Category: Match Report

Newport 2 Petersfield 2

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Referee: Nathan Cook

Attendance: 81

Newport 2 Bournemouth 1

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Referee: Sean Jenkins
Attendance: 91

Newport 0 Brockenhurst 3

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Attendance: 50

AFC Portchester 7 Newport 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newport 2 Fareham 5

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


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

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


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

Newport 3 Bashley 1

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

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

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

Half Time: Newport 2 Bashley 0

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

full Time: Newport 3 Bashley 1

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

Attendance: 78

Referee: Kasimir Petrov

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

Newport 0 Portland United 2

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

Full Time : Newport 0 Portland United 2

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

West Wight 1 Newport 0

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

Blackfield & Langley 3 Newport 0

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

Newport 2 Cowes 4

In what was very much a ‘six-pointer’ near the foot of the table, Newport, without a win in 2018, faced a Cowes side with a nine point advantage in nineteenth place. A win in the ‘big island derby’ would have reduced the deficit to six points, with ‘the Port’ having two games in hand. Unfortunately, this wasn’t to be.

Newport came into the match close to full strength, with only two regular first team players missing from action: Will Quigley—who was replaced by Keelan Sainsbury, and Aiden Sainsbury, who had been replaced by the experienced Martin McDonough. For once ‘the Port’ had strength in depth, with three formidable players on the substitutes bench—Belgian striker, Aurele Beya; utility player, Jared Wetherick; and experienced midfielder, Darren Powell—as well as the promising youngster, Aidan Radford.

Newport kicked off playing towards the Allotments End, on a soft pitch, on a cold but fine late winter evening.

The game began inauspiciously for ‘the Port’, with two bookings in the first ten minutes for the home side: Liam Newbold and Mark Taylor both being yellow carded. The reverse fixture had seen two Newport sendings off in August; however, the referee Derek Pratt’s insistence on penalising the home team’s players may have limited their willingness to commit themselves to the tackle right from the very start of the game.

Newport had some half-chances in the early stages, with Liam Newbold and Keelan Sainsbury both taking pot shots from a distance; however, it was Cowes who applied most of the pressure, with shots coming from Conor Furmidge in the 6th minute and Jimmy Wykes in the seventh. In a foretaste of what was to come later on in the game, in the 21st minute John McKie struck the ball across the face of Gary Streeter’s goal, but fortunately no-one was there to connect.

Then, shortly after, in the 22nd minute, Cowes pressure paid off, with McKie making a run into the penalty area, his shot taking a deflection off a Newport defender and skidding past a wrong-footed Streeter. Newport 0–1 Cowes.

Cowes continued to press after their goal, with the menacing McKie forcing a save off Streeter in the 24th minute with a low strike. The referee was to add to Newport’s woes, with both Lewis Wright and Spike Pearce being yellow carded before the half-time break. ‘The Port’ had few chances, barring a long, promising 42nd minute run by Charlie Urry into the Cowes penalty area, which ended with the Newport centre forward shooting over the bar.

Half-time: Newport (IoW) 0–1 Cowes Sports

The second half could not be faulted for incident or entertainment, yet ultimately ended in bitter disappointment for the home side.

It began dramatically enough when, in the 49th minute, Newport striker, Charlie Urry, found himself up-ended deep in the penalty area and the referee had little hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. It was Charlie himself who took the penalty, striking the ball cleanly and powerfully … and hitting the crossbar. The rebound landed at his feet, once again Charlie launched the ball towards the Cowes goal, only for the ball to be parried off the body of a Cowes defender. Yet again the ball returned to the luckless Mr Urry, and yet again the ball was struck with some force towards the Cowes goal only to be blocked by a resourceful Cowes defence, with the ball eventually going out for a Newport corner.

It wasn’t too long before ‘the Port’ were punished for their failure to convert a penalty, when, in the 53rd minute, Conor Furmidge sent a through ball to John McKie who rounded the keeper to give Cowes a 0–2 lead.

Cowes, however, were not given the chance to relax on their two goal cushion. In the 59th minute, Conor Kelly found himself free and sent a low shot past Ed Hatt in the Cowes goal to offer hope for the home side. Newport 1–2 Cowes.

Newport’s chances of saving the game were dealt a blow when, in the sixtieth minute, attacking midfielder Emerson Tattersall, who had been limping since the thirtieth minute, was forced to come off, and former Cowes player, Jared Wetherick, added his physical presence to the Newport attack.

‘The Port’ were, by now, strongly committed to attacking play, but this left them dangerously exposed at the back, especially from John McKie’s incisive runs. In the 68th minute, Newport were punished for their attacking play, when McKie latched on to long ball from Conor White, who first got past a defender, then rounded the keeper, to score his hat trick. Newport 1–3 Cowes.

Mike Kelly then used his final tactical option to recover the game for ‘the Port’, when he threw on the skilful Belgian striker Aurele Beya in place of teenage midfielder, Lewis Wright.

Cowes soon discovered they could not let up their guard when, in the 77th minute, they left their former player, Jared Wetherick, unmarked on the edge of their penalty area, who promptly penalised the away side for some lackadaisical defending by dispatching the ball into the back of Ed Hatt’s net. Newport 2–3 Cowes.

Was there now sufficient time for ‘the Port’ to salvage a point or even snatch an unlikely victory from the jaws of defeat? Unfortunately not. In the 82nd minute. Cowes centre forward, Conor Furmidge was to beat Gary Streeter from 18 yards out to put the game beyond the home side’s reach. Newport 2–4 Cowes.

The end of the match saw one further Newport booking (Conor Kelly 84), the fifth of the game for the home side, presumably for protesting what had appeared to him to have been an offside goal. There was also time for Aurele Beya to show a little of his undoubted talent, when, in the third minute of injury time, he volleyed the ball just over the crossbar.

Full time: Newport (IoW) 2–4 Cowes Sports

Newport, in 20th place, are now twelve points behind Cowes in nineteenth place, with two games in hand.This Saturday, 17 March, Newport face Fareham Town.

Goals: Newport: Kelly 59, Wetherick 77 Cowes: McKie 22, 59, 68 Furmidge 82

Yellow Cards: Newport: Newbold, Taylor, Wright, Pearce, Kelly Cowes: Furmidge

Newport: Streeter, Newbold, K. Sainsbury, Taylor, Pearce, McDonough, Wright (Beya), Triggs, Urry, Kelly, Tattersall (Wetherick) Subs not used: Radford, Powell
Cowes: Hatt, White, Wykes, Chase, Conway, Lewis, McKie, Dye (McKenzie), Furmidge (Watkins), Appell, Bricknell Subs not used: Ince, Holdsworth, Saunders

Referee: Derek Pratt

Attendance: 259