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Petersfield: Tonights match is postponed

Tonights fixture against Petersfield Town has been postponed.

Part of the pitch is still frozen but in the places it has defrosted it is waterlogged.

Champions of Hampshire

This afternoon Newport under 15’s added to their impressive record of victories by winning the Hampshire under 15 cup at Alton.
Newport beat Havant and Waterlooville 2-1 with goals from Jaik Holton and Ben Snow. Man of the match was Jake Wright.
Having already won the Isle of Wight Sunday Youth league in the under 16 age group they go for cup and league double on Thursday night when they play West Wight under 16’s in the final at Westwood.

Fareham Town: Match Postponed – Pitch Waterlogged

Overnight rain has left standing water on the pitch and unfortunately it is waterlogged so todays match has had to be postponed.

Matchday: Newport v Cowes

After a pitch inspection this morning the game goes ahead. Kick off 7.45pm.
Bar open from 6.45pm

Please don’t leave it to the last minute to try and get into the ground as we would expect a larger than normal crowd.

Sat 10th March: First Team and Reserves postponed, A team cup match goes ahead.

Yesterdays rain has led to the postponement of both Horndean v Newport and Newport Res v US Portsmouth Res.
The A team match goes ahead in the Memorial Cup against Royal Canaries. 2.30 kick off at Steyne Park Bembridge.

Matchday: League Cup Q/F Newport v Sholing

Tonight Newport take on Sholing in the Quarter Final of the Sydenhams League Cup.
After some early morning showers the sun is now out at St. George’s Park and expected to remain dry until after the match.
Both sides will be keen to win as the tie is decided on the night, moving straight to penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes. The winners move into the last 4 and guarantee themselves a minimum £200 prize money.
Kick off 7.45pm

The Week Ahead

Newport return to football action on Tuesday night at home to Sholing in the Quarter final of the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup.
Having walked the pitch this morning (Sunday) I would expect the match to go ahead unless there is significant rainfall before Tuesday. (Forecast 35% chance of rain). All snow and ice gone, pitch has drained well aided by sun and wind. Surface is reasonably firm at present.
Kick off is at 7.45pm, come on down as the Port aim to reach the last 4 of the competition. Bar open 7pm.
On Saturday John Linnington’s reserve team are at home to US Portsmouth with a 3pm kick off.

Newport 2 Team Solent 4 – Match report


27 February, 2018.

Newport made two changes to the side that drew nil-nil against Shaftesbury on Saturday: Jacob Reynolds replacing the injured Will Quigley at right back, and regular centre forward, Charlie Urry, taking the place of Lewis Wright in the starting line-up.

Newport began the game kicking towards the allotments end on a hard pitch in sub-zero temperatures.

In what was to be very much a game of two halves. Team Solent’s first goal came in the fifteenth minute, with Jim Orvis crossing from the right, the cross connecting with the head of Tyrell Mitford, who sent the ball flying into top right hand corner of Andy Payne’s goal to give Team Solent a one-nil lead. The second for the visitors came just two minutes later, when, in the 17th minute, Jamal Wiseman dispatched a hard low strike from inside the area into the net. A quarter-of-an-hour later, in the 32nd minute, the sharp and impressive Hisham Kashimu pounced on a fumble by a Newport defender to give the away side a seemingly unassailable 0–3 lead.

Newport also had their chances in the first half. Their best came in the 22nd minute, when a Connor Kelly lob narrowly missed the Team Solent right-hand post, was redirected towards the goal by a Newport player, but was then saved off the line by a Team Solent defender.

Half time: Newport (IoW) 0–3 Team Solent

‘The Port’ made one half time change to their starting line-up, Lewis Wright replacing Spike Pearce.

The nature of the game changed dramatically in the fiftieth minute, when Connor Kelly sent a lob-come-cross towards the far corner of the Team Solent goal, that was completely missed by their ‘keeper, to reduce the home teams deficit to two goals, making the score 1–3 to the visitors. For the rest of the half, ‘the Port’ were to apply relentless pressure, only for their efforts to ultimately go unrewarded. In the 62nd minute, Aurele Beya, who had shown good touches and control throughout the match, scored with a fine volley from outside the area to make the score 2–3 and reduce the deficit to one. From trailing 0–3, it was now very much ‘game on’ for ‘the Port’.

Team Solent had by now lost some of their composure, and Ryan Dacres-Smith was lucky not to have been sent off when he deliberately brought down Aiden Sainsbury with his arm while lying in a prone position, leading to an altercation between the two players, both receiving yellow cards.

‘The Port’ continued to press: in the 68th minute, Aurele Beya found himself clean through, but was thwarted by the linesman’s flag, in the 70th minute Charlie Urry nearly connected with a Connor Kelly cross, but still failed to find the vital, equalizing goal.

Liam Newbold appeared to have pulled a hamstring, and was replaced by Darren Powell in the 80th minute.

The island side had set up camp in their opponent’s half. In the 82nd minute, Andrew Payne was forced to make a fine save to deny Tyrell Mitford the goal that would have made the game safe for the students.

‘The Port’ continued to press: Liam Triggs forcing a save from the Team Solent keeper from a long shot in the 84th minute, Charlie Urry breaking through the Team Solent defence in the 87th to be denied by the linesman’s flag.

Then came the final blow for ‘the Port’ in the second minute of injury time, when Team Solent’s impressive No 9, Hisham Kashimu, sent a low, powerful shot into the right-hand side of Andrew Payne’s goal, to make the final score 2–4 for the visitors.

Full time score: Newport (IoW) 2–4 Team Solent

Goals: Newport: Kelly (50), Beya (62) Team Solent: Mitford (15), Wisemann (17), Kashimu (31, 90+2)

Newport (IoW): Payne, Newbold (Powell 80), Reynolds, Sainsbury, Wetherick, Pearce (Wright 45), Taylor, Triggs, Urry, Kelly, Beya.

Attendance: 59

Newport 0 Shaftesbury 0 – Match report

Newport (IoW) 0–0 Shaftesbury – match report:

24 February, 2018 ‘The Port’, winless in the Wessex league since early December, endured another frustrating afternoon at St George’s Park.

Newport made four changes to the side that had lost two-one away to Baffins in midweek: Newbold taking the place of Reynolds at left-back, Quigley coming in for Holmes at right-back, with Liam Triggs and Mark Taylor playing in midfield in the absence of Charlie Urry and Emerson Tattersall (both suspended). The absence of regular Newport centre forward and top scorer, Charlie Urry, resulted in Jared Wetherick moving from central defence to an attacking role.

‘The Port’ began the game attacking the Shide end in the late winter sunshine.

Unfortunately, Mike Kelly’s side suffered an early blow, when Will Quigley was forced off the field injured in the twelfth minute, to be replaced by Jacob Reynolds.

‘The Port had three clear chances to earn three points in the first half. Jared Wetherick had the first clear chance in the 23rd minute, when he rounded the Shaftesbury keeper, only to shoot into the side-netting from a sharp angle. In the 27th minute, Conor Kelly almost scored direct from a corner, the ball being headed off the goal line by a Shaftesbury defender. The last chance of the half for Newport came at the stroke of half-time, when ‘the Bear’ (Aurele Beya) found himself clear in the 45th minute, only to be blocked by ‘the Rockies’ keeper, allowing the north Dorset side to go into the half-time break with a clean sheet.

Half-time: Newport (IoW) 0–0 Shaftesbury

The second half saw ‘the Port’ continue to attack in what was a relatively open game, with Conor Kelly making a number of promising runs up front, but with the absence of regular centre-forward, Charlie Urry, and combative midfielder Emerson Tattersall, Newport appeared to lack a cutting edge. Three times in the second half Conor Kelly found himself clear: in the 50th, 78th and 82nd minutes, but each time was unable to get past the Shaftesbury goalkeeper. In the 60th minute, ‘the Port’ finally managed to bundle the ball into the away side’s net, but the goal was disallowed for a foul on the keeper. Aurele Beya attempted a number of long range efforts: forcing a good save in the 66th minute – but all his other attempts went high and wide. Jared Wetherick had two good chances to score during the final minutes, again rounding the keeper in the 88th minute, and again hitting the side netting from an acute angle, and then a minute later with a header, but it was all to no avail.

Shaftesbury also had their chances, with shots being cleared off the Newport goal line in the 85th and 90th minutes. However, the game was destined for a no-score draw.

The second half also saw two cautions for the home side, with Spike Pearce and Jacob Reynolds both being yellow carded.

Final score: Newport (IoW) 0–0 Shaftesbury

Cowes’s match at Amesbury was postponed, leaving ‘the Port’ now nine points adrift of the nineteenth placed team, with one game in hand.

Newport’s next opportunity to make up the deficit comes on Tuesday the 27th, when Team Solent come to St George’s Park. Let’s hope the game against the students does not fall foul of the weather.

Newport (IoW) 0–0 Shaftesbury

MOM for Newport – Andrew Payne

Newport: Payne, Newbold, Quigley (Reynolds), Sainsbury, Pearce, Taylor, Wright, Triggs (Powell), Wetherick, Kelly, Beya Sub not used: Holmes

Attendance: 103

Baffins 2 Newport 1 – Match report


20 February, 2018. ‘The Port’, winless in 2018, fail to hold on to a lead for the second game in succession.

On Tuesday, Newport, lying in 21st position in the Wessex Premier League, travelled to Portsmouth to play mid-table Baffins Milton Rovers.

The island side made four changes to the one that had lost at home to Hamworthy United: Andrew Payne replacing the injured Gary Streeter in goal, Jacob Reynolds taking the place of Turkington at left-back, George Holmes coming in for Will Quigley and the formidable Belgian striker Aurele Beya replacing Liam Triggs.

Baffins gave ‘the Port’ a battering throughout a one-sided first half, yet somehow avoided putting the ball in the net. The puzzling inability of the home side to score was largely due to the woodwork in Payne’s goal – which was hit on no less than three occasions – and the heroic efforts of the Newport keeper, who made goal-stopping saves in the 20th and 31st minutes. Were in not for the goal posts, cross bar and the fine first-half performance of the keeper, Baffins could well have gone into the break with a five goal lead.

At the other end of the pitch, Newport top scorer Charlie Urry was unusually anonymous, the main threat from ‘the Port’ coming from runs by Emerson Tattersall. However, goal scoring opportunities were few and far between for the away side, with the Baffins keeper, Tony Male, largely being a spectator to proceedings at the other end of the pitch.


The second-half started badly for Newport, with Emerson Tattersall being forced to limp off, to be replaced by Radford.

Then, in the 53rd minute, completely against the run of play, ‘the Port’ took the lead: giant Belgian striker Aurele Beya scoring a fine strike from outside the area into the bottom left-hand corner of the Baffins goal to beat an outstretched Male.

Newport then made a substitution to strengthen their midfield, with Darren Powell replacing Charlie Urry. However, this change was insufficient to prevent Baffins from dominating the game. In the 57th minute, Freeman Williams finally succeeded in turning dominance into goals, with a strike into Payne’s right-hand corner to equalize for Baffins. Then, in the 69th minute, Payne could only block a shot from Stockford, which Achard then dispatched to the back of the net to give Rovers a 2–1 lead. In truth, Baffins could have breached the away sides defence on at least a further two occasions, with Payne making further fine saves, and Aurele Beya and Jacob Reynolds both having to clear off the goal line.


Newport now lie ten points behind Cowes, who are in nineteenth place, but still have two games in hand over their island rivals. Had Cowes not suffered a 0-1 home defeat to Brockenhurst, the points difference would be even greater.

‘The Port’ now have a number of home games to win in order to reduce the deficit and reach safety, starting with Shaftesbury on Saturday, the 24th, and Team Solent on Tuesday, the 27th. Let’s hope the Newport public turn out to support their home town team.

Newport (IoW): Payne, Reynolds, Pearce, Wetherick, Holmes, Wright, Sainsbury, Kelly, Urry (Powell), Tattersall (Radford), Beya Sub not used: Butt

Baffins Milton Rovers: Male, Seibou, Leigh, Stockford, Saunders, Cornish, White, Boam, Neal, Dart, Williams

Goals: Baffins Milton Rovers: Williams (57), Archard (69) Newport: Beya (53)