Month: January 2019

The weekend ahead

Hopefully the snow and rain will stay away to give us a third home game in as many weeks on Saturday.

Our visitors are New Milton Town who we have met once this season but unfortunately the match was postponed due to an injury to George Holmes. At the time New Milton were 2-0 up so they will come confident of repeating the score. They feature our former player Aiden Radford who will also be keen to get his name on the scoresheet.

Gary Streeter returned from injury last week so is expected to feature, unfortunately Liam Triggs injured his
knee ligaments last week and won’t be fit for several weeks.

The bar is open from 1230 with non league football on the big screen as Harrogate take on Hartlepool.

Newport 1 Verwood Town 1

With Gary Streeter having recovered from injury, and Scott Sampson available, Andy Sampson had the luxury of being able to select what is probably Newport’s strongest side, with plenty of talent available on the substitute’s bench.
The two changes made from the team that had won 8–2 against Whitchurch United were: Gary Streeter replacing Jamie Linnington in goal and Scott Sampson coming in for Scott Barron in central defence.
The afternoon began with a presentation made to Newport captain, Martin McDonagh, to mark his three hundredth appearance for the club. Newport kicked off towards the allotments end on a good pitch in relatively mild, overcast mid-winter conditions.

The game began badly for Port when, in the eleventh minute, Lewis Wright gifted the ball to the Potter’s centre-forward, James Guthrie, which coolly, calmly and gratefully dispatched into the back of the home side’s net. In the thirteenth minute, Jared Wetherick had a header saved off the Potter’s goal line. Then, Port suffered a second blow in the 27th minute, when Liam Triggs was stretchered off injured, to be replaced by Joe Craig.

Newport had two good chances to level the score towards the end of the first-half, when Joe Craig narrowly failed to connect with a ball that ran across the Verwood Town goal line, and Connor Kelly shot inches past the Verwood Town goal post. The Potters, however, held out, leaving Port trailing 1-0 at the interval.

HT Newport IW 0–1 Verwood Town

The second-half began well for Port when, in the 51st minute, after some good work from Connor Kelly on the edge of the Verwood penalty area, Joe CRAIG received the ball and calmly rounded the Potter’s keeper to level the score.

The remainder of the second-half was a strange tale of missed opportunities, as the home side set up camp in their opponent’s half, but—unlike the previous Saturday—were seemingly unable to convert pressure into goals. In the 78th minute, Andy Sampson threw on a third striker—Jared Cousins in an attempt to break the deadlock. In the 80th minute, a powerful Joe Craig shot was blocked by a Verwood hand in the penalty area. Jared Wetherick stepped up to take the resulting penalty, launching a powerful shot that nearly broke the Potter’s crossbar in two, but was not, unfortunately caught in the netting behind.

Port’s final chance came in the third minute of injury time, when Connor Kelly broke free and—unfortunately—launched the ball high over the goal.

Final score: Newport IW 1–1 Verwood Town

Goals: Newport: Craig 51 Verwood Town: Guthrie 11

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Wright (Cousins 78), McDonagh, Sampson, Kelly, Triggs (Craig 22), Wetherick (Yates 89), Browne, Taylor

Referee: Krasimir Petrov

Subs not used: Barron, Snow

Newport Man-of-the-match: Joe Craig

Attendance: 102

Newport 8 Whitchurch United 2

Newport made two changes to the side that won 2–0 away at Vics on December 29: Jamie Linnington replaced veteran Joe McCormack in goal and Lewis Wright took the place of Scott Sampson in midfield.
Port began the game kicking towards the allotments end on a pitch in good condition, in cold but dry winter weather.

Newport’s first chance came after just three minutes, when Jared Wetherick headed across the penalty area, for Jordan Browne to attempt a bicycle kick from five yards. Jordan BROWNE then opened the scoring after seven minutes, slotting in from five yards after a pass from Connor Kelly.
In the nineteenth minute, Whitchurch hit the post from a curling free-kick. BROWNE then added his second after a fumble from the Whitchurch ‘keeper in the 26th minute.
On the half-hour mark, Jared Wetherick, was bundled over on the edge of the penalty area. WETHERICK then scored the resulting penalty with a powerful low shot to the left side of the goal.
Shortly before half-time, Ryan Hughes was forced to clear the ball off the Newport goal line. However,a minute later, Hughes found himself on the edge of the Whitchurch penalty area, and, despite foul play from a Whitchurch defender, managed to pass the ball to Connor KELLY, who coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net to give Port a 4–0 half-time lead.

Half-time Newport IW 4–0 Whitchurch United

Whitchurch came back strongly at the start of the second half, scoring twice to reduce the deficit to 4–2. The first goal for ‘the Jam Boys’ was a scrambled effort from Ryan LONG in the 50th minute, the second a powerful low shot from Aaron RANDALL. Andy Sampson then made a couple of substitutions: Joe Craig replacing Mark Taylor and Jared Cousins coming on for Liam Triggs.

Connor KELLY got Port’s fifth in the 70th minute, coolly rounding the keeper after beating the offside trap. In the 74th minute, the Whitchurch goalkeeper was lucky not to have been red-carded after handling the ball outside the penalty area. Jordan Browne rattled the Whitchurch crossbar from the resulting free kick.
A powerful Jared WETHERICK header put Port 6–2 in the lead in the 76th minute, which the referee & linesman judged to have crossed the line before a defender cleared.

Jordan BROWNE then hit his hat-trick four minutes from time, shooting over the keeper after being played on by substitute Joe Craig.
Finally, Joe CRAIG completed the Jam Boy’s humiliation, with a screamer in the third minute of injury time, to make the final score Newport 8–2 Whitchurch United.

After the match, manager Andy Sampson declared himself, “pleased for the lads”, although he was “disappointed” to have let in a couple. He thought his team had “deserved the win, despite switching off at the start of the second half.”

The win takes Newport to seventh position in Wessex League 1. Newport now have a further four successive home games, starting with Verwood Town on Saturday, January 12.

Newport IW 8–2 Whitchurch United

Newport: Linnington, Hughes, Lamb, Barron, McDonagh, Wright (Powell 78), Kelly, Triggs (Cousins 69), Wetherick, Browne, Taylor (Craig 58)

Goals: Newport: Browne 7, 26, 86; Wetherick 30 pen, 76; Kelly 43, 70; Craig 90 + 3 Whitchurch United: Long 50, Randall 69

Referee: Liam White

Newport Man-of-the-match: Jordan Browne

Attendance: 119