Newport 6 Folland Sports 0

After a long series of postponements, Port get their push for promotion on track with a superb 6-0 home win against Follands Sports at Beatrice Avenue.

Port made two changes to the side that had lost 0-1 away at New Milton the previous Saturday, with Ben Gearing replacing the injured Gary Streeter in goal, and Joe Craig starting in place of Mark Taylor.

Port put the planemakers under pressure right from the start of a game in which they would have scored more than six were it not for the heroic efforts of Follands keeper, Ash Downs. Port’s best chance in the opening period came in the 15th minute, when a George Colson free kick was parried by Downs in the Folland’s goal, falling to Jordan Browne, who missed an open goal. Port then converted pressure and possession into a goal, when a George Colson cross was met by a flying Jordan BROWNE header, to give Port a 1-0 advantage.

Port extended their lead in the 28th minute when Jared COUSINS scored from close range, with Jordan Browne being the provider. Port then had numerous opportunities to extend their 2-0 lead, all of which were blocked by the in form Folland’s keeper, who stopped a Ryan Hughes effort in the 31st minute, a magnificent header from Joe Craig in the 31st minute, a header from Jordan Browne in the 36th minute, a curling shot from Connor Kelly in the 42nd minute and a long shot by Jacob Reynolds in the 45th minute.

Half time: Newport IW 2-0 Follands Sports

The second half began with a rare attack by the Follands Sports, who had a shot rebound off the post in the 50th minute. However, the relentless Port pressure led to tempers getting frayed for the away side, with one of their players being sin binned. The pain for the planemakers was to get worse in the 60th minute, when flying winger Connor KELLY dispatched a magnificent long range effort into the bottom left corner of the away side’s net to give Port a 3-0 cushion. The referee evened things up by sending Scott Sampson to the sin bin for ten minutes.

In the 74th minute, the in form Kelly nearly added to his goal tally, when another of his long range efforts bounced off the crossbar. In the 82nd minute, Port went 4-0 up, after a Jordan BROWNE effort was deflected into the Follands goal. Joe CRAIG added a fifth for the home side in the 86th minute, poking the ball into the back of the net after a Connor Kelly effort was cleared off the line by a Folland’s defender. Finally, George COLSON, who had had a magnificent home debut for the Port, added a sixth from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.

Final score: Newport IW 6-0 Follands Sports

Newport: Gearing, Hughes, Reynolds (Lamb), Pearce, McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Colson, Cousins (Taylor), Browne, Craig

Referee: R Walczak

Attendance 87

Photographs from the match can be seen on the Broonpics Sports Photography page on Facebook.


Newport Reserves progressed to the third round of the Hampshire FA Vase with a 4-3 win over Mayflower FC from Southampton. The goalscorers Newport were Zak Sullivan 2, Harry Cheek and Brad Thompson. The Reserves now have a home tie against Hook to be played on 7th December.


It’s Saturday and there is no rain expected, which is a bonus after the weather we have had in recent weeks.

Newport Reserves have already had a pitch inspection and their Hampshire Vase match against Mayflower is ON at Northwood Rec with a 1.00pm kick off. If you are quick you might be able to take in most of their match(unless it goes to extra time) and still see most of the first team game.

Newport first team take on Folland Sports in the Sydenhams Div 1 at Beatrice Avenue with a 3.00pm kick off. The Planemakers started the season with two wins but since then they haven’t registered another win in fifteen games. They have however scored in four of their last five games, so if anything is to be learnt from last weeks defeat at New Milton, it is that if you don’t score you won’t win and you will most probably lose to an unexpected late winner.

Follands made a number of well known signings at the start of the season including Kevin Brewster who played many seasons for Sholing FC. Newport themselves have made some signings in the last ten days including George Colson formerly of Salisbury and Ryan Oatley of Blackfield & Langley. Both players have been playing this season for Island League side Brading Town. Both players will remain on Island League forms for the Romans .

The Groundsman has gone in early at Beatrice Aveue this morning and the pitch is good to go.


Football at last ?

Hopefully both our adult teams will see footballing action this week as the weather has become drier although some rain is expected later today.

The first team travel to the BBX Stadium at New Milton for a Sydenhams League match against a home side that has conceded heavily in their last two matches despite having been on a good run prior to that.

The Linnets seem to get on the scoresheet in most games though and have beaten both East Cowes Vics and Totton & Eling at home during October. A close game can be expected.

Newport Reserves travel to Hamble to take on Mayflower FC in the Hampshire Vase, a cup match that has been rescheduled from last Saturday. That game has an earlier kick off so we may be able to give you updates during our twitter feed this afternoon.

Last night there was an upset as high flying Andover New Street lost away to Laverstoke & Ford. Today sees a couple of matches between teams above or around us as Alton take on US Portsmouth, Andover Town take on Downton and Hythe & Dibden are at home to Romsey Town. It is still pretty tight at the top.


Newport v Laverstock & Ford

Newport return to Beatrice Avenue today to face Laverstock and Ford in a Sydenhams League 1 encounter.

Andy Sampson and his team will be buoyed by an impressive 6-2 victory away at Totton & Eling which was probably the team’s best performance so far this season. Jordan Browne was back on the scoresheet with a hat trick so will be looking to add to his tally. Another hat trick for Connor Kelly capped what was a fine individual performance.

Starting with todays match, Newport are at home for four of the next five matches, so there is an opportunity to get a good run of form going.

Laverstock & Ford have hit a bit of a flat spot recently and come in to the game on the back of three defeats. They will surely be looking to improve on that this afternoon.

There has been a precautionary pitch inspection this morning by one of todays match officials and as anticipated there is no problem and the game is on.

Newport Reserves match however has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

As always arrive early to get a parking space in the ground, if arriving after 2.45pm you may be best advised to park on a neighbouring road.

Totton & Eling 2 Newport 6

On Tuesday night Newport provided one of their best performances of the season so far winning 6-2 away at Totton & Eling.

The Southampton side had picked up in form recently, particularly at home but Newport were swift in getting the match under control with Connor Kelly finding the net in the 4th minute.

A quarter of an hour later, Kelly was to turn provider, with an inch perfect cross finding Jordan Browne at the back post to head home.

Shortly after the restart the Port were to concede a sloppy goal. Awarded a free kick just outside their own penalty area, a mix up between the Newport defenders and keeper allowed Daniel Spencer in to score a simple goal.

It could have been a turning point that allowed the home side back into the game but that man Connor Kelly was having none of it. The ball was fed through to the striker and he raced through the defence, rounded the keeper and steered the ball into an empty net. Half an hour gone and the Port were 3-1 up.

Ten minutes later and it was 4-1. Mark Taylor shot from distance, the home keeper spilled the ball and a rejuvenated Jordan Browne was first to strike the ball home.

Half Time: Totton & Eling 1 Newport 4

Totton and Eling shuffled the side round at half time in an effort to get back into the game but it didn’t take long for Newport to get back on the scoresheet. Again a perfect Connor Kelly cross was met by Jordan Browne to fire home for his hat trick on 54 minutes.

On the hour mark, Jared Cousins had to come off and was replaced by reserve team striker Jayden Yates.

On 69 minutes Connor Kelly was to complete his own hat trick. Latching on to a long clearance from Gary Streeter, he nipped in before the home defence and lobbed it over the advancing keeper.

Totton & Eling were awarded a late penalty when we mistimed a tackle and took out the striker. John Macaulay making no mistake from the spot.

Full Time: Totton & Eling 2 Newport 6

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Triggs, Barron, McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, J Wright (H Yates), Cousins (J Yates), Browne, Taylor.

Referee: Mr B Duffell

Attendance 83

Midweek Action at Totton and Eling

Tonight Andy Sampson takes his team to Totton and Eling for a resumption of league action following the Saturday before last’s FA Vase exit.

Andy Sampson has a full squad to choose from.

Totton and Eling were due to play at home on Friday night but this was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. They have had mixed fortunes so far with 9 of their 12 points gained away from home but they have also won their last four at home, three of which were cup matches.


A quiet weekend

No football this weekend for either of Newport’s adult teams. The first team have a blank week and wait to take on Totton & Eling away on Tuesday night. This has now been switched to a 7.30pm kick off if anyone is thinking of attending.

The reserves match was called off on Thursday as all council pitches were declared unfit en masse due to the torrential rain.

Port slip up in the FA Vase

Port lose to Western League Bridgwater Town on a wet afternoon at Beatrice Avenue.

Newport began the game fielding a close to full strength side, which saw the return of the combative Mark Taylor at right back, the experienced captain, Martin McDonough, and a former player-of-the-season, striker Charlie Urry.

Port kicked off towards the GKN end in wet conditions on a soggy pitch dampened by a couple of days of continuous rain.

The men-in-yellow went behind after just four minutes, when Mark Taylor conceded a free kick on the edge of the area, which took a deflection before Bridgwater striker, Jake Brown, headed the ball past Gary Streeter from point blank range at the far post.

The North Somerset side nearly took a 2-0 lead in the 18th minute, when they were denied by veteran keeper Streeter. Port then started coming back into the game, with Joe Craig having a shot saved from the edge of the area in the 23rd minute, and a Connor Kelly free kick going narrowly over the bar on the half hour mark.

Then came an incident that probably put paid to Port’s chances of advancing further in the FA Vase, when Charlie Urry tangled with a Bridgwater player in the muddy conditions and was promptly given his marching orders by referee Mr Forrest whilst issuing a yellow card to the Bridgwater player, a decision which the majority of the crowd viewed as harsh.

HT Newport IW 0-1 Bridgwater Town

Port managed a few chances against a side one tier higher than themselves in the league pyramid, and appeared to cope well with being a player down. In the 55th minute, Joe Craig sent a shot narrowly past the post from the edge of the area. However, disaster struck Port for a second time in the 56th minute, when a weak back pass from Mark Taylor was intercepted by a Bridgwater player, who was then hauled down by Taylor’s  mistimed tackle in the middle of the penalty area. The spot kick was converted by Jake Llewellyn, to make the game safe for the visitors at 0-2.

Port continued to battle, with Liam Triggs shooting just over the bar in the 63rd minute. Some agile defending from Gary Streeter kept the North Somerset side at bay and prevented the scoreline from appearing worse.

A competitive game ended on a sour note when a Bridgwater player, Jack Taylor, made an untoward comment directed at the referee, leading to his being sin-binned. Taylor then appeared to vehemently protest this decision, resulting in his being red carded. However, there was insufficient time remaining for Port to take advantage of the visitors themselves being reduced to ten men, and Port’s run in this year’s FA Vase came to an abrupt halt.

Full time: Newport IW 0-2 Bridgwater Town

Newport: Streeter, Taylor, Lamb, Barron, McDonough (Cousins 73), Sampson, Kelly (Jake Wright 78), Triggs, Urry, Browne, Craig

Referee: Keiron Forrest

Attendance: 144