Category: Match Report

Newport 3 Andover Town 0

Newport were back at Beatrice Avenue for the second time in a week following the 6-0 defeat at the hands of Sholing.

Andy Sampson made a number of changes to the side who had a hard game in midweek, Cameron Farley coming in between the sticks for Gary Streeter, Scott Barron and Neo Lamb were rested as Spike Pearce returned as captain, Mark Taylor returned in place of Connor Kelly and Charlie Urry came in for Joe Craig.

Newport started well and kept good possession, Mark Taylor narrowly putting the ball wide after a mazy run. Andover were to have some chances but first blood went to the Port.On 14 minutes Charlie Urry dribbled into the box and squared to Jake Wright to fire the ball into the net.

Andover came forward and had chances but nobody was able to put the ball in the net. The Port came back on the attack and almost scored a second as Jake Wright and Charlie Urry combined but nobody was able to finish off the move.

Andover again came forward shooting narrowly over the bar.

HT: Newport 1 Andover Town 0

The second half started much the way the first half ended although Andover were increasingly getting closer to scoring an equaliser. Newport almost gifted an equaliser when a cross into the penalty area was headed against his own crossbar by a Newport defender. Things changed on 64 minutes when Newport were awarded a free kick just outside the Andover penalty area. Charlie Urry took the kick and the keeper could only parry it into the path of Liam Triggs who buried his header to make it 2-0.

As the clock wound down, Andy Sampson started to make substitutions bringing off Charlie Urry and Jake Wright to be replaced by George Holmes and Jared Cousins. On 89 minutes Newport brought on young striker Bradley Thompson to make his first team debut in place of Jordan Browne. The teenager was to make an instant impact by scoring in the third minute of injury time to make it 3-0 to Newport.

FT: Newport 3 Andover Town 0

Newport: Farley, Hughes, Timbrell, L Wright, Reynolds, Pearce, J Wright (Cousins), Triggs, Urry (Holmes), Browne, Taylor.

Attendance 83

Devizes Town 1 Newport 3

The Port came back from behind with a strong second half performance to go through into the 1st Round proper of the FA Vase.

A sloppy pass in defence gave the ball to a home striker who shot past Gary Streeter to put Devizes ahead. Newport were to get the ball in the net but the effort was ruled out for offside.

The turning point came in injury time of the first half when the referee awarded a penalty to Devizes.

Gary Streeter pulled off the save that kept the club in the game and the Port went in at half time 1-0 down.

A good shake up at half time and the team came out with a determination to get the game back. Joe Craig had been a thorn in the side of Devizes all game and quickly scored two breakaway goals. Firstly he shot past the keeper and second time he lobbed him to put the Port in the driving seat.

A bizarre situation from a corner led to a third goal for the Port from a corner. Newport took it but the linesman flagged to say it wasn’t in the corner spot. It was taken again and Scot Sampson got on the end of it to head home. 3-1 and the Port were more comfortable. Scott Sampson was then shown  straight red card that even Devizes felt was no more than a yellow.

The Port then held on with ten men to go through to the next round on October 12th.

The winners receive £725 and the losers £250. The draw for the first round Proper will be made on Monday around lunchtime.

Newport reserves won 11-0 at home to Yarmouth and Calbourne. The goal scorers were Danny Mew 3, Brad Thompson 3, Harry Cheek 2, Ashton Moss – Simmonds 2 and Adrian Voigt.

On Tuesday,  Newport take on Southern League side Sholing in a Hampshire Senior Cup tie at Beatrice Avenue. Kick off is 7.45pm


Pewsey Vale 1 Newport 4

Newport made the long journey to Pewsey Vale on Saturday and returned with all three points but were made to work hard by a competitive home side.

Following the cup exploits in midweek, Gary Streeter returned in goal, Jacob Reynolds and George Holmes retained their places, whilst Ollie Macarthur who has featured for the reserve team this season was named as a substitute.

A lively opening as Pewsey showed they would be no pushover and Newport were forced into defensive action early on. The Port soon began to get control however and opened the scoring on 10 minutes when a quick break out down the left-hand side was centred for Liam Triggs to score.

The goal didn’t affect Pewsey’s determination and they continued to get the ball forward but struggled with the end product as chances went wide or high. The home side were making things difficult for the Port as too many high balls forward were won by a Pewsey central defender. Gary Streeter was called into action to block a home striker through on goal.

Again, Newport weathered the storm and began to get more chances themselves. Jordan Browne got away from the last man and into a shooting position, the keeper blocked the shot which then hit a defender and ran across the face of the goal where George Holmes finished off the move at the back post.

Pewsey got going again and a good move down the left-hand side was centred and an incoming striker slid in and scored at the near post.

From the restart, Newport broke with the ball and fed it to Connor Kelly who raced away from the home defence and slotted it past the home keeper to restore the two-goal advantage.

HT: Pewsey Vale 1 Newport 3

The second half continued in very much the same way, Pewsey chasing the game and Newport coming forward on the break. A number of chances were wasted by the home side who could not find the right time to shoot. They either tried to get to close to the goal and were shut down or they shot from long distance and went high or wide. Frustratingly they could not find a shot on target at the right time.

Newport brought on Jake Wright for a tiring George Holmes who is working his way back to full fitness.

Pewsey had a shout for a penalty in the 75th minute but the ball seemed to hit Scott Barron in the stomach rather than arm and the referee waived it away. Newport brought on Ollie MacArthur for his first team debut to replace Jacob Reynolds in midfield.

Ryan Hughes was starting to get some joys with runs down the right-hand side and after interplay with Connor Kelly he swung in a pinpoint cross to Jordan Brown whose goal bound header was saved acrobatically by the home keeper.

As the game drew to a close, Newport returned to their quick passing game and a great move down the left-hand side saw the ball squared to Liam Triggs who made no mistake from 18 yards to finish off the match.

A score line that didn’t really reflect the closeness of the match, the difference was in the final third of the pitch.

FT: Pewsey Vale 1 Newport 4

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Barron, Pearce, Reynolds (Macarthur), L Wright, Triggs, Kelly, Browne, Holmes (J Wright).

Referee: Mr B Dufill


A neutral view from Groundhopper West Country Football

Newport Reserves travelled to AFC Wootton and came away 4-2 winners. The goalscorers were Jayden Yates 2, Zak Sullivan and Harry Cheek.

Newport 2 Bournemouth 2 (Newport win on penalties 7-6)

With Andy Sampson away on a break Stewart Shepherd took the helm. His first task was to find a replacement goalkeeper as Gary Streeter’s hamstring tightened up during the warm up and with Cameron Farley working, he turned to club captain Martin Mcdonough to pull on the gloves. Ryan Hughes returned at right back and Jacob Reynolds came in for Joe Craig who picked up a knock on Saturday.

Bournemouth looked lively from the start and grazed the bar on 10 minutes, but the ball flew over. Things got a little tight in the middle of the park and a few niggly fouls were breaking the game up as things got a little scrappy.

Newport continued to build up the pressure and got a break through just before half time. Neo Lamb picked the ball up just outside the Bournemouth penalty area, broke into the box and launched an unstoppable shot into the far corner of the net.

Half time: Newport 1 Bournemouth 0

It didnt take too long for Bournemouth to get back into the game when on 55 minutes Tyrone Carkeet headed home from a corner. The Poppies pressed on to try for a winner and another header hit the base of the post but went wide. On 62 minutes the referee awarded Bournemouth a free kick just outside the Newport area even though it appeared a straightforward tackle from the sidelines. Lewis Harvey stepped up to drive the ball through the crowded penalty area into the net.

George Holmes came on for Jake Wright as Newport went in search of an equaliser. As the game neared the end of 90 minutes Bournemouth tried to close the game down and keep the ball in the corners. As the game moved into injury time Newport broke away and managed to keep the ball around the Bournemouth penalty area. In a last desperate effort Newport threw everyone forward and on 93 minutes Connor Kelly picked out Neo Lamb in the area who bravely stooped down to head in from close range. With literally seconds to play there was no real time for anything to come from open play.

The tie would now be decided by penalty kicks.

Full Time: Newport 2 Bournemouth 2


(Lewis Wright)
(Neo Lamb)
(Jordan Browne)
(Jacob Reynolds)
(Connor Kelly)
(Spike Pearce)
(George Holmes)
(Scott Barron)

Newport: McDonough, Lamb, Hughes, Barron, Pearce, Sampson, Kelly, L Wright, J Wright (Holmes), Browne, Reynolds.

Referee: C McFarlane

Attendance: 68

Newport 6 East Cowes Vics 1

Under baking sunshine the two sides currently playing at Beatrice Avenue took to the pitch in the first Island derby of the season. Newport welcomed back from suspension both Jordan Browne and Mark Taylor,the latter being on the substitutes bench. The Vics welcomed back four players who were unavailable on Saturday, Liam Newbold, Zack Harris, Jimmi Burton and Jordan Chapman.

The match got off to an absolute flyer when on two minutes, Newport conceded a free kick just outside their penalty area and Joe Butcher curled the ball over the wall leaving Gary Streeter flat footed.

On 4 minutes an incident occured that was to change the course of the game and left Vics with 10 men for the remainder of the match. A clash between Zack Harris and Joe Craig resulted in a red card for the Vics defender. Contraversial so early in the match, varied opinions on the decision but the referee was confident with his view of the incident.

Newport were level within two minutes when Scott Sampson headed home a cross.

On 13 minutes the Port took the lead when a ball was fed through to the unmarked Joe Craig who shot firmly past the Vics keeper.

Just past the half hour mark Newport stretched their lead when Scott Sampson pounced to score after Vics keeper Steinbourne-Busse could only parry a Connor Kelly free kick.

It was going to be hard work in the heat for the Vics in the second half.

HT: Newport 3 East Cowes Vics 1

On 55 minutes Andy Samson brought on Mark Taylor for Lewis Wright. With almost his first touch the enigmatic midfielder had flicked the ball over the advancing keeper with the outside of his boot to put Newport 4-1 up.

Newport then brought on Jake Wright for Liam Triggs as they sought to rest players who had also played 90 minutes in the heat at Romsey on Saturday. Then Jacob Reynolds coming on for Martin McDonough in midfield.

The pace was slowing a little as expected although Newport continued to go for goal, a Neo Lamb screamer being pushed around the post by keeper Steinbourne-Busse.

In the final five minutes Connor Kelly was to twice get around the Vics defence and score clinically to make the final score 6-1.

Full Time: Newport 6 East Cowes Vics 1

Newport: Streeter, Pearce, Lamb, Barron, McDonough(Reynolds),Sampson, Kelly, L Wright (Taylor),Craig, Browne, Triggs(J Wright).

Referee: Mr C Waller

Attendance 304

Photo by Graham Brown of Broonpics Sports Photography (Facebook)

Romsey Town 5 Newport 2

Newport suffered a disappointing defeat away to Romsey on Saturday after conceding three early goals at the Bypass ground.
No Mark Taylor due to an accumulation of yellow cards or Jordan Brown for the final game of his suspension, back from absences were Joe Craig and Scott Sampson although both were kept on the sub benches.
The match was to be played in a blistering temperature on a hot sunny afternoon.

Romsey kicked off and were ahead inside 15 seconds. They simply played the ball tight and quickly through the middle of the park and Liam Magee slotted it past Gary Streeter.

The goal certainly woke Newport up and Newport went on the offensive, Jacob Reynolds shooting over the bar. Romsey were however very keen to get the ball forward and put the Newport defence under pressure.

Even though a goal behind, Newport had a fair share of the play for a quarter of an hour but on 21 minutes things were to change dramatically. Louie Morais wide out on the right touchline hit a high shot from all of 35 yards that flew in over Gary Streeter’s head, possibly coming out of the sun unsighting the keeper. Within a couple of minutes Magee was put through one on one with Streeter and scored again to make it 3-0 after just 23 minutes.

Two minutes later Connor Kelly pulled a goal back after twisting and turning to get a shooting position in the Romsey box.

Shortly afterwards everyone took a drinks break and Newport made a substitution, Joe Craig coming on for Ryan Hughes who appeared to have turned an ankle.

After the drinks break things settled down a little although Romsey hit the underside of the bar from close in and the ball bounced down and away to safety. The second goal that Newport urgently needed didn’t come and Romsey saw the half out without too much danger.

HT: Romsey Town 3 Newport 1

The second half continued very much in the vein the first had ended with Romsey comfortably in control but on the hour the game was ended as a competition when the referee awarded a contraversial penalty to Romsey. A Newport defender swung at a ball, a Romsey striker went over but there appeared no contact, even to the Romsey supporter stood alongside me.
Liam Magee slotted home the penalty to complete his hat trick.

At this point Andy Sampson took off Jacob Reynolds and brought on Scott Sampson to play up front.

On 67 minutes Harry Draycott completed a flowing move to put Romsey 5-1 up.

George Holmes came on for Connor Kelly up front. Scott Sampson received a yellow card for an aerial clash that left the Romsey centre half receiving treatment. On 79 minutes Newport pulled a goal back when Lewis Wright dribbled into the box, lifted the ball over the keeper and Scott Sampson was on hand to force the ball home.

At 5-2 Romsey were content to see the time out and take the points from a result that will hopefully get their season moving forward.

FT: Romsey Town 5 Newport 2

Newport : Streeter, Hughes (Craig), Lamb,Barron, McDonough, Pearce, Kelly (Holmes), L Wright, Triggs, J Wright, Reynolds (Sampson).

Referee: J Foster

Attendance 90

Ringwood Town 3 Newport 5

Newport travelled to the league leaders on a bright sunny afternoon, hoping to build on their away victory at Andover the previous Saturday. The suspended Jordan Browne was replaced up front by Liam Triggs, after Joe Craig was unavailable at the last minute and Mark Taylor came in for the also unavailable Ben Snow. Apart from ferries running late and heavy traffic in the New Forest, there was no repeat of the previous Saturdays transport issues.

Ringwood started like you would expect a top of the table side to do, urged on by a vocal crowd, they were quick out of the blocks and moving the ball forward at pace. Newport were caught out a little and an early goal was to come on 8 minutes. Ringwood moved the ball down the left side, got past Ryan Hughes and sent in a pinpoint cross for their centre forward to head past Gary Streeter. 1-0 and a bit of a wake up call.

Newport were sparked into action and Lewis Wright almost equalised straight away when he weaved his way into the box and prodded the ball goalwards only for it to be cleared off the line.

The small but noisy home crowd were to be silenced not long after.

A harmless high looping ball fell to Neo Lamb stood about 20 yards out, but only about 10 feet in from the touchline. No thoughts of controlling the ball, he simply hit it on the volley straight down the centre of the goal, over the flailing arms of the home keeper and dipping under the crossbar like a guided missile. 1-1 , 19 minutes played.

The home side were somewhat stunned and started to become irritated by the referee’s decisions and the captain and a defender were pulled aside for a talking to, but no sin bin.

Just past the half hour mark, a Newport through ball appeared to be covered by two Ringwood defenders but in confusion they left it to each other and Connor Kelly was able to nip around them and lift it over the keeper into the net. 2-1 to the Port. From the kick off Ringwood again appeared unsettled and gave the ball away in the centre circle, it was played to Mark Taylor who simply drilled it hard and low goalwards. It had wrong footed the home keeper who appeared to think it was going wide but as he he looked around he saw it trickle just inside the post to make it 3-1. 35 minutes played.

The referee continued to give free kicks to Newport, Liam Triggs playing as an emergency centre forward was shielding the ball so well and the home defence was becoming frustrated. Once more the referee called the captain and a home defender for a chat but again no sin bin.

Newport were able to keep things tight and safely reach half time.

Half Time: Ringwood Town 1 Newport 3

The second half kicked off with a livened up Ringwood going on the offensive and getting several shots on target but Gary Streeter appeared to have glue on his gloves, everything seemed to stick.

Five minutes into the second half Newport broke out of midfield, Ringwood were committed upfield, the ball was played wide left to Connor Kelly who then played an inch perfect ball into the onrushing Liam Triggs who side footed it past the keeper.4-1.

Newport were well in control and were having success on the break with the Ringwood pressing to try and get back in the game. Liam Triggs almost scored a second identical goal when he met a low Connor Kelly cross only for it to go wide of the post.

Ringwood did not give up and continued to try and get some hold back in the game and on 61 minutes scored from a free kick just outside the box that went over the wall and inside the post. 4-2.

Shortly afterwards Mark Taylor was yellow carded for a foul in the middle of the pitch, he continued to advise the referee he was wrong and was sent to the sin bin. Ringwood sensed an opportunity to get back into the game. Surely enough they did and on 68 minutes with some good build up they scored a third. The score now 4-3 the encouraged home support once more urged their team on.

Mark Taylor returned to the pitch with just under 15 minutes to play and the Port were able to continue their attacking stance, once again a superb Connor Kelly cross into the box saw an onrushing Liam Triggs put the ball just the wrong side of the post. Newport took off the tiring Jake Wright and replaced him with Jacob Reynolds slipping into midfield.

Ringwood continued to press forward in an effort to get something from the game and it was obvious there was another goal in the game. That goal did arrive with four minutes on the clock. A clever Taylor ball between defenders allowed Connor Kelly to beat the offside trap, he took the ball to the keepers right, giving an angle on his left foot to shoot into the empty net. 5-3 and effectively ending the game.

Full Time: Ringwood Town 3 Newport 5

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Barron, McDonough, Pearce, Kelly, L Wright, Triggs, J Wright (Reynolds), Taylor.

Referee: Martin Bloor

Attendance: 38

Newport Reserves lost their first league match 4-1 away to Seaview, Jayden Yates scoring for the Port. A tough match against a physical Seaview side but a good learning experience for our young team.


Andover Town 0 Newport 1

Newport travelled to Andover on a wild and windy Saturday, were beseiged by transport problems but doggedly dug out the important first win of the season.

Holidays, work and family committments caused availability problems but the Port were still able to name a strong starting line up that included six teenagers.

Jake Wright (16) getting his first competitive start alongside his brother Lewis (18) in midfield (Cue headlines about the Wright Brothers making Newport fly, it will happen at some point)

The journey was made to Andover in five cars however exhaust problems in one and overheating in another meant that after much seat changing only four cars completed the trip and one is still in Newbury receiving attention.

Newport kicked off with the wind behind them and started well, quick passing and clever inter play put Andover on the backfoot from the get go although not really troubling the home keeper.

Jordan Browne was ordered to leave the pitch as he had blood on his shirt, then the linesman made him change his shorts, then he wanted the new shirt changed and another pair of shorts. By now poor Jordan was left on the touchline whilst coach Stewart Shepherd ran to the dressing room to bring another shirt and shorts. After 4 minutes Jordan could return to the game.

Andover had been working hard to get into the game and this they eventually did however some wayward shooting provided few problems for Gary Streeter. The home side kept at it however and almost took the lead on 19 minutes,threading the ball through the Newport defence finding only Gary Streeter in their way, the forward chipped the ball over the keeper only to see it hit the post and bounce away to safety.

Newport on the other hand went on the attack and on 23 minutes the ball fell to Connor Kelly who struck it crisply into the net from just outside the penalty area, to put the Port in front.

Andover came back on the attack and shot from close to the byeline, hitting the outside of the post and away for a goal kick, although Gary Streeter had it covered.

The remainder of the half belonged to Andover but they were forced to shoot from distance and Gary Streeter had everything covered.

Half Time: Andover Town 0 Newport 1

Andover started the second half well but again a resolute Newport defence kept them at arms length and although the home side had many shots they were mostly wide of the mark.

In an effort to tighten up midfield, Andy Sampson brought on Jacob Reynolds for Ben Snow and pushed Jake Wright forward on the left hand side, later on swapping with Connor Kelly to go wide right.

Newport had now set out their stall to defend their lead, Lewis Wright having a tigerish game in midfield received a yellow card for a series of fouls.

On 81 minutes, Lewis Wright himself seemed to be fouled but the referee gave the decision the other way. Newport captain Martin McDonough questioned the decision and was immediately sent to the sin bin. With only 9 minutes left on the clock there was no way the captain was going to be allowed back into the game.

Newport then had to defend for their lives as Andover pushed everyone forward, bodies were on the line and a fantastic double save from veteran keeper Gary Streeter kept the away sheet well and truly clean.

As the game moved into injury time, Jordan Browne committed a foul in the centre circle and appeared to injure himself in the process. The referee asked him if he required treatment and he said yes. The physio started to walk on to the pitch for about 10 yards but the player changed his mind and said he could see the time out. The physio left the field and then the referee ordered Browne to leave the field even though he had received no treatment. As he was walking off Browne said something to the referee for which he received a straight red card.

Newport were now down to nine men for the remainder of the game. Andover took the free kick which Gary Streeter dealt with harmlessly cleared the ball and the referee blew for full time.

An eventful day, but back to back clean sheets and an excellent team performance to gain our first league win of the season.

Full Time: Andover Town 0 Newport 1

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Barron, McDonough, Pearce, Kelly, Lewis Wright, Snow (Reynolds), Browne, Jake Wright.

Referee: S Hunt

Attendance 91

Newport reserves played their final friendly before their league campaign kicks off beating Whitecroft and Barton reserves 2-0 with goals from Harrison Yates and Jayden Yates.

Newport 0 US Portsmouth 0

Port made two changes in the starting line up for the match against a strong United Services Portsmouth side tipped for promotion: talented centre forward Charlie Urry, starting his first competitive game in Newport colours for a year, took the place of Lewis Wright, and another returning player, Spike Pearce, played in the place of the unavailable Scott Sampson.

Newport kicked off the first half towards the primary school, on a hard, uneven, grassy pitch in relatively cool late summer temperature.
The less said about a first half dominated by the visiting side from Portsmouth the better. The most notable incident was an injury to veteran keeper, Gary Streeter, in the 16th minute. However, despite the presence of substitute keeper, Cameron Farley, on the bench, Gary opted to play out the rest of the game with a swollen ankle.

Despite having the lion’s share of possession and territory, US Portsmouth were unable to convert their advantage into clear cut chances, let alone goals, and the first half ended goalless.

HT: Newport IoW 0-0 US Portsmouth

The second half was a far more lively and entertaining spectacle, with chances for both sides. In the 49th minute, Gary Streeter had to pull off a good save to prevent the visiting side from taking the lead. Then, in the 55th minute, Jordan Browne had a strong shot from outside the area saved on the line by the US Portsmouth keeper. A number of strong challenges went in as the game became more competitive and Mark Taylor was booked for a particularly heavy challenge in the 64th minute.

Andy Sampson then sent on his substitutes in an attempt to break the deadlock: the brothers Jake and Lewis Wright replacing captain, Martin McDonough, and Liam Triggs. Port were now appearing far more threatening, with Jordan Browne heading just over the crossbar in the 82nd minute and Mark Taylor hitting the crossbar in the 85th minute.
However, US Portsmouth were unlucky not to return to their naval town with all three points, after shooting just over the crossbar from a corner in the final minute of the game.

FT: Newport IoW 0-0 US Portsmouth

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Barron. McDonough (Lewis Wright). Pearce, Kelly, Triggs (Jake Wright), Uerry, Browne, Taylor

Substitutes not used: Harrison Yates, Cameron Farley

Referee: Rado Lliev

Attendance: 105

Vote for the Port’s man of the match against US Portsmouth

Newport Man of the Match v US Portsmouth

  • Ryan Hughes (29%, 2 Votes)
  • Gary Streeter (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Charlie Urry (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Jake Wright (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Spike Pearce (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Scott Barron (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Martin McDonough (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Liam Triggs (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Neo Lamb (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jordan Browne (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mark Taylor (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Lewis Wright (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Connor Kelly (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Newport 1 Verwood 2

Newport conceded a late winner to Verwood having dominated for most of the game.

Andy Sampson set out his stall leaving Charlie Urry, Jared Cousins and Spike Pearce on the bench and opting for Scott Barron in defence, Lewis Wright in midfield and Liam Triggs in an attacking role.

Newport started the livelier and were quickly on the offensive but struggled to get an effort on target.

Breaking down the flanks, the Port forced a succession of corners but didn’t really put the visitors goal in danger. On 25 minutes the home side got the breakthrough they deserved when they were awarded a penalty for a rash challenge. Connor Kelly stepped up to hit the ball hard and low into the right hand side of the net.

The goal sparked Verwood into getting more attacking moves going and although enjoying a good spell and getting into dangerous positions , the resulting shots were off target. This was all to change on 35 minutes when Ollie Davies hit a screamer into the top corner from 25 yards.

Half Time: Newport 1 Verwood Town 1

Verwood probably felt relieved to be on level terms at half time and made a tactical substitution in an effort to change things. The second half then took on a different pattern of play with Verwood getting more of the ball in the Port half, although the home side looked more threatening even though chances were fewer.

Newport pressed players forward in an attempt to find the winner and again won a succession of corners but were unable to bury the ball in the net. A goal at this point would probably have won it for the home side but it was not coming.

Newport pushed everyone forward in an attempt to get the winner but a long clearance from the Verwood defence allowed Lee Vint to break past the last defender and run on and lob the ball over the stranded Gary Streeter into an empty net.

A buoyant Verwood then took the game to Newport in the final few minutes and wind the game down to claim the three points.

Full time: Newport 1 Verwood 2

Newport: Streeter, Hughes (Cousins), Lamb, Barron, McDonough (J Wright) Sampson, Kelly, L Wright (Urry), Triggs, Browne, Taylor. Unused subs; Reynolds, Pearce.

Referee: A Knight

Attendance 75