First team management step down from their roles

Newport IW Football Club would like to announce that the first team management have stepped down from their roles within our Sydenhams Wessex Football League Premier Division squad.

Manager Andy Sampson and first team assistant Russ Byrne made the announcement on Tuesday evening. Stewart Shepherd had previously stood down from his assistant managers role.

The chairman Stuart Ross, The Supporters Trust and on behalf of the fans we would like to thank Andy, Stewart and Russ for the commitment and time they have all given to the club over the years. It has been gratefully appreciated and we wish them all the very best for the future.

The Ports top goal scorer C.Kelly leaves for Sholing

Newport IW FC’s top goal scorer and young talent Connor Kelly has left the club, signing for Sholing FC for the 2017/18 season.

C.Kelly has been with The Port since a young boy and had worked his way through Newport’s youth section into the first team where he has delivered an exceptional performance and attitude both on and off the pitch.

Connor has been Newport’s top goal scorer for the last two seasons, his talent and pace on the pitch will be greatly missed.

Connor has today (14th May) signed for Sholing FC who finished 3rd this season in the Sydenhams Wessex Football League Premier Division. Sholing also won the Sydenhams Wessex League cup this season and in 2014 won the FA Vase.

The Ports top goal scorer will no doubt add something exceptional to Sholing’s manager Dave Diaper’s first team squad.

Newport IW FC wish Connor Kelly all the very best next season at Sholing FC and thank him for all he has given to The Port over the years.


Port retain the Gold Cup in dramatic penalty shootout

For the second successive season it needed penalties to separate Newport and Cowes in the final of the Isle of Wight Senior Cup.

Newport attacked the southern end in the first half and created an opportunity in the opening minute but Liam Triggs shot over. Cowes also came close early on when a header from Craig Insley struck the top of the crossbar.

On 7 minutes Cowes were awarded a penalty which Jordan Browne placed beyond the reach of Gary Streeter to give the home side a lead.

Newport equalised after 19 minutes when Joe Butcher broke down the left before firing in a low cross that passed between two defenders and found Connor Kelly who blasted it into the net.

Liam Triggs fired in an excellent shot on 29 minutes which was superbly tipped over the bar by Ed Hatt.

Half time: Cowes Sports 1 Newport 1

The match began to get feisty in the second half and Cowes were reduced to 10 men when John McKie who had previously received a yellow card for dissent, received a second yellow card also for dissent. The match settled into a stalemate as Cowes had more possession but were unable to break down a resolute Newport defence whilst Newport were relying on the long ball to Tom McInnes. On 74 minutes, Newport made their only substitution bringing on Jared Wetherick for Aiden Sainsbury and this altered the pattern of play as Tom McInnes had support in attack and Joe Butcher produced some good runs that troubled the Cowes defence.

Nevererless there was no further scoring and with no extra time penalties were needed. Newport went first and Liam Triggs scored the first penalty. For Cowes, Dexter Malin took their opening penalty but shot high and wide. Newport then went on to score from their remaining penalties and when Joe Butcher converted the fifth it was the cue for celebrations on the pitch as Newport retained the trophy for the fifth successive season.

The trophies were presented by Paul Hunt from Harwoods who sponsored the competition.

Final Score: Cowes Sports 1 Newport 1, Newport won on penalties 5-3

Newport; Streeter, Newbold, Taylor, A Sainsbury (Wetherick), Pearce, Sampson, Wright, Triggs, McInnes, Kelly, Butcher.

Cowes; Hatt, Wykes, Malcolmson, Insley, Bryan, Lewis, Bricknell (McArthur), Phillips, Browne, Malin, Mckie.

Referee : Ron Groves

Photo courtesy of IW Radio

Club lottery draw winners – April

The trusts club lottery draw for April took place on Saturday (6th) at St George’s Park.

Many congratulations go to the following winners who have all picked up cash prizes;

1st – Mr A James

2nd – Mr P Guy

3rd – Mr S Groundsell

The winners will be contacted by the Supporters Trust committee in order to claim their cash prize.

If you wish to join the clubs lottery to be in with a chance of winning monthly cash prizes make sure you click on the supporters trust menu on the homepage and select “The 200 Club”. A bank mandate form can be printed off, completed and handed in on match days or posted to the Supporters Trust committee at Newport IW FC, St George’s Park, St George’s Way, Newport, IW, PO30 2QH.

Good Luck

The Port face rivals Cowes Sports in the final

St George’s Park this afternoon hosted the second semi final of the Isle of Wight Senior Cup between Wessex League side Cowes and Island League side Binstead.

Cowes kicked off attacking the Allotment end and started well taking the lead after only 4 minutes. Finley Phillips chased a long ball and nodded it into the path of Jordan Browne who had time to compose himself before guiding the ball low into the net past the advancing Kieron Sanderson.

Cowes increased the lead after ten minutes when Dexter Malin worked the ball down the right before laying it off to John McKie to force it home at the near post.

An injury to Matt Foreman forced Binstead to make a substitution on 24 minutes. He was replaced by Danny Woreboyes, who was soon in action heading off the goalline with the keeper stranded.

Cowes dominance produced two goals in quick succession. Firstly a shot from John McKie struck the crossbar before striking the keeper and rebounding in the net. Then the Binstead defence was wrongfooted by Cowes giving Jordan Browne an open goal with which to tap the ball into.

Goals were coming regularly now. Binstead pulled a goal back with a spectatular 20 yard drive from Olly Crookes then almost from the restart, Nathan Lewis was allowed to run through the defence before placing the ball low into the net for Cowes’ fifth.

By the interval Cowes appeared to be in control of the match

Half Time: Cowes 5 Binstead 1

Cowes made a substitution on 52 minutes bringing on Leigh MacKenzie for Jimmy Wykes then shortly afterwards Gareth Bricknell was replaced by Ollie McArthur.

A long range shot from Nathan Lewis resulted in Cowes sixth goal on 55 minutes. Cowes completed their substitutions on 64 minutes when Jason Ince came on in place of John McKie.

Binstead used all their substitutes when Jhae Rhayment and Jack Love replaced Dan Mew and Olly Crookes.after 75 minutes.

Cowes seventh goal came on 88 minutes when Aidan Bryan ran through the defence before laying the ball off to Jordan Browne. His shot struck the post but he reacted first to the rebound and hit the ball home to complete his hat trick.

Cowes had dominated the match from the start and can expect a harder match when they meet Newport in Friday’s final at Westwood Park, kick off 7.30pm.

Final Score: Cowes 7 Binstead 1

Cowes: Hatt, Wykes (MacKenzie), Malcolmson, Insley, Bryan, Lewis, Phillips, Bricknell (MacArthur), Browne, Malin, McKie (Ince).

Binstead: Sanderson, Churches M Foreman (Woreboyes), Read, McInnes, Sunsburg, Drakeford, A Foreman, Mew (Rhayment) Crookes, Morley.

Referee: Tom Berry Attendance 202


Shanklin LFC vs Southampton Saints G&L FC – 7:45pm Ko

St Georges Park will play host to the FA Women’s Premier League this evening (Thursday) for a 7:45pm kick off as Shanklin LFC take on Southampton Saints G&L FC.

It will be free entry to get in with our the clubs snack shack open selling hot drinks and snacks.

Come and watch some Premier League action ladies football at St Georges Park and support the Islands top ladies football team.


£1245.33 raised for the JOE ELLIS TRUST

Over 320 people attended Sundays Charity Football match at St George’s Park to raise funds for The Joe Ellis Trust. The players came out to fireworks and a minutes applause was was held to celebrate the life of Joe Ellis.

The IOW Police got off to a great start when a Matthew Tasker header put them in front on 6 minutes.

The match was then evenly contested but neither team could find the breakthrough with the first half ending 1-0 to the Police.

A flurry of substitutions took place at half time and The IOW NHS Trust came out the stronger side. The medics had two great chances when 1 on 1 with the Police keeper but managed to put one wide and one was blocked. On 67 minutes the NHS drew level with a header from Jamie Evans.

End to end play continued as both sides searched for a winner but at 90 minutes it looked like the match was going to a penalty shootout.

In injury time the Police managed one final break down the left and squared the ball across the penalty area where Stuart Ross was able to sidefoot past the keeper to snatch a late winner.

Full Time: IOW Police 2 IOW NHS Trust 1.

The Joe Ellis Trophy was presented to the IOW Police.

Man of the Match was also awarded to Paul Neill, captain of the Police team.

*****BREAKING NEWS***** – 03/05/17

All monies from Sunday’s charity football match has now been counted raising a grand total of £1245.33 for the JOE ELLIS TRUST.

The Joe Ellis Trust, Newport IW FC and all those who took part in the day’s event would like to thank all the people and local business who kindly donated their time, prizes and money towards this fantastic cause.


Charity battle between the emergency services at St Georges

St Georges Park will host a charity match between the IOW Police and the IOW NHS on Sunday 30th April for a 4pm kick off.

This is the first ever game to be played for the Joe Ellis Trust trophy and is an event organised jointly by the two emergency services to raise as much money for a fantastic cause.

Both teams have been training tirelessly over the past seven weeks in preparation for this fixture so although this will be a friendly game there’s no doubt it will have its competitiveness.

The day will feature other activities within the ground for all families to enjoy with a chocolate tombola for the children and raffles to win the match ball and 2 x adult IW Festival weekend camping tickets. Make sure you’re at the ground before kick-off to enjoy a special surprise as the players are cheered out onto the pitch.

Newport IW FC’s clubhouse sports bar will be open from 2pm which is showing all live sports and football on the BIG SCREEN in HD as well a variety of beers, wines and spirits on sale that can be taken into the ground whilst you’re watching the game out on the main pitch.

The clubs snack shack will be open throughout the afternoon for hot food and drinks.

At 3:15pm the gates into the ground will be open to spectators with a kind donation of £3 for adults and £1 for children. All monies raised on the day will be for the Joe Ellis Trust.

The expected rain will not stop play so please come along to support both emergency services and enjoy a family and fun packed afternoon at Newport IW FC, St Georges Park.


Newport come from behind to reach the Cup Final

Newport IW FC travelled to a mutual ground at Westwood Park to face W&B Sports in the Semi Final of the IW Senior Gold Cup.

Newport were finding it difficult to get into the game early on with the majority of possession dominated by W&B sports.

The breakthrough for the WAB came on 17 minutes when The Ports keeper Gary Streeter brought down Josh Appell in the 18 yard box conceding a penalty. Up stepped Wayne Newnham wrong footing Streeter to make it 0:1.

The Port again struggled to keep hold of the ball with W&B pressing hard and moving the ball around comfortably between themselves. Connor Kelly tested the WAB keeper on 30 minutes but could not see the back of the net.

As the WAB pressed deep in Newports half the ball was played out to the right hand side of The Ports 18 yrd box and drilled low and hard into the far left hand corner of the goal beating Streeter. 45 minutes and W&B sports were now 0:2 up with the first half drawing to a close.

Half time score: Newport IW FC 0:2 W&B Sports

Newport came out in the second half a different team with an early goal from Tom Mcinness who headed home a cross from the left by Mark Taylor. Newport 1 WAB 2.

The WAB looked stunned and it was noticeable with The Port now dominating possession and pressing high in their opponents half.

The Port levelled the scores at 2:2 with a cross coming in from the left. It appeared a bit of a mele on the edge of WAB’s 6 yrd box but Joe Butcher managed to get his head on the cross as W&B’s keeper came out to punch it away.

On 65 minutes W&B’s Wayne Newnham kicked out at Spike Pierce right in front of the referee which saw him get a straight red card and down to 10 men.

W&B were all to familiar going down to 10 men in their previous Hants Intermediate Cup Final earlier in the month so this was still going to be a tough final 25 mins for The Port.

But it was The Port who took full advantage of the WAB’s 10 men playing some nice football and looking comfortable as they moved the ball around the pitch with ease.

Connor Kelly looked lively out on the left and was threatening to the WAB’s substitute left back Paul O’Connor.

On 84 minutes Connor Kelly picked up the ball from an error by the WAB keeper who failed to clear his box having come out to retrieve it. Two other WAB defenders could be seen laying on the ground with their defence now all out of shape. Connor remained calm looking up and slotting the ball with ease around the bundle of players on the ground to put The Port in the lead 3:2. Huge celebrations followed from The Ports players on the pitch.

Newport then saw the remaining time out of the game keeping possession deep in WAB’s half where they were unable to create anything further.

The final whistle blew with Newport winning 3:2 and securing a place in the IW Senior Gold Cup Final on Saturday 12th May 2017 at Westwood Park.

Newport will face either Binstead COB or Cowes Sports FC in the final.

The Port unable to spoil the party

Newport travelled to Moneyfields FC on Saturday (22nd) for their last league game of the season and up against The Moneys who were looking to secure top spot in the Premier Division.

Moneyfields had a shot on target on 23 minutes but couldn’t find the back of the net and with not much more action from both sides the first half ended 0:0.

Both sides dominated possession at times and on 56 minutes The Moneys tested GK Gary Streeter but were unable to the advantage in this fixture.

Moneyfields looked the dominant side on 68 minutes with The Port on the back foot. On 73 minutes a shot on goal from The Moneys still wasn’t enough.

The Port had a free kick on 74 minutes with Aiden Sainsbury stepping up to take it however it wasn’t going to be Newport’s day or be Premier Division side to upset what has been a terrific season for Moneyfields FC.

With the league title starting to slip away from The Moneys as Portland Utd were winning at home to Bemerton Heath Harlequins their dominated possession paid off and the break through coming on the 76th minute with Moneyfields taking that all important lead 1:0.

Moneyfields could have made it two but they missed a penalty on the 87th minute.

The Port were not able to get anything more out of their last game or push Moneyfields FC off that top spot. The game finished 1:0 to The Moneys securing them the league title and promotion to the Southern League.

Newport IW FC end the 2016/17 season finishing 15th in the Sydenhams Wessex Football League table.