Category: Match Report

Alton 2-2 Newport

Newport fought back from two goals down on Saturday to claw back a very important point against Alton.

Weather conditions were not conducive to fast flowing football with a car park temperature of 37.5 degrees and a 3g pitch bouncing the heat back up to add another couple of degrees it was no surprise that there were short drink breaks in each half.

The Port welcomed back captain Martin McDonough into midfield and the leader had an outstanding match having not played since April.

Alton kicked off and were immediately on the offensive. Keen to press the home advantage they were getting the ball forward quickly and firing shots in one of which brought a great flying save from Port’s young keeper Ryan Hall.

A few of the Newport players were struggling to keep their feet as they came to terms with the surface and ultimately it was a slip that was to lead to a goal for Alton on 18 minutes. Newport were passing the ball out of defence and a Port player slipped up allowing the ball to run through to an Alton player. They were quick to get it out wide and break down the flank and get a cross in that was tucked away by Steve Black.

The Port were struggling to get the ball into the box and the nearest they came to scoring was a 25 yarder from Joe Craig which was dipping under the bar only for the Alton keeper to tip it over.

Alton continued to dominate the game , breaking quickly and getting in to very good positions which fortunately they did not take advantage of and would surely come to regret. When they did hit the target Ryan Hall and his defenders were there to stop any further score in the half.

HT: Alton 1 Newport 0

The match resumed more or less where it had left off and on 55 minutes Alton doubled their lead. A move down the left hand side resulted in a bit of a scramble and the ball bounced across goal to the unmarked Callum Burch who was able to sidefoot it into the net.

At that point things started to get a bit heated and after a confrontation with the referee , Mark Taylor received a yellow card. It was to be the turning point of the game because the same player was able to channel his anger and frustration into his performance. He started to get forward more with his mazy runs and on 63 minutes wound his way through the Alton defence before curling a fine shot into the net that gave the keeper no chance.

This was the pickup that Newport needed and suddenly the tide had turned, Alton were more on the back foot and the Port were looking for the equaliser. Andy Sampson brought on Craig Castle for George Holmes to introduce fresh legs out wide.

This was to come on 76 minutes when a curling cross from the left was met by Jared Wetherick and his header passed right through the hands of the Alton keeper into the net.

Newport brought on teenager Louie Fleming for another teenager Neo Lamb who was struggling with an ankle problem. Lewis Wright dropped in as an emergency left back and was later to produce a superb tackle to deny a clear goalscoring opportunity to an Alton striker.

Both teams went on the attack for the final quarter hour and had half chances but the score remained at 2-2. Newport will be the happier, the second half saw a great comeback and fighting spirit that will be needed this season. Our young players showed they have the ability to perform at this level and just need time to gain experience and confidence. Our experienced players showed they have the desire to work and grind out results as we embark on that journey.

FT: Alton 2 Newport 2

Newport : Ryan Hall, Alex Harmer, Neo Lamb (Louie Fleming), Martin McDonough (c), Caleb Charlesworth, Scott Sampson, Lewis Wright, George Holmes (Craig Castle), Jared Wetherick, Joe Craig, Mark Taylor.

Referee: Luke Pullen

Newport 2 Petersfield 2

Newport made just one change to the starting line-up that beat Bournemouth Poppies on Saturday, with Connor Kelly returning to take the place of Liam Triggs.

Before the game Charlie Urry received his award for ‘Player of the Season’, decided by a vote of the supporters on Saturday. The award was presented by interim manager, Derek Ohren.
‘The Port’ began kicking towards the Allotments End on a good pitch in mild but breezy weather.
Newport started the game with attacking intent when, in the fifth minute, Petersfield ‘keeper, Luke Eaton was forced to pull off a good save from Mark Taylor from outside the area. Then ‘the Rams’ began to apply some pressure, with the young Newport ‘keeper, Ryan Hall being forced to make a fine save from a free kick on the edge of the area in the 21st minute, and Ryan Llewelyn heading just over the bar a minute later.

Then came Newport’s opportunity to show some decisive finishing when, in the thirtieth minute, Connor Kelly sent a fine cross to the far post, to be met with a screaming header by Martin McDonough to give the home side a one-nil advantage.

Four minutes later, a Petersfield defender nearly scored a spectacular own goal, forcing his ‘keeper to make a spectacular one-handed save to his back-pass-come-lob—the referee awarding an indirect free kick, well inside the penalty area, to the Port, which was almost converted by Jared Wetherick. In the thirty-eighth minute, Connor Kelly almost created another goal for Neo Lamb, who shot into the side netting.

‘The Rams’ applied a great deal of pressure at the other end, which only served to showcase the talents of Ryan Hall, who made three good saves, against Essai in the 33rd and 36th minutes, and Billy Connor in the 44th minute.


The second half was a good, open, entertaining game of football, with chances for both sides. The first clear chance fell to ‘the Rams’ when Billy Connor broke through, but he was only able to hit the side-netting.

In the 60th minute, Derek Ohren decided to throw on some fresh legs, with Aiden Radford coming on to replace Jack Turkington.

In the 62nd minute, Jared Wetherick had a golden opportunity to make the game save for ‘the Port’, but, unfortunately, found himself unable to connect with a Charlie Urry pass that ran across the face of the Petersfield goalmouth. The missed opportunity was punished by ‘the Rams’ four minutes later, when Billy CONNOR finally beat Hall with a strong shot, to equalise for ‘the Rams’, and make the score one-one. The game then went even more pear-shaped for the home side, when the impressive Will ESSAI gave ‘the Rams’ a one-two lead in the 75th minute, with a shot from the middle of the penalty area.

Derek Ohern then made a couple of substitutions in an attempt to save the game, with Lewis Wright coming on for Darren Powell, and Harrison Yates replacing Neo Lamb. When it appeared that ‘the Port’ might suffer the indignity of losing to the bottom side in the Wessex Premier, player of the season, Charlie Urry, came to the rescue. First, Mark Taylor, who had had an impressive game, was brought down by ‘the Rams’ substitute, Orepo, in the penalty area. Charlie URRY then blasted the spot kick directly at Luke Eaton, who dived to his left, to equalise the score at two-two in the 84th minute.

By now it was an end-to-end battle, with both sides going all out for the win. In the 88th minute, Ryan Hall spared Newport’s blushes with another great save, again to Essai. A minute later, Connor Kelly broke through with one of his incisive runs, but his shot was blocked by the ‘keeper’s legs.


Newport: Hall, Sampson, Turkington (Radford), Taylor, McDonough, Powell (Wright), Lamb (Yates), Charlesworth, Urry, Kelly, Wetherick

Referee: Nathan Cook

Attendance: 81

Newport 2 Bournemouth 1

Newport made four changes to the team that had lost 0–3 to Brockenhurst midweek. Possibly the most surprising was the absence of veteran goalkeeper and captain, Gary Streeter, who had injured his foot in the match against Porchester. His replacement was young Island teenager, Ryan Hall, borrowed from the Aldershot development side. Further absences were Liam Newbold, Aiden Radford and Connor Kelly; Scott Sampson; Mark Taylor and Liam Triggs all returned to the side.

Newport began attacking the Allotment End on a good pitch in showery weather.

The first half was mostly quiet, but sprung to life six minutes before the interval, when ‘the Port’ took the lead. Charlie Urry, who seems to have developed a good understanding with Jared Wetherick, did some excellent work on the left flank, getting past two Bournemouth defenders, before floating the ball across the ‘the Poppies’ goalmouth, where it was met by a grateful WETHERICK, leaping high above the defender to divert the cross into the back of the net, and give Newport a one–nil advantage.

Only three minutes later, Newport were to increase their lead. From a corner on the left, Scott Sampson rose the highest to head the ball forward to DARREN POWELL on the far post, who then headed the ball into the back of the net, and give the home side a two-nil advantage.

‘The Poppies’ came close to pulling a goal back shortly before half-time, but were saved by replacement ‘keeper Hall, who made a spectacular, athletic, one-handed save to a powerful volley.


‘The Port’ started the second-half in the manner they ended the first—very much on the front foot. In the 46th minute, Mark Taylor got past a couple of players on the right, to cross the ball to Wetherick, who was only able to head the ball at the keeper. Two minutes later, Charlie Urry made a powerful shot inside the penalty area, which appeared to have been blocked by the arm of a Bournemouth defender, but no penalty was given.

There then followed a couple of minutes of drama, which had little to do with footballing skills. In the 56th minute, Bournemouth defender, C. Khider appeared to have tried to head-butt Newport centre-forward, Charlie Urry, for which the referee, had little hesitation in awarding him a straight red. There then followed a period of verbal altercations involving the Bournemouth bench, following which the Bournemouth physiotherapist was ordered to the dressing room as well.

In the 65th minute, Jared Wetherick nearly scored an individual goal, but, after dribbling past the ‘keeper, had his shot saved off the goal line. A period of sustained Bournemouth pressure followed, with Fawzi Saadi leading the charge for the visitors, coming close to scoring in the 66th and 68th minutes. Then, in the 72nd minute, Poppies substitute, Okoma KULISEWA, scored from the middle of the penalty area, following a goalmouth scramble, to reduce the deficit to two-one.

Bournemouth’s chances of earning a point from the encounter were then squandered through ill-discipline on their part, when Falkhal was sent off, apparently for making untoward comments towards the referee. Facing a team of nine men, ‘the Port’ saw out the final minutes in comparative safety.


Newport (IoW): Hall, Turkington, Lamb (Yates), McDonough, Charlesworth, Sampson, Powell (Radford), Taylor, Triggs (Holmes), Urry, Wetherick

Referee: Sean Jenkins
Attendance: 91

Newport 0 Brockenhurst 3

Newport made three changes to the starting line-up that lost seven–nil away to Porchester on Saturday. Absent were George Holmes, Liam Triggs and Tony Potts, replaced by Darren Powell, Charlie Urry and Jared Wetherick. Goalkeeper and captain Gary Streeter had been injured towards the end of the game against Porchester, and appeared not to have fully recovered, needing the assistance of an outfield player to take goal kicks.

Newport began by attacking the Allotments End in mild weather, on a pitch in relatively good condition.

The early pressure came mainly from ‘the Badgers’, with their winger, Will Tickle proving a handful for ‘the Port’ defence, coming close in the fourth and eleventh minutes. In the fourteenth minute, Tickle went on a long mazy run, eventually being brought down by a Newport defender inside the area, with the referee having little hesitation at pointing to the penalty spot. Tickle stepped up to take the penalty himself, blasting the ball straight at Newport keeper Gary Streeter, who saved with his legs.

Was this to be the stroke of luck needed to turn round the fortunes of the home side? Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. In the thirty seventh minute Matt Sheedy was to score Brockenhurst’s opener with a low volley from inside the penalty area, and send the away side into half time with a 0–1 advantage.


Newport made one change during the half time break, with George Holmes coming on to replace Aiden Radford.

The second half began promisingly for ‘the Port’, with Charlie Urry shooting just wide from a low shot within the area. The home team were pushing men forward, leaving themselves vulnerable on the break. In the fifty-fourth minute, Matt Sheedy took advantage of the gaps in defence to score his second of the game after a break from the halfway line, to make the score 0–2 to Brockenhurst. Sheedy almost managed his hat-trick when he went on to hit the post in the fifty-sixth minute. In the sixtieth minute, ‘the Badgers’ were to put the game beyond the reach of ‘the Port’, when their centre forward, Mitchell Speechley-Price lobbed the ball over a despairing Gary Streeter, to give the visitors a 0–3 lead.

Then came an unfortunate incident, when the Brockenhurst player, Matt Vokes, fell badly, requiring him to be stretchered off, to be replaced by Falodi. Newport also made two substitutions, with Jack Turkington being replaced by Charlie Butt and Tony Potts coming on for Charlie Urry.

The fresh legs for Newport failed to provide a cutting edge to the home side, although Jared Wetherick came close at the end of the match, but shot wide,.


Newport: Streeter, Turkington (Butt), Lamb, McDonough, Charlesworth, Newbold, Radford (Holmes), Kelly, Wetherick, Urry (Potts), Powell

Attendance: 50

AFC Portchester 7 Newport 0

On a beautifully sunny day in Portchester, Newport embarked on their third league game in seven days, having picked up three points from the earlier two matches this week. Following the disappointment of the loss at home to Fareham on Thursday, Port had a difficult job in hand, facing a team placed fifth in the league who had previously netted seven times in the encounter at St George’s earlier this season.

Port travelled without a number of first team players, many out with injuries we hope won’t see them out for long. However, there was a positive vibe from the team on the journey over, mostly led by the manager Derek Ohren, who saw player absenteeism as an opportunity to showcase the future of Newport Football Club through the selection of many youth and reserve players.

Sadly for them, against an experienced and unforgiving Portchester side, there was little opportunity for the Port’s future talent to shine, at least not on this occasion.
From the off, Portchester dominated and whoever was responsible for the social media updates must have been cursing both teams as shots and chances pummelled the Newport goalmouth relentlessly. Portchester got their break on 18 mins from Baldacchino and the lead was quickly doubled on 23 mins when Birmingham pounced on a misplaced back pass and slotted the ball into an empty net.

Newport showed some good movement late in the first half but shots were just not hitting the target. However, Gary Streeter remained the most troubled of the two keepers and produced some fine saves to keep the scoreline at 2-0 at halftime.

Portchester kept up the pressure in the second half and despite efforts from Martin McDonough and fine clearances from the solid Liam Newbold, Portchester scored their third on 52 mins, courtesy of
a Stone header at the back post from a dangerous corner.

Portchester went on to grab four further goals and despite some admirable defending and fine Gary Streeter saves in the second half, the scoreline matches that at St George’s earlier this season.

Late on Streeter collided with a Portchester player and spent the last third of the second half hobbling on one foot, Port having used all their substitutions. Hats off to him for his bravery for remaining on the field and let’s hope he’s back for the last of the season’s games over the next two weeks.

Despite the scoreline, spirits remain high in the Newport camp which is testament to the dedication, camaraderie and commitment of the team. Who knows how the season will end; we never say never at Newport and if things eventually don’t go our way we will only come back stronger. UTP

Newport 2 Fareham 5

Newport made four changes to the starting line-up to the team that beat Bashley earlier in the week. Newbold and Sampson came in to replace Triggs and Turkington in defence, with Mark Taylor and Darren Powell replacing McDonough and Radford in midfield.
Newport began kicking towards the allotments end on a heavy pitch in relatively mild weather.
‘The Port’ began brightly, with Charlie Urry and Aiden Radford both looking dangerous. In the ninth minute, Radford broke through, but was blocked by a last-ditch tackle well inside the penalty area, and in the twelfth minute, Charlie Urry shot over the bar from the edge of the penalty area.
Then, in the fourteenth minute, Radford was in the thick of the action again, when he appeared to have been pushed inside the box — the referee having little hesitation in awarding the penalty for the home side. Connor Kelly stepped up to take the penalty, which he efficiently dispatched into the top left-hand corner of the goal, to make the score 1–0 to ‘the Port’.
Unfortunately, the home team were unable to hold on to their goal advantage. In the eighteenth minute, a Fareham corner led to a goalmouth scramble, the end result of which was the ball falling to Sammy Kesseck, who shot the ball past Gary Streeter into the bottom right corner of the net, to equalise for Fareham and level the score at 1–1.
Things then took a turn for the worse, when, in the twenty-second minute, the ball was needlessly given away in the Newport penalty area, for Ashley Tattershall to pounce and give Fareham a 1–2 advantage.
Then came an incident that probably destroyed ‘the Port’s’ hopes of earning any points from the encounter. In the thirty-first minute, Spike Pearce made a clumsy two-footed tackle, possibly having slipped on the tricky surface. The referee, unfortunately, did not view this incident in a charitable manner, and to the astonishment of the crowd, harshly awarded the Newport defender a straight red card.
Being reduced to ten men did not break the determination or spirit of the home side, ‘the Port’ continued to press ‘the Creeksiders’, with Radford unlucky not to score in the thirty-sixth minute, when he headed wide from just five yards. The players were having trouble timing their tackles on the slippery pitch, with Mark Taylor being booked just before half-time.


The second half was an open game, with chances for both teams, but Fareham’s one man advantage was ultimately too difficult to overcome for the home side.
Fareham score the first goal in the second-half in the forty-ninth minute, when, after a goalmouth scramble, the ball fell to Callum Laycock, who put the ball past Gary Streeter, to give Fareham a 1–3 advantage.
Newport centre-forward, Charlie Urry, appeared to have picked up an injury in the first-half, and was replaced by Martin McDonough, and the lively Aiden Radford was substituted by the promising George Holmes.

In the fifty-seventh minute, Conor Kelly, gave ‘the Port’ renewed hope, with a fine strike from the left hand of the penalty area to reduce the deficit to 2–3.
With Charlie Urry having come off the pitch, it was left to Jared Wetherick to lead the line. In the fifty-seventh minute he had a great opportunity to equalise after being put through by Connor Kelly, but was unable to beat the Fareham ‘keeper in a one-on-one situation.
Then, in the fifty-eighth minute, Callum Laycott put the game beyond Newport’s reach with a strike from the edge of the penalty area, to make the score 2–4 to the away side.
There was time for one more Newport substitution, when Jack Turkington came on in place of Darren Powell, and one more Newport booking, when McDonough saw his name in the referee, Jacob Wright’s book.
‘The Creeksiders’ wrapped up their victory in the eighty-fifth minute with a fine goal by Scott Hamilton.
Jared Wetherick nearly scored a consolation goal for Newport at the death, but shot across the face of the goal after being put through by Mark Taylor.


Newport: Streeter, Turkington, Pearce, Sampson, Charlesworth, Taylor, Powell (Turkington), Wetherick, Urry, (McDonough) Kelly, Radford (Holmes)

Newport 3 Bashley 1

Newport returned to winning ways with a determined win over a keen but short handed Bashley who started the match with 10 men after two players had missed the ferry.
In the Newport dugout was Derek Ohren who has taken over until the end of the season following Mike Kelly’s resignation.

Newport saw the return of Spike Pearce, Liam Triggs, Jack Turkington and Tony Potts, whilst Mark Taylor was suspended and Liam Newbold was ill.

The opening stages were fairly even but the Port had a big shout for a penalty in the 10th minute when Charlie Urry was upended in the box. No decision was given and Spike Pearce was booked for arguing. Bashley then had a good spell of pressure with shots across the face of goal and narrowly over the crossbar.
On 22 minutes Charlie Urry was booked for punching the ball after he had been caught offside. Two minutes later Charlie Urry was on the scoresheet. The striker scoring from 5 yards after Radfords effort was blocked.
Newport pressed forward with two long range efforts from Liam Triggs narrowly going the wrong side of the post. On 36 minutes Newport increased their lead as Connor Kelly struck a sweet shot from just outside the penalty area which gave the keeper no chance.
Two minutes later Kelly struck a free kick that the keeper blocked low down but nobody could take advantage of the rebound.

Half Time: Newport 2 Bashley 0

Bashley came out looking more determined and had several chances but all went over the bar. Newport had chances with Urry and Radford both being stopped by the keeper.
On 57 minutes Bashley pulled a goal back. Harrison White received the ball just inside the Newport half and was not closed down. He was allowed to run to the edge of the box and unleash a fierce low drive past Gary Streeter.
Aiden Radford was booked for a rash challenge and was substituted shortly after, George Holmes coming on as replacement.
The game had opened up by now and both sides were creating opportunities, Kelly, Wetherick and Urry all having good chances for the Port but were unable to beat the keeper.
With 15 minutes remaining, Neo Lamb came on as substitute for Tony Potts who had worked hard all evening.
On 86 minutes Charlie Butt came on for Charlie Urry who looked as though he had tweaked either a hamstring or calf muscle.
In the 2nd minute of injury time Newport were able to seal the win with a goal from Jared Wetherick. Conner Kelly did well to get the ball into the big striker whose shot took a wicked deflection off the keeper and spun away from the defender standing on the line.

full Time: Newport 3 Bashley 1

Newport: Streeter, Pearce, Triggs, Charlesworth, Turkington, McDonough, Radford (Holmes), Wetherick, Urry (Charlie Butt), Kelly, Potts (Lamb). Unused sub: James Butt

Attendance: 78

Referee: Kasimir Petrov

Please note Thursday’s match against Fareham Town kicks off at 8pm

Newport 0 Portland United 2

Newport slipped to another home defeat on Saturday going down to two second half goals.
Chances were few and far between for both sides in the first half, those that were about could not result in a shot on target.
Portland finished the stronger and a goal apiece for Lewis Clarke and Ryan McKechnie sealed the points for the Dorset side.

Full Time : Newport 0 Portland United 2

Newport: Streeter, Butt, Newbold, Sainsbury, McDonough, Sampson, Holmes, Radford, Beya, Kelly, Wetherick.

West Wight 1 Newport 0

Defending Champions Newport exited the Isle of Wight Senior Cup at the first hurdle losing 1-0 away to West Wight. Newport were to rue missing many good chances during the match and veteran West Wight keeper Joe McCormack produced a number of good saves to keep a clean sheet. Alex Harmer was to score the winner for West Wight late in the second half.

Blackfield & Langley 3 Newport 0

The Port were beaten 3-0 by Blackfield and Langley on Tuesday Night.
Lerone Plummer scoring a hat trick for the Watersiders. The Port produced a better performance but were not able to convert their chances. The home side missing a penalty which hit a post.