photos courtesy of Simon Dear. Twitter @sjddear

Newport receive £2,250 for their win in the extra-preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup, and will travel to Wimborne Town of the Southern Premier League in the next round, in two weeks’ time.

This Saturday, 16 August, Newport face Petersfield Town at home in a Wessex League One fixture.

Alton 2-2 Newport

Newport fought back from two goals down on Saturday to claw back a very important point against Alton.

Weather conditions were not conducive to fast flowing football with a car park temperature of 37.5 degrees and a 3g pitch bouncing the heat back up to add another couple of degrees it was no surprise that there were short drink breaks in each half.

The Port welcomed back captain Martin McDonough into midfield and the leader had an outstanding match having not played since April.

Alton kicked off and were immediately on the offensive. Keen to press the home advantage they were getting the ball forward quickly and firing shots in one of which brought a great flying save from Port’s young keeper Ryan Hall.

A few of the Newport players were struggling to keep their feet as they came to terms with the surface and ultimately it was a slip that was to lead to a goal for Alton on 18 minutes. Newport were passing the ball out of defence and a Port player slipped up allowing the ball to run through to an Alton player. They were quick to get it out wide and break down the flank and get a cross in that was tucked away by Steve Black.

The Port were struggling to get the ball into the box and the nearest they came to scoring was a 25 yarder from Joe Craig which was dipping under the bar only for the Alton keeper to tip it over.

Alton continued to dominate the game , breaking quickly and getting in to very good positions which fortunately they did not take advantage of and would surely come to regret. When they did hit the target Ryan Hall and his defenders were there to stop any further score in the half.

HT: Alton 1 Newport 0

The match resumed more or less where it had left off and on 55 minutes Alton doubled their lead. A move down the left hand side resulted in a bit of a scramble and the ball bounced across goal to the unmarked Callum Burch who was able to sidefoot it into the net.

At that point things started to get a bit heated and after a confrontation with the referee , Mark Taylor received a yellow card. It was to be the turning point of the game because the same player was able to channel his anger and frustration into his performance. He started to get forward more with his mazy runs and on 63 minutes wound his way through the Alton defence before curling a fine shot into the net that gave the keeper no chance.

This was the pickup that Newport needed and suddenly the tide had turned, Alton were more on the back foot and the Port were looking for the equaliser. Andy Sampson brought on Craig Castle for George Holmes to introduce fresh legs out wide.

This was to come on 76 minutes when a curling cross from the left was met by Jared Wetherick and his header passed right through the hands of the Alton keeper into the net.

Newport brought on teenager Louie Fleming for another teenager Neo Lamb who was struggling with an ankle problem. Lewis Wright dropped in as an emergency left back and was later to produce a superb tackle to deny a clear goalscoring opportunity to an Alton striker.

Both teams went on the attack for the final quarter hour and had half chances but the score remained at 2-2. Newport will be the happier, the second half saw a great comeback and fighting spirit that will be needed this season. Our young players showed they have the ability to perform at this level and just need time to gain experience and confidence. Our experienced players showed they have the desire to work and grind out results as we embark on that journey.

FT: Alton 2 Newport 2

Newport : Ryan Hall, Alex Harmer, Neo Lamb (Louie Fleming), Martin McDonough (c), Caleb Charlesworth, Scott Sampson, Lewis Wright, George Holmes (Craig Castle), Jared Wetherick, Joe Craig, Mark Taylor.

Referee: Luke Pullen