Category: Match Report

Newport 2 Hythe & Dibden 1

Newport made three changes to the side that had lost 2-1 away to Bemerton the previous Saturday, all experienced players returning to take the place of teenagers. In defence, captain Martin McDonough took the place of Harrison Yates; in midfield, Liam Triggs came in for Lewis Wright and George Colson replaced the younger Wright brother, Jake.

The Port began kicking off towards the GKN end on a pitch that had stood up well to recent downpours.

Newport put league leaders, Hythe & Dibden, under pressure right from the kick off. In their first attack, Jared Cousins was bundled over just outside the visitors penalty area. Jordan Browne then stepped up to take the free kick, which ricocheted off the Hythe & Dibden wall back to Browne, who then smashed the ball into the top left corner of the visitors’ net to give the Port a 1-0 advantage in only the second minute of the game.

The home side continued to put the mainland visitors under pressure with Connor Kelly shooting wide in the 4th minute and Jordan Browne shooting across the face of the goal in the 15th minute.

However, disaster struck in the 16th minute when, against the run of play, Rhys Crooks equalised for the visitors from close range.

Newport continued to press and harass the league leaders. In the 18th minute, flying winger, Connor Kelly, rounded the Hythe & Dibden keeper, only to have his shot blocked by a defender. Kelly then had a further shot saved by the keeper in the 23rd minute. Jared Cousins was put through in the 27th minute, but lacked the finishing touch. Finally, Liam Triggs had a strong shot blocked by a defender in the 42nd minute.

HT: Newport 1-1 Hythe & Dibden

While the home side were very much in the ascendancy in the first half in terms of chances, Hythe & Dibden showed their quality after the break, putting their hosts under considerable pressure but without being able to administer the coup de gras. Port had veteran keeper, Gary Streeter to thank for preserving their lead by making a couple of fine saves in the 50th and 53rd minutes of the game. Then, in the 62nd minute, Scott Barron, prevented the league leaders from taking the lead by clearing off the line.

The Port, however, had luck on their side, scoring in the 66th minute against the run of play, when Hythe & Dibden keeper, Josh Cotton, scooped the ball onto the head of his defender, Kelvin Lichowe, to watch in horror as the ball rolled into the back of his own net to give the home side a 2-1 advantage.

Liam Triggs nearly increased Port’s advantage in the 69th minute, when he skilfully weaved his way through the visiting team’s defence, only to have his shot blocked by their keeper.

Hythe and Dibden then laboured in vain to find an equaliser, but profligate finishing and an in form Gary Streeter put paid to their chances of returning across the Solent with a point. After a nervy last quarter of an hour, followed by eight minutes of injury time, the referee finally blew his whistle, to allow Port to take the scalp of the former league leaders and hopefully reinvigorate their season with a memorable win.

FT: Newport IW 2-1 Hythe & Dibden

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Reynolds (J Wright), McDonough, Barron, Kelly (Taylor), Triggs, Cousins (Craig), Colson.

Subs not used: Yates, Gearing

Attendance 90

Referee: Mr M Bloor

Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2 Newport 1

Newport went down to promotion chasing Bemerton by two goals to one after taking an early first half lead.

Andy Sampson’s squad was missing several regulars due to work committments and injuries including captain Martin McDonough, Scott Sampson, Spike Pearce and Mark Taylor. Harrison Yates was brought in at centre back alongside Scott Barron. Lewis and Jake Wright both returned in midfield. Reserve team keeper Alex Ram was on the bench because veteran keeper Gary Streeter had been having back problems during the week.

Newport got off to a flyer and took the lead on 6 minutes when Connor Kelly ran at the Harlequins defence and nobody could stop him putting the ball in the back of the net. The lead was only to last a mere 7 minutes when Bemerton equalised with a free header from a corner.

In an even game Newport went close to regaining the lead when a Jacob Reynolds header went narrowly the wrong side of the post. Jordan Browne produced a shot from the edge of the box which fired narrowly over the Bemerton cross bar. Both sides had chances but neither were able to break the deadlock before half time.

HT: Bemerton Heath Harlequins 1 Newport 1

Newport made a substitution at half time when keeper Gary Streeter was forced off with his back problem and Alex Ram came on to make his first team debut.

Newport had an early chance when a Jordan Browne shot brought a good save out of Bemerton keeper Paddy Creese low down to his left.

On 57 minutes the referee gave Bemerton a free kick on the edge of the Newport area but then changed his decision to a penalty after consulting an assistant.

The league top scorer Justin Bennett took the penalty but young keeper Alex Ram brought off a good save to keep the scores level.

The match continued to be on a knife edge until the 65th minute when a long distance effort from Bemerton just beat Alex Ram to put the Witshire side 2-1 ahead.

On 80 minutes Andy Sampson brought off defender Harrison Yates and brought on striker Zac Sullivan in an effort to get something from the game.

Newport threw everything at it but couldn’t find the net. Bemerton did get the ball in the net again on 90 minutes but the effort was wiped out for offside.

FT: Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2 Newport 1

Newport: Streeter (Ram), Hughes, Lamb, Yates (Sullivan), Barron, Reynolds, Kelly, L Wright, Cousins, Browne, J Wright.

Referee: Mr Jacob Wright

Whitchurch Utd 1 Newport 4

Newport pulled out another fine attacking performance at Longmeadow on Saturday to come away with all three points against high flying Whitchurch United.

Andy Sampson had to make a number of enforced changes with the unavailability of Scott Sampson, Charlie Urry and George Colson. Jacob Reynolds took over the defensive midfield role whilst Martin McDonagh dropped into the back line, Liam Triggs started in midfield and Jared Cousins returned from injury up front.

It didn’t take long for the Port to get in front when a Connor Kelly cross was met with a first time strike from Jared Cousins in the 9th minute.

After the goal, the match turned a little scrappy but Newport stayed on the front foot and continued to look dangerous. Connor Kelly had a great chance to make it 2-0 when through one on one with the home keeper but was unable to find the net.

The Port were punished in the 39th minute when Ryan Long pulled one back for the home side.

Once again it didn’t take long for the Port to get in front with Jacob Reynolds getting up in the six yard box to head home. With only 2 minutes left on the first half clock, the Port saw the time out to go in 2-1 up.

HT: Whitchurch Utd 1 Newport 2

If Newport had started the first half on fire , they turned the heat up even higher in the second half.

In the 46th minute, Liam Triggs picked the ball upin midfield and went on a mazy run, right through the Whitchurch defence and slotted home to give the Port a two goal cushion. Within seconds of the restart Connor Kelly had scored an absolute screamer from 25+ yards out. I will leave it to our mainland correspondent Mike Payne to describe; –

“The goal of this season, last season, and probably many season’s ahead!  Connor’s goal was what would now be described as a ‘Worldy’!  He was sort of in the inside-right position, but a bit wider perhaps, the ball came square to him and he hit a curling shot that flew into the far top corner.  It was magnificent!  ”

Thats 4-1 then and effectively game over.

Newport continued to dominate midfield with both Liam Triggs and Jacob Reynolds having excellent matches in their respective positions.

FT: Whitchurch United 1 Newport 4

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

Referee: Mark Millard

Attendance: 47


Newport Reserves lost 4-0 away at runaway league leaders Oakfield. A tough match that saw the youngsters finish the game with 8 players after late withdrawals and injuries including Caleb Charlesworth going off with a head injury. The players that represented the Port in a difficult situation were a credit to the club.

Newport 2 Andover New Street 3

In a game of two halves, Andover New Street dominated the first half, Newport fought back to level  terms in the second only to lose to an injury time goal once again.

The Beatrice Avenue pitch was judged to be fit to play on Saturday morning, despite heavy rain over the preceding week. A sunny afternoon had been forecast, but the game was played in a constant downpour. No doubt the slippery condition of the pitch was at least partly responsible for the number of mistimed tackles throughout the game, leading to a flurry of red and yellow cards being brandished by referee, Adrian Knight.

Port made a number of changes to the starting line up to the one that had beaten Folland Sports the previous Saturday. Gary Streeter returned in goal in place of Ben Gearing, and Neo Lamb was given the nod in place of Jacob Reynolds. Port’s attacking potential was bolstered by the welcome return of Charlie Urry from suspension. The injured Connor Kelly was an unfortunate absence, and his place was taken by Mark Taylor.

The first half was something of a dour affair, with the Port struggling to create anything in attack. Andover took the lead in the 22nd minute with only their second attempt on goal, when Luke Hooper connected with a long ball to score at the far post.

Missing the pace and creativity of leading scorer, Connor Kelly, it took Port until the 36th minute to manage their first shot on target. The first half ended in controversial fashion, when Ryan Hughes was bundled over in the New Street penalty area by an Andover defender. However, rather than awarding a spot kick, the referee blew his whistle for half time.

Half time: Newport IW 0-1 Andover New Street

Unlike the first half, the second half could not be described as being in any sense dull. Port began with attacking intent, with Mark Taylor being denied by the New Street keeper after a strong run in the 46th minute. However, New Street were to extend their lead in the 61st minute through a long shot by Shane Lock, to give the away side a 2-0 advantage.

Two minutes later, Port responded through a George Colson penalty, after Charlie Urry had been pushed in the penalty area, to make the score 2-1. However, Colson was given his marching orders for a second yellow card shortly after scoring, in what appeared to be a clash of heads with an opponent.
A few minutes later, the visitors were also reduced to ten men, after one of their number clashed with Mark Taylor. Port were now in the ascendency, and created a number of chances. First, Neo Lamb had a free kick acrobatically saved by the New Street keeper, and then Jordan Browne headed just past the New Street post.
Andy Sampson then threw on some fresh legs in an attempt to claw the game back for Port. Liam Triggs replacing Ryan Hughes and Lewis Wright coming on for captain, Martin McDonough. In a game never short on controversy, first assistant manager, the usually mild-mannered Stuart Shepherd was red carded, presumably for being too vociferous with his opinions, then Spike Pearce was sin binned. Despite having a player fewer than their opponents, Port continued to attack.

The home side’s fighting spirit appeared to have earned its reward, when a Lewis Wright cross-cum-shot found its way over the Andover keeper and into the back of the net, equalizing the score at 2-2 and provoking jubilation amongst the home supporters and players. However, jubilation turned turned to despair in the third minute of injury time, when New Street’s Ilyas Warshow popped up in the Port penalty area to score a third goal for the visitors and send the North Hampshire side home happy with a 3-2 victory.

Final score: Newport IW 2-3 Andover New Street

Newport IW: Streeter, Hughes (Triggs), Lamb, Pearce, McDonough (Wright), Sampson, Craig, Colson, Urry, Browne, Taylor Subs not used: Reynolds, Barron

Referee: A Knight

Attendance 94

Defeat leaves Port in 11th place in Wessex League One. Newport travel to 5th placed Whitchurch United on Saturday

Newport Reserves beat Shanklin Reserves 2-1 in the IOW Junior A Cup with two goals from Harrison Yates.

Newport 6 Folland Sports 0

After a long series of postponements, Port get their push for promotion on track with a superb 6-0 home win against Follands Sports at Beatrice Avenue.

Port made two changes to the side that had lost 0-1 away at New Milton the previous Saturday, with Ben Gearing replacing the injured Gary Streeter in goal, and Joe Craig starting in place of Mark Taylor.

Port put the planemakers under pressure right from the start of a game in which they would have scored more than six were it not for the heroic efforts of Follands keeper, Ash Downs. Port’s best chance in the opening period came in the 15th minute, when a George Colson free kick was parried by Downs in the Folland’s goal, falling to Jordan Browne, who missed an open goal. Port then converted pressure and possession into a goal, when a George Colson cross was met by a flying Jordan BROWNE header, to give Port a 1-0 advantage.

Port extended their lead in the 28th minute when Jared COUSINS scored from close range, with Jordan Browne being the provider. Port then had numerous opportunities to extend their 2-0 lead, all of which were blocked by the in form Folland’s keeper, who stopped a Ryan Hughes effort in the 31st minute, a magnificent header from Joe Craig in the 31st minute, a header from Jordan Browne in the 36th minute, a curling shot from Connor Kelly in the 42nd minute and a long shot by Jacob Reynolds in the 45th minute.

Half time: Newport IW 2-0 Follands Sports

The second half began with a rare attack by the Follands Sports, who had a shot rebound off the post in the 50th minute. However, the relentless Port pressure led to tempers getting frayed for the away side, with one of their players being sin binned. The pain for the planemakers was to get worse in the 60th minute, when flying winger Connor KELLY dispatched a magnificent long range effort into the bottom left corner of the away side’s net to give Port a 3-0 cushion. The referee evened things up by sending Scott Sampson to the sin bin for ten minutes.

In the 74th minute, the in form Kelly nearly added to his goal tally, when another of his long range efforts bounced off the crossbar. In the 82nd minute, Port went 4-0 up, after a Jordan BROWNE effort was deflected into the Follands goal. Joe CRAIG added a fifth for the home side in the 86th minute, poking the ball into the back of the net after a Connor Kelly effort was cleared off the line by a Folland’s defender. Finally, George COLSON, who had had a magnificent home debut for the Port, added a sixth from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.

Final score: Newport IW 6-0 Follands Sports

Newport: Gearing, Hughes, Reynolds (Lamb), Pearce, McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Colson, Cousins (Taylor), Browne, Craig

Referee: R Walczak

Attendance 87

Photographs from the match can be seen on the Broonpics Sports Photography page on Facebook.


Newport Reserves progressed to the third round of the Hampshire FA Vase with a 4-3 win over Mayflower FC from Southampton. The goalscorers Newport were Zak Sullivan 2, Harry Cheek and Brad Thompson. The Reserves now have a home tie against Hook to be played on 7th December.

Totton & Eling 2 Newport 6

On Tuesday night Newport provided one of their best performances of the season so far winning 6-2 away at Totton & Eling.

The Southampton side had picked up in form recently, particularly at home but Newport were swift in getting the match under control with Connor Kelly finding the net in the 4th minute.

A quarter of an hour later, Kelly was to turn provider, with an inch perfect cross finding Jordan Browne at the back post to head home.

Shortly after the restart the Port were to concede a sloppy goal. Awarded a free kick just outside their own penalty area, a mix up between the Newport defenders and keeper allowed Daniel Spencer in to score a simple goal.

It could have been a turning point that allowed the home side back into the game but that man Connor Kelly was having none of it. The ball was fed through to the striker and he raced through the defence, rounded the keeper and steered the ball into an empty net. Half an hour gone and the Port were 3-1 up.

Ten minutes later and it was 4-1. Mark Taylor shot from distance, the home keeper spilled the ball and a rejuvenated Jordan Browne was first to strike the ball home.

Half Time: Totton & Eling 1 Newport 4

Totton and Eling shuffled the side round at half time in an effort to get back into the game but it didn’t take long for Newport to get back on the scoresheet. Again a perfect Connor Kelly cross was met by Jordan Browne to fire home for his hat trick on 54 minutes.

On the hour mark, Jared Cousins had to come off and was replaced by reserve team striker Jayden Yates.

On 69 minutes Connor Kelly was to complete his own hat trick. Latching on to a long clearance from Gary Streeter, he nipped in before the home defence and lobbed it over the advancing keeper.

Totton & Eling were awarded a late penalty when we mistimed a tackle and took out the striker. John Macaulay making no mistake from the spot.

Full Time: Totton & Eling 2 Newport 6

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Triggs, Barron, McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, J Wright (H Yates), Cousins (J Yates), Browne, Taylor.

Referee: Mr B Duffell

Attendance 83

Port slip up in the FA Vase

Port lose to Western League Bridgwater Town on a wet afternoon at Beatrice Avenue.

Newport began the game fielding a close to full strength side, which saw the return of the combative Mark Taylor at right back, the experienced captain, Martin McDonough, and a former player-of-the-season, striker Charlie Urry.

Port kicked off towards the GKN end in wet conditions on a soggy pitch dampened by a couple of days of continuous rain.

The men-in-yellow went behind after just four minutes, when Mark Taylor conceded a free kick on the edge of the area, which took a deflection before Bridgwater striker, Jake Brown, headed the ball past Gary Streeter from point blank range at the far post.

The North Somerset side nearly took a 2-0 lead in the 18th minute, when they were denied by veteran keeper Streeter. Port then started coming back into the game, with Joe Craig having a shot saved from the edge of the area in the 23rd minute, and a Connor Kelly free kick going narrowly over the bar on the half hour mark.

Then came an incident that probably put paid to Port’s chances of advancing further in the FA Vase, when Charlie Urry tangled with a Bridgwater player in the muddy conditions and was promptly given his marching orders by referee Mr Forrest whilst issuing a yellow card to the Bridgwater player, a decision which the majority of the crowd viewed as harsh.

HT Newport IW 0-1 Bridgwater Town

Port managed a few chances against a side one tier higher than themselves in the league pyramid, and appeared to cope well with being a player down. In the 55th minute, Joe Craig sent a shot narrowly past the post from the edge of the area. However, disaster struck Port for a second time in the 56th minute, when a weak back pass from Mark Taylor was intercepted by a Bridgwater player, who was then hauled down by Taylor’s  mistimed tackle in the middle of the penalty area. The spot kick was converted by Jake Llewellyn, to make the game safe for the visitors at 0-2.

Port continued to battle, with Liam Triggs shooting just over the bar in the 63rd minute. Some agile defending from Gary Streeter kept the North Somerset side at bay and prevented the scoreline from appearing worse.

A competitive game ended on a sour note when a Bridgwater player, Jack Taylor, made an untoward comment directed at the referee, leading to his being sin-binned. Taylor then appeared to vehemently protest this decision, resulting in his being red carded. However, there was insufficient time remaining for Port to take advantage of the visitors themselves being reduced to ten men, and Port’s run in this year’s FA Vase came to an abrupt halt.

Full time: Newport IW 0-2 Bridgwater Town

Newport: Streeter, Taylor, Lamb, Barron, McDonough (Cousins 73), Sampson, Kelly (Jake Wright 78), Triggs, Urry, Browne, Craig

Referee: Keiron Forrest

Attendance: 144


Downton 4 Newport 0

The day started badly as in the morning we lost two players to illness and injury meaning a bare twelve made the journey to Downton. Scott Barron was a welcome returner in defence but the absences meant that several players had to play out of position. Mark Taylor slotted in at right back to cover the ill Ryan Hughes, Neo Lamb moved to centre half to cover the absent Spike Pearce who had pulled a back muscle.

Newport started well gaining a corner in the first minute but the home side were able to clear the attack.

There followed a period when both sides nervously weighed each other up and consequently both teams made mistakes as they tried to settle into a rhythm. Newport were having success out wide and a Connor Kelly cross was just headed over by Liam Triggs. On 20 minutes Downton themselves went on the attack and only a desperate challenge blocked a shot and deflected the ball out for a corner kick. The resulting corner turned into a goalmouth scramble and eventually Downton put the ball in the net to take the lead.

From the restart Newport went on the attack and the home keeper was forced to block a Connor Kelly shot when through on goal. On 28 minutes Newport got the ball into the Downton penalty area, Jake Wright dribbled towards goal but had his legs taken from under him. The referee blew for a foul but it was against Jake Wright and he was yellow carded for a supposed dive. That wasn’t the opinion of most people in the ground including the Downton supporters around me. Ollie McArthur was then booked for a strong challenge.

Newport continued to press and try and get back in the game and in a goalmouth scramble a Downton defender was forced to clear the ball off his own goal line. The final action of the first half enraged the home fans. Downton broke from the half way line and were three attackers on three defenders only for the referee to blow for half time mid move.

HT: Downton 1 Newport 0

During the half time break several Downton supporters commiserated with Newport fans that the dive incident should have been a penalty, however it was cold comfort to the travelling fans.

Downton started the second half stronger and doubled their lead on 55 minutes when an attacker was given too much space to get his shot off and although Gary Streeter got a hand to it he couldn’t keep the ball out, 2-0.

Newport were struggling and several players had picked up injuries, with only one substitute it was a case of who was going to come off. In the end it was Mark Taylor who needed to come off first and was replaced by Reece Wren.

The Newport players battled on were creating chances but still were not able to break down the Downton defence. A Connor Kelly shot crashed against the bar and Jordan Browne reacted first but headed the ball wide of the goal.

By now the Port had players struggling all over the pitch and on 88 minutes Downton broke away to score a third and on 90 minutes Newport gave the ball away in midfield and Downton were able to drive through and add a fourth.

The Port finished the game with one injured player substituted and four others continuing but struggling. A couple will have a week off due to suspensions but will be back in time for the FA Vase game.

Full Time: Downton 4 Newport 0

Newport: Streeter,Taylor (Wren), Timbrell, McArthur, Barron, Lamb, Kelly, Triggs, Craig, Browne, J Wright.


Cowes Sports 3 Newport 2

Newport crashed out of the Sydenhams League Cup on Wednesday night, at the hands of local rivals Cowes Sports, in an incident packed match.

Andy Sampson was forced into formation changes as the Port went into the match with only one available centre back due to suspensions, injuries and unavailability. He was able to field a strong attacking line up, however, with the inclusion of Charlie Urry alongside Jordan Browne and Connor Kelly.

Cowes started brightly with the first shot on goal but Gary Streeter was alert to make the save.

Newport took the lead not long after when Dom Sexton unfortunately sliced the ball over Ed Hatt, into his own net. It only took Cowes a couple of minutes to find an equaliser, a ball into the Newport box following a free kick, was put away by Jez Conway to make it 1-1.

Newport moved straight down the other end and a Charlie Urry effort is just tipped over the bar by Ed Hatt.

Referee Mr Pratt was dealing out yellow cards all round which would ultimately have a hand to play in events later in the game.

In pretty much end to end stuff, the best chance fell to Michael McEnery but the Cowes striker shot well over the bar. Just past the half hour mark and Charlie Urry was booked for dissent and sent to the sin bin.

Cowes probably finished the stronger of the two teams but the players went in at half time all square.

HT: Cowes Sports 1 Newport 1

Buoyed by their first half performance Cowes came out on the front foot and Gary Streeter was immediately called into action stopping a striker through on goal. Cowes then took the lead when Ashley Brett volleyed in from a corner.

Within five minutes Michael McEnery was issued with a second yellow and was sent off. Three minutes later Newport’s Ben Timbrell suffered the same fate as the game became 10 a side.

Andy Sampson brought on Joe Craig for Jake Wright as he sought to get his side back in the game.

Things then went from bad to worse as Mark Taylor received a second yellow card for a foul on Jimmy Wykes and the Port were reduced to 9 men.

With Cowes now looking in the ascendancy, Newport were forced back but nothing could stop a Jimmy Wykes screamer to put the home side 3-1 up, in the 78th minute.

Newport were to have one last hope as Neo Lamb pulled a goal back with three minutes on the clock, but it was too little too late as Cowes saw the time out to progress to the next round.

FT: Cowes Sports 3 Newport 2

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Timbrell, J Wright (Craig), Pearce, Lamb, Kelly, L Wright, Urry, Browne, Taylor.

Referee: Mr Pratt

Attendance 228