Newport v Petersfield Town

Newport return to League action this Saturday as they are at home to Petersfield Town.

Like the Port, Petersfield were relegated last season but have made a much brighter start this season with back to back wins against Guildford City in the FA Cup and Alton in the league.

Mark Summerhill has brought some new players in for the Rams over the summer and they are looking for a more stable season this year.

Andy Sampson should have some returning players available to come back into the squad.

Admission is £6 and £3. Kick off is 3.00pm.

FA Cup: Wimborne

We are considering whether to run a coach from Lymington to Wimborne for the FA Cup match on Saturday 25th August. We need to gauge if there is interest for supporters to come on board.

There would be room for up to 20 supporters paying approx £10 each for the coach plus buy your own foot passenger ticket for the ferry and entrance to the ground.

If you are interested please drop an email to info@niowfc.com just with your name and number of seats required. At present this is just an enquiry and you would be asked to confirm once a definite decision is taken.

Newport v Amesbury Town

The Port continue their fine form in cup competitions, progressing to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup after beating fellow Wessex League 1 side, Amesbury Town.

Newport made two changes to the side that drew 2–2 away to Alton the previous Saturday, with Spike Pearce replacing Scott Sampson in central defence, and Kyle Drew playing up front in place of George Holmes.
In what was very much a game of two halves, Amesbury dominated a first half in which they could easily have been three goals ahead at the break, only to come unstuck in the second half, after two inspired substitutions by the Newport manager.

Newport kicked off towards the allotments end, on a hard pitch, in overcast, drizzly conditions.
Amesbury showed their attacking intent early in the game, with Harry Beckley shooting narrowly past the post in the fourth minute.
Newport replied with Jared Wetherick breaking through in the sixth minute, but unfortunately, he found himself unable to control the ball.

The Wiltshire side continued to press the Newport defence, with Tyler Brockway nearly scoring in the tenth minute. Then, in the fourteenth minute, after an undignified scramble in the home side’s penalty area, Rob Owen shot into the right corner from five yards out, to give the away side the lead.
Amesbury continued to dominate throughout the remainder of the first half, with Rob Owen, Harry Beckby (on a couple of occasions) and Tyler Brockway, all coming close to increasing the Amesbury lead. At the other end, the physical presence of the Port’s centre-forward, Jared Wetherick, appeared to be the sole threat for the home side.

Half -time: NEWPORT IoW 0–1 AMESBURY TOWN

Newport emerged late from the half-time break, with the youngster, George Holmes, coming on to replace the luckless Kyle Drew, who had left the field of play shortly before the interval. Whatever choice words Andy Sampson had used with his team in the dressing room appeared to have had the desired effect almost immediately, as just two minutes after the break, a looping ball found substitute Holmes at the near post, who tucked it into the back of the Amesbury Town net from five yards, to make the scores level.

The game then became scrappy, with Mark Taylor and Amesbury’s Rob Owen both booked after a tussle outside Newport’s penalty area. Then came time for Andy Sampson’s second inspired substitution of the game, with Lewis Fleming coming on to replace Craig Castle in the 72nd minute. Within a minute of his arrival on the field of play, in the 73rd minute, Lewis had scored, latching onto a long ball and powering past Dave Cardus in the Amesbury goal, to blast the ball into the empty net, and give the Port a 2-1 lead.
Not to be overshadowed by the youngsters, it was now Jared Wetherick’s turn to show his strength and experience, breaking through the Wiltshire side’s defence in the 77th minute, to slot the ball into the left-hand corner, and make the score 3-1 to the Island team.

By this stage, Amesbury had lost their composure and discipline. When, in the 79th minute, the Amesbury defender, George Higgins, tussled with Lewis Fleming over a ball that had gone out of play, he appeared to throw a punch at the Newport player. Fortunately, the punch did not connect, but the referee took a dim view of his antics, awarding Higgins a straight red.

Newport nearly managed a fourth goal in the 82nd minute, when Mark Taylor rounded the Amesbury keeper, but the angle was too acute for him to extend Newport’s lead.

Final score: NEWPORT IoW 3–1 AMESBURY TOWN

Newport: Hall, Harmer, Lamb, McDonough, Pearce, Charlesworth, Wright, Drew (42 Holmes), Wetherick, Castle (72 Fleming), Taylor (84 Catania)

Goals:
Amesbury: Rob Owen 14
Newport: George Holmes 47, Lewis Fleming 73, Jared Wetherick 77

Man of the Match: Martin McDonough

Attendance: 140

Referee: Michael Ballard

All photos courtesy of Simon Dear. Twitter @sjddear

Newport receive £2,250 for their win in the extra-preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup, and will travel to Wimborne Town of the Southern Premier League in the next round, in two weeks’ time.

This Saturday, 16 August, Newport face Petersfield Town at home in a Wessex League One fixture.

Alton 2-2 Newport

Newport fought back from two goals down on Saturday to claw back a very important point against Alton.

Weather conditions were not conducive to fast flowing football with a car park temperature of 37.5 degrees and a 3g pitch bouncing the heat back up to add another couple of degrees it was no surprise that there were short drink breaks in each half.

The Port welcomed back captain Martin McDonough into midfield and the leader had an outstanding match having not played since April.

Alton kicked off and were immediately on the offensive. Keen to press the home advantage they were getting the ball forward quickly and firing shots in one of which brought a great flying save from Port’s young keeper Ryan Hall.

A few of the Newport players were struggling to keep their feet as they came to terms with the surface and ultimately it was a slip that was to lead to a goal for Alton on 18 minutes. Newport were passing the ball out of defence and a Port player slipped up allowing the ball to run through to an Alton player. They were quick to get it out wide and break down the flank and get a cross in that was tucked away by Steve Black.

The Port were struggling to get the ball into the box and the nearest they came to scoring was a 25 yarder from Joe Craig which was dipping under the bar only for the Alton keeper to tip it over.

Alton continued to dominate the game , breaking quickly and getting in to very good positions which fortunately they did not take advantage of and would surely come to regret. When they did hit the target Ryan Hall and his defenders were there to stop any further score in the half.

HT: Alton 1 Newport 0

The match resumed more or less where it had left off and on 55 minutes Alton doubled their lead. A move down the left hand side resulted in a bit of a scramble and the ball bounced across goal to the unmarked Callum Burch who was able to sidefoot it into the net.

At that point things started to get a bit heated and after a confrontation with the referee , Mark Taylor received a yellow card. It was to be the turning point of the game because the same player was able to channel his anger and frustration into his performance. He started to get forward more with his mazy runs and on 63 minutes wound his way through the Alton defence before curling a fine shot into the net that gave the keeper no chance.

This was the pickup that Newport needed and suddenly the tide had turned, Alton were more on the back foot and the Port were looking for the equaliser. Andy Sampson brought on Craig Castle for George Holmes to introduce fresh legs out wide.

This was to come on 76 minutes when a curling cross from the left was met by Jared Wetherick and his header passed right through the hands of the Alton keeper into the net.

Newport brought on teenager Louie Fleming for another teenager Neo Lamb who was struggling with an ankle problem. Lewis Wright dropped in as an emergency left back and was later to produce a superb tackle to deny a clear goalscoring opportunity to an Alton striker.

Both teams went on the attack for the final quarter hour and had half chances but the score remained at 2-2. Newport will be the happier, the second half saw a great comeback and fighting spirit that will be needed this season. Our young players showed they have the ability to perform at this level and just need time to gain experience and confidence. Our experienced players showed they have the desire to work and grind out results as we embark on that journey.

FT: Alton 2 Newport 2

Newport : Ryan Hall, Alex Harmer, Neo Lamb (Louie Fleming), Martin McDonough (c), Caleb Charlesworth, Scott Sampson, Lewis Wright, George Holmes (Craig Castle), Jared Wetherick, Joe Craig, Mark Taylor.

Referee: Luke Pullen

Pre-Season Friendlies – UPDATED

The main Saturday pre-season friendlies have been announced.

Saturday 14th July 15.30 HOME 0 v 2 East Preston (Southern Combination Football League)

Thursday 19th July 19.30 HOME v Northwood St John (IOW Div 1)

Saturday 21st July 15.00 HOME v Lancing FC (Southern Combination Football League)

Tuesday 24th July Time TBC HOME v Brading Town (IOW Div 1)

Saturday 28th July HOME v Fleetlands FC (Hampshire League)

Unless stated all kick offs at present assumed to be 1500 but could be subject to change.

Midweek evening friendlies will be against Island based sides.

Football returns to St. George’s with First Pre-Season Friendly

On Saturday Newport face their first test of the new season when Sussex Club, East Preston visit St. George’s Park. East Preston play in the Southern Combination Premier Division and finished 13th out of 20 last year.

EP are bringing a squad of 20 so expect changes throughout the game and Andy Sampson will also want to get game time into as many of his squad as possible.

Come along and see the new faces we have signed on this season.

Kick off is at 3.30pm due to ferry times and admission is £3 adults £1.50 concessions.

Presentation Night 2018

This years End of Season Presentations took place at the club on Saturday night.

The winners were;

1st team Managers Player and 1st team Players Player; GARY STREETER

1st team Supporters Player and Top Goalscorer; CHARLIE URRY

Reserve Team Managers Player; TONY POTTS

Reserve Team Players Player; SCOTT BARON

Reserve Team Top Goalscorer; GEORGE HOLMES
Young Player of the Year; LEWIS WRIGHT

A Team Managers Player; GARY RICHARDSON

A Team Players Player; LAURENCE CHICK

A Team Top Goalscorer; GARY RICHARDSON

The Hilton Bunday Award; DEREK OHREN

Newport in Wessex Division 1 next season

No surprise there really although we will be joined by Amesbury Town, Petersfield Town and Andover Town who finished second in the Wessex Premier last season. The North Hants club having been promoted to the Southern League then had to withdraw due to a significant loss of staff and sponsorship and have been placed at level 6.
We also renew acquaintances with former Premier clubs, Alton Town, Downton, Fawley, Follands, Laverstock and Ford, New Milton Town, Romsey Town, Totton and Eling, Verwood Town and Whitchurch United. Not forgetting of course we will once again have a local derby but this time around it is with East Cowes Vics.
Our reserves will play in IOW Division 1 which is an excellent result as they will not be affected by players playing in the FA Cup or Vase which would bar them from playing in Division 2. We will have an A team in IOW Combination 2 which will be our starting point for Youth players progressing to Adult football.
Andy Sampson has already started work on building his squad for next season, one newcomer so far, Craig Castle who was at the Bournemouth Academy and went on to play for Aldershot Reserves as a teenager. Craig has been out of the game for a while but still only 26 and having moved to the Island, he is keen to get back playing. A pacy winger / striker he is looking forward to playing on the spacious St. George’s pitch.
The club presentation night is next Saturday 2nd June 2018 at St. George’s Park, we shall be kicking off at 7.30pm (Bar open from 7pm). All supporters are welcome, there will be hot food (a choice between curry or chilli) and supporters wanting food will need to advise ahead of the event. Please email info@niowfc.com with your details if you will be wanting food on the night. There is a nominal charge of £5 for food but those who just want to attend and have a drink are welcome.

Andy Sampson returns to lead the Port

Newport football Club have chosen Andy Sampson to be their new first team manager for the new season. The club received many applications which were of an extremely high calibre.

Following the applications the club held rigorous interviews with candidates. Following interviews, the club deliberated for some time over who would be the best Manager to take the club forward bearing in mind it’s plans to relocate to their new stadium. This included the aim to become highly inclusive of all ages genders and abilities within the community.

Tony Wake, Chairman of NFC said:.”Andy is well known and respected by the players and fans and showed great interest and passion in our plans moving forward. We are very pleased that he has taken on the job.

“We were also impressed to have so many high-quality applicants for the position. Some of the applicants have also offered their help over the next season in other positions which is fantastic.”

Andy Sampson said: “I am pleased to be given another opportunity to manage Newport FC. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead of returning Newport FC back in to the Wessex Premier League.

“With the new ground on the horizon and a strong youth set the future is looking very good for the club.”

Andy will replace Derek Ohren who kindly agreed to manage the club until the end of the current season.

Joe Ellis Charity Team v Arsenal Charity Team

The big Charity match kicks off at 1.00pm today at St. Georges Park.

The Arsenal Charity Team are managed by former Gunner, Brian Hornsby and include players Kenny Sansom, Steve Williams, Paul Wood and others. The team also includes celebrity Arsenal supporters such as Tommy Walsh from Groundforce, actors Giles Anderson and Matt Mansfield.
Gates open 12.00 noon and there will be lots to do as well as the match. There is a bouncy castle, tombola, hot food, ice cream, all designed for everyone to have a good time and raise money for both The Joe Ellis Trust and the Arsenal charities that they support.

The clubhouse will be open from 12.00.