Month: November 2018

Weekend Preview

On Saturday , Newport take on league leaders Amesbury Town at St. George’s Park for the second time this season. Newport won the first match in the FA Cup however since then Amesbury have gone on to climb to the top of the Division 1 table.

Andy Sampson has been busy in ther transfer market this week bringing in three new players. Connor Kelly has returned from Horndean, Jamie Linnington has signed Wessex Forms having previously been on Island League forms and incoming from Havant and Waterlooville is Island based goalkeeper Ryan Young.

Kick off is at 3pm but the bar will be open from 1215 to show BT Sport coverage of the FA Cup 2nd round match between Halifax Town and AFC Wimbledon.

Newport IW 3 Downton 5

In the absence of both first team goalkeepers—Gary Streeter injured and Ryan Hall unavailable—Port squandered a two-nil advantage to lose three-five to the visitors from Wiltshire.

Newport made three changes to the side that had lost 0–4 to Stoneham the previous Saturday: Ashley Wright replacing Joe Winchcombe in goal (after a ten-year break from the team), Neo Lamb returning to replace Harrison Yates at left back and Darren Powell taking the place of Joe Craig.

Newport kicked off towards the allotments end on a slippery pitch in driving rain. It didn’t take long for the home side to open the scoring, with Jared COUSINS getting his first goal for the club in his third start in the third minute, striking the ball low past the Downton keeper from the edge of the penalty area.
By the fourteenth minute, Port were two–nil up, Liam TRIGGS (who had been booked two minutes earlier for a hard challenge) latching onto a beautiful through ball from Neo Lamb to slot it past the Downton keeper at the near post.

The Robins pulled a goal back in the 26th minute with a screamer from the edge of the penalty area by Matt STEER, that left Ashley Wright in the Newport goal flat-footed.
Jared Cousins then had three opportunities to extend Port’s lead: in the 30th minute, he had his shot blocked by the keeper’s legs; in the 32nd minute, he again broke through, but shot high over the crossbar; in the 36th minute, he had a header cleared off the line. However, it was Downton who were to equalize in the 43rd minute, with a magnificent spinning shot from the edge of the penalty area by Tom MOSELEY, to leave the score level at 2–2 at half-time.

HT Newport IW 2–2 Downton

The second half began with a penalty appeal by the Robins, that was turned down by the referee. However, in the 56th minute, Matt Steer got past Ashley Wright in the Newport goal, who raised his arm to bring him down. Wright was yellow-carded, but fortunately remained on the field of play. However, he was unable to block the resulting penalty, struck hard to his right by Tom MOSELEY, which gave the Robins a 2–3 advantage.

Jared Cousins, who had been very influential in the first-half, then came off with what appeared to be a groin strain, to be replaced by sixteen-year-old Ben Snow. In another of Andy Sampson’s inspired substitutions, SNOW promptly scored with his second touch of the game, lobbing the ball over the Downton ‘keeper in the 59th minute, to level the score at 3–3.

Six minutes later, the Robins regained their lead, Louis RENDALL tapping the ball in from five yards, to make the score 3–4.

In the 68th minute, Liam Triggs was tripped on the very edge of the Downton penalty area, with the Downton defender fortunate not to have been red-carded. Spike Pearce shot the resulting free-kick just over the crossbar. Andy Sampson then threw on two more substitutes in the 78th minute: Robbie Shepherd and Alex Harmer replacing Darren Powell and Lewis Wright. Unfortunately, however, there was to be no happy end for Port. In the 89th minute, Tom Moseley was to intercept a poor goal kick to pass the ball to Matt STEER, who then redirected the pass into the back of the Newport net and ensure the Robins returned to Wiltshire with all three points.


Full Time: Newport IW 3–5 Downton

Goals: Newport: Cousins 3, Triggs 14, Snow 59 Downton: Steer 26, 89, Moseley 43, 56 pen, Rendall 65

Newport: A Wright, Hughes, Lamb, Pearce, McDonagh, Sampson, Powell (Shepherd), Triggs, Cousins (Snow), L Wright (Harmer), Fleming.

Subs not used: H Yates, Barron

Referee: Harry Redman

Newport Man-of-the-match: Ryan Hughes

Attendance: 83

Saturday Preview for Downton

The Port are at home for the third week in four as they come up against Downton.

The Robins are on a hat trick following recent wins against Follands and New Milton and the Port will want to get back to winning ways following last week’s defeat against AFC Stoneham

Kick off is on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

We have some new woolly hats in stock so no excuses if it’s cold. There are two styles, old school ski hat and modern beanie, complete with embroidered Newport badge. Only £8.50 each.

Newport 0 AFC Stoneham 4

In a physical game full of controversy, Port went down to a 0–4 home defeat to probably the strongest team in Wessex League 1.

Newport made three changes to the side that had won 0–1 away to Whitchurch United the previous Saturday: Joe Winchcombe taking the place of the injured Gary Streeter in goal, Ryan Hughes replacing Neo Lamb at the back, and Scott Sampson coming in for Darren Powell in midfield. The home side kicked off towards the allotments end in late winter sunshine on a good pitch.

Port started brightly, but the Purples took a controversial lead as early as the twelfth minute, when Jack BRADY rounded the keeper to slot the ball home from close range, although there had been a strong call for handball against a Stoneham player in the build up to the goal. The physical nature of the game took its toll, with the visitor’s Josh Clark being forced to leave the field on a stretcher after 20 minutes, following a strong tackle, to be replaced by Marcel Laptas.

Stoneham’s Alex Welch was lucky not to have been red-carded, after two dangerous challenges on Martin McDonough and Harrison Yates, the first of which he received a yellow card for. The Stoneham bench then substituted Welch, but should have counted themselves fortunate not to have been playing with ten men.

Jared Cousins broke through on 30 minutes, but shot well wide with only the goalkeeper to beat. Scott Barron was forced to clear off the line in the 36th minute, and the home side reached the half-time break trailing 0–1.

Half time: Newport IW 0–1 AFC Stoneham

The second-half began with further controversy, when Martin McDonough was booked for a foul on the edge of the Newport penalty area, although he did not appear to have made contact with the Stoneham player. The Purples added a second in the 57th minute, again in controversial circumstances, from a Sergio CABALLERO header, after Ryan Hughes had appeared to have been bundled over in the attacking move.

There was no controversy over Stoneham’s third goal, when Eduardo JIMINEZ made the game safe for the away side in the 67th minute, scoring from five yards after a cross from Caballero.

Port then threw on their substitutes: Spike Pearce replacing Martin McDonough, Ben Snow coming on for Joe Craig, and Mark Taylor taking the place of Harrison Yates. However, the home side were unable to change the pattern of the game against a strong and physical Stoneham. The Purples added a fourth in the eighty-fourth minute, after Mark Taylor tripped a Stoneham player in the Newport penalty area (although many in the crowd thought he had not made contact); Sergio CABALLERO converting the penalty for the visitors.

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Final score: Newport IW 0–4 AFC Stoneham

Newport: Joe Winchcombe, Hughes, Yates (Taylor), Barron, McDonough (Pearce), Sampson, Wright, Triggs, Craig (Snow), Cousins, Fleming.

Referee: Robert Linter

Attendance: 118

Weekend Preview

On Saturday Newport play the first of three consecutive home league matches. Two of those matches are against top 3 sides, the results of which will surely give an indication of where The Port are likely to finish in the league at the end of the season.

Saturdays match against AFC Stoneham will probably be the sternest test the team have faced in the league so far this season. AFC Stoneham are unbeaten in the league so far and sit in 3rd place with games in hand on the top two.

The other matches on the following Saturdays are against Downton, currently 10th in the league and on 1st December Amesbury Town who are presently at the top of the league.

Newport go in to these matches on the back of a good win away to Whitchurch last Saturday and a win against Totton & Eling in their last home league match.

Kick off on Saturday is 3pm, bar will be open from 1230 showing live football from the Vanarama National League.

Whitchurch United 0 Newport IW 1

Newport travelled to Whitchurch United on a wet and wild Saturday and came away with all three points to continue their league winning run.

New signing Jared Cousins started up front alongside Joe Craig.

Newport kicked down the Whitchurch slope and dominated the first half. The Port gained a great start when on 7 minutes Jared Cousins outpaced his marker and pulled the ball back for Liam Triggs to fire home.

Newport continued to break through the Whitchurch defence playing good passing football and should have finished the half by at least 3 goals to the good, but a combination of good saves by home keeper Cotton and a lack of composure on our part kept the score down to 1-0.

Joe Craig picked up a yellow card on 20 minutes.

On 35 minutes Gary Streeter went down to smother a shot and in the process pulled a chest muscle leaving him in great discomfort for the remainder of the half.

Half Time: Whitchurch United 0 Newport IW 1

Streeter was unable to come out for the second half so Lewis Wright volunteered to go in goal. 16 year old Reece Wren came on as the replacement in midfield.

Whitchurch kicking down the slope had more posession in the second half but rarely troubled the Newport goal. Lewis Wright dealt with things comfortably and was only called into serious action once to tip a goalbound shot on to the crossbar.

On 70 minutes Jared Cousins picked up an injury and was replaced by Jayden Yates.

Louie Fleming had a great chance to put the game beyond reach when he raced away, rounded the keeper but with the goal at his mercy the ball bobbled and his shot went over the bar.

Neo Lamb picked up a yellow card for a strong challenge.

Full Time: Whitchurch United 0 Newport IW 1

Newport: Streeter (Wren), Barron, Lamb, Powell, McDonough, Harrison Yates, Wright, Triggs, Craig, Cousins (Jayden Yates), Fleming.

Andy Sampson was pleased with the afternoons work. He described it as ” a great team performance, after dominating the first half we showed we can compete to preserve our lead. A great result, all the players deserve praise for the performance and effort.” Andy also said he was pleased with the way Jared Cousins has settled into the squad and that it was a promising debut from the striker.

Weekend Preview

The Port travel to Whitchurch United on Saturday hoping to resume winning form in the league.

Whitchurch have not scored in their last three matches so will be desperate to get something out of tomorrows game.

The Port are likely to include in their squad new signing, striker Jared Cousins who has arrived from Cowes Sports.

There is a match at St. George’s Park at 11.00am on Saturday as the Under 16’s continue in the Hampshire Cup when they play MFC Popley Youth who come from the Basingstoke area.

Newport 0 Cribbs 2

Port were almost at full strength for the visit of Cribbs, with only the unfortunate George Holmes absent through injury. Three changes were made to the side which had beaten Totton & Eling the previous Saturday: veteran Gary Streeter replacing Ryan Hall in goal, Lewis Wright taking the place of Darren Powell in midfield, and Liam Triggs returning in place of Harrison Yates. Andy Sampson kept faith with his young players for this FA Vase match, with sixteen-year-old Ryan Hughes playing his second game at right back, and experienced Scott Sampson and Mark Taylor left on the substitutes bench.

Port began the game, on a chilly but bright November afternoon, kicking off towards the Shide End. Their Western League level 5 opponents had the home side in difficulty as early as the first minute, when Jack McKenna hoofed the ball over the bar from close range after Gary Streeter had difficulty controlling a cross. The away side kept up the pressure: Streeter being forced to punch the ball away in the 3rd minute, shooting narrowly past the post in the fifth, and Streeter again being called into action to save a close range shot in the fifteenth.

In the twentieth minute, key Newport player, Martin McDonough, was forced to leave the pitch for treatment to a bad nose bleed. Meanwhile, Cribbs continued to put Port under pressure: Jason Vincent shooting narrowly wide in the twenty-fifth, and Sol Wanaju-Smith missing an open goal from ten yards in the thirty-fifth. Port had their first clear chance to score in the thirty-eighth minute, when the Cribbs keeper fisted a Lewis Wright free kick over the crossbar. This was followed by a big appeal for handball in the Cribbs penalty area, which was not given. Port ended the half, bloodied but unbowed, having soaked up considerable pressure from a team one level above in the pyramid without conceding a goal.

HT Newport 0–0 Cribbs

The second-half began much the same as the first, with Spike Pearce being forced to clear the ball off the line in the forty-eighth minute. Port then mounted a rare attack, with good control and shot by Louie Fleming. Andy Sampson then threw on his substitutes: Scott Sampson and Mark Taylor replacing Martin McDonough and Liam Triggs (both of whom had received knocks in the first half). Unfortunately, the change of personnel did little to alter the course of the game.

In the sixty-fourth minute, a shot-come-cross eluded Gary Streeter to end up in the top netting. Then, in the sixty-eighth minute, Cribbs finally converted a chance into a goal, when Dan SPICER pounced after Streeter was unable to control a cross.

Cribbs put the game beyond Port’s reach in the eighty-first minute, when Jason VINCENT scored with a low shot from inside the penalty area.

Final score: Newport 0–2 Cribbs

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Pearce, McDonough (Sampson), Barron, Wright (Snow), Triggs (Taylor), Wetherick, Craig, Fleming Sub not used: Powell

Referee: Michael Ryan

Newport Man of the Match: Neo Lamb

Attendance: 155

FA Vase weekend

Newport make a welcome return to the FA Vase tomorrow as they take on Cribbs FC from the Toolstation Western League. Cribbs are based just off the M5 on the outskirts of Bristol.

Not much is known of the Port’s opponents although the Western League is known to be a strong league comparable to the Sydenhams Wessex Premier. Cribbs are currently 12th in the league and won last Saturday 5-1 at home to Wellington.

Cribbs are bringing a coach for players and supporters so a good attendance is expected. The match will be decided on the day, be it after 90 minutes, extra time or penalties.

The bar will be open from 12 noon showing the BT live matches 1230 kick off for Bournemouth v Manchester United and 5.30 for Arsenal v Liverpool.

Admission is £6 and £3 for concessions.