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Football at last ?

Hopefully both our adult teams will see footballing action this week as the weather has become drier although some rain is expected later today.

The first team travel to the BBX Stadium at New Milton for a Sydenhams League match against a home side that has conceded heavily in their last two matches despite having been on a good run prior to that.

The Linnets seem to get on the scoresheet in most games though and have beaten both East Cowes Vics and Totton & Eling at home during October. A close game can be expected.

Newport Reserves travel to Hamble to take on Mayflower FC in the Hampshire Vase, a cup match that has been rescheduled from last Saturday. That game has an earlier kick off so we may be able to give you updates during our twitter feed this afternoon.

Last night there was an upset as high flying Andover New Street lost away to Laverstoke & Ford. Today sees a couple of matches between teams above or around us as Alton take on US Portsmouth, Andover Town take on Downton and Hythe & Dibden are at home to Romsey Town. It is still pretty tight at the top.

 

Newport v Laverstock & Ford

Newport return to Beatrice Avenue today to face Laverstock and Ford in a Sydenhams League 1 encounter.

Andy Sampson and his team will be buoyed by an impressive 6-2 victory away at Totton & Eling which was probably the team’s best performance so far this season. Jordan Browne was back on the scoresheet with a hat trick so will be looking to add to his tally. Another hat trick for Connor Kelly capped what was a fine individual performance.

Starting with todays match, Newport are at home for four of the next five matches, so there is an opportunity to get a good run of form going.

Laverstock & Ford have hit a bit of a flat spot recently and come in to the game on the back of three defeats. They will surely be looking to improve on that this afternoon.

There has been a precautionary pitch inspection this morning by one of todays match officials and as anticipated there is no problem and the game is on.

Newport Reserves match however has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

As always arrive early to get a parking space in the ground, if arriving after 2.45pm you may be best advised to park on a neighbouring road.

Midweek Action at Totton and Eling

Tonight Andy Sampson takes his team to Totton and Eling for a resumption of league action following the Saturday before last’s FA Vase exit.

Andy Sampson has a full squad to choose from.

Totton and Eling were due to play at home on Friday night but this was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. They have had mixed fortunes so far with 9 of their 12 points gained away from home but they have also won their last four at home, three of which were cup matches.

 

A quiet weekend

No football this weekend for either of Newport’s adult teams. The first team have a blank week and wait to take on Totton & Eling away on Tuesday night. This has now been switched to a 7.30pm kick off if anyone is thinking of attending.

The reserves match was called off on Thursday as all council pitches were declared unfit en masse due to the torrential rain.

FA Vase 1st Round – Non League Day – Game On

**Updated** A pitch inspection took place at first light today by a local referee and was passed fit for play.

Yesterday the pitch was mowed and slitted as an extra precaution. This morning there was light drizzle early on which has stopped** Updated**

 

Newport continue on the road to Wembley on Saturday with a home tie against Bridgwater Town in the First Round Proper of the FA Vase.

Andy Sampson almost has a full squad to choose from, the only exception being Lewis Wright who was sent off in the third minute of last Saturday’s match for a ‘last man’ foul and has a one match ban.

Bridgwater will be strong opponents having won their last three matches scoring ten and conceding none, lifting them to third in the Toolstation Western Premier League. With East Cowes Vics and Cowes both playing on the mainland. a big crowd is expected with Bridgwater bringing a full coach and several cars, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to get in the ground. It is likely the car park will fill before 2.30pm so if you arrive after this time aim to park on the streets around the ground.

Heavy rain has helped soften the pitch at Beatrice Avenue which has been very firm so far this season. It is likely that a pitch inspection will take place before Bridgwater leave home early on Saturday but the East Cowes pitch is notoriously quick draining and no problems are envisaged.

Saturday is non league day which recognises grass roots football but also supports the Prostate Cancer Charities. We shall be supporting this and the IOW Prostate Cancer Support Group will be in attendance to give advice , raise funds and awareness.

Newport Reserves play at home to Newchurch in The IOW League with a 2.00pm kick off.

The club has obtained some embroidered club baseball caps which we shall start selling at the match on Saturday. They are adjustable in size and cost £10.

 

New Stadium to be named WightFibre Park

WightFibre Park, the new home of Newport Football Club”

 WightFibre announces sponsorship of new state-of-the-art sports facility – WightFibre Park

  • New home for Newport Football Club with all-new 3G pitch
  • Community sports hub for mens, womens, junior and all-inclusive football

 

Wightfibre and Newport Football Club are delighted to announce WightFibre’s support for the new, state-of-the-art football and community stadium.

The stadium is also the new home of Newport Football Club.

WightFibre Park, to be located off The Racecourse, has been designed to maximise community use by offering top-class facilities including a grandstand, clubhouse and a new 3G all-weather pitch enabling Newport to play all the way up to Southern Football League Division 1.

There is already interest in developing women’s and junior football at the new stadium while the IW College and the Island’s public health service are also looking to use the facility for sports coaching courses and to encourage participation in football and other activities as a means of staying healthy.

Work on the stadium can begin once planning permission for the retail park at Newport FC’s former ground at St George’ Way is granted. This development will fund the relocation and the application is due to go before IW Council planners in October.

Announcing the provisional sponsorship of the new stadium, WightFibre chief executive John Irvine said: “As a local island company, WightFibre cares deeply about giving back to the Island. We are proud to put our name to what will be a fabulous, new, sporting venue that will benefit our Island community”

“WightFibre Park will be a real hub bringing together people of all abilities and uniting them in the name of sport.”

WightFibre Park’s new club house will have space for public and business use including a conference/function room to host community, private and business events on non-match days. There is also a disabled/vulnerable persons viewing room intended for use by families and individuals from local disability and age charities along with Mountbatten hospice.

Paul Spreadbury, Newport FC supporters trust chairman, said: “As a business that is all about connecting people, WightFibre is the perfect company to partner us in what we are trying to achieve.

“Our vision is to establish Newport FC as a club at the very heart of the community and we know that Wightfibre have similar values. As well as being a home that the club can be proud of, WightFibre Park will be a vibrant venue based around healthy activity that the whole community can be part of and benefit from.

“Inclusive community uses include child and under 16’s football while we also have interest from local physical and learning disabilities clubs and charities while Newport FC will itself be coaching at least four disabled football teams. There are local football clubs looking to use the facility as well as schools and 5-a-side football teams.

“We are looking also to set up a female 5-a-side league in the first season and hope to grow this into at least one, if not two, full-size ladies teams in the second season.

“We really are excited about creating a community sporting hub and we are thrilled to have WightFibre on board as an important part of the team.”

Devizes travel arrangements

Travel arrangements for the ALS team coach to Devizes on Saturday 14th September 2019 are;

0930 :   Coach depart from Coppins Bridge Car Park, Newport (Top level behind Cineworld)

1030 :   Red Funnel Ferry from East Cowes to Southampton

1130 :  Depart Southampton to Devizes SN10 3DX (estimated arrival time 1315)

Match with possibility of extra time but not penalties.

1800 :   Depart Devizes to Southampton (estimated arrival time 1945)

2015 :   Red Funnel Ferry from Southampton to East Cowes

2115 :   Arrive East Cowes

2135 :   Return to Coppins Bridge Car Park

We currently have 20 places reserved for Team and Management and a further 23 booked supporters. If you  are in any doubt about whether you have a place booked please contact info@niowfc.com as soon as possible.

Saturday 7th Sept – Pewsey Vale

Newport make the longest journey of the league season today, as they travel to Pewsey Vale in Wiltshire. Pewsey Vale were moved by the FA, to the Wessex League from the Hellenic League, at the start of this season.

The mainland side have not had the best of starts to the season, as they sit bottom of the table with one point from five matches. Newport will look to build on their midweek cup victory, when they overcame Premier side Bournemouth Poppies in a penalty shoot out. Incredibly, the Pewsey Vale ground is only ten miles up the road from Devizes Town, who Newport play in the FA Vase next Saturday, however Devizes play in the Toolstation Western League !

Newport Reserves continue their league season when they play against AFC Wootton, the match at Wootton Rec kicks off at 2.00pm.

Tuesday Update

Tonight Newport face Bournemouth Poppies in the Hampshire Senior Cup 1st Round, kick off at Beatrice Avenue is 7.30pm. If the scores are level after 90 minutes play, the match will be decided by penalties.

Newport Reserves also play against Osborn Coburg in Island Div2 at Northwood Rec with a 6pm kick off.

We are also looking into the possibility of taking a coach directly from Newport to Devizes for the FA Vase second qualifying round on Saturday 14th September. The cost to include both ferry and coach will be between £20-£25, possibly the lower end for those who would get concessions on the ferry. This would leave individuals just to pay for entrance to the ground. Travel times likely to be 10.30 car ferry from East Cowes returning 20.00 from Southampton

If you are interested in travelling to Devizes by coach please speak to Pete Westhorpe at the Bournemouth match tonight or if you wont be at tonights match email info@niowfc.com with your details.