The Management

Andy Sampson will be leading the charge this season after his team was stopped in its tracks last season whilst unbeaten in 2020. The experienced manager has added Joe Butcher whilst retaining all of last seasons squad bar Lewis Wright. Andy is confident the squad can keep going fromwhere they left off and push for promotion this season.

Assistant Manager Stewart Shepherd returns to be alongside Andy in the dugout. Uefa B qualified coach Stew is also involved with Newport Youth teams and development of young players.

Physio Matt Ohren continues to look after our players. Matt is a fully qualified Physiotherapist working in the local NHS and we are proud to have him at Newport. We thank you Matt for the work you do not just for our team but the whole community.

Next seasons squad

Striker George Holmes returns looking to re-stablish himself in the first team squad. George had a bad injury last season and was restricted to 7 appearances. We wish George all the best for the season ahead.

Flying winger / striker Jared Cousins re-signs for another season at the Port. Last season his appearances were restricted by injuries but he still made 10 starts and scored 3 goals. Hopefully he will get more opportunities to use his pace, creating and scoring more goals.

Left Back extraordinaire, Neo Lamb returns to score some more amazing goals. This boy doesn’t do ordinary, only left foot 30 yard volleys will do. Scored 4 goals last season from 23 starts, not a bad return for a “defender”.

Joe Craig remains a Newport player for the season ahead. The tall rangy striker/winger was amongst the goals with 11 from 21 appearances. Always a threat either on the ground or in the air he will be another essential component of Andy Sampson’s strike threat.

Central defender Scott Sampson is back for another season at the Port. Scott is a strong experienced defender and a previous winner of the Wessex League with Blackfield & Langley. Last season Scott scored 5 goals from 18 matches.

Liam Triggs signs for another season. Former Pompey trainee is extremely versatile and can play in many positions from left back through to centre forward. His appearances were limited last season due to work committments however he still managed 3 goals from 16 appearances.

Last season was a breakthrough one for Jacob Reynolds moving into a midfield role and playing in all 10 matches of the unbeaten run. Overall Jacob featured in 24 matches and scoring 4 goals along the way. Jacob has signed for the season ahead.

Last season’s top scorer Connor Kelly has signed for another season at the Port. The flying winger/striker scored a fantastic 23 goals from 28 starts last season and will no doubt be keen to try and beat that this year.

Long serving keeper Gary Streeter is coming back next season for another crack at the Wessex 1 title. Last season Gary gave some of his best appearances for years including an outstanding Man of the Match display away at Alton.

Harrison Yates has signed for his fourth season at Newport since progressing through the Youth system. The young midfielder has had to be patient and take his opportunity when it comes along but he has also been a mainstay in our reserve side.

Scott Barron returns for a third season with the Port. The young central defender hasnt stopped growing since he joined the club and now has over 50 appearances in the Wessex league. The quietest player in the squad he saves his talking for on the pitch.

Attacking midfielder Mark Taylor has put pen to paper and signed for Newport for the 20/21 season. A regular for the past five seasons the enigmatic midfielder will be making life difficult for opposition defences in the coming months.

Committed defender Spike Pearce is back for more in the coming season. Spike has racked up over 150 Wessex appearances in the last five seasons and pops up with the occasional goal.

Consistent striker Jordan Browne has resigned for the coming season. Jordan scored 14 Wessex goals in the previous season before it was cut short and was on target to beat the 16 he scored the season before.

Flying full back Ryan Hughes signs on for his third season with the club. With 49 Wessex appearances to his name over the past two seasons and a previous winner of Supporters Player of the Year, a player with great maturity for his age, certainly one to watch this season.

Jake Wright signs on for his second season in Adult football. The teenager made 27 Wessex League appearances in his first season and will be looking to push on after his second pre-season.

Skipper Martin McDonough returns for another season. The experienced defender / midfielder is keen to get back on the pitch and get things moving again.

We welcome back Joe Butcher who previous played for the Port up to 2016/17 in our Wessex Premier days, before moving on to win a Wessex Premier Winners medal at Blackfield and Langley.

Joe previously at East Cowes Vics, completed a transfer to us in March but unfortunately the season was voided before he could play.

The season ahead – Player signings and sponsorship

This week (Wednesday) we shall start to release details of players we have signed for the season ahead and also the opportunities for player sponsorship.

The cost of sponsoring a player for next season remains at £30 but we can offer the opportunity to sponsor two players for £50.

For your sponsorship you will be mentioned in every home programme alongside your players personal profile and also on the players personal photo/bio on the website. Businesses can have their name linked to their website if applicable.


2019/20 season is over for us.

The FA have today released a statement drawing to a conclusion the 2019/20 season for all clubs below the National League.

“FA and NLS steps three to six have reached a consensus that their 2019-20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two.

These decisions will also apply to the leagues and clubs who play at NLS step seven.

We will continue to assist and support the National League (NLS steps one and two) to determine the outcome of its 2019-20 season as quickly as possible. The planned implementation of the restructure of the NLS will also now be deferred until the start of the 2021-22 season.

Furthermore, we can now confirm that we have decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019-20 season. This will allow the game to move forward and to commence planning for next season. Our County Football Associations (CFAs) will be supporting grassroots leagues over the coming days to determine how they should close out their current competitions.”

We await decisions on individidual cup competitions.

Keep Safe and see you next season.

All fixtures suspended

Following advice from the FA, the Sydenhams Wessex League have suspended all fixtures until further notice.

There is no definite date for resumption and many things remain undecided, but we will update you with any changes when we hear.

Stay safe.

Up the Port

Newport 3 Alton 0

This match had been highlighted as a six pointer and one of the “must wins” at home, the others being the visits of the promotion contenders still to visit Beatrice Avenue.

Newport made one change to the side that beat Whitchurch United a fortnight ago, with Spike Pearce coming in at right back and Ryan Hughes switching to left back to take the place of Harrison Yates.

Newport named Joe Rayner as one of the substitutes, being dual signed with Whitecroft and Barton.

The Port kicked off towards the GKN end in cold conditions on a soft pitch but good considering the recent weather.

The game started competitively, with both sides requiring three points to stay in touch with the promotion contenders. The first serious attempt on goal from the home side came from Connor Kelly, who spotted the Brewer’s goalkeeper, Justin Courtnage, off his line and attempted an ambitious 30-yard lob that flew over the crossbar. An audacious effort not dissimilar to his goal against Whitchurch two weeks ago.

The Port then had a lucky escape in the 19th minute, when Alton forward, George Bowerman, dispatched a thunderous strike from the middle of the penalty area that cannoned off the right post and flew across the face of the goal to safety.

The Brewers had started confidently and held the greater share of possession for most of the rest of the first half Newport were forced into conceding a long succession of corners, which fortunately Alton were unable to capitalise on. The Brewers were controlling the game, but mistimed passing meant they lacked the necessary cutting edge in the final third of the field.

The Port were to take the lead against the run of play four minutes from half time. Connor Kelly floated a long free kick into the Brewer’s penalty area, which was headed back across goal by Scott Sampson. Jordan Browne got his head to the loose ball first which skidded into the net off the post.

The Port were fortunate to take a lead into the half time break but the home strikers had proven to be the more clinical.

HT Newport IW 3-0 Alton FC

It would be interesting to see how the visitors had been affected by the goal and would there be a change of tactics to try and get back into the game.

The Brewers came close to equalising in the 49th minute, when their centre forward, Louis Russell, had a powerful shot well saved down low by Gary Streeter in the Newport goal.

The Port demonstrated their ability to deal decisively with chances that fell their way when, in the 51st minute, visiting keeper Justin Courtnage failed to hold a Connor Kelly corner, Jordan Browne controlled the loose ball, turned and blasted the ball into the back of the net from 8 yards. (2-0)

 Connor Kelly then turned from provider to scorer. Receiving the ball out on the right wing about 25 yards from goal, he turned inside the defender onto his favoured left foot and unleashed an audacious drive that arrowed under the bar, inside the post into the top of the side netting. (3-0)

Alton continued to press and try and get back into the game with Luke Perkins hitting the woodwork in the 65th minute.

Further drama ensued in the 69th minute, when Jared Cousins was played in and skilfully rounded the Alton keeper, only for Justin Courtnage to make contact and force him to lose his balance and fall just inside the box. Referee, George Redford had little option other than award a penalty to the Port. Surprisingly he was also shown a red card rather than the yellow one most people expected.

Alton manager, Kev Adair, sent himself onto the pitch as substitute keeper. Uncharacteristically,  in form striker Connor Kelly, blasted the spot kick way over the bar into the adjoining school playground.

The game started to get a bit niggly with players squaring up to each other on a number of occasions.

Andy Sampson brought on Joe Rayner for Jacob Reynolds, Harrison Yates for Joe Craig to freshen things up.

Jordan Browne came close to scoring his hat trick, but had his effort spectacularly saved by the very able Alton manager.

A foul on Scott Barron forced the youngster to be substituted with three minutes on the clock.

The game ended on a sour note, with Spike Pearce sent off, allegedly for throwing a punch.

 FT: Newport IW 3-0 Alton FC

Newport IW: Streeter, Hughes, Pearce, Barron (McCabe 87), McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Reynolds (Rayner 83), Cousins, Browne, Craig (Yates 84)

Goals: Newport: Browne 41, 51; Kelly 59

Attendance 106


Newport Reserves produced a fine 4-2 win at home to table toppers Oakfield, inflicting their first defeat in the league this season. Goal scorers for the Port were Jake Wright 2 , Jayden Yates and Brad Thompson.

Matchday 05/03/20

Newport return to action on Saturday with a home tie against the team immediately above them in the league, Alton.

The two sides met in January when the Port came away from Anstey Park with a 3-1 win in a match that was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests.

Newport will be missing Mark Taylor who sees out the final match of his suspension but otherwise are at full strength.

The pitch at Beatrice Avenue has dried out in the early spring sunshine and with no rain forecast, there are no concerns about the game going ahead.

Newport reserves are at home to Oakfield, with a 2.00pm kick off at Northwood Rec.

Updates available on Twitter from around 2.15pm

Verwood Match Postponed

The match against Verwood on Saturday has unsurprisingly been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Next up is a 6 pointer at home to Alton on Saturday 7th March.