Category: Match Report

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.

Newport 0 Amesbury Town 1

Port made two enforced changes to the side that had lost 2–3 away at US Portsmouth: Scott Sampson replacing the unavailable Connor Kelly, and young Ben Snow taking the place of the suspended Mark Taylor. Newport began the first half against the Wessex Premier 1 leaders on a soft pitch in a relatively good condition for late winter, on a mild but blustery day, playing towards the allotments end.

Newport began the game very strongly indeed, but, unfortunately, lacking the formidable presence of the suspended Jared Wetherick leading the line up front, found themselves unable to convert chances into goals. The first chance fell to Ben Snow as early as the first minute of the game, when the youngster found himself clear in the middle of the penalty area with only the goalkeeper to beat, but shot weakly at the Amesbury keeper. Four minutes later, Ben had his second clear chance, but again failed to convert. Then, in the seventh minute, it was the turn of Jared Cousins in front of the goal, who dexterously juggled the ball, but failed to connect strongly enough to score.
In the fifteenth minute, Joe Craig struck the ball powerfully at the Amesbury Town goal, only for the Amesbury Town keeper to palm the ball over the crossbar. However, the league leaders punished Port for their profligacy in front of goal, when Jordan MATTHEWS sent a powerful shot which appeared to take a deflection and flew past a despairing Gary Streeter in the 25th minute.

Jared Cousins had a chance to make up for his earlier miss in the 38th minute, but again, unfortunately hit the Amesbury keeper rather than the net. The game was becoming increasingly physical, with strong tackles by both sides coming in thick and fast. The Amesbury scorer, Matthews, was increasingly becoming involved in acrimonious exchanges with the Newport players, leading to his being substituted shortly before half time.

Half-time: Newport IW 0–1 Amesbury Town

The second half proved to be a far different story to the first, with Amesbury Town showing the physical strength that has pushed them to the top of the table, and shutting down a young Newport side fielding five teenagers.

Amesbury could have added to their lead but for the heroic and acrobatic efforts of evergreen veteran Newport keeper, Gary Streeter, who saved Port in the 51st, 72nd and 84th minutes, and the fact that they missed an open goal in the 82nd minute.

The most memorable event in the second half from a Newport perspective, was the appearance of Darren Powell as substitute, the 572nd time he had played in a Newport shirt, an all-time club record.

Port could make little headway against a strong, well-drilled, top-of-the-table side and lost their second game in succession.

Final score: Newport IW 0–1 Amesbury Town

Port next play Romsey Town at St George’s Park on Saturday, February 16.

Newport: Streeter, Reynolds (Powell), Lamb, Barron, McDonagh©, Sampson, Craig, Cousins (H Yates), Browne, Snow (J Yates)

Referee: Anthony Cross

Newport MoM: Martin McDonagh

Attendance: 104

Newport 1 Fawley AFC 0

Newport made just one change to the side that had beaten New Milton Town 1–0 the previous Saturday, with Jared Cousins coming in for his suspended namesake, Jared Wetherick. Newport kicked off towards the allotments end on a soft pitch in reasonable condition, on a blustery, rainy January afternoon.

Newport dominated the first half against Fawley, but without creating as many clear-cut chances as in the second half. The first of many good opportunities for Port fell to Jared Cousins in the 22nd minute, when he found himself clear on the edge of the area, wrong-footed the Fawley keeper, but shot past the post. However, Jordan BROWNE made no mistake in the 28th minute, when he latched on to a long clearance on the edge of the Fawley penalty area, then juggled the ball, before powerfully shooting the ball past the keeper from about twelve yards, to give Port a one-nil advantage.

Fawley came close to equalising in the second minute of injury time, when a powerful free kick from the edge of the area bounced of the Newport wall and on to Gary Streeter’s crossbar, but Port survived the scare to maintain their one goal advantage at half time.

Half time: Newport IW 1–0 Fawley AFC

The second half turned out to be one long tale of missed chances for Port. The first fell to Jordan Browne, who powered his way through the Fawley defence only to hit the ball past the post. Then, Joe Craig had a bizarre miss on the Fawley goal line, when the ball hit his back, but he was unable to react quickly enough to nudge the ball over the line. Jared Cousins, who appeared to have been injured, was then replaced by young Ben Snow, who soon found himself in the thick of the action, almost putting Jared Cousins through in the 60th minute. In the 62nd minute, Scott Sampson had a header cleared off the line. Snow again provided a Newport forward with a golden opportunity—this time, Jordan Browne—who had his header cleared off the line. Then, Ben Snow found himself clear, only to shoot over the crossbar. In the 73rd minute, Connor Kelly provided a good cross for Jordan Browne to hit the side netting.

Port nearly paid for their profligacy in front of goal when, in the 86th minute, a free kick on the edge of the home penalty area was headed just past the post, and then the post itself was hit in the 89th minute. The Oilers, however, failed to get an undeserved equaliser, and the home side ended a game they had dominated with a one–nil victory.

Port will now face a strong US Portsmouth side on Monday evening, followed by a run of three further home games, starting with Alton on Saturday.

Full time: Newport IW 1–0 Fawley AFC

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Barron, Wright, McDonagh, Sampson, Kelly, Craig, Cousins (Snow 60), Browne, Taylor

Subs not used: Yates, Powell, Reynolds

Goal (Newport): Browne 28

Referee: Sean Phillips

Newport Man-of-the-match: Ryan Hughes

Attendance: 115

Newport 1 Verwood Town 1

With Gary Streeter having recovered from injury, and Scott Sampson available, Andy Sampson had the luxury of being able to select what is probably Newport’s strongest side, with plenty of talent available on the substitute’s bench.
The two changes made from the team that had won 8–2 against Whitchurch United were: Gary Streeter replacing Jamie Linnington in goal and Scott Sampson coming in for Scott Barron in central defence.
The afternoon began with a presentation made to Newport captain, Martin McDonagh, to mark his three hundredth appearance for the club. Newport kicked off towards the allotments end on a good pitch in relatively mild, overcast mid-winter conditions.

The game began badly for Port when, in the eleventh minute, Lewis Wright gifted the ball to the Potter’s centre-forward, James Guthrie, which coolly, calmly and gratefully dispatched into the back of the home side’s net. In the thirteenth minute, Jared Wetherick had a header saved off the Potter’s goal line. Then, Port suffered a second blow in the 27th minute, when Liam Triggs was stretchered off injured, to be replaced by Joe Craig.

Newport had two good chances to level the score towards the end of the first-half, when Joe Craig narrowly failed to connect with a ball that ran across the Verwood Town goal line, and Connor Kelly shot inches past the Verwood Town goal post. The Potters, however, held out, leaving Port trailing 1-0 at the interval.

HT Newport IW 0–1 Verwood Town

The second-half began well for Port when, in the 51st minute, after some good work from Connor Kelly on the edge of the Verwood penalty area, Joe CRAIG received the ball and calmly rounded the Potter’s keeper to level the score.

The remainder of the second-half was a strange tale of missed opportunities, as the home side set up camp in their opponent’s half, but—unlike the previous Saturday—were seemingly unable to convert pressure into goals. In the 78th minute, Andy Sampson threw on a third striker—Jared Cousins in an attempt to break the deadlock. In the 80th minute, a powerful Joe Craig shot was blocked by a Verwood hand in the penalty area. Jared Wetherick stepped up to take the resulting penalty, launching a powerful shot that nearly broke the Potter’s crossbar in two, but was not, unfortunately caught in the netting behind.

Port’s final chance came in the third minute of injury time, when Connor Kelly broke free and—unfortunately—launched the ball high over the goal.

Final score: Newport IW 1–1 Verwood Town

Goals: Newport: Craig 51 Verwood Town: Guthrie 11

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Wright (Cousins 78), McDonagh, Sampson, Kelly, Triggs (Craig 22), Wetherick (Yates 89), Browne, Taylor

Referee: Krasimir Petrov

Subs not used: Barron, Snow

Newport Man-of-the-match: Joe Craig

Attendance: 102

Newport 8 Whitchurch United 2

Newport made two changes to the side that won 2–0 away at Vics on December 29: Jamie Linnington replaced veteran Joe McCormack in goal and Lewis Wright took the place of Scott Sampson in midfield.
Port began the game kicking towards the allotments end on a pitch in good condition, in cold but dry winter weather.

Newport’s first chance came after just three minutes, when Jared Wetherick headed across the penalty area, for Jordan Browne to attempt a bicycle kick from five yards. Jordan BROWNE then opened the scoring after seven minutes, slotting in from five yards after a pass from Connor Kelly.
In the nineteenth minute, Whitchurch hit the post from a curling free-kick. BROWNE then added his second after a fumble from the Whitchurch ‘keeper in the 26th minute.
On the half-hour mark, Jared Wetherick, was bundled over on the edge of the penalty area. WETHERICK then scored the resulting penalty with a powerful low shot to the left side of the goal.
Shortly before half-time, Ryan Hughes was forced to clear the ball off the Newport goal line. However,a minute later, Hughes found himself on the edge of the Whitchurch penalty area, and, despite foul play from a Whitchurch defender, managed to pass the ball to Connor KELLY, who coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net to give Port a 4–0 half-time lead.

Half-time Newport IW 4–0 Whitchurch United

Whitchurch came back strongly at the start of the second half, scoring twice to reduce the deficit to 4–2. The first goal for ‘the Jam Boys’ was a scrambled effort from Ryan LONG in the 50th minute, the second a powerful low shot from Aaron RANDALL. Andy Sampson then made a couple of substitutions: Joe Craig replacing Mark Taylor and Jared Cousins coming on for Liam Triggs.

Connor KELLY got Port’s fifth in the 70th minute, coolly rounding the keeper after beating the offside trap. In the 74th minute, the Whitchurch goalkeeper was lucky not to have been red-carded after handling the ball outside the penalty area. Jordan Browne rattled the Whitchurch crossbar from the resulting free kick.
A powerful Jared WETHERICK header put Port 6–2 in the lead in the 76th minute, which the referee & linesman judged to have crossed the line before a defender cleared.

Jordan BROWNE then hit his hat-trick four minutes from time, shooting over the keeper after being played on by substitute Joe Craig.
Finally, Joe CRAIG completed the Jam Boy’s humiliation, with a screamer in the third minute of injury time, to make the final score Newport 8–2 Whitchurch United.

After the match, manager Andy Sampson declared himself, “pleased for the lads”, although he was “disappointed” to have let in a couple. He thought his team had “deserved the win, despite switching off at the start of the second half.”

The win takes Newport to seventh position in Wessex League 1. Newport now have a further four successive home games, starting with Verwood Town on Saturday, January 12.

Newport IW 8–2 Whitchurch United

Newport: Linnington, Hughes, Lamb, Barron, McDonagh, Wright (Powell 78), Kelly, Triggs (Cousins 69), Wetherick, Browne, Taylor (Craig 58)

Goals: Newport: Browne 7, 26, 86; Wetherick 30 pen, 76; Kelly 43, 70; Craig 90 + 3 Whitchurch United: Long 50, Randall 69

Referee: Liam White

Newport Man-of-the-match: Jordan Browne

Attendance: 119

East Cowes Vics 0 Newport 2

Newport comfortably beat their Island rivals on Saturday in front of a bumper Christmas holiday crowd of 264 – scoring twice as well as twice hitting the crossbar – in what had been hailed as the biggest league match at Beatrice Avenue for close on thirty years.

Newport made one change to the side which drew 2–2 away at Totton and Eling on December 22, Conor Kelly replacing Joe Craig in midfield.

Newport kicked off towards the school, on a soft pitch, in mild winter conditions.
Newport had the first clear chance in the eleventh minute, after striker Jared Wetherick had been bundled over just outside the penalty area, with former Vics striker, Jordan Browne, striking the crossbar from the resulting free kick.

Then, in the 38th minute, a Scott Sampson clearance found Liam TRIGGS clear of a flat-footed Vics defence, the Port midfielder shooting powerfully past the advancing Karl Steinbourne-Busse in the Vics goal to give the away side a 1-0 advantage.

Port did not have a monopoly of the first-half chances: their former player, Vics captain, Joe Butcher, shooting across the face of the goal in the 5th minute and just over the crossbar in the 27th.

HT: East Cowes Vics 0–1 Newport IW

Vics began the second half strongly, but lacked that special something to bring about an equalizing goal. Their best chance came in the 55th minute, when a Jordan Chapman shot had McCormack, in the Newport goal, struggling.
In the 65th minute, Liam Triggs was brought down as he attempted to weave his way through the Vics defence. The excellent Conor Kelly then sent a magnificent, curling free-kick crashing against the Vics crossbar for the second time in the game.

Vics captain, Joe Butcher, was again in the thick of the action in the 55th minute, when he forced Port ‘keeper McCormack to stop his looping shot at full-stretch.
The game was wrapped up for Port in the 75th minute, when Mark TAYLOR placed a well-taken low shot past the Vics ‘keeper, to make the final score 2-0 to Port.

Full time: East Cowes Vics 0–2 Newport IW

After the match, Newport manager, Andy Sampson, declared himself “pleased with the performance.” He added that, “you never know what will happen in derby games.” Sampson was particularly impressed with the performance of the sixteen-year-old full backs, Ryan Hughes and Neo Lamb.
For Vics, manager Steve Brougham said he was “disappointed to lose”, but that he would “take it on the chin”. He had “no complaints about the result”, but was pleased his side “didn’t throw the towel in”. He thought that what had made the difference between the two sides was the influence of some of the more experienced players in the Newport team, such as Scott Sampson, Martin McDonagh and Jared Wetherick.
The victory leaves Newport three points ahead of East Cowes Vics in the Wessex League One table. Port now lie in ninth position, and Vics are thirteenth.

Newport now face a run of five successive home games in the new year, starting with Whitchurch United on January 5.

Newport: McCormack, Hughes, Lamb (Wright 85), Barron, McDonagh, Sampson, Kelly (Craig 79), Triggs, Wetherick, Browne (Snow 88), Taylor

Referee: Nicholas Whittington

Attendance: 264

Totton & Eling 2 Newport 2

The Port came away with a point from Testwood Park having gone behind, taking the lead and then conceding an 81st minute equaliser.

In came new signings Jordan Browne and Joe McCormack, Mark Taylor returned from injury and Scott Sampson returned after being unavailable for the Folland Sports match.

Totton and Eling started the better and on 15 minutes took the lead through Rory Wood.

The Port regrouped and continued to improve throughout the half but were unable to capitalise on a couple of chances to draw level and went in 1-0 down at half time.

HT: Totton & Eling 1 Newport 0

Newport came out the stronger and started to get control of the game although behind. This was to change in the 67th minute when Jordan Browne hit a 30 yard strike which flew into the top left hand corner of the net. 1-1.

Andy Sampson made a substitution bringing on Louie Fleming for Joe Craig and the youngster was booked inside a minute.

The Port pushed forward and gained a corner and Jorden Browne rose to head home his second and put the Port ahead 2-1.

Newport had been in control for most of the second half and looked to be heading for an away victory but Rory Wood had other ideas and tucked away an equaliser with nine minutes remaining.

FT: Totton & Eling 2 Newport 2

Newport: McCormack, Hughes, Lamb, Barron, McDonagh, Sampson, Craig (Fleming)((Wright)), Triggs, Wetherick (Snow), Browne, Taylor. Unused Subs: Powell, Yates.

Folland Sports 4 Newport 0

Newport travelled to Follands Park on a dull blustery wet day and came unstuck as the Planemakers notched up their second consecutive win to move them up the table.

The Port brought in new signings Ryan Young in goal and Connor Kelly wide on the left. Jared Wetherick has returned from his travels and took a place on the bench.

Newport started the brighter of the two teams and were quickly on the attack but Follands were well organised at the back and easily dealt with any threat.

On 7 minutes Follands were awarded a free kick 30 yards out. A superb effort curled over the wall and keeper but crashed against the bar, an early warning of what was to come.

Newport were struggling to stay on their feet and both sides were making mistakes in the difficult conditions. In the early stages of the match both sides were hitting the ball long but it was just zipping through out of play.
On 16 minutes Mansell broke away for Folland and slotted the ball past Ryan Young cleverly.

10 minutes later The Planemakers doubled their lead, moving the ball across goal effectively before Oliver hitting a shot that deflected off a Newport leg into the net.

Newport then started to put together some good moves, a Jared Cousins header that just got touched wide for a corner. This was followed by another two corners in short succession as The Port fought to get back in the game but the Folland defence stayed firm. Just before half time Newport had their best chance to score when Connor Kelly broke into the box but the Folland keeper got down low at the post to push the ball away for a corner.

HT: Folland Sports 2 Newport 0

Had one of the late Newport efforts gone in it might have been a different story in the second half but the game quickly resumed into a similar pattern, with Newport all hustle and bustle but unable to create scoring chances.
Lewis Wright did go close with a free kick from just outside the area that brought a good save from the Folland keeper.
Andy Sampson tried to change things around in the 66th minute by bringing on Jared Wetherick for Lewis Wright but within 5 minutes Folland had extended their league. A corner was met with a firm header by Ryman to put the game beyond doubt.

Folland were really on top now and a shot from outside the box was well saved at full stretch by Ryan Young.

On 75 mins Andy Sampson made a double substitution Joe Craig and Ben Snow coming on for Louie Fleming and Harrison Yates. Newport had a good chance from a corner but Martin McDonough’s header skidded wide.

There was a delay for a skirmish after a Folland defender lost his footing and slid in two footed on Neo Lamb.It looked worse than it was, there didn’t seem to be intent and the Port player was uninjured.

There was just time for Mansell to finish off a move and score Folland’s fourth goal in the 93rd minute.

Full Time: Folland Sports 4 Newport 0

Newport: Young, Hughes, Lamb, Barron, McDonough, Pearce, Wright (Wetherick), Yates (Craig), Fleming (Snow), Cousins, Kelly. Subs unused: Powell

Referee: S Hawkes

Attendance: 22

Folland Sports Away

Today The Port travel to Folland Sports at Hamble for the first of two consecutive matches against The Planemakers, the second game to follow at St. George’s Park next Saturday.

Newport will be bolstered by recent signings Ryan Young, Connor Kelly and Jamie Linnington with a full bench of subs expected. Andy Sampson will be keen to get some game time into his squad following last Saturdays postponement of the match against Amesbury.

Folland Sports have had a mixed bag of results over the last few weeks, having a string of heavy defeats away from home but finishing with a good 3-2 win at home against Whitchurch United last Friday.

The weather over the past few days has been quite wet so a pitch inspection was required but the drier windy weather has helped and it’s GAME ON.

Match Updates will be available on Twitter @Newport_IW_FC which should also in the right hand column of the main web page.

Newport 0 AFC Stoneham 4

In a physical game full of controversy, Port went down to a 0–4 home defeat to probably the strongest team in Wessex League 1.

Newport made three changes to the side that had won 0–1 away to Whitchurch United the previous Saturday: Joe Winchcombe taking the place of the injured Gary Streeter in goal, Ryan Hughes replacing Neo Lamb at the back, and Scott Sampson coming in for Darren Powell in midfield. The home side kicked off towards the allotments end in late winter sunshine on a good pitch.

Port started brightly, but the Purples took a controversial lead as early as the twelfth minute, when Jack BRADY rounded the keeper to slot the ball home from close range, although there had been a strong call for handball against a Stoneham player in the build up to the goal. The physical nature of the game took its toll, with the visitor’s Josh Clark being forced to leave the field on a stretcher after 20 minutes, following a strong tackle, to be replaced by Marcel Laptas.

Stoneham’s Alex Welch was lucky not to have been red-carded, after two dangerous challenges on Martin McDonough and Harrison Yates, the first of which he received a yellow card for. The Stoneham bench then substituted Welch, but should have counted themselves fortunate not to have been playing with ten men.

Jared Cousins broke through on 30 minutes, but shot well wide with only the goalkeeper to beat. Scott Barron was forced to clear off the line in the 36th minute, and the home side reached the half-time break trailing 0–1.

Half time: Newport IW 0–1 AFC Stoneham

The second-half began with further controversy, when Martin McDonough was booked for a foul on the edge of the Newport penalty area, although he did not appear to have made contact with the Stoneham player. The Purples added a second in the 57th minute, again in controversial circumstances, from a Sergio CABALLERO header, after Ryan Hughes had appeared to have been bundled over in the attacking move.

There was no controversy over Stoneham’s third goal, when Eduardo JIMINEZ made the game safe for the away side in the 67th minute, scoring from five yards after a cross from Caballero.

Port then threw on their substitutes: Spike Pearce replacing Martin McDonough, Ben Snow coming on for Joe Craig, and Mark Taylor taking the place of Harrison Yates. However, the home side were unable to change the pattern of the game against a strong and physical Stoneham. The Purples added a fourth in the eighty-fourth minute, after Mark Taylor tripped a Stoneham player in the Newport penalty area (although many in the crowd thought he had not made contact); Sergio CABALLERO converting the penalty for the visitors.

Final score: Newport IW 0–4 AFC Stoneham

Newport: Joe Winchcombe, Hughes, Yates (Taylor), Barron, McDonough (Pearce), Sampson, Wright, Triggs, Craig (Snow), Cousins, Fleming.

Referee: Robert Linter

Attendance: 118