Tuesday night match against Cowes is Postponed

A pitch inspection was undertaken this morning and tonights match has been postponed due to waterlogging.

A new date will be identified.

Newport 0 Bradford Town 1

A crowd of almost 250 saw Newport exit the Buildbase FA Vase at an eventful 4th round match after conceding a late winner to 10 men Bradford Town.
Newport took to the field after a three week lay off due to the Christmas festivities and two postponed matches. Top striker Charlie Urry was suspended for running up five yellow cards, Jared Wetherick was unavailable as were the cup tied players Liam Triggs and Liam Newbold.
Newport started brightly with a couple of early chances, one from a free kick that just went over and a Mark Taylor lob that did the same.
Bradford got going and by the 11th minute they should have taken the lead. Karim Rendall was found unmarked at the back post and his goal bound downward header was acrobatically tipped away by Gary Streeter.
At the other end a shot from Josh Younie was hit straight at keeper Phillips.
In a midfield collision Darren Powell picked up a knee injury but struggled on.

Newport had a great chance when a mistake in the Bradford defence presented the ball to Josh Younie but he was crowded out from shooting. The Newport striker was able to lay off a pass to the incoming Mark Taylor who’s on target shot was cleared by a Bradford defender in the six yard box.

Darren Powell had to leave the pitch for treatment and on 18 minutes was substituted by Jacob Reynolds. The youngster immediately in action hooking a shot over the bar.

The game turned on its head on 28 minutes. A great ball over the top by Scott Sampson for Younie to chase brought Bradford keeper Charlie Phillips out of his box and as he attempted to chest the ball, it bounced up off the pitch and caught him half chest – half arm. Referee Mr Hughes immediately gave the handball shortly followed by a red card.

It took over three minutes for Bradford to make the decision and substitution where the unfortunate Will Hailston had to go off allowing Bradford manager Danny Greaves to come on and take over in goal. Although many people thought it was a “no choice” move, a quick check of Mr Greaves CV soon identified that he was a goalkeeper and a very experienced one at that, Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers being amongst his former clubs. The free kick flashed the wrong side of the post although the new keeper had it covered.
As the 4th official indicated 5 minutes of added time, Bradford had a great chance when experienced striker Sam Jordan was through one on one with Streeter but once again the big keeper came out on top.
In injury time Will Quigley was shown a yellow card for a late tackle.

Half Time: Newport 0 Bradford Town 0

Bradford started the second half the brighter and another great chance for Sam Jordan saw his header clip the outside of the post before going wide.
Newport pushed forward to make the numerical advantage count, Scott Sampson narrowly missing out with a header.
At the other end Bradford were useful on the break and one attack brought about a free kick just outside the box. Rickie Scott’s resulting effort just being tipped over the bar by Streeter.

Newport brought on Aurele Beya for Lewis Wright as the game started to open up. It was now almost end to end stuff. Dan Cottle weaving his way into the box bringing out another great save from Streeter. At the other end A Conner Kelly free kick was saved down low by Greaves. Another break from Newport saw a dangerous cross from Kelly superbly held at full stretch by Greaves.
Bradford’s Dan Cottle was shown a yellow card in a midfield skirmish.

As the game appeared to be heading for extra time the deadlock was broken on 80 minutes. Karim Rendall switched from the right to the left wing and got behind his marker. Taking the ball to the byeline his low hard cross was half blocked and the loose ball fell to the incoming Mark Wall who slotted it past Streeter. The travelling contingent of 60 or so Bradford fans behind the goal were ecstatic.

Bradford immediately brought on Martin Lenahan for Dan Cottle and Newport brought on George Holmes for Will Quigley. Newport quickly tried to get the ball forward but were frustrated as Bradford sought to run the clock down. This brought yellow cards for Aiden Sainsbury and Jacob Reynolds. On 90 minutes Bradford brought on Alex Monks for Karim Rendall. The fourth official indicated five minutes of added time but Bradford were able to maintain possession and keep the ball away from danger. Amazing scenes at the final whistle as almost the entire Bradford squad rushed to join in with their celebrating supporters behind the Newport goal.

Full Time: Newport 0 Bradford Town 1

Newport: Streeter, Turkington, Quigley (Holmes), Sainsbury, Pearce, Sampson, Powell (Reynolds), Taylor, Younie, Kelly, Wright (Beya).

Bradford Town: Phillips, Moon, Scott, Peck, Fletcher, Chandler, Rendall (Monks), Wall, Jordan, Cottle (Lenahan), Hailston (Greaves).

Referee: Mr S Hughes

Attendance: 249

Newport Man of the Match: Gary Streeter

Wembley dream over for The Port



In a massively disappointing game, the island team found themselves unable to overcome the ten-man Toolstation Western League outfit, going down to a tap in goal in the eightieth minute.

Newport came into the match after a three week break imposed by the weather, missing a number of key players: Liam Newbold and Jared Wetherick in defence, and Liam Triggs in midfield. However, by far the biggest loss for the team was the in-form centre-forward, suspended Charlie Urry, who had scored eight times in the previous eight games. Ultimately, it was the lack of firepower up front that prevented the home team from advancing to the final sixteen.

Newport began the game kicking towards the allotment end, with a sizeable contingent of noisy but good-natured ‘Bobcats’ fans in the Shide end. The opening half hour was fairly even. Bradford Town came closest to scoring early on, with the ever-dependable Gary Streeter pulling off an agile one handed save to a diving header in the tenth minute of the game. At the other end, the replacement centre-forward, Josh Younie, Connor Kelly and Mark Taylor all had chances, which they were unfortunately unable to convert into goals.

‘The Port’s’ lack of regular first team players worsened in the nineteenth minute, when experienced midfielder Darren Powell was forced to leave the pitch with a possible hamstring injury, to be replaced by Jack Turkington.

The most dramatic incident of the game was to come in the 27th minute of the game, when the Bradford keeper, Charlie Phillips, appeared to deliberately handle the ball outside the area. As the last man in defence, preventing a clear goalscoring opportunity, the referee had little alternative but to send him from the field of play.

There then followed a five minute delay while Bradford reorganised themselves, ‘the Bobcat’s’ manager, Danny Greaves, coming on as goalkeeper to substitute their No 11, in what appeared to be a desperate situation for the away side. This situation, however, was not as bad as it appeared, as the versatile Mr Greaves is a former professional goalkeeper, who had previously played with Bristol Rovers.

Newport, unfortunately, were unable to take advantage of their extra man, and the first half ended goalless.

Half-time: Newport IoW 0–0 Bradford Town

Again, after the break, Newport appeared unable to make their extra man count, the best chance falling to Bradford in the 57th minute, when Gary Streeter again came to the rescue of the home side, fisting a free kick over the crossbar.

Desperately needing to break the deadlock, the formidable Aurele Beya came on to replace Lewis Wright in the 62nd minute. Surely, the the strength and physical presence of the 6’4’’ ‘Bear’ would be enough to beat the Bradford defence.

Alas, it wasn’t to be. In the eightieth minute, Mark Wall tapped in a soft goal from five yards out, to break Newport spirits.

Bradford saw out the remaining ten minutes of the game feigning injury and taking the ball to the corner flag. Although Scott Sampson narrowly missed connecting with a dangerous cross in injury time, in truth Newport offered little threat towards the end of the game.

If only Charlie Urry hadn’t been suspended …

Full time: Newport IoW 0–1 Bradford Town

Newport IoW

1 Gary Streeter
2 Jack Turkington
3 Will Quigley (78min George Holmes)
4 Aiden Sainsbury
5 Spike Pearce
6 Scott Sampson
7 Darren Powell (19min Jacob Reynolds)
8 Mark Taylor
9 Josh Younie
10 Connor Kelly
11 Lewis Wright (62min Aurele Beya)

Newport Man of the Match: Gary Streeter

Attendance: 249

FA Vase 4th Round Preview

No problems with the pitch this week as Newport line up against their Western League opponents Bradford Town.
Both teams have appeared in the 5th Round of the FA Vase in recent years and will be keen to get through tomorrows match. The draw for the 5th Round has already taken place and the winners of tomorrows match will be away to the winners of Marske United (North Yokshire) and Hinckley AFC (Leicestershire).
A large crowd is expected with many people travelling from Wiltshire so please get to the ground early to ensure you are in before the 3.00pm kick off.

Match Postponed – Rescheduled for Sat 13th January

Following a referees pitch inspection Friday afternoon it was decided that the pitch was unfit for play and with more rain expected overnight and Saturday it would not have time or conditions to recover by kick off.

The match has been rescheduled for Saturday 13th January at 3.00pm.

This means both Newport and Bradford Town will be in the hat for Mondays 5th round draw.

The draw for the Buildbase FA Vase fifth round will be made on Monday afternoon, live on talkSPORT radio.

Fans can tune in to the Ray Stubbs Show on talkSPORT 2 from 1pm, with the draw being made shortly after that.

This weekend sees 16 ties take place in the Vase, with winning clubs picking up £1875 from the prize fund and losing clubs also collecting £625.

The fifth round ties will be staged on Saturday 3 February, with winners in that round collecting £2250 in prize money and losing clubs getting £750

The ball numbers for Monday’s draw can be found below.

Taken from thefa.com

FA Vase 4th Round Preview


On Saturday, 6 January, at 3.00 pm, Newport face their biggest challenge of the season so far: a home tie against Western League outfit, Bradford Town, in the fourth round of the FA Vase.

Victory will take ‘the Port’ to within four games of reaching Wembley (semi-finals are played on a home-away basis), thereby emulating their previous best performances in the Vase, having reached the fifth round in 1991–92 and 1992–93.

The winning team will be the richer to the tune of £1,875. Current odds (Bet Victor) give Newport a 6/4 chance (40%) of winning the tie over ninety minutes, with Bradford Town odds-on favourites at 10/11.

Let’s look at the league position and form of both sides to see whether we can pick a winner, starting with the island team.

Newport currently lie in 20th place in the Wessex Premier league. Current form is indifferent, with the home side not having won since 9 December (3-2 v Hamble) in a run of two defeats followed by a creditable away draw against high flying Lymington Town. Furthermore, ‘the Port’ will be going into the game following a two-week break due to the weather: the Boxing Day fixture against Cowes having fallen foul of the weather. It remains to be seen whether the enforced rest will recharge the batteries or leave the team short of match fitness. Newport will be without two key players: Liam Newbold in defence and Liam Triggs in midfield, both, regrettably, cup-tied.

Fortunately, ‘the Port’ have shown far stronger form in various cup competitions, having reached the quarter finals of the Wessex League cup, and having had a run of five straight victories in the Vase itself. One of these victories came at the expense of one of Bradford Town’s rivals, Hengrove Athletic, who play in the same league and division as ‘the Bobcats’, and were comprehensively beaten 6-2 in the second round.

Bradford Town (also known as ‘the Bobcats’) have had a more impressive season than Newport in their respective league, and are currently second in the Western Premiership. Their form has not been so impressive of late, having drawn their last match 3-3 (30 December) against mid-table Bitton, and lost the game before that (26 December) 1-3 against local rivals, Melksham Town.

‘The Bobcats’ best performance in the FA Vase came in 2014–15, when they reached the 5th round. Their 3rd round game in the Vase saw them beat Wessex League Team Solent 4-0 on 2 December. Coincidentally, Newport had beaten Team Solent less than two weeks previously, by the same 4-0 scoreline, which suggests the two sides may be evenly matched.

Let’s hope for a great atmosphere for the game with a 200+ crowd. Fans of ‘the Bobcats’ will certainly be making their presence felt, with the team coach having been sold out for supporters, and others, according to Bradford Town’s web-pages, making the journey down from the West Country by road and rail.

Could ‘the Port’ or ‘the Bobcats’ go all the way. Please note that our local rivals Sholing did so only four years ago, actually lifting the Vase at Wembley. Impossible is nothing.

The respective journeys of the two sides to the 4th round are shown below:

First Qualifying Round
Newport IoW 5-2 Fleet Spurs (Wessex 1)

Second Qualifying Round
Newport IoW 2-1 Alresford Town (Wessex Premier)

First Round
Newport IoW 5-0 Bovey Tracey (Peninsula 1)

Second Round
Newport IoW 6-2 Hengrove Athletic (Western Premier)
(Western Premier) Buckland Athletic 1-2 Bradford Town

Third Round
(Wessex 1) Christchurch 0-1 Newport IoW
Bradford Town 4-0 Team Solent (Wessex Premier)

****UPDATE – 05/01/18****

St Georges Park was subject to a 3:30pm pitch Inspection today (5th) where the pitch has been deemed to be in an unsafe playing condition/waterlogged due to the adverse weather the Isle of Wight has suffered over the past week or so.

The 4th Round FA Vase game against Bradford Town will now be rescheduled to Saturday 13th January for a 3pm kick off.

Island football derby at St Georges Park


The biggest fixture in the island football calendar, Newport FC v Cowes Sports, will now kick off on TUESDAY 16th JANUARY, AT 7:45pm. The game had been scheduled to take place on Boxing Day, but a waterlogged pitch led to the game being rescheduled. Why not come down to St George’s park to cheer on the two biggest local island sides?

At the time of writing, Cowes stand five points above Newport in nineteenth place, with a game in hand. In the reverse fixture, on the August bank holiday Monday, ‘the Port’ were comprehensively beaten by two late goals in a somewhat ill-tempered match, with two Newport players given their marching orders. However, Newport FC, under the regime of new manager Mike Kelly, have been much improved of late: in terms of performances, results and discipline. Having now clawed their way up from the bottom of the table, the home side should feel reasonably confident of reducing the points deficit against Cowes by three points, thus earning local bragging rights.

Newport come into the game on the back of a highly creditable 2-2 draw away to high-flying Lymington Town. Cowes, by contrast, lost their last fixture, on 23 December, 3-2 away to Team Solent, a team thrashed 0-4 at home by ‘the Port’ in November.

Let’s hope for some decent weather between now and then. To avoid disappointment, please check the niowfc.com website for an update on the pitch before travelling to the game.

See you all there.

Urry bags a brace for The Port to earn an away point


23 December, 2017. Newport earn a valuable away point at Lymington to ease closer to their Island rivals Cowes Sports FC who sit 19th in the table.

Third-from-bottom Newport came into the match on the back of two narrow defeats: 3-2 away at Bemerton Heath the previous Saturday, after an earlier narrow 0-1 home reverse against Sholing. By contrast, Lymington Town’s last game had seen them thrash Petersfield Town 8-1 at home. The reverse fixture at St George’s Park on 31 October, resulted in a narrow 1-2 victory for the away side.

Newport made two changes from their line up against Bemerton Heath Harlequins, with Jared Wetherick replacing Scott Sampson in central defence, and the youngster Lewis Wright standing in for Mark Taylor.

Lymington started by far the brighter of the two sides, with Newport lucky not to have gone behind in the 5th minute, when a curling shot from Nathan Hurst hit Gary Streeter’s crossbar. Meanwhile, at the other end, Connor Kelly and the in-form Charlie Urry proved to be a constant menace for the Lymington defence. However, disaster was to strike for ‘the Port’ just before half-time, when Steve Walker blasted into the net in the 44th minute of the game, to give Lymington a 1-0 lead.

Half-time: Lymington Town 1-0 Newport

Whatever had been added to the half-time dressing room tea appeared to have had the desired effect, as Newport came into the second half the sharper and more aggressive of the two sides.

Just five minutes into the second half, Charlie Urry blasted the ball from close range into the left-hand corner to equalise for ‘the Port’ in the 50th minute. He was then booked in the 57th minute by the somewhat fussy and officious referee. To cap an eventful ten minutes, Charlie struck again in the 60th minute, heading a Connor Kelly cross into an open goal, his eighth goal in eight games, giving Newport a 2-1 lead.

Lymington then kept Newport penned back in their half, although Connor Kelly looked very threatening on the break – without being able to provide the finishing touch – missing a good chance in the 75th minute, and having a shot blocked in a one-on-one chance by the Lymington keeper in the 80th minute. Eventually, however, the Lymington pressure paid off, when Sam House scored in the 82nd minute of the game.

Newport then came under immense pressure in the final ten minutes of the game, and have experienced keeper Gary Streeter to thank for not suffering a further late 3-2 loss, when he made a remarkably agile save to tip the ball over the crossbar in the 86th minute.

All in all, a good hard-fought point for ‘the Port’, away from home against strong opposition.

Things are looking promising for ‘the Port’ in their Boxing Day derby against local rivals Cowes, and the 4th round FA Vase tie against the strong Western League outfit, Bradford Town in the New Year, on 6 January. Let’s hope for a bumper crowd for both games.

Full time: Lymington Town 2-2 Newport FC

Newport FC: Gary Streeter, Liam Newbold, Will Quigley, Aiden Sainsbury, Jared Wetherick, Spike Pearce, Lewis Wright, Liam Triggs, Charlie Urry, Connor Kelly, Darren Powell
Subs: Jacob Reynolds, Jack Turkington, Scott Barron

Bemerton 3 Newport 2

Newport went down 3-2 at Bemerton on Saturday conceding an injury time goal after coming back from 2-0 down.
Bemerton scored early and increased their lead just past the half hour mark. Connor Kelly snatched a goal back just before half time.

Half Time: Bemerton 2 Newport 1

In form striker Charlie Urry got an equaliser soon after the restart and the Port looked to be heading for a vital away point before conceding the late goal.

Newport: Streeter, Newbold, Quigley, Sainsbury, Sampson, Pearce, Powell, Taylor, Urry, Triggs, Kelly. Sub: Beya

Newport 0 Sholing 1

Newport suffered a one goal defeat tonight on a heavy pitch against sixth place Sholing. Will Quigley returned to the side in place of Liam Newbold in defence whilst Aurele Beya came in for Scott Sampson.
The opening passage of play was evenly contested as neither team could gain any supremacy.
Newport creating some good chances and after 14 minutes Connor Kelly picked up a loose ball and fired in a shot on the run but it was straight at Ryan Gosney. Newport continued the pressure and a curling 20 yard shot from Aurele Beya was well saved underneath the crossbar by Ryan Gosney. Five minutes later Aurele Beya charged through the defence but with only the keeper to beat he shot just over.

Gradualy Sholing started to look more dangerous but were unable to get a shot on target to trouble Gary Streeter. Their best chance of the half came on 34 minutes Dan Mason outpaced the Newport defence but despite two attempts was unable to beat Gary Streeter.

The first half had been end to end in difficult conditions

Half Time Newport 0 Sholing 0

Newport made a substitution at half time replacing Darren Powell with Liam Newbold. The deadlock was broken on 52 minutes when Sholing took the lead.The Newport defence failed to clear a Sholing attack down the right and in the skirmish Marvin McLean scrambled the ball into the net. For a while Sholing subdued Newport but as the match ebbed towards the conclusion, Newport began to exert more pressure. Aurele Beya slipped the ball through to Connor Kelly who cut in but blasted over.

At the other end Gary Streeter was called into action again to deny Dan Mason at the near post. Despite Newport’s late surge, Sholing managed to defend their slender lead to take all three points.

Final Score Newport 0 Sholing 1

Newport: Streeter, Quigley (Wright), Triggs, Sainsbury, Wetherick, Pearce,Powell (Newbold), Beya, Urry, Kelly, Younie.

Sholing: Gosney, Cuthbertson, Mclean, Castle, Miller, Roundell, Brewster (Wort), Byron Mason, Dan Mason, Sawyer, Smith (Bulpitt).

Referee: Adam Hillier Attendance 87