Month: February 2020

Verwood Match Postponed

The match against Verwood on Saturday has unsurprisingly been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Next up is a 6 pointer at home to Alton on Saturday 7th March.

Newport 2 Whitchurch Utd 0

The Port made 3 changes to the side that had won emphatically 7-0 at Folland Sports a fortnight previously: Harrison Yates replaced Liam Triggs at right back, Scott Sampson took the place of Spike Pearce in central defence and Jared Cousins came in for the suspended Mark Taylor on the right wing.

Newport kicked off attacking the GKN end on a soft pitch in mild but blustery late winter weather. The Port began on the front foot, attacking right from the off. The first chance fell to Jared Cousins, who missed a good chance on the goal line as early as the 4th minute after a cross from Connor Kelly.

The Port took the lead in the 7th minute, when the in form Joe Craig sent a powerful header from the middle of the penalty area flying past Konrad Szymaniak in the Whitchurch United goal after another incisive cross from Connor Kelly. Jordan Browne came close to adding a second in the 16th minute when he had a shot saved off the line by a Whitchurch defender, after which flying full back Ryan Hughes had his attempt blocked.

For the remainder of the first half the Jam Boys laboured in vain for an equaliser. In the 31st minute, Whitchurch centre forward, Lloyd Thompson, saw his effort narrowly miss the post. In the 34th minute, George Bishop had a strong shot blocked by Gary Streeter.. Finally, just before half time, Charlie Plumley sent a strong header just past the Newport post. A composed Newport defence soaked up the pressure to reach half time with a goal advantage over their North Hampshire visitors.

HT: Newport IW 2-0 Whitchurch United

The second half continued in much the same manner as the first, with the Jam Boys having plenty of possession and territorial advantage, but unable to provide a real threat to Gary Streeter in the Newport goal. The Port appeared far sharper up front, with Connor Kelly a constant thorn in the side of the Whitchurch defence and centre forward Jordan Browne showing some deft touches. In the 56th minute, Browne came close to scoring, after showing some skillful control in the Whitchurch penalty area, following which his flying kick was parried by Szymaniak in the Whitchurch goal.

The North Hampshire visitors came closest to scoring in the 57th minute, when a misplaced Scott Barron back header forced Gary Streeter into making an acrobatic save. In the 67th minute, Ryan Hughes saw a cross-shot touched onto the crossbar by Szymaniak, following which Scott Barron saw his header fly past the Whitchurch post from the resulting corner. The second goal for the Port came in the 75th minute from livewire winger, Connor Kelly. First, Kelly saw a powerful shot rebound off the Whitchurch crossbar. Then, he lobbed the ball over a flailing Szymaniak to give the home side a decisive two goal advantage.

Newport were content to see out the final 15 minutes, Andy Sampson brough on two substitutes, Jake Wright and Flyn McCabe who made yet another promising debut from a 16-year-old in Newport colours.

FT: Newport IW 2-0 Whitchurch United

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, H Yates, Reynolds (Wright), McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Barron, Craig, Browne, Cousins (McCabe)

Scorers: Newport: Craig 7, Kelly 75

Attendance: 94

Matchday 22/02/20 Whitchurch United

Newport return to action on Saturday as they take on Whitchurch United at Beatrice Avenue. Andy Sampson will be keen to get his team back in action and keep the momentum going with their eight game unbeaten run. There are no injury problems for the Port although Mark Taylor starts a suspension following his yellow card at Follands.

Whitchurch returned to form in their last match beating title chasers Downton a fortnight ago following a run of defeats.

The quick draining Beatrice Avenue pitch was firm and playable on Friday morning and providing there is no more rain, no inspection is expected.

Newport Reserves take on Yarmouth & Calbourne in the Memorial Cup at Northwood Rec with a 2.00pm kick off.

Signed Saints Shirts and Level 42 tickets to be won.

It’s a case of rock ‘n’ goal as Level 42’s Mark King and Southampton Football Club team up in support of Beaulieu House.

Mark has donated four tickets to Level 42’s forthcoming gig at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on November 1 while Southampton FC have given two framed shirts signed by the first team. Both shirts will now be auctioned along with two tickets for the concert to raise funds for Beaulieu House in Newport which provides a home and overnight respite for children and young people with severe and challenging disabilities.

The Saints shirts have been donated by Jonathan Woodhouse who works as a strength and conditioning coach with the club’s under 18 and under 23 teams and his dad Dave, a past captain of the Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club. “Jonathan got the Saints first team to sign the shirts, and both him and Dave agreed that they would like to present them to Beaulieu House so that they can be auctioned to raise some funds for the charity,” said Tony Wake, Beaulieu chairman.

“Added to that. Mark has also given two free tickets for the forthcoming Level 42 gig to go with each shirt. Given the strong ties between the Island and Level 42 and the Saints, I think this is a fantastic lot which I hope will raise lots of money for Beaulieu House.” Jonathan said: “Myself and my dad are delighted to be supporting Beaulieu House – it is a magnificent charity providing a vital service.”

Mark, who is a patron of the charity said: “What a fantastic gesture from Dave and Jonathan for our young ones at Beaulieu House. The least I could do was to donate two pairs of signed tickets for the forthcoming show.” The shirts will be kindly auctioned from Thursday 20th February until the 15th March by Dean Hodges at Starsignings IOW free of charge. Bids will be taken on his Twitter account @ludowhufc in his shop in Newport, and also on the charities Facebook page, Beaulieu Respite Isle of Wight.

The monies raised will go towards day trips on and off island for the children and young people at Beaulieu during school holidays.

The photograph of the home shirt includes back row, Lynn Burford, Mark King, Dave Woodhouse, Lillie Fettes.

Front row Harrison Hutchcraft, cameron Gunton – Bunn, Maggie Feltham.

Away shirt back from left, Jonathan Woodhouse, Cameron Gunton – Bunn, Dave Woodhouse.

Front row, left Chloe Barnaby and Jonathan Thorpe.


Developments at St George’s Park and WightFibre Park

Following the media coverage of the McDonald’s planning application for signage at the new retail park due to be built at St George’s Way, Tony Wake, Director of South Coast Leisure and Chairman of Newport FC has issued the following statement :-

”We are firmly committed to building a fantastic new home for Newport Football Club at WightFibre Park and it is our hope that work on this state-of-the art new stadium can begin in the spring or early summer.

As previously stated, this new stadium is dependent on the creation of a new retail park on Newport FC’s former home at St George Park. This retail development is a complex project but I am pleased to say we are making progress in bringing the scheme – which will create around 200 new jobs – to fruition.

We will continue to keep all those associated with Newport FC – and the wider community – informed of progress as we work towards taking up our new home towards the end of the year.”

Folland Sports 0 Newport 7

Newport travelled to Folland Sports with a very strong line up against the bottom side who had suffered a midweek hammering at the hands of Fawley AFC.

Andy Sampson included Jared Cousins on the bench following a few weeks off recovering from a groin strain. Liam Triggs returned after missing a few weeks away on University work.

The Port got off to an absolute flyer in the first minute breaking into the Folland penalty area forcing the defender Callum Brockway into a rash challenge and conceding a penalty. Referee Jacob Wright showed the defender a red card in what must be one of the quickest sending offs this season. Connor Kelly stepped up to despatch the penalty and the Port took the lead with just 3 minutes on the clock.

The early action clearly affected the sides in completely the opposite ways, Newport pushing forwards and the Follands side somewhat shell shocked looking to re-organise. In the 8th minute Newport got a free kick on the left hand side of the Follands penalty area. Mark Taylor took the kick, Joe Craig got his head to the ball but hit the post and Jordan Browne was there to finish off the move.

On 14 minutes Newport were to score again, Connor Kelly getting to the byeline and sending in a tight cross that Joe Craig finished off with a flicked header.

It looked like it was going to be a tough afternoon for Follands but a combination of the Hamble side defending better and Newport easing off meant there were no more goals during the first half.

HT: Folland Sports 0 Newport 3

It was clear that Andy Sampson was not happy with the way the latter part of the first half had gone as Newport started with the second half with more purpose from the whistle. In the 46th minute, Liam Triggs played a lovely through ball to midfielder Jacob Reynolds who continued his fine form of late by slotting the ball past the keeper to make it 4-0.

A minute later the unpredictable Mark Taylor was to score with a typical flourish to make it five.

In the 53rd minute Joe Craig got his second to put the Port 6-0 up. Andy Sampson started to make substitutions to rest key players Jared Cousins coming on for Connor Kelly and Jake Wright coming on for Jacob Reynolds.

To their credit Folland Sports did not give up and worked hard to try and get on the scoresheet. They were to come unstuck one more time as the lively Jared Cousins capped off his return to the first team with a goal in the 82nd minute.

Harrison Yates came on for Spike Pearce as Newport saw the final minutes out for a good afternoons work.

FT: Folland Sports 0 Newport 7

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

Referee: J Wright


Newport reserves drew 1-1 with AFC Wootton in a reversed fixture at Wooton Rec. Newport were missing a few players and had to play the game with a bare eleven. The Port youngsters took the lead from a corner when Harry Cheek headed home. Wootton were to get an equaliser later in the first half with a shot from the edge of the box. Neither side could get going in the second half with an increasingly strong (and cold) wind.



Matchday 08/02/20

Newport travel to Folland Sports on Saturday as they attempt to extend their unbeaten run to eight games. The Hamble side sit at the bottom of Sydenhams Wessex 1 and are three points adrift of the nearest team Totton & Eling. Having recently changed their management team they have brought in several new players some with considerable Wessex League experience.
Newport have a full squad apart from Neo Lamb who is out for several weeks. The Port will be keen to come away with all three points as they try to stay in touch with the leading six sides who are dropping very few points.

Updates on Twitter from around 1.15pm

Newport reserves travel to Wootton Rec to take on AFC Wootton with a 2.00pm kick off. The Newport youngsters exited the Hampshire Vase last Saturday at the hands of Mid Solent League side Strawberry FC. The reserves were very unfortunate to lose leading scorer Jayden Yates as early as the 2nd minute with a pulled hamstring. It took 70 minutes before the strong Portsmouth based side could take the lead, eventually running out 3-0 winners.

Newport 1 Ringwood Town 1

Newport’s drive for promotion misfired after coming from behind to gain a draw against Ringwood Town, a side 7 places below them in the Wessex League One table.

The Port made two changes to the side that had won impressively at Fawley the previous Saturday, with the return of two senior players, Scott Sampson and Spike Pearce, who took the places of Scott Barron and Jake Wright.

Newport began the game kicking towards the GKN end on a soft pitch in blustery conditions. In what was a very open game, the Port began the game soaking up pressure from a Ringwood side that had come to the Island with attacking intent. The first clear chance for the home side came in the 15th minute, when Jordan Browne shot the ball high and wide after beating a defender. Newport had an appeal for a penalty just before the half hour mark, when Connor Kelly appeared to have been brought down by Ringwood keeper, Nick Harvey, but the referee said there was no contact and waved play on. A couple of minutes later, Connor Kelly was to force a great stop from Harvey after being put through by Joe Craig.

Disaster was to strike Newport in the 35th minute, when Ringwood captain, Ryan Osman, sent a sublime strike from outside the penalty area past a stranded Gary Streeter in the Newport goal to give the New Forest side the lead. (0-1)

A stunned Newport side went all out to level the score. First, Ryan Hughes shot just wide in the 36th minute. 3 minutes later, Jordan Browne shot just wide after yet another fine Joe Craig cross. Then, just before half-time, Jacob Reynolds shot over the Ringwood Town crossbar. However, without the composure needed to breach a resolute Ringwood defence, Newport went to the dressing rooms, in arrears at half time

HT: Newport IW 0-1 Ringwood Town

The second half began with an uncharacteristic mistake by veteran Newport keeper, Gary Streeter, when he slipped on the soft surface before having to recover to save a lob from the opposing side. Streeter just managed to prevent the ball from crossing the line, although there were strong appeals from the Ringwood bench that a goal should be given.

Newport continued to press forward, with Jacob Reynolds sending a shot high over the crossbar in the 59th minute and Joe Craig having his shot spilled by the Ringwood keeper in the 60th minute, with no Newport forward on hand to take advantage of the loose ball. In the 64th minute, Jordan Browne shot wide after a period of Port pressure in the Ringwood goalmouth.The equalising goal came in the 66th minute, with Jordan Browne showing some excellent ball skills in the penalty area, before striking the ball into the net with his outstretched foot after a Connor Kelly free kick.

Newport then pushed on to get the winning goal. In the 73rd minute, Joe Craig sent the ball across the Ringwood goalmouth with no-one in a yellow shirt present to take advantage. In the 85th minute, a free kick from substitute Mark Taylor fell to Jacob Reynolds, who shot just wide. Finally, in the 86th minute, Joe Craig had a shot rebound from the far post that bounced along the line into the goalkeeper’s arms.

However, a resilient and well-drilled Ringwood defence weathered the storm to return across the Solent to the New Forest with a well-earned point. On the day the conditions were probably the winner. A heavy pitch with a blustery wind and a low sun made things difficult for both sides.

FT Newport IW 1-1 Ringwood Town

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, H Yates (Taylor 65), Reynolds, McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Pearce, Craig, Browne, L Wright (J Wright) Sub not used: F McCabe.

Goals: Newport: Browne 66 Ringwood Town: Osman 35

Referee: Robert Harrison

Attendance: 101