Category: Match Report

Newport 3 Alton 0

This match had been highlighted as a six pointer and one of the “must wins” at home, the others being the visits of the promotion contenders still to visit Beatrice Avenue.

Newport made one change to the side that beat Whitchurch United a fortnight ago, with Spike Pearce coming in at right back and Ryan Hughes switching to left back to take the place of Harrison Yates.

Newport named Joe Rayner as one of the substitutes, being dual signed with Whitecroft and Barton.

The Port kicked off towards the GKN end in cold conditions on a soft pitch but good considering the recent weather.

The game started competitively, with both sides requiring three points to stay in touch with the promotion contenders. The first serious attempt on goal from the home side came from Connor Kelly, who spotted the Brewer’s goalkeeper, Justin Courtnage, off his line and attempted an ambitious 30-yard lob that flew over the crossbar. An audacious effort not dissimilar to his goal against Whitchurch two weeks ago.

The Port then had a lucky escape in the 19th minute, when Alton forward, George Bowerman, dispatched a thunderous strike from the middle of the penalty area that cannoned off the right post and flew across the face of the goal to safety.

The Brewers had started confidently and held the greater share of possession for most of the rest of the first half Newport were forced into conceding a long succession of corners, which fortunately Alton were unable to capitalise on. The Brewers were controlling the game, but mistimed passing meant they lacked the necessary cutting edge in the final third of the field.

The Port were to take the lead against the run of play four minutes from half time. Connor Kelly floated a long free kick into the Brewer’s penalty area, which was headed back across goal by Scott Sampson. Jordan Browne got his head to the loose ball first which skidded into the net off the post.

The Port were fortunate to take a lead into the half time break but the home strikers had proven to be the more clinical.

HT Newport IW 3-0 Alton FC

It would be interesting to see how the visitors had been affected by the goal and would there be a change of tactics to try and get back into the game.

The Brewers came close to equalising in the 49th minute, when their centre forward, Louis Russell, had a powerful shot well saved down low by Gary Streeter in the Newport goal.

The Port demonstrated their ability to deal decisively with chances that fell their way when, in the 51st minute, visiting keeper Justin Courtnage failed to hold a Connor Kelly corner, Jordan Browne controlled the loose ball, turned and blasted the ball into the back of the net from 8 yards. (2-0)

 Connor Kelly then turned from provider to scorer. Receiving the ball out on the right wing about 25 yards from goal, he turned inside the defender onto his favoured left foot and unleashed an audacious drive that arrowed under the bar, inside the post into the top of the side netting. (3-0)

Alton continued to press and try and get back into the game with Luke Perkins hitting the woodwork in the 65th minute.

Further drama ensued in the 69th minute, when Jared Cousins was played in and skilfully rounded the Alton keeper, only for Justin Courtnage to make contact and force him to lose his balance and fall just inside the box. Referee, George Redford had little option other than award a penalty to the Port. Surprisingly he was also shown a red card rather than the yellow one most people expected.

Alton manager, Kev Adair, sent himself onto the pitch as substitute keeper. Uncharacteristically,  in form striker Connor Kelly, blasted the spot kick way over the bar into the adjoining school playground.

The game started to get a bit niggly with players squaring up to each other on a number of occasions.

Andy Sampson brought on Joe Rayner for Jacob Reynolds, Harrison Yates for Joe Craig to freshen things up.

Jordan Browne came close to scoring his hat trick, but had his effort spectacularly saved by the very able Alton manager.

A foul on Scott Barron forced the youngster to be substituted with three minutes on the clock.

The game ended on a sour note, with Spike Pearce sent off, allegedly for throwing a punch.

 FT: Newport IW 3-0 Alton FC

Newport IW: Streeter, Hughes, Pearce, Barron (McCabe 87), McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Reynolds (Rayner 83), Cousins, Browne, Craig (Yates 84)

Goals: Newport: Browne 41, 51; Kelly 59

Attendance 106


Newport Reserves produced a fine 4-2 win at home to table toppers Oakfield, inflicting their first defeat in the league this season. Goal scorers for the Port were Jake Wright 2 , Jayden Yates and Brad Thompson.

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

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.