Category: Match Report

Newport 3-1 Andover Town

Port made four changes to the side that had lost by a single goal at Downton the previous
Ryan Hughes replacing Jacob Reynolds at left-back, Jared Wetherick and Scott Barron taking up positions in central defence in place of Caleb Charlesworth and Martin McDonagh, and Scott Sampson coming in for Joe Craig in midfield.
Port kicked off towards the allotment end on a sunny Spring day on a good pitch, although with a cool breeze.

Port started brightly, with Connor Kelly beating the offside trap in the 9th minute to go clear, but lacked the control to take the ball past the Bluebird’s keeper. Then, in the 10th minute, a curlingshot-cum-cross from Mark TAYLOR free kick completely eluded the Andover defence and keeper to land in the opposition goal net.

Andover attempted to strike back, with Gary Streeter having to pull off a great save to deny the Bluebirds at the quarter-hour mark. Then, in the 24th minute, Jordan BROWNE headed just wide, but two minutes later, he was gifted the ball in the penalty area after a mix-up in the Andover penalty area to score from ten yards.

Jared Wetherick then had a couple of opportunities shortly before half-time, first having a shot blocked by the Bluebird’s keeper, then heading just over the bar from the resulting corner. Port were, however, unable to add to their lead, going into halftime with a 2-0 advantage.

HT: Newport IW 2-0 Andover Town

The second half began with Port soaking up pressure from the away side. However, in the 62nd minute, Connor Kelly broke free to cross from the left for Jared COUSINS to slot in from five yards.
Andover continued to press, hitting the bar in the 78th minute. Then, in the 80th minute, Will GREEN stole the ball off Gary Streeter, which he promptly dispatched into the Port goal.
The Bluebirds however never looked likely to return to North Hampshire with a point, and Port finished strongly, with Mark Taylor shooting across the face of the goal in the 82nd minute.

Final score: Newport IW 3-1 Andover Town

Goals: Newport IW: Taylor, Browne, Cousins Andover Town: Green

Newport IW: Streeter, Hughes (Charlesworth 79), Lamb, Wetherick (Yates 67), Barron,
Sampson, Kelly (Snow 79), Wright, Cousins, Browne, Taylor Sub not used: Powell

Referee: Tom Baines

Attendance: 104

Newport 0 Hythe & Dibden 2

Port made four changes to the starting line-up that had impressively beaten East Cowes Vics in the Gold Cup semi-final a week ago:

Joe McCormack replacing Gary Streeter in goal, Caleb Charlesworth taking the place of Jake Younie in central defence, Scott Sampson returning to replace Scott Barron in central defence and Jared Cousins starting instead of Mark Taylor. Opponents, Hythe and Dibden, featured former Norwegian international and Saints player, 47-year-old Jo Tessem, in their starting line-up.

Port began brightly against their third-placed opponents, with Jordan Browne shooting powerfully past the post in the second minute of the game. The first half was good, evenly-matched, open contest. In the tenth minute, Hythe’s Sam Woodward shot across the face of the goal. In the 21st minute, Connor Kelly shot across the Hythe goal from a well-placed position. Then, in the 29th minute, Jacob Reynolds was forced to head the ball off the line for Port. In the 32nd minute, Joe Craig had a shot fisted over the bar by Hythe man-mountain keeper, Ellis Grant. However, it was Hythe who were to reach half-time with a 0–1 advantage, when Wayne O’DELL headed in a corner.

Half-time: Newport IW 0–1 Hythe and Dibden

The away side began to show their class and experience after the break, having the lions share of the chances. In the 58th minute, Joe McCormack was forced to parry the ball for a corner. Port attempted to hit back, with Joe Craig shooting just over the crossbar in the 66th minute. However, Hythe made the game safe for themselves in the 75th minute, when Ben NGWA scored from close-range after a defensive mix-up in the Port penalty area.
The score could have been worse for the home side, after Sam Woodward broke through for Hythe in the 78th minute, but could not control the ball well enough to score.

Final score: Newport IW 0–2 Hythe and Dibden

Newport: McCormack, Reynolds (Barron 67), Lamb, Charlesworth, McDonagh (Snow 76), Sampson, Kelly, Craig, Cousins, Browne, Wright Subs not used: Yates, Powell, Barron

Referee: Harry Redman

Attendance: 63

Newport Man-of-the-match: Scott Sampson

East Cowes Vics 1 Newport 5

Port were missing a few key players for the semi-final Gold Cup clash against Vics: Jake Younie replaced the suspended Jared Wetherick in central defence and Scott Barron deputised for the unavailable Scott Sampson.
Port began brightly, with Jordan BROWNE shooting an unstoppable volley from the middle of the penalty area after just seven minutes.

Port’s second came in the 17th minute, from Joe CRAIG, who latched onto a through ball from the ever-impressive Connor Kelly.

Just three minutes later, Connor KELLY turned from provider into scorer, smashing a shot that was stopped somewhere near the goal line by a Vics defender, only for the linesman to judge that the ball had crossed the line.

There was less happy news in the 30th minute, when Jimmi Burton caught Jacob Reynold’s ankle when challenging for the ball. The young Newport defender was then stretchered off, to be replaced by Jared Cousins.

Half-time: Newport IW 3–0 East Cowes Victoria Athletic

Having dominated the first half, Port went off the boil at the start of the second, allowing Vics to get back into the game. In the 60th minute, Vics captain and former Newport player, Joe BUTCHER, shot through a crowded penalty area to pull a goal back for the East Cowes side.

However, the Port machinery soon returned to good working order when, in the 75th minute, a near-post Joe CRAIG header from a Connor Kelly corner gave the Newport midfielder his second and his side an unassailable 4–1 advantage.

In the 83rd minute, it was then Jordan BROWNE’s turn to get his second when he headed home yet another incisive Connor Kelly cross.

Full time score: East Cowes Victoria Athletic 1-5 Newport

Goals: Newport: Browne (7, 83), Craig (17, 75), Kelly (20) Vics: Butcher (60)

Newport: Streeter, Reynolds (Cousins), Lamb, Younie, McDonagh, Barron, Kelly (Snow), Wright, Craig (Yates), Browne, Taylor

Referee: Calum McFarlane

Verwood Town 3 Newport 2

Newport slipped to a 3-2 defeat away to Verwood on Saturday in what has been described as a scrappy match.

Unavailability affected several key positions and The Port started with six players aged 18 or under. That takes appearances this season by this age group to over 200.

The opening half an hour was fairly even but Newport found few chances and Verwood scored twice in three minutes to go in 2-0 up at half time.

The second half was more positive with more chances for the Port and on 70 minutes Joe Craig pulled a goal back.
As the Port pressed for an equaliser they were caught on the break on 84 minutes and Verwood went 3-1 ahead. In injury time Jordan Browne pulled a goal back to make the final score Verwood Town 3 Newport 2.

AFC Stoneham 4 Newport 3

Newport travelled to high flying AFC Stoneham on Tuesday night and were beaten by the odd goal in seven.

Kicking down the slope in the first half Newport were the first to test the opposition keeper who made a good save low down but then Stoneham went up the other end and brought two excellent stops out of Gary Streeter.
Both sides were trying to play fast free flowing football which was good to watch. Newport were however the first to draw blood. A Lewis Wright free kick from 20 yards was superbly delivered to the head of Jordan BROWNE who had a free header to plant in the net.
This obviously spurred on Stoneham to push on up and Streeter had to react magnificently to scoop a deflection out of the air and over the bar. Newport were forced to defend for a spell but were still looking to get the ball forward and when they got in the Stoneham half they always looked dangerous. On 26 minutes the Port incredibly went two goals ahead when a defence splitting ball from Joe Craig was inch perfect for Jordan Browne to tuck past the keeper and score.

At this point most teams would have been stunned to go two goals down at home but Stoneham were relentlessly pushing forward and two goals in two minutes brought the scores level, Chris Manning scoring on 36 minutes and on 37 minutes Merl Wright’s intended cross hitting the back post and going in.

HT: AFC Stoneham 2 Newport 2

Clearly strong words at half time in both dressing rooms for different reasons, it was clear the game still had a lot to offer.
Stoneham came out the blocks the quicker and almost from the restart they were ahead Eduard Jimenez scoring at the back post whilst the Newport defence hadn’t switched on.

There followed a strong period of Stoneham pressure as they hit the crossbar twice and eventually scored a fourth on 53 minutes. A breaking striker passed the ball across the front of the penalty area to Jo Sutherden who looked offside, however the linesman said he was behind the ball at the time of the pass.
Shortly before the goal Ben Snow came on for Connor Kelly and after the goal Jacob Reynolds came on for Martin McDonough.

Within 10 minutes of coming on Ben Snow had broken through the Stoneham defence and slotted the ball past the keeper to make it 4-3.

Darren Powell came on for Jared Cousins who had run relentlessly for 70 minutes.

Stoneham were then forced on to the backfoot as midfield became a battleground, Stoneham picking up two quick bookings and finally Jared Wetherick receiving a red card after a sliding tackle. It was not clear whether the red card was for the tackle or something off the ball.

FT: AFC Stoneham 4 Newport 3

Newport: Streeter (YC), Hughes, Lamb, Wetherick (RC), McDonough (YC)(Reynolds), Barron, Kelly (Snow), Wright (YC), Cousins Powell, Browne, Craig.

Newport 3 Laverstock & Ford 2

Port were unchanged for the visit of 11th placed Laverstock, a team that had drawn 2–2 on their previous visit to the Island, last Saturday, against East Cowes Vics. The home side kicked off towards the allotments end on a windy, blustery day, on a pitch in surprisingly good condition despite recent heavy rain, which had forced the postponement of Tuesday’s game against Hythe & Dibden.

Port began as brightly in the opening minutes, as would be expected from a home team in good form with a gale-force wind behind them, but appeared to lack the cutting edge required to score in the final third of the pitch. It was Laverstock who scored first in the 17th minute, with their first serious attack of the game, when Russell JONES—who was to prove to be a handful for the Newport defence throughout the game—rounded Gary Streeter in the Newport goal to score from close range.

Port almost equalised within five minutes, when Mark Taylor rattled the crossbar with a thirty-yard strike. In the 24th minute, a Connor Kelly free kick was parried by the Laverstock keeper, but Lewis Wright was unable to convert the rebound. In the 35th minute, a Laverstock defender was forced to clear off his goal line after a goalmouth scramble in which their keeper had gone AWOL after failing to control a cross. Finally, in the 36th minute, Jordan Browne shot well over the bar after being put through by Jared Wetherick. The Wiltshire side managed to weather the storm both literally and metaphorically to reach half time with a 0–1 advantage, knowing that the strong wind would be behind them in the second half.

Half time: Newport IW 0–1 Laverstock & Ford

After a disjointed and lacklustre first half, Port rallied to put in a magnificent second half performance against a strong counter-attacking away side. In the 51st minute, Connor Kelly broke clear, but his shot was saved on the line. Then, in the 61st minute, Connor KELLY curled a Jared Cousins pass from the middle of the penalty area to the goalkeeper’s right to equalise for Port.

Connor Kelly was now on fire, and saw two efforts narrowly missing the post in the 65th and 66th minutes. In the 68th minute, Jared Cousins had a strong shot punched away by the Laverstock keeper. Then, in the 69th minute, Scott Sampson hit the post with a header. However, thirty seconds or so later, Lewis WRIGHT was put through by Jared Wetherick, to score from 10 yards, his second goal in two games.

Andy Sampson then made his substitutions: Ben Snow coming on for the on-form Connor Kelly (who had taken a knock) and Joe Craig replacing Jared Cousins. Ben Snow almost scored with his first touch when put through, but found himself unable to control the ball. However, in the 87th minute, a Graham MANKIN header, which Gary Streeter got a hand to but couldn’t control, delivered what appeared to be the sucker punch for the Wiltshire side, equalising with only three minutes of normal time remaining.

Port continued to attack, with Joe Craig shooting across the face of the goal in the first minute of injury time. Finally, in the second minute of injury time, a Scott Sampson header hit the crossbar, only for Jordan BROWNE to tap the rebound into the back of the net from five yards.

Full time: Newport IW 3–2 Laverstock & Ford

Goals: Newport IW: Kelly 61, Wright 69, Browne 90+2 Laverstock: Jones 17, Mankin 87
Newport IW: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Wetherick, McDonagh, Sampson, Kelly (Snow 76), Wright (Powell 90+3), Cousins (Craig 78), Browne, Taylor

Referee: Peter Lowe

Newport Man-of-the-match: Scott Sampson

Attendance: 110

Newport 4 Folland Sports 0

Port made two changes to the side that had won 3–0 away at Petersfield the previous Saturday:

Scott Sampson taking the place of Darren Powell and Jordan Browne that of Caleb Charlesworth, with Jared Wetherick dropping back to central defence. The home side kicked off towards the allotments end, in fine, early Spring weather on a soft pitch in excellent condition for mid-March.

The game began well for Port, when Jared Cousins was put through in the 5th minute, rounded the keeper, but found himself unable to control the ball and give the home side an early lead. The game was fairly even in the first half, with the Planemakers finding the net in the 22nd minute, but having the goal ruled offside. Port had two further chances before the interval: in the 27th minute, Jared Cousins shot just wide from a long-range effort and, in the 42nd minute, Jordan Browne was put through by Ryan Hughes but shot at the keeper from 10 yards out.

Half-time: Newport IW 0–0 Folland Sports

The second-half began brightly for Port, with Scott Sampson having a close-range effort cleared off the line after a goalmouth scramble. The home side took the lead in the 50th minute, when Connor KELLY scored at the near post after a superb run from Ryan Hughes.

In the 60th minute, Gary Streeter pulled off a fine save from Folland’s Keiran Dowell.
Then came an incident which changed the course of the game which up to this point had been a fairly evenly-matched contest. Craig Shimpton was sent off for the Planemakers after a reckless challenge on Connor Kelly.

The 10-man away side were swiftly punished for their lapse of discipline, when Lewis WRIGHT flicked the ball into the back of the net from five yards following a corner.

The third goal came in the 69th minute: a magnificent, individual effort by Connor KELLY.

Jared COUSINS scored a fourth for Port in the 75th minute: a deflected shot that looped its way over the Planemakers’ keeper.
Cousins nearly added another when he found himself clear in the 84th minute, but was stopped by a superb tackle by Folland’s last line of defence.

Final score: Newport IW 4–0 Folland Sports

Goals: Connor Kelly 50, 69; Lewis Wright 62 Jared Cousins 75

Newport IW: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Wetherick, McDonagh, Sampson (Barron 82), Kelly (Snow 74), Wright, Cousins, Browne, Taylor (Craig) Subs not used: Powell, Reynolds

Referee: Adam Hillier

Attendance: 82

Man of the match: Connor Kelly

Petersfield Town 0 Newport 3

Newport travelled to Petersfield on Saturday in confident mood. Although they had been beaten in their four previous league games, in those matches they had played league leaders Amesbury twice, third places Romsey Town and fourth placed US Portsmouth.

Newport welcomed back Caleb Charlesworth who has re-signed from East Cowes Vics and went straight into defence. Darren Powell also started at the back and Jared Cousins started up front in place of Jordan Browne.

The Port didn’t get off to the best of starts when in the 5th minute a mistimed tackle from Darren Powell resulted in a penalty for the home side. Gary Streeter is a formidable opponent especially when faced from the penalty spot. The veteran keeper anticipated the spot kick correctly and battered the ball away.

Petersfield continued on the attack unbowed and had the upper hand for long spells. On 31 minutes Newport were to go ahead, somewhat against the run of play. A ball was cleared by the Petersfield defence, which ran to Neo Lamb who from 30 yards out took it first time and his powerful shot deceived the keeper who got his hands to the ball but couldn’t keep it out.

Half Time: Petersfield Town 0 Newport 1

Petersfield had obviously been shaken by the goal and came out for the second half in even more determined mood. They took the game to Newport but Andy Sampson’s men gave an excellent second half performance of counter attacking football.

Twice in a 10 minute spell they broke swiftly, sweeping the ball through to Connor Kelly, who twice in one on ones with the keeper, tucked the ball in the back of the net. The goals coming on 70 and 78 minutes.

Man of the match was Martin McDonough who had given a fine captain’s performance throughout the afternoon.

FT: Petersfield Town 0 Newport 3

Newport: Gary Streeter, Ryan Hughes, Neo Lamb, Darren Powell (Harrison Yates), Martin McDonough, Caleb Charlesworth, Connor Kelly, Lewis Wright (Jacob Reynolds), Jared Cousins (Ben Snow), Jared Wetherick, Mark Taylor.

Amesbury Town 4 Newport 2

Newport were beaten 4-2 by league leaders Amesbury Town on Saturday.

Jordan Matthews scored two first half goals to put the Wiltshire side in front 2-0 at half time. Newport felt they could have done better to concede either goals but were happy with their share of the play. Jared Cousins picked up a yellow card.

Early in the second half Mark Taylor was fouled in the penalty area and Connor Kelly scored from the spot to pull a goal back. Newport then had several chances to get on level terms until 12 minutes from time when Jordan Matthews completed his hat trick.

As the game moved into injury time a grandstand finish was ensured as Lewis Wright scored for the Port to make it 3-2 and right at the death Luke Greenaway ensured the home win with a fourth goal.

Full Time : Amesbury Town 4 Newport 2

Newport : Streeter, Hughes (Powell), Lamb, Wright, McDonough, Barron (Reynolds), Kelly, Craig (Wetherick), Cousins, Browne, Taylor.

Newport 1 Romsey Town 2

Port were almost up to full strength for the visit of high-flying, in-form Romsey Town, with Jared Wetherick and Mark Taylor both returning from their respective suspensions, and Connor Kelly available. The home side made two changes to the starting line-up that had lost against leaders Amesbury the previous Saturday: Mark Taylor replacing Scott Barron and Connor Kelly taking the place of Ben Snow on the wing. Newport kicked off playing towards the allotments end on a soft pitch on a mild, overcast, late winter Saturday.

As in their previous two games against strong opposition, Port began the game very brightly indeed, with Jared Cousins having an effort tipped over the bar in the fifth minute, and Connor Kelly having a good chance saved by the keeper in the eighth. In the nineteenth minute, evergreen Veteran keeper, Gary Streeter, was forced into an acrobatic one-handed save, that sent him first clattering into the post and then finding himself entangled in the side netting. As a result, the game was held up for a couple of minutes while the netting was repaired.

Port continued to pile on the pressure. In the 35th minute, Mark Taylor stole the ball on the edge of the area, but was unable to take advantage of the opportunity. However, in the 38th minute, a Taylor pass found Joe CRAIG at the near post, who turned and placed the ball in the far corner of the Romsey Town goal. The home side finished the first half without any scares, having had the lions share of the possession and opportunities against probably the strongest side in Wessex League 1.

Half time: Newport IW 1–0 Romsey Town

Jared Wetherick came on for Jared Cousins in the second half. It had been thought that the absence of the experienced and well-built striker was responsible for Newport’s failure to convert chances into goals in recent games. Unfortunately, in what was a tale of two halves, although he had one good chance five minutes after coming on, Romsey dominated the possession, and the returning striker was left with little to do.

In the 65th minute, Gary Streeter was forced into a great one handed save that drew the applause of the crowd. Port held on to the lead until the 79th minute, when Craig BRYANT headed in for the visitors from five yards.

The formidable Romsey Town side were seemingly not content to return to the mainland with a single point. First, Will Wiseman shot just past the post for the visitors, then Geoff Dunn missed an open goal. Andy Sampson belatedly threw on a couple of pairs of fresh legs, with Ben Snow replacing Mark Taylor, and Ryan Hughes coming on for Jacob Reynolds. However, the substitutions proved to be too little, too late, as, in the 87th minute, Jack EDAM popped up to put the ball in the back of the net from five yards for Romsey Town.

Final score: Newport IW 1–2 Romsey Town

Newport IW: Streeter, Reynolds (Hughes 85), Lamb, Wright, McDonagh ©, Sampson, Kelly, Craig, Cousins (Wetherick 45), Browne, Taylor (Snow 85)

Referee: Krasimir Petrov

Attendance: 117

On Sunday Newport Youth Under 16’s reached the semi final of the Hampshire Sunday Cup. A tough 2-2 draw away to Andover New Street led to a penalty shoot out and the Port triumphed 5-4. They now face an away trip for the semi final to Winchester City on March 10th.