Month: January 2019

Tonight: US Portsmouth v Newport

US Portsmouth beat Port in a feisty, close-fought contest by the odd goal of five.
Newport made one change to the side that had beaten Fawley 1–0 on Saturday, with Jacob Reynolds replacing the unavailable Scott Sampson.

Port dominated the first fifteen minutes, with Mark TAYLOR smashing the ball into the back of the net with a powerful low shot from fifteen yards after just five minutes.

Callum GLEN then equalized for US Portsmouth in their first serious attempt on Gary Streeter’s goal in the fifteenth minute, after threading his way past two defenders. Port continued to attack, with Mark Taylor shooting narrowly past the post in the 20th minute and having a header cleared off the line in the 32nd minute.
Then came the first of a number of controversial decisions by the referee, when US Portsmouth’s goalkeeper, Joe Hunt, intentionally handled the ball outside his penalty area, and was awarded a yellow rather than a red card. The home side’s reserve keeper had started to remove his tracksuit as most people in the ground expected a red card. In the 42nd minute, Newport captain Martin McDonagh committed a clear foul in the Newport penalty area, which was converted by Declan SEIDEN, to give the Portsmouth side a two-one half-time advantage.

Half time: US Portsmouth 2–1 Newport IW

The start of the second-half was delayed by an injury to one of the linesmen. Fortunately, a qualified referee happened to be in the sparse crowd and was able to take his place. Port began the delayed second-half brightly when a Jared Cousins cross found Joe CRAIG in the 50th minute, who converted from close range to level the score at 2–2.
The game then became increasingly physical, with some hard challenges being made from both sides and both teams losing their discipline. In the 69th minute, US Portsmouth’s Liam Kyle was sent off, apparently for an off the ball incident on Jacob Reynolds, who fell down injured at a free kick. In the 71st minute, the influential Mark Taylor, who had been yellow carded earlier in the game, was sent off for a foul, even though many observers thought no contact had been made on his opponent. Then, substitute Harry POTTER worked his magic for US Portsmouth in the 75th minute, to give US Portsmouth a 3–2 lead.

Connor Kelly had a shot nudged just past the post in the 89th minute, but US Portsmouth survived the scare, and Port returned to the Island empty-handed in a game in which they had been worth at least a point.

Final score: US Portsmouth 3–2 Newport IW

Goals: US Portsmouth: Glen 15, Seiden 42, Potter 75 Newport IW: Taylor 5, Craig 50

Newport IW: Streeter, Hughes, Reynolds (Yates 65), Wright, McDonagh (Powell 80), Barron, Kelly, Craig, Cousins (Snow 60), Browne, Taylor

Referee: Daniel Batchelor

Newport 1 Fawley AFC 0

Newport made just one change to the side that had beaten New Milton Town 1–0 the previous Saturday, with Jared Cousins coming in for his suspended namesake, Jared Wetherick. Newport kicked off towards the allotments end on a soft pitch in reasonable condition, on a blustery, rainy January afternoon.

Newport dominated the first half against Fawley, but without creating as many clear-cut chances as in the second half. The first of many good opportunities for Port fell to Jared Cousins in the 22nd minute, when he found himself clear on the edge of the area, wrong-footed the Fawley keeper, but shot past the post. However, Jordan BROWNE made no mistake in the 28th minute, when he latched on to a long clearance on the edge of the Fawley penalty area, then juggled the ball, before powerfully shooting the ball past the keeper from about twelve yards, to give Port a one-nil advantage.

Fawley came close to equalising in the second minute of injury time, when a powerful free kick from the edge of the area bounced of the Newport wall and on to Gary Streeter’s crossbar, but Port survived the scare to maintain their one goal advantage at half time.

Half time: Newport IW 1–0 Fawley AFC

The second half turned out to be one long tale of missed chances for Port. The first fell to Jordan Browne, who powered his way through the Fawley defence only to hit the ball past the post. Then, Joe Craig had a bizarre miss on the Fawley goal line, when the ball hit his back, but he was unable to react quickly enough to nudge the ball over the line. Jared Cousins, who appeared to have been injured, was then replaced by young Ben Snow, who soon found himself in the thick of the action, almost putting Jared Cousins through in the 60th minute. In the 62nd minute, Scott Sampson had a header cleared off the line. Snow again provided a Newport forward with a golden opportunity—this time, Jordan Browne—who had his header cleared off the line. Then, Ben Snow found himself clear, only to shoot over the crossbar. In the 73rd minute, Connor Kelly provided a good cross for Jordan Browne to hit the side netting.

Port nearly paid for their profligacy in front of goal when, in the 86th minute, a free kick on the edge of the home penalty area was headed just past the post, and then the post itself was hit in the 89th minute. The Oilers, however, failed to get an undeserved equaliser, and the home side ended a game they had dominated with a one–nil victory.

Port will now face a strong US Portsmouth side on Monday evening, followed by a run of three further home games, starting with Alton on Saturday.

Full time: Newport IW 1–0 Fawley AFC

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Barron, Wright, McDonagh, Sampson, Kelly, Craig, Cousins (Snow 60), Browne, Taylor

Subs not used: Yates, Powell, Reynolds

Goal (Newport): Browne 28

Referee: Sean Phillips

Newport Man-of-the-match: Ryan Hughes

Attendance: 115

Newport 1 New Milton 0

Newport made two changes to their starting line-up from the team that drew 1–1 against Verwood Town the previous Saturday. Scott Barron replaced the injured Neo Lamb as right back, and last Saturday’s man-of-the match, Joe Craig, came in for the injured Liam Triggs in midfield.

Newport kicked off towards the allotments end on a soft pitch in mild but overcast conditions. The first half began as a very open and engaging contest with chances for both teams, which neither side were able to convert. The first chance came in the 7th minute to New Milton Town, when Scott Sampson uncharacteristically gave the ball away to former Port player Aidan Radford, who shot past Gary Streeter’s right post. The Linnets had a further chance in the 22nd minute, which was cleared off the Newport goal line. However, the lion’s share of chances fell to the home side, who could easily have gone into the half-time break with a two or three goal advantage.

Joe Craig had the first of many chances which he failed to convert in the 9th minute. Jared Wetherick had a curling shot fisted over the crossbar in the 14th minute and almost scored with a header from the resulting corner. A minute later, Joe Craig had another of his efforts cleared off the line. Then it was Mark Taylor’s turn to fail to score, with a deflected shot in the 18th minute, and shooting past the right post in 23rd. Jordan Browne then came close to scoring in the 24th minute, with a shot deflected past the post, followed by Joe Craig nearly putting Port into the lead with a header from the resulting corner. Port’s final chance of the first half fell to Connor Kelly, who shot at the keeper after being put through by Mark Taylor.

The first half ended on an unpleasant and controversial note, when Jared Wetherick made a sliding tackle on an opponent, leading to his sending off. The Newport centre forward connected with the ball and did not appear to have made the challenge with malicious intent; however, the the Linnet’s player was unfortunately injured in the challenge and had to be carried off the pitch.

Half-time: Newport IW 0–0 New Milton Town

Perhaps as a result of the injury and the sending off, the second half was not as enthralling and engaging a spectacle as the first, with far fewer chances. However, ten-man Port finally scored in the sixty-first minute when, after a goal mouth scramble, Joe Craig back-flicked the ball to Jordan BROWNE, who then smashed the ball into the Linnet’s net from ten yards.

The crowd feared Port might be reduced to nine men after Mark Taylor (who had already been yellow carded) clashed with the opposing keeper, and was given a prolonged talking to by the referee. However, he had to leave the field with a cut mouth, rather than a red card, to be replaced by Harrison Yates. Despite their one-man advantage, the Linnets offered very little threat up front in the second half, and Port saw out the game comfortably to win 1–0.

Unfortunately, in the closing minutes of the game, Gary Streeter appeared to have injured himself jumping to meet a cross, and required attention on the pitch after the final whistle. After the game we could establish that Gary received a bang to the head as he jumped for the ball and was left with nothing more than a headache.

Final score: Newport IW 1–0 New Milton Town

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Barron, Wright, McDonagh, Sampson, Kelly (Cousins), Craig (Snow), Wetherick, Browne, Taylor (Yates)

Sub not used: Jacob Reynolds

Referee: Robert Walczak

Newport man-of-the-match: Jordan Browne

Attendance: 118

All photos courtesy of Broonpics sports photography.

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