Weekend Preview

Newport travel to New Milton on Saturday as they face the Linnets for the first time in a few years.

New Milton are manager by former Cowes player Patrick Wilson so he will not want to lose to the Port and a tough game is envisaged.

The Port will look to get back to winning ways having been held to a draw last Saturday by Ringwood Town when they conceded a late equaliser. Spike Pearce has returned from holiday and so is available for selection.

FA Vase 2nd Round Draw

Newport have been drawn at home to Western Premier League side Cribbs FC in the 2nd Round of the FA Vase.

Cribbs beat Brimscombe & Thrupp 3-2 on Saturday to earn their place in the next round. Newport have yet to play in the Vase this season due to our successful run last year earning us a bye to the 2nd Round.

Cribbs FC are from the Cribbs Causeway area of Bristol.

The tie is scheduled to take place on Saturday 3rd November.

Newport 2 Ringwood Town 2

Port made four changes to the starting line-up that won at Fawley midweek. Veteran goalkeeper, Gary Streeter, replaced teenage goalkeeper, Ryan Hall; Mark Taylor returned in place of Jake Younie in defence; and, in midfield, teenagers George Holmes and Louie Fleming were replaced by the experienced Darren Powell and Liam Triggs.

The game was played in autumn sunshine on a good pitch, with Newport attacking the Shide End in the first half.
Ringwood began the match the brightest, shooting over the bar in the first minute, and forcing Gary Streeter to punch off the line in the seventh. However, it was Liam TRIGGS who was to open the scoring with a superb individual goal, dribbling through the penalty area to fire a low shot into the right-hand side of the goal to give Port a 1–0 advantage.

Newport continued to press ‘the Peckers’ with Joe Craig breaking through and coming close to scoring in the fifteenth, twenty-fourth and twenty-sixth minutes. In the 33rd minute, Mark Taylor collided with Darren Powell, and had to be carried off the field of play injured, to be replaced by Mitchell Rickets. The first half ended with a period of Peckers pressure, when they forced a succession of corners. Darren Powell was forced to head one Ringwood effort off the line, and Ringwood No 7, Rob Okumu, wasn’t quite tall enough to head a certain goal, had he connected on the Newport line just before half time.

HT Newport (IoW) 1–0 Ringwood Town

‘The Peckers’ continued to pile on the pressure early in the second half, with Jack Ormiston equalizing in the 53rd minute.

In the 63rd minute, Ringwood could have gone into the lead, but for a magnificent one-handed save from Newport veteran keeper, Gary Streeter.

At this point, Newport manager, Andy Sampson, made another of his inspired substitutions, pulling off Harrison Yates to be replaced by the nippy Louie Fleming. The substitution almost paid off within two minutes, when, after a great run, Fleming passed to Joe Craig, who shot narrowly wide. Then, in the 68th minute, Jared Wetherick put Louie FLEMING through, to round the keeper, and give Port a 2–1 advantage.

Unfortunately, Port were unable to hold onto their lead, a defensive blunder gifting the ball to Rob Okumu to score from close range. ‘The Peckers’ were unlucky not to return to Dorset with all three points when one of their players rounded the Newport keeper in injury time, but the referee awarded a foul to the home team, even though Gary Streeter appeared not to have made contact.

Final Score: Newport 2–2 Ringwood Town

Goals: Newport: Triggs 10, Fleming 68 Verwood Town: Ormiston 53, Okumu 87

Newport: Streeter, Harmer, Lamb, Taylor (Mitchell), Barron, Powell, Wright, Triggs, Wetherick (Drew), Craig, Yates (Fleming)

Substitutes not used: Marchbank, Gwilliam

Referee: David Morey

Newport man of the match: Scott Barron

Attendance: 99

Non League Day

Saturday 13th October 2018 is National Non-League football day.

Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.

Always scheduled to coincide with an International football break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.
As well as raising awareness of grass roots football it also aims to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. The football world has supported the “Man of Men” badge worn by players , managers and TV pundits alike, to raise awareness of the disease that kills a man every 45 minutes.

On Saturday Newport Football Club will offer free admission to their Wessex League match against Ringwood Town to anyone from the following groups;

Members of the Armed Services
Members of the Emergency Services including Lifeboat and Coastguard
Employees of the NHS

Instead of paying admission to enter the ground, all these people have to do is show their workplace ID such as badge, warrant card, id card. etc.

In addition the club will be raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK throughout the afternoon.

Fawley 0-2 Newport Live

Our line up tonight. Ryan Hall, Alex Harmer, Neo Lamb, Scott Barron, Jake Younie, Harrison Yates, Lewis Wright, Joe Craig, Jared Wetherick, George Holmes, Louie Fleming. Subs: Darren Powell, Mitchell Ricketts, Ryan Marchbank, Josh Gwilliam, Ben Snow.

Kicked off 7.45pm

Still no score after 15 minutes. Port facing a strong wind this half. George Holmes came close with a shot on the turn but the home keeper made a good save.

Half Time : Fawley 0 Newport 0

With the wind behind them now, can Newport convert the advantage into goals ?

On the bench for Newport tonight is 16 year old Ben Snow. Ben joined Newport Youth as a 9 year old and has been at the club ever since . Last year he was a member of our all conquering Hampshire under 16 Champions side.

67 mins still no score, yellow card for Harrison Yates.

5 minutes to go, we must hope that it’s not a repeat of Hythe & Dibden.

GOAL ! 86 mins Wetherick volley 1-0 to the Port

GOAL ! 90 mins another Wetherick screamer from outside the box 2-0

Full Time : AFC Fawley 0-2 Newport

Fawley away match and other news

Tonight (Wednesday) The Port travel to Fawley for their third consecutive away match in eight days.
Andy Sampson has this week has signed Josh Younie on dual registration with Brading Town as he has already done with Jake Younie who played against Hythe & Dibden last week.

Kick off tonight is 7.45 and we hope to bring you updates from Twitter.

On Monday evening the Supporters Trust held an extraordinary General Meeting and Paul Spreadbury was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Supporters Trust, Tony Wake remains Chairman of Newport FC. Paul is the owner of Pit Stop motorcycle training which hires the club’s car park for his business. Paul has sponsored a reserve team kit for a couple of years and last year bought a new engine for the main pitch lawnmower. He has grown attached to the club and wants to play a part in it’s future.

Sadly I have to inform you that our Reserve Team have withdrawn from the Island League Division 1. A series of events led players to leave for other clubs. We withdrew our A team from the combination league in an effort to keep the reserves going however this has proved unsuccessful and we were unable to field a side last Saturday. We shall use the next few months to get a more stable set up in place that will allow our junior teams to participate successfully next season in whatever league we enter.

This Saturday is National Non League day and the Port are at home to Ringwood Town. National Non League day always coincides with a break in Premier League football and whilst International matches take part. It is designed to raise awareness of grass roots football and also aims to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. Every 45 minutes a man dies somewhere from Prostate Cancer.

On Saturday Newport Football will offer free admission to their match against Ringwood Town to any of the following groups;

Members of the Armed Services
Members of the Emergency Services
Employees of the NHS

Instead of paying admission to enter the ground, all these people have to do is show their workplace ID such as badge, warrant card, id card. etc.

In addition the club will be having a donation collection for Prostate Cancer UK.

Romsey 4 Newport 0

Newport travelled to Romsey with a youthful line up that only included experienced campaigners Gary Streeter, Darren Powell and Mark Taylor. The unavailability of Scott Sampson, Spike Pearce and the injured Martin McDonough meant that no experienced centre half was available so Darren Powell dropped into the back four. No Jared Wetherick or Joe Craig up front meant that Kyle Drew came into the centre forward role and no Liam Triggs allowed Lewis Wright to return from injury in midfield.

The Port started brightly and had the first meaningful attack of the game, Louie Fleming getting away from his marker and delivering the ball into the box. Kyle Drew and Mark Taylor both had attempts on goal but were crowded out and the ball eventually went for a goal kick.

Romsey started to gain control of the ball and for the next 15 minutes were camped around the Newport goal. Gary Streeter had a busy period saving a near post header and tipping over a curling strike that was heading for the top corner. The pressure eventually told and Pearce Farren put Romsey ahead on 20 minutes with a back post header from a corner.
Play quickly returned to the Newport penalty area and 3 minutes later following an almighty goalmouth scramble in which The Port had at least two opportunities to clear their lines, Tom Cotillard eventually put the ball in the back of the net to go two ahead.

Skipper Gary Streeter let his team know what he thought and the Port went straight up the end and a foul in the box on Mark Taylor brought the Port a penalty. Lewis Wright stepped up to take the spot kick and although well hit just inside the post, Romsey’s 16 year old keeper Charlie Philpott got down to push it away and the ball was cleared. This was probably the turning point of the game, the Port started to give the ball away too much and although working hard they allowed Romsey to get the upper hand again. If they could have gone in at half time 2-1 down with the wind at their backs in the second half they would have been in with a shout. This wasn’t to be as on 42 mins Tom Cotillard shot from the edge of the box to score.

Half Time: Romsey Town 3 Newport 0

The second half was very much of the same with Gary Streeter the busier of the keepers. On 66 minutes Newport brought on Alex Harmer for the tiring Harrison Yates, the youngster having played two games in 4 days.

On 70 minutes Romsey scored a 4th goal with another Pearce Farren header from a free kick.

Romsey then made a triple substitution and Newport made two substitutions with Ryan Marchbank coming on for Louie Fleming and Mitchell Ricketts coming on for Mark Taylor.

On 86 minutes Josh Gwilliam was booked for an innocuous challenge.

The final minutes still left time for Gary Streeter to make a fine save low down and for George Holmes to have a shot which the young Romsey keeper did well to save with his feet.

Newport MOM was probably Gary Streeter but Lewis Wright made an encouraging return from injury and although his penalty was saved he did well for the full 90 minutes.

Full Time Romsey 4 Newport 0

The Port have had a tough run of games over the last three weeks. It looks like the league will split into three breakaway groups, top 6 , bottom 4 leaving a middle 9. Romsey , US Portsmouth and Hythe & Dibden all look as though they will be in the top 6 along with Amesbury, Stoneham and Verwood. The top 6 are all fielding much more experienced players who have been together a while, physical teams, mostly paying good wages. Against these sides and the higher league teams we have played, our younger players have found it hard but have given everything considering the numbers of teenagers we have fielded in any one team. Realistically it looks like we will finish in the middle group of 9 and we should aim to be as high as possible in that group.

Newport: Streeter, Gwilliam, Lamb, Barron, Powell, Wright, Yates (Harmer), Taylor (Ricketts), Drew, Holmes, Fleming (Marchbank).

Referee: Lewis Ward

Weekend look ahead

The Port continue on the road this weekend as they travel to play Romsey Town on Saturday afternoon.

Anyone interested in travelling, Red Funnel have a special offer on for £9 return and Romsey is a short train ride with the station approx 800 yards from the ground.Return train fare is approx £4.

Newport Reserves match against Binstead COB is now POSTPONED.

Hythe & Dibden 1 Newport 0

Newport brought in Jake Younie at Centre Half and Jared Wetherick returned at centre forward.

Newport were awarded a penalty on 26 mins which Jared took but the home keeper made a save.

Half Time 0-0.

85 mins Hythe and Dibden score from a free kick.

FT: Hythe & Dibden 1 Newport 0

Newport 0 US Portsmouth 2

Newport slipped to their first league defeat of the season against a strong US Portsmouth side at St. George’s Park.

Recalled to the side following periods of unavailability were Ryan Hall, Mark Taylor, Scott Sampson and Spike Pearce. Jared Wetherick was unavailable as he was working but was named as substitute in the hope he might make some of the match.

The early periods of the game were tense as both sides were keen to keep their good starts to the season moving forward. Newport’s Mark Taylor had a stern talking to from referee James Byng within the first five minutes following a strong challenge.

There followed a period when both sides managed to create chances but both keepers coming out on top. For Newport George Holmes hit a superb free kick from 25 yards that was heading for the top corner until Joe Hunt got a hand to it to tip it over the bar. At the other end Ryan Hall was on hand to deny Harry Potter low down at the post following a good passing move.

The major talking point towards the end of the first half occurred following a Newport corner. George Holmes was wrestled to the ground in the penalty area, held down and some supporters behind the goal were claiming he was hit whilst trying to free himself.

The referee was prepared to let US Portsmouth restart from a goal kick but the linesman, experienced former referee Rudi Burton was waving his flag vigorously. The referee went over for a discussion and many expected action to be taken but nothing happened and US Portsmouth restarted the game.

HT: Newport 0 US Portsmouth 0

The second half started with much the same but the breakthrough for US Portsmouth came on 53 mins when the Port lost possession in midfield and the ball was played through to high scoring striker Harry Potter to put the services team ahead.

By now US Portsmouth had their tails up and with a much more experienced side were able to keep the Port at bay. Former Christchurch striker Tom Jeffes now playing at centre half marshalled the RN well and closed down most of the Port’s forward movement.

As the Port pushed forward to try and get an equaliser US Portsmouth then went on to score a breakaway goal on 79 minutes as Lewis Beale ran through one and one with keeper Hall and smashed the ball into the net.

There was no way back for the Port from there.

FT: Newport 0 US Portsmouth 2

Newport: Ryan Hall, Mark Taylor (Scott Barron) , Neo Lamb, Harrison Yates (Tony Potts), Spike Pearce, Scott Sampson, Darren Powell, Liam Triggs, Joe Craig, George Holmes (Reece Wren), Louie Fleming.

Referee: James Byng

Attendance 115