Category: Match Report

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.



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

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.

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

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

Alton 1 Newport 3

Newport recorded their first win of 2020 against a 2nd placed Alton side who had won their last 8 matches in 2019.

Andy Sampson had almost a full squad to choose from apart from Mark Taylor who with his partner had an addition to their family over the New Year period.

Newport got off to an absolute flyer when in the 2nd minute, Jordan Browne controlled a ball into the box and drove it past the Alton keeper to put the Port ahead.
If Alton were fired up for this game, it suddenly went up several notches as they had been caught cold and were determined to throw everything at Newport to get back into the game.

Alton pressed forward in wave after wave but a combination of a determined Gary Streeter and some off target shooting kept their scoresheet blank. In fact, in the first quarter Scott Sampson came closest to scoring for the home side as Streeter had to tip over a wayward header and a deflected shot pushed away for a corner.

Alton had a very strong spell leading up to the half hour mark with good efforts just going wide, Streeter making a good save and the crossbar helping out in defence.

There had been one or two niggly tackles in the first half and in the 44th minute Lewis Wright received a yellow card for a foul.

HT: Alton 0 Newport 1

Alton came out where they left off, a lot of effort and pressure but not quite having the quality in front of goal. When they did hit the target Gary Streeter in goal was having a blinder. Sometimes the big man gets in the zone where he appears unbeatable and it was starting to look this way. He was coming for and claiming every cross, he just appeared to be in exactly the right place on every attack.
In the 55th minute it was a Pele – Gordon Banks moment. From a cross the Alton striker at the back post did everything right, he got over the ball and headed it downwards just inside the post, incredibly Streeter got down and pushed it out for a corner.

On 62 minutes Newport made their first substitution, Jake Wright coming on for the tiring Jared Cousins.
Within a couple of minutes Streeter was back to business, going full stretch to tip away a free kick heading for the top corner.

Just coming up to 70 minutes Newport were to extend their lead. A break out of midfield involving Jake Wright and Jordan Browne allowed the striker to hold the ball up then lay the it off to the incoming Jacob Reynolds who drove the ball past the home keeper to make it 2-0 to the Port.

Straight back down the other end and Newport were caught short, leaving Gary Streeter to coming out of his area and tackle the striker between the box and the corner flag. The referee called a foul and Alton shouted for a penalty but it was judged just outside the box.

On the 80 minute mark Newport made their second substitution when Jacob Reynolds came off limping and holding his head. He had played another good game, involved in everything and he seems to be revelling in the defensive midfield role. Scott Barron came on straight in to midfield as replacement.

With five minutes left on the clock there was uproar. A Newport player committed a foul just outside the penalty area, the referee blew his whistle and within half a second an Alton player had driven the loose ball through the crowded penalty area and into the net. There was nothing Alton could do about it, the referee was apologetic but he had blown for the foul and that was the decision.

Gary Streeter resumed normal service keeping out everything that Alton could throw at him in the final few minutes of the half. As the game moved into injury time the referee awarded Alton a penalty. An Alton striker went down under a challenge in the box and the referee pointed straight to the spot. It looked soft but the official had a good view of it. Phil Moore scoring from the spot, hitting the ball down the middle as Streeter dived to his right. 2-1 to the Port.

Was it to be a nervy few minutes of injury time? No absolutely not. Within a minute Newport had lost the ball, then regained it and from midfield broke forward. Lewis Wright took the ball onwards and then from about 25 yards hit an absolute screamer that flew into the net to effectively seal the win.

After the game almost everyone on the pitch and in the dugouts went up to Gary Streeter and congratulated him on his man of the match performance. It had been touch and go if he would have played as he had been ill in bed with flu over New Year period. Reserve keeper Ben Gearing was on the bench in case Streeter hadn’t felt well enough to play. Judging by his performance he obviously did although he may regret it for a couple of days.

FT: Alton 1 Newport 3

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Reynolds (Barron), McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Pearce, Cousins (J Wright), Browne, L Wright. Unused subs, Gearing, Craig.

Referee: Mr C Tanase

Att: 150

It was a good day all round for the club as Newport Reserves reached the last 8 of the Hampshire Vase with a 3-2 win at home against Compton Reserves. Newport raced into a 3-0 lead with goals from Harry Cheek, Reece Wren and Jayden Yates in the first 20 minutes. Compton pulled one back before half time.
A much tighter second half saw Compton get another goal but thePort reserves held on for a 3-2 win and to go through.

Newport 2 Hythe & Dibden 1

Newport made three changes to the side that had lost 2-1 away to Bemerton the previous Saturday, all experienced players returning to take the place of teenagers. In defence, captain Martin McDonough took the place of Harrison Yates; in midfield, Liam Triggs came in for Lewis Wright and George Colson replaced the younger Wright brother, Jake.

The Port began kicking off towards the GKN end on a pitch that had stood up well to recent downpours.

Newport put league leaders, Hythe & Dibden, under pressure right from the kick off. In their first attack, Jared Cousins was bundled over just outside the visitors penalty area. Jordan Browne then stepped up to take the free kick, which ricocheted off the Hythe & Dibden wall back to Browne, who then smashed the ball into the top left corner of the visitors’ net to give the Port a 1-0 advantage in only the second minute of the game.

The home side continued to put the mainland visitors under pressure with Connor Kelly shooting wide in the 4th minute and Jordan Browne shooting across the face of the goal in the 15th minute.

However, disaster struck in the 16th minute when, against the run of play, Rhys Crooks equalised for the visitors from close range.

Newport continued to press and harass the league leaders. In the 18th minute, flying winger, Connor Kelly, rounded the Hythe & Dibden keeper, only to have his shot blocked by a defender. Kelly then had a further shot saved by the keeper in the 23rd minute. Jared Cousins was put through in the 27th minute, but lacked the finishing touch. Finally, Liam Triggs had a strong shot blocked by a defender in the 42nd minute.

HT: Newport 1-1 Hythe & Dibden

While the home side were very much in the ascendancy in the first half in terms of chances, Hythe & Dibden showed their quality after the break, putting their hosts under considerable pressure but without being able to administer the coup de gras. Port had veteran keeper, Gary Streeter to thank for preserving their lead by making a couple of fine saves in the 50th and 53rd minutes of the game. Then, in the 62nd minute, Scott Barron, prevented the league leaders from taking the lead by clearing off the line.

The Port, however, had luck on their side, scoring in the 66th minute against the run of play, when Hythe & Dibden keeper, Josh Cotton, scooped the ball onto the head of his defender, Kelvin Lichowe, to watch in horror as the ball rolled into the back of his own net to give the home side a 2-1 advantage.

Liam Triggs nearly increased Port’s advantage in the 69th minute, when he skilfully weaved his way through the visiting team’s defence, only to have his shot blocked by their keeper.

Hythe and Dibden then laboured in vain to find an equaliser, but profligate finishing and an in form Gary Streeter put paid to their chances of returning across the Solent with a point. After a nervy last quarter of an hour, followed by eight minutes of injury time, the referee finally blew his whistle, to allow Port to take the scalp of the former league leaders and hopefully reinvigorate their season with a memorable win.

FT: Newport IW 2-1 Hythe & Dibden

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Reynolds (J Wright), McDonough, Barron, Kelly (Taylor), Triggs, Cousins (Craig), Colson.

Subs not used: Yates, Gearing

Attendance 90

Referee: Mr M Bloor

Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2 Newport 1

Newport went down to promotion chasing Bemerton by two goals to one after taking an early first half lead.

Andy Sampson’s squad was missing several regulars due to work committments and injuries including captain Martin McDonough, Scott Sampson, Spike Pearce and Mark Taylor. Harrison Yates was brought in at centre back alongside Scott Barron. Lewis and Jake Wright both returned in midfield. Reserve team keeper Alex Ram was on the bench because veteran keeper Gary Streeter had been having back problems during the week.

Newport got off to a flyer and took the lead on 6 minutes when Connor Kelly ran at the Harlequins defence and nobody could stop him putting the ball in the back of the net. The lead was only to last a mere 7 minutes when Bemerton equalised with a free header from a corner.

In an even game Newport went close to regaining the lead when a Jacob Reynolds header went narrowly the wrong side of the post. Jordan Browne produced a shot from the edge of the box which fired narrowly over the Bemerton cross bar. Both sides had chances but neither were able to break the deadlock before half time.

HT: Bemerton Heath Harlequins 1 Newport 1

Newport made a substitution at half time when keeper Gary Streeter was forced off with his back problem and Alex Ram came on to make his first team debut.

Newport had an early chance when a Jordan Browne shot brought a good save out of Bemerton keeper Paddy Creese low down to his left.

On 57 minutes the referee gave Bemerton a free kick on the edge of the Newport area but then changed his decision to a penalty after consulting an assistant.

The league top scorer Justin Bennett took the penalty but young keeper Alex Ram brought off a good save to keep the scores level.

The match continued to be on a knife edge until the 65th minute when a long distance effort from Bemerton just beat Alex Ram to put the Witshire side 2-1 ahead.

On 80 minutes Andy Sampson brought off defender Harrison Yates and brought on striker Zac Sullivan in an effort to get something from the game.

Newport threw everything at it but couldn’t find the net. Bemerton did get the ball in the net again on 90 minutes but the effort was wiped out for offside.

FT: Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2 Newport 1

Newport: Streeter (Ram), Hughes, Lamb, Yates (Sullivan), Barron, Reynolds, Kelly, L Wright, Cousins, Browne, J Wright.

Referee: Mr Jacob Wright