Category: Match Report

Newport 0-1 Baffins Milton Rovers

The Port went down by a single goal in their first match at Beatrice Avenue against Baffins Milton Rovers.

Baffins got off to a good start scoring in the 9th minute through Callum Dart.

The Newport players and crowd got a taste of the new Sin Bin rule just before half time when Jacob Reynolds was yellow carded and sent to the sinners box. It was a shame as Newport were pressing for an equaliser and had several good chances just before the interval but were unable to put the ball in the net.

Half Time: Newport 0 Baffins Milton Rovers 1

At half time Andy Sampson introduced Cameron Farley in goal for Gary Streeter and Harrison Yates came on for George Holmes.

Shortly into the half Newport were awarded a penalty. Liam Triggs took the spot kick but Cameron Scott saved and nobody could put the rebound away.

The Port introduced two more subs Ben Snow and Dexter Malin coming on for Connor Kelly and Jared Cousins.

Towards the end of the game with rolling subs being used both Connor Kelly and Jared Cousins came back on but neither were able to change the score.

Full Time: Newport 0 Baffins Milton Rovers 1

Newport reserves went down 3-1 to Adgestone at St. George’s Park, Jayden Yates the scorer.


Newport 6 Northwood St. Johns 1

The first pre-season friendly for the Port provided a good run out for many players on a warm summers evening at St. George’s Park.

The Newport squad included the returning Spike Pearce, new reserve team keeper Fraser Law and recovered from long term injury, George Holmes.

Newport suffered an early setback when Scott Barron accidentally trod on the ball and lost his footing. The quick thinking Northwood striker spotted Newport’s young keeper off his line and perfectly chipped the ball from all of 35 yards into the back of the net.

It didn’t take too long for the Port to get back on level terms, a challenge in the penalty area was judged a foul by the referee and Connor Kelly safely tucked the spot kick away. 1-1.

Shortly afterwards Jared Cousins received the ball with his back to goal and spun and shot in one move to put the Port in front.

Cousins spurred on by his goal was having some success against the Northwood defence and took the ball down the left hand side before cutting it back to Mark Taylor who calmly slotted it home to make it 3-1.

Half Time: Newport 3 Northwood SJ 1

Andy Sampson made a number of substitutions at half time including bringing on George Holmes who had been out for most of last season due to a knee injury.

The Port were well on top now and most of the action was around the Northwood penalty area. Several chances went begging before Mark Taylor was able to double his goal tally to make it 4-1.

Northwood did have chances in the second half but none that really troubled young keeper Fraser Law. The reserve team keeper came through his first team well showing a good clean pair of hands.

George Holmes was desperate to score and that he did with a crashing shot that took a deflection on it’s way into the net.

Newport’s tally was completed when Joe Craig curled a beautiful shot around the defence and just inside the post to make it 6-1.

Full Time: Newport 6 Northwood SJ 1

Saturday 27/04/19 Gold Cup and Presentation Night

A lot happened on Saturday, starting with the Gold Cup Final followed by the Presentation night, so I have rolled it all into one post to avoid anyone missing anything.


Port were at full strength for the Gold Cup final with the return of captain Martin McDonagh and Scott Sampson being available to play.

Port’s opening goal came after just 30 seconds, when Mark Taylor passed to Connor Kelly, who put in a good cross from the left to the edge of the six-yard box, for Jordan BROWNE to turn his marker and direct the ball into the corner of the net.
Port then doubled their lead in the third minute of the game with a Mark TAYLOR strike from the edge of the penalty area.

W&B then started to come back into the game, and reduced the deficit to one in the 17th minutes, when the ball hit the post to be bundled in by John BILTON.
The Island league side then came close to equalising, after Josh Appell found himself free in the penalty area, only to shoot weakly at Gary Streeter.
However, it was then all one way traffic for Port. First, Joe Craig forced a double save from Gareth True in the W&B goal. Then Connor Kelly had a shot parried by True. However, in the 34th minute, Ryan Hughes floated a free kick into the penalty area for Mark TAYLOR to direct the ball into the corner of the net.

A minute before half-time, Connor KELLY tapped in a Joe Craig cross from a few yards out, to
make the score 4-1 to Port.
Then, in first half stoppage time, Lewis WRIGHT got Port’s fifth with a glancing header from a

Half time: Newport IW 5-1 Whitecoroft & Barton

The second half began in much the same way as the first when, just two minutes after the restart, Connor KELLY sent a magnificent left-footed curling strike into the W& B goal.

At six-one up, Port then seemed to take their foot of the gas. Substitute, Jared Cousins had a good chance to get Port’s seventh towards the end, but had his shot stopped by True in a one-on-one situation. Finally, defender Neo Lamb found himself unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with two minutes to go, when he curled a shot a few inches wide of the left-hand post.

Final Score: Newport IW 6-1 Whitecoroft & Barton

Goals: Newport: Browne 1; Taylor 3, 34; Kelly 43, 47, Wright 45 W & B Bilton 17

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Barron, McDonagh, Sampson, Kelly (Cousins), Wright
(Powell), Craig, Browne (Wetherick), Taylor

Referee: Liam White

Man-of-the-match: Connor Kelly


The winners of awards for the 2018/19 season are as follows:-









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