The Sydenhams Wessex League have taken the decision to postpone all matches involving Island Clubs this weekend due to the threat posed by Storm Dennis.
Following the media coverage of the McDonald’s planning application for signage at the new retail park due to be built at St George’s Way, Tony Wake, Director of South Coast Leisure and Chairman of Newport FC has issued the following statement :-
”We are firmly committed to building a fantastic new home for Newport Football Club at WightFibre Park and it is our hope that work on this state-of-the art new stadium can begin in the spring or early summer.
As previously stated, this new stadium is dependent on the creation of a new retail park on Newport FC’s former home at St George Park. This retail development is a complex project but I am pleased to say we are making progress in bringing the scheme – which will create around 200 new jobs – to fruition.
We will continue to keep all those associated with Newport FC – and the wider community – informed of progress as we work towards taking up our new home towards the end of the year.”
Newport travelled to Folland Sports with a very strong line up against the bottom side who had suffered a midweek hammering at the hands of Fawley AFC.
Andy Sampson included Jared Cousins on the bench following a few weeks off recovering from a groin strain. Liam Triggs returned after missing a few weeks away on University work.
The Port got off to an absolute flyer in the first minute breaking into the Folland penalty area forcing the defender Callum Brockway into a rash challenge and conceding a penalty. Referee Jacob Wright showed the defender a red card in what must be one of the quickest sending offs this season. Connor Kelly stepped up to despatch the penalty and the Port took the lead with just 3 minutes on the clock.
The early action clearly affected the sides in completely the opposite ways, Newport pushing forwards and the Follands side somewhat shell shocked looking to re-organise. In the 8th minute Newport got a free kick on the left hand side of the Follands penalty area. Mark Taylor took the kick, Joe Craig got his head to the ball but hit the post and Jordan Browne was there to finish off the move.
On 14 minutes Newport were to score again, Connor Kelly getting to the byeline and sending in a tight cross that Joe Craig finished off with a flicked header.
It looked like it was going to be a tough afternoon for Follands but a combination of the Hamble side defending better and Newport easing off meant there were no more goals during the first half.
HT: Folland Sports 0 Newport 3
It was clear that Andy Sampson was not happy with the way the latter part of the first half had gone as Newport started with the second half with more purpose from the whistle. In the 46th minute, Liam Triggs played a lovely through ball to midfielder Jacob Reynolds who continued his fine form of late by slotting the ball past the keeper to make it 4-0.
A minute later the unpredictable Mark Taylor was to score with a typical flourish to make it five.
In the 53rd minute Joe Craig got his second to put the Port 6-0 up. Andy Sampson started to make substitutions to rest key players Jared Cousins coming on for Connor Kelly and Jake Wright coming on for Jacob Reynolds.
To their credit Folland Sports did not give up and worked hard to try and get on the scoresheet. They were to come unstuck one more time as the lively Jared Cousins capped off his return to the first team with a goal in the 82nd minute.
Harrison Yates came on for Spike Pearce as Newport saw the final minutes out for a good afternoons work.
FT: Folland Sports 0 Newport 7
Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Triggs, Reynolds (J Wright), McDonough, Barron, Kelly (Cousins), Pearce (H Yates), Craig, Browne, Taylor.
Referee: J Wright
Newport reserves drew 1-1 with AFC Wootton in a reversed fixture at Wooton Rec. Newport were missing a few players and had to play the game with a bare eleven. The Port youngsters took the lead from a corner when Harry Cheek headed home. Wootton were to get an equaliser later in the first half with a shot from the edge of the box. Neither side could get going in the second half with an increasingly strong (and cold) wind.
Newport travel to Folland Sports on Saturday as they attempt to extend their unbeaten run to eight games. The Hamble side sit at the bottom of Sydenhams Wessex 1 and are three points adrift of the nearest team Totton & Eling. Having recently changed their management team they have brought in several new players some with considerable Wessex League experience.
Newport have a full squad apart from Neo Lamb who is out for several weeks. The Port will be keen to come away with all three points as they try to stay in touch with the leading six sides who are dropping very few points.
Updates on Twitter from around 1.15pm
Newport reserves travel to Wootton Rec to take on AFC Wootton with a 2.00pm kick off. The Newport youngsters exited the Hampshire Vase last Saturday at the hands of Mid Solent League side Strawberry FC. The reserves were very unfortunate to lose leading scorer Jayden Yates as early as the 2nd minute with a pulled hamstring. It took 70 minutes before the strong Portsmouth based side could take the lead, eventually running out 3-0 winners.
Newport’s drive for promotion misfired after coming from behind to gain a draw against Ringwood Town, a side 7 places below them in the Wessex League One table.
The Port made two changes to the side that had won impressively at Fawley the previous Saturday, with the return of two senior players, Scott Sampson and Spike Pearce, who took the places of Scott Barron and Jake Wright.
Newport began the game kicking towards the GKN end on a soft pitch in blustery conditions. In what was a very open game, the Port began the game soaking up pressure from a Ringwood side that had come to the Island with attacking intent. The first clear chance for the home side came in the 15th minute, when Jordan Browne shot the ball high and wide after beating a defender. Newport had an appeal for a penalty just before the half hour mark, when Connor Kelly appeared to have been brought down by Ringwood keeper, Nick Harvey, but the referee said there was no contact and waved play on. A couple of minutes later, Connor Kelly was to force a great stop from Harvey after being put through by Joe Craig.
Disaster was to strike Newport in the 35th minute, when Ringwood captain, Ryan Osman, sent a sublime strike from outside the penalty area past a stranded Gary Streeter in the Newport goal to give the New Forest side the lead. (0-1)
A stunned Newport side went all out to level the score. First, Ryan Hughes shot just wide in the 36th minute. 3 minutes later, Jordan Browne shot just wide after yet another fine Joe Craig cross. Then, just before half-time, Jacob Reynolds shot over the Ringwood Town crossbar. However, without the composure needed to breach a resolute Ringwood defence, Newport went to the dressing rooms, in arrears at half time
HT: Newport IW 0-1 Ringwood Town
The second half began with an uncharacteristic mistake by veteran Newport keeper, Gary Streeter, when he slipped on the soft surface before having to recover to save a lob from the opposing side. Streeter just managed to prevent the ball from crossing the line, although there were strong appeals from the Ringwood bench that a goal should be given.
Newport continued to press forward, with Jacob Reynolds sending a shot high over the crossbar in the 59th minute and Joe Craig having his shot spilled by the Ringwood keeper in the 60th minute, with no Newport forward on hand to take advantage of the loose ball. In the 64th minute, Jordan Browne shot wide after a period of Port pressure in the Ringwood goalmouth.The equalising goal came in the 66th minute, with Jordan Browne showing some excellent ball skills in the penalty area, before striking the ball into the net with his outstretched foot after a Connor Kelly free kick.
Newport then pushed on to get the winning goal. In the 73rd minute, Joe Craig sent the ball across the Ringwood goalmouth with no-one in a yellow shirt present to take advantage. In the 85th minute, a free kick from substitute Mark Taylor fell to Jacob Reynolds, who shot just wide. Finally, in the 86th minute, Joe Craig had a shot rebound from the far post that bounced along the line into the goalkeeper’s arms.
However, a resilient and well-drilled Ringwood defence weathered the storm to return across the Solent to the New Forest with a well-earned point. On the day the conditions were probably the winner. A heavy pitch with a blustery wind and a low sun made things difficult for both sides.
FT Newport IW 1-1 Ringwood Town
Newport: Streeter, Hughes, H Yates (Taylor 65), Reynolds, McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Pearce, Craig, Browne, L Wright (J Wright) Sub not used: F McCabe.
Goals: Newport: Browne 66 Ringwood Town: Osman 35
Referee: Robert Harrison
Newport return to Beatrice Avenue on Saturday with the earlier kick off time of 1.45pm. Our opponents are Ringwood Town who are in a mid table position and in their last five games have won one, drawn three and lost one. The Ringwood manager is Richard Morse who played for the Port in their Southern League days. In the past Richard has been very keen to ensure he doesn’t end up on the losing side against his old club. Andy Sampson will have other thoughts in his mind as he aims to keep his side on the winning track as they chase the clubs above them.
Spike Pearce is available following suspension, Neo Lamb is out for several weeks following his injury against East Cowes Vics.
Newport Reserves travel to Portsmouth to face Strawberry FC in the Hampshire Vase. They currently sit in second place in Division 1 of the Mid Solent League .Although likely to be the toughest test so far this season, the Port’s reserves achieved a fine 6-2 win last week, in the IW Memorial Cup against Osborne Coburg.
All updates will be on Twitter from 2.15pm.
East Cowes Vics were due to have new floodlights installed this week so it was decided that Saturday’s match at home to Ringwood would be an early kick off at 1.45pm. Unfortunately the bad weather has delayed the work by a week but this weeks kick off time will remain 1.45pm
The following Saturday we are away to Folland Sports who also have some floodlight issues and they are currently starting all home games at 2.00pm.
Newport were forced into four changes from the side that beat East Cowes Vics on Tuesday night.
Scott Sampson and Mark Taylor could not travel due to work commitments, Neo Lamb picked up an injury in the Vics match and Spike Pearce was suspended. In came Scott Barron and Harris Yates into defence, Lewis Wright and Jake Wright in midfield. George Holmes returned from injury on the bench along with Bradley Thompson.
The game started at a lively pace with Fawley on the front foot. There was a lot of effort from both sides but the finishing touch was lacking. Fawley had the better chances and Gary Streeter was the busier of the two keepers. Fawley were having joy down the right hand side with the lively Tom Munday giving Harrison Yates a busy afternoon. Although the winger was able to deliver a number of balls across the box nobody seemed able to get on the end of them and the odd occasion they did the chance was put wide.
Newport chances were limited to set pieces as they struggled to get any fluency going forward. There was a brief scare as Connor Kelly had to leave the field for treatment but he was able to return and did not seem to have been affected.
Fawley had enjoyed the better of a half that lacked a little bit of quality. Andy Sampson went to the dressing rooms seemingly confident that the game was there to be won.
HT: Fawley AFC 0 Newport 0
Newport came out much brighter kicking down the slight slope and with the cold biting wind at their backs.
It didn’t take long for them to get in front. On 50 minutes a break put Fawley on the backfoot. Joe Craig ran at the defence and an overlapping Jacob Reynolds was shouting for the ball. He was given his chance and after one touch he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the back of the net. 1-0 to Newport.
Fawley were stung by the goal and were very quick to get back on the attack. Newport were only to hold on to their lead for five minutes as the Oilers got the ball to the byeline and squared it to Tom Munday to place it into the net. 1-1.
The game had come alive since the half time break and both sides were keen to get on with things but Newport were soon to seal the points.
On 61 minutes from a corner, Joe Craig received the ball on the left hand edge of the Fawley penalty area and shot through a crowd of players to put the Port back in front. (2-1 to Newport).
Just six minutes later Newport gained a corner which was met in the air by Jordan Browne. As his looping header appeared destined for the top corner, Fawley keeper Bruce clawed it back with one hand only for Scott Barron to head home the loose ball. Newport were now 3-1 to the good.
Newport were now on fire going forward. From almost the next attack the impressive Jacob Reynolds was bowled over after busting into the box with the ball and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Connor Kelly stepped up to score from the penalty and put Newport 4-1 up.
Harrison Yates had a good second half, growing in confidence in the left back role. George Holmes came on to replace Jake Wright for his first start since returning from injury, but after taking a knock in the first tackle it was clear he was unable to continue and was himself replaced by Bradley Thompson.
Fawley would not go down without a fight and on 81 minutes an unmarked Tom Magee was to score from a free header. (4-2).
From that point Newport settled for seeing out time and gaining three more points.
FT: Fawley AFC 2 Newport 4
Newport: Streeter, Hughes, H Yates, Reynolds, McDonough, Barron, Kelly, L Wright, J Craig, J Browne, J Wright (Holmes)( Thompson).
Referee: Mr M Bloor
Newport Reserves progressed in the IW Memorial Cup beating Osborne Coburg 6-2. The Port goalscorers were Reece Wren 2, Jayden Yates, Zak Sullivan, Flyn McCabe and an own goal.
Newport travel to Fawley on Saturday as they seek to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.
The Port travel without Spike Pearce who is suspended following his sending off last Saturday against Romsey Town. Returning to the squad are students Liam Triggs, Lewis Wright and Scott Barron who were unavailable for the midweek win against East Cowes Vics.
Andy Sampson will be keen to keep the momentum going as the team chase down the teams above them having overtaken Whitchurch in midweek.
Anyone looking to make the trip can get a combined Red Jet/ Hythe Ferry return ticket for £20 from Red Funnel. It is then either a long walk or short bus journey (No. 8 or 9) up to Holbury where the club is based. (Get off opposite the Co-op).
Updates will be on Twitter throughout thafternoon from about 2.15pm onwards.
Newport reserves continue in their quest to get the IOW Memorial Cup match played against Osbourne Coburg. The tie has now been switched across the road to the OC pitch at the IOW Community Club. K.O 2.00pm.
Newport made two changes to the side that had had an unlucky 3-3 draw against Romsey Town on Saturday, with veteran Gary Streeter replacing young Alex Ram in goal and Mark Taylor taking the place of the unavailable Lewis Wright in midfield.
The Port kicked off towards the Queensgate Primary School end on a playable pitch in frosty temperatures.
The game began at breakneck speed with both Island sides probing each other’s defence for weaknesses, Newport took the lead with only five minutes on the clock, when Mark Taylor burst into the penalty area and sent a low shot to the right on Steinborn-Busse in the Vics goal. The opposition keeper could only parry the ball leaving Joe Craig with a simple tap in. (1-0)
Vics had a great opportunity to grab an equalizer four minutes later when Brandon Hayward was fouled by Scott Sampson in the penalty area and the referee had little hesitation in awarding a spot kick to the home side. Vics captain, Ryan Gregory, sent a powerful low shot to the left of the goal only for Gary Streeter to parry the ball away.
In the 13th minute, Vics almost scored when former Newport defender, Liam Newbold
had a header saved off the line by Mark Taylor. Spike Pearce rocked the crossbar with a flying header but the ball bounced to safety. In the 43rd minute, Jimmi Burton managed to get the ball in the net for the ‘home’ side, but his effort was ruled offside by the officials.
In the 45th minute Vics defender Ollie West sent an unfortunate pass to the in form Connor Kelly. The flying winger sped towards the box, sending a shot past Steinborn-Busse, which flew into the net off the inside of the post and sent the Port into half time with a two goal advantage. (2-0)
Half time: East Cowes Vics 0-4 Newport
The second half began with a period of Newport pressure, forcing Vics to concede a series of corners. In the 47th minute, Connor Kelly broke through the Vics defence only to send his shot past the post. A minute later, Ryan Hughes had a shot which was cleared off the goal line. In the 50th minute, Connor Kelly sent a curling shot round the far post. Two minutes later, it was Ryan Hughes’ turn to hit the side netting.
The Port added to their lead in the 64th minute after a somewhat bizarre sequence of
events. A ball was cleared out of the Newport defence, hitting the referee, When play restarted with a dropped ball, Gary Streeter cannoned a long ball into the Vics penalty area, which was headed down by Vics defender Liam Newbold into the path of Joe Craig, who sent a low shot past Steinborn-Busse in the Vics goal. (3-0)
The Port continued to press a tiring Vics side, with Mark Taylor adding a fourth goal in the 82nd minute, when he sent a low strike into the net after a goalmouth scramble.
Full time: East Cowes Vics 0-4 Newport
Newport: Streeter, Hughes (Jake Wright 85), Lamb (J Yates 90+4), Reynolds (H Yates 85),
McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Pearce, Craig, Browne, Taylor
Goals: Taylor 84: Kelly 45; Craig 5, 64
Referee: Mr S Phillips