Month: September 2018

Newport 0 US Portsmouth 2

Newport slipped to their first league defeat of the season against a strong US Portsmouth side at St. George’s Park.

Recalled to the side following periods of unavailability were Ryan Hall, Mark Taylor, Scott Sampson and Spike Pearce. Jared Wetherick was unavailable as he was working but was named as substitute in the hope he might make some of the match.

The early periods of the game were tense as both sides were keen to keep their good starts to the season moving forward. Newport’s Mark Taylor had a stern talking to from referee James Byng within the first five minutes following a strong challenge.

There followed a period when both sides managed to create chances but both keepers coming out on top. For Newport George Holmes hit a superb free kick from 25 yards that was heading for the top corner until Joe Hunt got a hand to it to tip it over the bar. At the other end Ryan Hall was on hand to deny Harry Potter low down at the post following a good passing move.

The major talking point towards the end of the first half occurred following a Newport corner. George Holmes was wrestled to the ground in the penalty area, held down and some supporters behind the goal were claiming he was hit whilst trying to free himself.

The referee was prepared to let US Portsmouth restart from a goal kick but the linesman, experienced former referee Rudi Burton was waving his flag vigorously. The referee went over for a discussion and many expected action to be taken but nothing happened and US Portsmouth restarted the game.

HT: Newport 0 US Portsmouth 0

The second half started with much the same but the breakthrough for US Portsmouth came on 53 mins when the Port lost possession in midfield and the ball was played through to high scoring striker Harry Potter to put the services team ahead.

By now US Portsmouth had their tails up and with a much more experienced side were able to keep the Port at bay. Former Christchurch striker Tom Jeffes now playing at centre half marshalled the RN well and closed down most of the Port’s forward movement.

As the Port pushed forward to try and get an equaliser US Portsmouth then went on to score a breakaway goal on 79 minutes as Lewis Beale ran through one and one with keeper Hall and smashed the ball into the net.

There was no way back for the Port from there.

FT: Newport 0 US Portsmouth 2

Newport: Ryan Hall, Mark Taylor (Scott Barron) , Neo Lamb, Harrison Yates (Tony Potts), Spike Pearce, Scott Sampson, Darren Powell, Liam Triggs, Joe Craig, George Holmes (Reece Wren), Louie Fleming.

Referee: James Byng

Attendance 115

Alresford Town 4 Newport 1

The Port were knocked out of the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup last night at the hands of Premier League Alresford town.

Andy Sampson was required to make a number of changes from Saturdays side that beat Laverstock & Ford due to unavailability and injury. Striker Jared Wetherick had to drop back as an emergency centre back, Tony Potts was brought in from the reserves at right back and Harrison Yates started after being an unused sub on Saturday.

The Port started well enough but on 27 mins they conceded a headed goal from a corner and this was quickly added to 3 minutes later.

HT: Alresford 2 Newport 0

The Port stayed in the game until the 70th minute when they conceded a penalty which was duly converted.

George Holmes pulled a goal back for the Port on 78 minutes

A fourth goal for Alresford was added with 5 minutes left on the clock.

A youthful Port side played the final 30 minutes with 8 players aged 18 or under.

FT: Alresford Town 4 Newport 1

Sholing v Newport

On Tuesday evening the Port travel to Sholing for a Hampshire Senior Cup encounter. As Wessex League sides go they don’t come any more difficult than Sholing so it will be tough but it will be a good marker for our young side to see where we are at.

We will try and up date through Twitter feed on the match but it is unlikely we will be able to get a match report done and that also applies to the Laverstock match on Saturday.

Newport 4 Whitchurch United 0

Newport progressed to the second round of the Sydenhams Wessex League with a second half demolition of Whitchurch United today.

Gary Streeter returned to first team goalkeeping duty as Ryan Hall was appearing for Aldershot Town Reserves. Scott Barron and Harrison Yates retained their starting positions following last weeks win at Andover Town.

The first half was evenly matched with both sides having good chances, Gary Streeter required to make a couple of smart saves as Whitchurch went on the offensive and at the other end the Port went close through George Holmes and Jared Wetherick.

HT: Newport 0 Whitchurch United 0

The second half was to be a different story. The Port pushed forward more and the first goal was not long coming. On 48 minutes Louie Fleming was released and his pace took him away from the defence and he blasted the ball straight through the keepers legs to put the Port ahead. In the process of scoring he must have tweaked something and was immediately withdrawn to be replaced by Joe Craig.

The Port were now on fire and following a game of head tennis Jared Wetherick back headed Liam Triggs original header into the net.

The Port then moved forward and got a corner. Whilst it was being taken an off the ball incident saw Liam Triggs felled and the referee point straight to the penalty spot. Jared Wetherick stepped up and blasted the ball home.

Whitchurch had managed to get the ball forward in between Newport goals but the shooting was wayward and Gary Streeter was rarely troubled.

George Holmes had no trouble with accuracy though as he raced clear along the byeline and scored from an acute angle.

There was still time in the match for controversy as Jared Wetherick was fouled as he held the ball up two feet inside the penalty area. The referee pointed to the spot but was called back by the linesman who persuaded him it was outside the area. The resulting free kick was safely covered by Whitchurch United. Newport finished the match with 6 players on the pitch aged 18 or under.

FT: Newport 4 Whitchurch United 0

Newport :Streeter, Taylor (Harmer), Lamb, Barron, McDonough, Yates, Powell (Wright), Triggs, Wetherick, Holmes, Fleming (Craig)

Attendance 111

Andover 0 Newport 2

A much changed Newport side made the journey to Andover today and came away with three points.

Injury and unavailability meant the Port were without Scott Sampson, Spike Pearce, Lewis Wright, Mark Taylor,Craig Castle, Joe Craig, who had all featured against Wimborne and East Cowes Vics over the Bank Holiday weekend. In from the reserve team came youngsters Mitchell Ricketts, Scott Barron, Josh Gwilliam, Harrison Yates and Reece Wren, 4 of them making their first team debut.

Newport got off to a great start when Darren Powell scored on 7 minutes.

HT: Andover Town 0 Newport 1

The score remained the same until the 74th minute when Darren Powell scored his second with a header.

Newport then introduced substitutes Josh Gwilliam coming on for Harrison Yates, Reece Wren for Louie Fleming and finally Gary Streeter coming on as an outfield sub in the 92nd minute for George Holmes.

FT: Andover Town 0 Newport 2

Newport : Hall, Ricketts, Lamb, Barron, McDonough, Yates (Gwilliam), Powell, Triggs, Wetherick, Fleming (Wren), Holmes (Streeter).

A much changed reserve team went down 5-2 to Cowes reserves at St. George’s Park.

New First Team fixture added

There has been a change of dates with a couple of the first team fixtures.

The Sydenhams League Cup match against Whitchurch United originally arranged for Tuesday 18th September has now been brought forward to Saturday 15th September at 3.00pm.

This allows the Hampshire Senior Cup match away to Sholing to be played on Tuesday 18th September with a 7.45pm kick off.