Month: January 2020

Matchday 01/02/20

Newport return to Beatrice Avenue on Saturday with the earlier kick off time of 1.45pm. Our opponents are Ringwood Town who are in a mid table position and in their last five games have won one, drawn three and lost one. The Ringwood manager is Richard Morse who played for the Port in their Southern League days. In the past Richard has been very keen to ensure he doesn’t end up on the losing side against his old club. Andy Sampson will have other thoughts in his mind as he aims to keep his side on the winning track as they chase the clubs above them.

Spike Pearce is available following suspension, Neo Lamb is out for several weeks following his injury against East Cowes Vics.

Newport Reserves travel to Portsmouth to face Strawberry FC in the Hampshire Vase. They currently sit in second place in Division 1 of the Mid Solent League .Although likely to be the toughest test so far this season, the Port’s reserves achieved a fine 6-2 win last week, in the IW Memorial Cup against Osborne Coburg.

All updates will be on Twitter from 2.15pm.

Early kick off times for a couple of weeks

East Cowes Vics were due to have new floodlights installed this week so it was decided that Saturday’s match at home to Ringwood would be an early kick off at 1.45pm. Unfortunately the bad weather has delayed the work by a week but this weeks kick off time will remain 1.45pm

The following Saturday we are away to Folland Sports who also have some floodlight issues and they are currently starting all home games at 2.00pm.

Fawley AFC 2 Newport 4

Newport were forced into four changes from the side that beat East Cowes Vics on Tuesday night.

Scott Sampson and Mark Taylor could not travel due to work commitments, Neo Lamb picked up an injury in the Vics match and Spike Pearce was suspended. In came Scott Barron and Harris Yates into defence, Lewis Wright and Jake Wright in midfield. George Holmes returned from injury on the bench along with Bradley Thompson.

The game started at a lively pace with Fawley on the front foot. There was a lot of effort from both sides but the finishing touch was lacking. Fawley had the better chances and Gary Streeter was the busier of the two keepers. Fawley were having joy down the right hand side with the lively Tom Munday giving Harrison Yates a busy afternoon. Although the winger was able to deliver a number of balls across the box nobody seemed able to get on the end of them and the odd occasion they did the chance was put wide.

Newport chances were limited to set pieces as they struggled to get any fluency going forward. There was a brief scare as Connor Kelly had to leave the field for treatment but he was able to return and did not seem to have been affected.

Fawley had enjoyed the better of a half that lacked a little bit of quality. Andy Sampson went to the dressing rooms seemingly confident that the game was there to be won.

HT: Fawley AFC 0 Newport 0

Newport came out much brighter kicking down the slight slope and with the cold biting wind at their backs.

It didn’t take long for them to get in front. On 50 minutes a break put Fawley on the backfoot. Joe Craig ran at the defence and an overlapping Jacob Reynolds was shouting for the ball. He was given his chance and after one touch he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the back of the net. 1-0 to Newport.

Fawley were stung by the goal and were very quick to get back on the attack. Newport were only to hold on to their lead for five minutes as the Oilers got the ball to the byeline and squared it to Tom Munday to place it into the net. 1-1.

The game had come alive since the half time break and both sides were keen to get on with things but Newport were soon to seal the points.

On 61 minutes from a corner, Joe Craig received the ball on the left hand edge of the Fawley penalty area and shot through a crowd of players to put the Port back in front. (2-1 to Newport).

Just six minutes later Newport gained a corner which was met in the air by Jordan Browne. As his looping header appeared destined for the top corner, Fawley keeper Bruce clawed it back with one hand only for Scott Barron to head home the loose ball. Newport were now 3-1 to the good.

Newport were now on fire going forward. From almost the next attack the impressive Jacob Reynolds was bowled over after busting into the box with the ball and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Connor Kelly stepped up to score from the penalty and put Newport 4-1 up.

Harrison Yates had a good second half, growing in confidence in the left back role. George Holmes came on to replace Jake Wright for his first start since returning from injury, but after taking a knock in the first tackle it was clear he was unable to continue and was himself replaced by Bradley Thompson.

Fawley would not go down without a fight and on 81 minutes an unmarked Tom Magee was to score from a free header. (4-2).

From that point Newport settled for seeing out time and gaining three more points.

FT: Fawley AFC 2 Newport 4

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, H Yates, Reynolds, McDonough, Barron, Kelly, L Wright, J Craig, J Browne, J Wright (Holmes)( Thompson).

Referee: Mr M  Bloor

Newport Reserves progressed in the IW Memorial Cup beating Osborne Coburg 6-2. The Port goalscorers were Reece Wren 2, Jayden Yates, Zak Sullivan, Flyn McCabe and an own goal.

Matchday 25/01/2020

Newport travel to Fawley on Saturday as they seek to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

The Port travel without Spike Pearce who is suspended following his sending off last Saturday against Romsey Town. Returning to the squad are students Liam Triggs, Lewis Wright and Scott Barron who were unavailable for the midweek win against East Cowes Vics.

Andy Sampson will be keen to keep the momentum going as the team chase down the teams above them having overtaken Whitchurch in midweek.

Anyone looking to make the trip can get a combined Red Jet/ Hythe Ferry return ticket for £20 from Red Funnel. It is then either a long walk or short bus journey (No. 8 or 9) up to Holbury where the club is based. (Get off opposite the Co-op).

Updates will be on Twitter throughout thafternoon from about 2.15pm onwards.

Newport reserves continue in their quest to get the IOW Memorial Cup match played against Osbourne Coburg. The tie has now been switched across the road to the OC pitch at the IOW Community Club. K.O 2.00pm.

East Cowes Vics 0 Newport 4

Newport made two changes to the side that had had an unlucky 3-3 draw against Romsey Town on Saturday, with veteran Gary Streeter replacing young Alex Ram in goal and Mark Taylor taking the place of the unavailable Lewis Wright in midfield.

The Port kicked off towards the Queensgate Primary School end on a playable pitch in frosty temperatures.
The game began at breakneck speed with both Island sides probing each other’s defence for weaknesses, Newport took the lead with only five minutes on the clock, when Mark Taylor burst into the penalty area and sent a low shot to the right on Steinborn-Busse in the Vics goal. The opposition keeper could only parry the ball leaving Joe Craig with a simple tap in. (1-0)

Vics had a great opportunity to grab an equalizer four minutes later when Brandon Hayward was fouled by Scott Sampson in the penalty area and the referee had little hesitation in awarding a spot kick to the home side. Vics captain, Ryan Gregory, sent a powerful low shot to the left of the goal only for Gary Streeter to parry the ball away.

In the 13th minute, Vics almost scored when former Newport defender, Liam Newbold
had a header saved off the line by Mark Taylor. Spike Pearce rocked the crossbar with a flying header but the ball bounced to safety. In the 43rd minute, Jimmi Burton managed to get the ball in the net for the ‘home’ side, but his effort was ruled offside by the officials.
In the 45th minute Vics defender Ollie West sent an unfortunate pass to the in form Connor Kelly. The flying winger sped towards the box, sending a shot past Steinborn-Busse, which flew into the net off the inside of the post and sent the Port into half time with a two goal advantage. (2-0)

Half time: East Cowes Vics 0-4 Newport

The second half began with a period of Newport pressure, forcing Vics to concede a series of corners. In the 47th minute, Connor Kelly broke through the Vics defence only to send his shot past the post. A minute later, Ryan Hughes had a shot which was cleared off the goal line. In the 50th minute, Connor Kelly sent a curling shot round the far post. Two minutes later, it was Ryan Hughes’ turn to hit the side netting.


The Port added to their lead in the 64th minute after a somewhat bizarre sequence of
events. A ball was cleared out of the Newport defence, hitting the referee, When play restarted with a dropped ball, Gary Streeter cannoned a long ball into the Vics penalty area, which was headed down by Vics defender Liam Newbold into the path of Joe Craig, who sent a low shot past Steinborn-Busse in the Vics goal. (3-0)

The Port continued to press a tiring Vics side, with Mark Taylor adding a fourth goal in the 82nd minute, when he sent a low strike into the net after a goalmouth scramble.

Full time: East Cowes Vics 0-4 Newport

Newport: Streeter, Hughes (Jake Wright 85), Lamb (J Yates 90+4), Reynolds (H Yates 85),
McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Pearce, Craig, Browne, Taylor

Goals: Taylor 84: Kelly 45; Craig 5, 64
Referee: Mr S Phillips
Attendance: 189

Matchday Tuesday 21/01/19 – East Cowes Vics (a)

Tonight sees the Boxing Day derby re-match between East Cowes Vics and Newport at Beatrice Avenue.

Newport go into the match still stinging from a late late Romsey revival which resulted in a draw on Saturday. East Cowes Vics had Saturday off and most players were in the crowd for the Newport match on Saturday afternoon. It doesn’t look as though there will be any issues with the pitch although if last nights fog is anything to go by, there could be other problems in the air.

Andy Sampson has no squad issues for the midweek game, Spike Pearce’s suspension will not kick in until Saturday. East Cowes Vics will be without Elias Ahmed who is currently suspended. Island based referee Sean Phillips is the man in the middle.

Those travelling by car will need to arrive early as it is expected the car park will be full before 7.30pm. There is ample parking on nearby streets so if you are late, don’t drive past a space. Kick off is at 7.45pm.

Newport 3 Romsey Town 3

The Port made two changes to the starting line up that had emphatically beaten New Milton Town 7-1 at Beatrice Avenue the previous Saturday. Veteran goalkeeper, Gary Streeter, was not fit enough to play, and youngster Alex Ram was given his first full start. Also missing through injury was forward Jared Cousins, who was ably replaced by Joe Craig.

The Port kicked off towards the GKN end on a soft but playable pitch on a mild, sunny winter day. Newport began the game much as they had left off in their win against New Milton the previous Saturday, on the front foot, forcing a couple of corners in the opening minutes of the game.
First, Lewis Wright had a good attempt blocked by the Romsey town keeper, Charlie Phillpot.
Then, Jacob Reynolds shot narrowly wide. In what was an attractive open game, Romsey created a couple of opportunities for themselves, with Jack Ormison shooting at the keeper in the 6th minute and Harry Draycott shooting wide in the 8th.

The Port’s first goal came in the 12th minute, when livewire winger, Connor KELLY, beat the offside trap just outside the penalty area, then sent a low shot across the face of the goal to score at the far post and make the score 1-0 to the home side.
Romsey gamely attempted to battle back into the game, with first Geoffrey Dunn shooting across the face of the goal, and then Jack Ormison also sending the ball across the goal line from an acute angle after rounding young Newport keeper, Alex Ram.

Then the Port stepped up the pressure again, with Joe Craig having a strong shot parried by Phillpot in the 19th minute, and Jordan Browne turning well with the ball on the edge of the penalty area in the 35th minute, only to have his weak shot saved by the keeper.
Newport made their pressure count in the 36th minute, when Lewis Wright played Connor KELLY through, for the in form winger to round the Romsey keeper and send a low shot into the right hand side netting, to give the home side a 2-0 advantage.

Five minutes later, Connor Kelly found full back, Neo Lamb, in the penalty area, who laid the ball on to Jordan BROWNE for the powerful centre forward to blast the ball into the back of the net from point blank range and send the Island side into the second half with a more than comfortable 3-0 advantage.

Half time: Newport IW 3-0 Romsey Town

The second half began in much the same manner as the first: an open game with chances for both sides. Connor Kelly almost scored his hat-trick in the 47th minute, with an attempted lob that just went wide of the post. In the 49th minute, Romsey centre forward, Jack Ormison, missed a great chance with only Alex Ram in the Newport goal to beat. Then, in the 51st minute, Joe Craig was played on by Jordan Browne, who hit the post with only Romsey keeper, Charlie Phillpot, to beat.

Then came the first blow to Newport, when the home side’s most formidable attacking threat, the pacy Connor Kelly, who had taken a knock in the first half, was taken off to be replaced by the combative Mark Taylor in the 52nd minute. Taylor almost scored within a couple of minutes of coming on to the field of play, when he had a shot cleared off the line after a goalmouth scramble. Andy Sampson then made his second substitution of the game, when holding midfielder, Jacob Reynolds, who has been in excellent form of late, was replaced by Scott Barron.

A second blow for Newport’s dominance in the game came in the 62nd minute, when midfielder, Spike Pearce, who had already been yellow carded in the first half, was sent off for an over-physical challenge, a decision viewed by many in the crowd as ‘harsh’. The Port, however, continued to press forward, with Martin McDonough sending a volley wide in the 66th minute, Jordan Browne shooting over the bar in the 80th minute and Lewis Wright having a shot saved by Charlie Phillpot in the 85th.

As the game appeared to be petering out to a close, with Romsey seemingly unable to take advantage of their extra man, Romsey’s leading scorer, Liam MAGEE popped up to score what appeared to be no more than a consolation goal for the away side in the 88th minute. 3-1.
Then, a minute later, Craig BRYANT beat Alex Ram to the ball in the air to reduce the deficit to one goal with only a minute of full time left on the clock. 3-2.
Finally, in the 3rd minute of time added on, Geoff Dunn pulled the ball back from the byline for Liam MAGEE to score from close range and level the scores at 3-3, unleashing great scenes of jubilation for the opposition team, bench and visiting supporters.

Full time: Newport IW 3-3 Romsey Town

Newport: Ram, Hughes, Lamb, Reynolds (Barron), McDonough, Sampson, Kelly (Taylor),
Pearce, Craig (J Wright), Browne, L Wright. Unused sub: Streeter

Goals: Newport: Kelly 12, 36; Browne 41 Romsey Town: Magee 88. 90+3: Bryant 89

Referee: Krasimir Petrov

Attendance: 147

Report: Warren Whitmore

Newport 7 New Milton 1

Andy Sampson had a full squad to choose from and stuck to the same starting eleven and line up that had produced such a fine performance the previous week at Alton. Welcomed back on the bench were Mark Taylor, Harrison Yates and Alex Ram.

The match kicked off with Newport playing into a stiff chilly South Westerly wind but like the previous week they got off to a flyer. in the 4th minute Ryan Hughes went on a twisting run, put the ball through to Jordan Browne who just managed to squeeze it past the New Milton keeper and into the net. 1-0.

If Rob Beck in the New Milton goal hadn’t already worked out he was in for a busy afternoon, he had by the 10th minute when a good move between Jordan Browne and Connor Kelly resulted in a shot from the latter which brought out a good save from the keeper.

On 18 minutes Newport were forced into an early chance when Jared Cousins took a knock on an old injury and was forced off. Joe Craig came on as a direct replacement.

Newport were to increase their lead on 26 minutes when Lewis Wright gathered a rebound on the edge of the box and curled the ball around the keeper and into the net. 2-0.

Ten minutes later Joe Craig dribbled through a packed penalty area and drive the ball into the net. 3-0.
Newport were straight back on the attack, Ryan Hughes seeing a lot of the ball down the right hand side fired the ball across the box just missing the outstretched leg of Connor Kelly. Just before half time Newport were to make it 4-0. Scott Sampson got on the end of a loose ball in the box and headed over the keeper and into the net.

HT: Newport 4 New Milton Town 0

Within two minutes of the restart, Newport had increased their lead. Connor Kelly picking the ball up on the half way line, raced away from the New Milton players, shooting straight past Rob Beck to make it 5-0.

New Milton went straight back down the other end and almost pulled a goal back when a lob caught Gary Streeter off his line but the crossbar came to his rescue.

Newport continued to pile forward and create chances but New Milton were now defending in numbers and keeping the Port at bay.

Andy Sampson brough on Jake Wright in place of his brother Lewis.

Connor Kelly was now finding room and his pace was causing New Milton problems. A low drilled cross just missed the outstretched boot of Jordan Browne. Connor Kelly then picked up the ball outside the New Milton penalty area, ran through and rounded the goalkeeper to shoot into an empty net to make it 6-0.

Goals were coming thick and fast now and on 71 minutes New Milton pulled a goal back when Joe Petty shot through a crowded goalmouth.

Finally, Connor Kelly wraps things up on 86 minutes with a goal to complete his hat trick.

FT: Newport 7 New Milton Town 1

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Reynolds (Taylor), McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Pearce, Cousins (Craig), Browne, L Wright (J Wright). Unused subs: Ram, H Yates.

Referee: A Knight

Att 99

Matchday 11/01/20

Newport return to Beatrice Avenue on Saturday in league action against New Milton.

Newport will play 8 of their next 11 consecutive league matches at Beatrice Avenue, in a run that should it go well will bring them back into contention in the promotion race. The Port achieved a fine win away to top 3 side Alton on Saturday and also beating another top 3 side Hythe & Dibden at home in December.

Kick off on Saturday is 3.00pm

Newport Reserves match against Osborne Coburg has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The Reserves have been drawn away in the Hampshire Vase to FC Strawberry who play at Waterlooville.