Month: October 2019

Newport v Laverstock & Ford

Newport return to Beatrice Avenue today to face Laverstock and Ford in a Sydenhams League 1 encounter.

Andy Sampson and his team will be buoyed by an impressive 6-2 victory away at Totton & Eling which was probably the team’s best performance so far this season. Jordan Browne was back on the scoresheet with a hat trick so will be looking to add to his tally. Another hat trick for Connor Kelly capped what was a fine individual performance.

Starting with todays match, Newport are at home for four of the next five matches, so there is an opportunity to get a good run of form going.

Laverstock & Ford have hit a bit of a flat spot recently and come in to the game on the back of three defeats. They will surely be looking to improve on that this afternoon.

There has been a precautionary pitch inspection this morning by one of todays match officials and as anticipated there is no problem and the game is on.

Newport Reserves match however has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

As always arrive early to get a parking space in the ground, if arriving after 2.45pm you may be best advised to park on a neighbouring road.

Totton & Eling 2 Newport 6

On Tuesday night Newport provided one of their best performances of the season so far winning 6-2 away at Totton & Eling.

The Southampton side had picked up in form recently, particularly at home but Newport were swift in getting the match under control with Connor Kelly finding the net in the 4th minute.

A quarter of an hour later, Kelly was to turn provider, with an inch perfect cross finding Jordan Browne at the back post to head home.

Shortly after the restart the Port were to concede a sloppy goal. Awarded a free kick just outside their own penalty area, a mix up between the Newport defenders and keeper allowed Daniel Spencer in to score a simple goal.

It could have been a turning point that allowed the home side back into the game but that man Connor Kelly was having none of it. The ball was fed through to the striker and he raced through the defence, rounded the keeper and steered the ball into an empty net. Half an hour gone and the Port were 3-1 up.

Ten minutes later and it was 4-1. Mark Taylor shot from distance, the home keeper spilled the ball and a rejuvenated Jordan Browne was first to strike the ball home.

Half Time: Totton & Eling 1 Newport 4

Totton and Eling shuffled the side round at half time in an effort to get back into the game but it didn’t take long for Newport to get back on the scoresheet. Again a perfect Connor Kelly cross was met by Jordan Browne to fire home for his hat trick on 54 minutes.

On the hour mark, Jared Cousins had to come off and was replaced by reserve team striker Jayden Yates.

On 69 minutes Connor Kelly was to complete his own hat trick. Latching on to a long clearance from Gary Streeter, he nipped in before the home defence and lobbed it over the advancing keeper.

Totton & Eling were awarded a late penalty when we mistimed a tackle and took out the striker. John Macaulay making no mistake from the spot.

Full Time: Totton & Eling 2 Newport 6

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Triggs, Barron, McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, J Wright (H Yates), Cousins (J Yates), Browne, Taylor.

Referee: Mr B Duffell

Attendance 83

Midweek Action at Totton and Eling

Tonight Andy Sampson takes his team to Totton and Eling for a resumption of league action following the Saturday before last’s FA Vase exit.

Andy Sampson has a full squad to choose from.

Totton and Eling were due to play at home on Friday night but this was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. They have had mixed fortunes so far with 9 of their 12 points gained away from home but they have also won their last four at home, three of which were cup matches.


A quiet weekend

No football this weekend for either of Newport’s adult teams. The first team have a blank week and wait to take on Totton & Eling away on Tuesday night. This has now been switched to a 7.30pm kick off if anyone is thinking of attending.

The reserves match was called off on Thursday as all council pitches were declared unfit en masse due to the torrential rain.

Port slip up in the FA Vase

Port lose to Western League Bridgwater Town on a wet afternoon at Beatrice Avenue.

Newport began the game fielding a close to full strength side, which saw the return of the combative Mark Taylor at right back, the experienced captain, Martin McDonough, and a former player-of-the-season, striker Charlie Urry.

Port kicked off towards the GKN end in wet conditions on a soggy pitch dampened by a couple of days of continuous rain.

The men-in-yellow went behind after just four minutes, when Mark Taylor conceded a free kick on the edge of the area, which took a deflection before Bridgwater striker, Jake Brown, headed the ball past Gary Streeter from point blank range at the far post.

The North Somerset side nearly took a 2-0 lead in the 18th minute, when they were denied by veteran keeper Streeter. Port then started coming back into the game, with Joe Craig having a shot saved from the edge of the area in the 23rd minute, and a Connor Kelly free kick going narrowly over the bar on the half hour mark.

Then came an incident that probably put paid to Port’s chances of advancing further in the FA Vase, when Charlie Urry tangled with a Bridgwater player in the muddy conditions and was promptly given his marching orders by referee Mr Forrest whilst issuing a yellow card to the Bridgwater player, a decision which the majority of the crowd viewed as harsh.

HT Newport IW 0-1 Bridgwater Town

Port managed a few chances against a side one tier higher than themselves in the league pyramid, and appeared to cope well with being a player down. In the 55th minute, Joe Craig sent a shot narrowly past the post from the edge of the area. However, disaster struck Port for a second time in the 56th minute, when a weak back pass from Mark Taylor was intercepted by a Bridgwater player, who was then hauled down by Taylor’s  mistimed tackle in the middle of the penalty area. The spot kick was converted by Jake Llewellyn, to make the game safe for the visitors at 0-2.

Port continued to battle, with Liam Triggs shooting just over the bar in the 63rd minute. Some agile defending from Gary Streeter kept the North Somerset side at bay and prevented the scoreline from appearing worse.

A competitive game ended on a sour note when a Bridgwater player, Jack Taylor, made an untoward comment directed at the referee, leading to his being sin-binned. Taylor then appeared to vehemently protest this decision, resulting in his being red carded. However, there was insufficient time remaining for Port to take advantage of the visitors themselves being reduced to ten men, and Port’s run in this year’s FA Vase came to an abrupt halt.

Full time: Newport IW 0-2 Bridgwater Town

Newport: Streeter, Taylor, Lamb, Barron, McDonough (Cousins 73), Sampson, Kelly (Jake Wright 78), Triggs, Urry, Browne, Craig

Referee: Keiron Forrest

Attendance: 144


FA Vase 1st Round – Non League Day – Game On

**Updated** A pitch inspection took place at first light today by a local referee and was passed fit for play.

Yesterday the pitch was mowed and slitted as an extra precaution. This morning there was light drizzle early on which has stopped** Updated**


Newport continue on the road to Wembley on Saturday with a home tie against Bridgwater Town in the First Round Proper of the FA Vase.

Andy Sampson almost has a full squad to choose from, the only exception being Lewis Wright who was sent off in the third minute of last Saturday’s match for a ‘last man’ foul and has a one match ban.

Bridgwater will be strong opponents having won their last three matches scoring ten and conceding none, lifting them to third in the Toolstation Western Premier League. With East Cowes Vics and Cowes both playing on the mainland. a big crowd is expected with Bridgwater bringing a full coach and several cars, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to get in the ground. It is likely the car park will fill before 2.30pm so if you arrive after this time aim to park on the streets around the ground.

Heavy rain has helped soften the pitch at Beatrice Avenue which has been very firm so far this season. It is likely that a pitch inspection will take place before Bridgwater leave home early on Saturday but the East Cowes pitch is notoriously quick draining and no problems are envisaged.

Saturday is non league day which recognises grass roots football but also supports the Prostate Cancer Charities. We shall be supporting this and the IOW Prostate Cancer Support Group will be in attendance to give advice , raise funds and awareness.

Newport Reserves play at home to Newchurch in The IOW League with a 2.00pm kick off.

The club has obtained some embroidered club baseball caps which we shall start selling at the match on Saturday. They are adjustable in size and cost £10.


New Stadium to be named WightFibre Park

WightFibre Park, the new home of Newport Football Club”

 WightFibre announces sponsorship of new state-of-the-art sports facility – WightFibre Park

  • New home for Newport Football Club with all-new 3G pitch
  • Community sports hub for mens, womens, junior and all-inclusive football


Wightfibre and Newport Football Club are delighted to announce WightFibre’s support for the new, state-of-the-art football and community stadium.

The stadium is also the new home of Newport Football Club.

WightFibre Park, to be located off The Racecourse, has been designed to maximise community use by offering top-class facilities including a grandstand, clubhouse and a new 3G all-weather pitch enabling Newport to play all the way up to Southern Football League Division 1.

There is already interest in developing women’s and junior football at the new stadium while the IW College and the Island’s public health service are also looking to use the facility for sports coaching courses and to encourage participation in football and other activities as a means of staying healthy.

Work on the stadium can begin once planning permission for the retail park at Newport FC’s former ground at St George’ Way is granted. This development will fund the relocation and the application is due to go before IW Council planners in October.

Announcing the provisional sponsorship of the new stadium, WightFibre chief executive John Irvine said: “As a local island company, WightFibre cares deeply about giving back to the Island. We are proud to put our name to what will be a fabulous, new, sporting venue that will benefit our Island community”

“WightFibre Park will be a real hub bringing together people of all abilities and uniting them in the name of sport.”

WightFibre Park’s new club house will have space for public and business use including a conference/function room to host community, private and business events on non-match days. There is also a disabled/vulnerable persons viewing room intended for use by families and individuals from local disability and age charities along with Mountbatten hospice.

Paul Spreadbury, Newport FC supporters trust chairman, said: “As a business that is all about connecting people, WightFibre is the perfect company to partner us in what we are trying to achieve.

“Our vision is to establish Newport FC as a club at the very heart of the community and we know that Wightfibre have similar values. As well as being a home that the club can be proud of, WightFibre Park will be a vibrant venue based around healthy activity that the whole community can be part of and benefit from.

“Inclusive community uses include child and under 16’s football while we also have interest from local physical and learning disabilities clubs and charities while Newport FC will itself be coaching at least four disabled football teams. There are local football clubs looking to use the facility as well as schools and 5-a-side football teams.

“We are looking also to set up a female 5-a-side league in the first season and hope to grow this into at least one, if not two, full-size ladies teams in the second season.

“We really are excited about creating a community sporting hub and we are thrilled to have WightFibre on board as an important part of the team.”