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Tonight: – Senior (Gold) Cup Quarter Final

Tonight (Wednesday 20/02/19) The Port take on Shanklin of the Isle of Wight League in the Quarter Final of the Gold Cup.
The visitors have fielded a host of former Port players this season including Iain Seabrook, Wayne Newnham, Ollie Fleming and Tom Scovell. They will be bolstered by their 6-2 defeat of Cowes Reserves on Saturday.

Newport will be making an award to Darren Powell this evening to recognise him breaking the all time appearance record of the club. The award will be presented to Darren by former record holder Jeff Austin who played in 570 competitive matches for the club.

Kick off is at 7.30pm

Entrance is £4 and £2 for concessions.

IOW Senior (Gold) Cup – UPDATED

The draw has been made for the Quarter Final of the IOW Gold Cup and we have been drawn at home to Shanklin.

The two clubs and the IOWDFA have now agreed the match will be played on Wednesday 20th February with a 7.30pm kick off at St. George’s Park.

Full draw is as follows;

Cowes Sports v Pan Sports
East Cowes Vics v Northwood St. Johns
Newport v Shanklin
Ventnor v W&B Sports

Alton match postponed

Todays match against Alton has been postponed due to Snow conditions.

St. George’s Park still has a light covering of snow and heavy snow in Hampshire yesterday would make difficult and potentially dangerous travelling conditions for Alton. The Wessex League allowed clubs to make an early decision on matches and a sensible decision was to call it off as early as possible to avoid any unnecessary travelling by the team or supporters.

Tonight: US Portsmouth v Newport

US Portsmouth beat Port in a feisty, close-fought contest by the odd goal of five.
Newport made one change to the side that had beaten Fawley 1–0 on Saturday, with Jacob Reynolds replacing the unavailable Scott Sampson.

Port dominated the first fifteen minutes, with Mark TAYLOR smashing the ball into the back of the net with a powerful low shot from fifteen yards after just five minutes.

Callum GLEN then equalized for US Portsmouth in their first serious attempt on Gary Streeter’s goal in the fifteenth minute, after threading his way past two defenders. Port continued to attack, with Mark Taylor shooting narrowly past the post in the 20th minute and having a header cleared off the line in the 32nd minute.
Then came the first of a number of controversial decisions by the referee, when US Portsmouth’s goalkeeper, Joe Hunt, intentionally handled the ball outside his penalty area, and was awarded a yellow rather than a red card. The home side’s reserve keeper had started to remove his tracksuit as most people in the ground expected a red card. In the 42nd minute, Newport captain Martin McDonagh committed a clear foul in the Newport penalty area, which was converted by Declan SEIDEN, to give the Portsmouth side a two-one half-time advantage.

Half time: US Portsmouth 2–1 Newport IW

The start of the second-half was delayed by an injury to one of the linesmen. Fortunately, a qualified referee happened to be in the sparse crowd and was able to take his place. Port began the delayed second-half brightly when a Jared Cousins cross found Joe CRAIG in the 50th minute, who converted from close range to level the score at 2–2.
The game then became increasingly physical, with some hard challenges being made from both sides and both teams losing their discipline. In the 69th minute, US Portsmouth’s Liam Kyle was sent off, apparently for an off the ball incident on Jacob Reynolds, who fell down injured at a free kick. In the 71st minute, the influential Mark Taylor, who had been yellow carded earlier in the game, was sent off for a foul, even though many observers thought no contact had been made on his opponent. Then, substitute Harry POTTER worked his magic for US Portsmouth in the 75th minute, to give US Portsmouth a 3–2 lead.

Connor Kelly had a shot nudged just past the post in the 89th minute, but US Portsmouth survived the scare, and Port returned to the Island empty-handed in a game in which they had been worth at least a point.

Final score: US Portsmouth 3–2 Newport IW

Goals: US Portsmouth: Glen 15, Seiden 42, Potter 75 Newport IW: Taylor 5, Craig 50

Newport IW: Streeter, Hughes, Reynolds (Yates 65), Wright, McDonagh (Powell 80), Barron, Kelly, Craig, Cousins (Snow 60), Browne, Taylor

Referee: Daniel Batchelor

Newport 1 New Milton 0

Newport made two changes to their starting line-up from the team that drew 1–1 against Verwood Town the previous Saturday. Scott Barron replaced the injured Neo Lamb as right back, and last Saturday’s man-of-the match, Joe Craig, came in for the injured Liam Triggs in midfield.

Newport kicked off towards the allotments end on a soft pitch in mild but overcast conditions. The first half began as a very open and engaging contest with chances for both teams, which neither side were able to convert. The first chance came in the 7th minute to New Milton Town, when Scott Sampson uncharacteristically gave the ball away to former Port player Aidan Radford, who shot past Gary Streeter’s right post. The Linnets had a further chance in the 22nd minute, which was cleared off the Newport goal line. However, the lion’s share of chances fell to the home side, who could easily have gone into the half-time break with a two or three goal advantage.

Joe Craig had the first of many chances which he failed to convert in the 9th minute. Jared Wetherick had a curling shot fisted over the crossbar in the 14th minute and almost scored with a header from the resulting corner. A minute later, Joe Craig had another of his efforts cleared off the line. Then it was Mark Taylor’s turn to fail to score, with a deflected shot in the 18th minute, and shooting past the right post in 23rd. Jordan Browne then came close to scoring in the 24th minute, with a shot deflected past the post, followed by Joe Craig nearly putting Port into the lead with a header from the resulting corner. Port’s final chance of the first half fell to Connor Kelly, who shot at the keeper after being put through by Mark Taylor.

The first half ended on an unpleasant and controversial note, when Jared Wetherick made a sliding tackle on an opponent, leading to his sending off. The Newport centre forward connected with the ball and did not appear to have made the challenge with malicious intent; however, the the Linnet’s player was unfortunately injured in the challenge and had to be carried off the pitch.

Half-time: Newport IW 0–0 New Milton Town

Perhaps as a result of the injury and the sending off, the second half was not as enthralling and engaging a spectacle as the first, with far fewer chances. However, ten-man Port finally scored in the sixty-first minute when, after a goal mouth scramble, Joe Craig back-flicked the ball to Jordan BROWNE, who then smashed the ball into the Linnet’s net from ten yards.

The crowd feared Port might be reduced to nine men after Mark Taylor (who had already been yellow carded) clashed with the opposing keeper, and was given a prolonged talking to by the referee. However, he had to leave the field with a cut mouth, rather than a red card, to be replaced by Harrison Yates. Despite their one-man advantage, the Linnets offered very little threat up front in the second half, and Port saw out the game comfortably to win 1–0.

Unfortunately, in the closing minutes of the game, Gary Streeter appeared to have injured himself jumping to meet a cross, and required attention on the pitch after the final whistle. After the game we could establish that Gary received a bang to the head as he jumped for the ball and was left with nothing more than a headache.

Final score: Newport IW 1–0 New Milton Town

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

Sub not used: Jacob Reynolds

Referee: Robert Walczak

Newport man-of-the-match: Jordan Browne

Attendance: 118

All photos courtesy of Broonpics sports photography.

Amesbury Match Postponed

An early morning pitch inspection revealed that large areas of the pitch has standing water and with rain now expected until lunchtime there was no prospect of making the pitch playable by kick off.

The match will be rescheduled for another date.

The clubhouse will therefore not be open at lunchtime.

Weekend Preview

On Saturday , Newport take on league leaders Amesbury Town at St. George’s Park for the second time this season. Newport won the first match in the FA Cup however since then Amesbury have gone on to climb to the top of the Division 1 table.

Andy Sampson has been busy in ther transfer market this week bringing in three new players. Connor Kelly has returned from Horndean, Jamie Linnington has signed Wessex Forms having previously been on Island League forms and incoming from Havant and Waterlooville is Island based goalkeeper Ryan Young.

Kick off is at 3pm but the bar will be open from 1215 to show BT Sport coverage of the FA Cup 2nd round match between Halifax Town and AFC Wimbledon.

Saturday Preview for Downton

The Port are at home for the third week in four as they come up against Downton.

The Robins are on a hat trick following recent wins against Follands and New Milton and the Port will want to get back to winning ways following last week’s defeat against AFC Stoneham

Kick off is on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

We have some new woolly hats in stock so no excuses if it’s cold. There are two styles, old school ski hat and modern beanie, complete with embroidered Newport badge. Only £8.50 each.