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.”

http://www.thefa.com/news/2020/mar/26/national-league-system-womens-football-pyramid-grassroots-covid-19-update-260320

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.

Newport 2 Whitchurch Utd 0

The Port made 3 changes to the side that had won emphatically 7-0 at Folland Sports a fortnight previously: Harrison Yates replaced Liam Triggs at right back, Scott Sampson took the place of Spike Pearce in central defence and Jared Cousins came in for the suspended Mark Taylor on the right wing.

Newport kicked off attacking the GKN end on a soft pitch in mild but blustery late winter weather. The Port began on the front foot, attacking right from the off. The first chance fell to Jared Cousins, who missed a good chance on the goal line as early as the 4th minute after a cross from Connor Kelly.

The Port took the lead in the 7th minute, when the in form Joe Craig sent a powerful header from the middle of the penalty area flying past Konrad Szymaniak in the Whitchurch United goal after another incisive cross from Connor Kelly. Jordan Browne came close to adding a second in the 16th minute when he had a shot saved off the line by a Whitchurch defender, after which flying full back Ryan Hughes had his attempt blocked.

For the remainder of the first half the Jam Boys laboured in vain for an equaliser. In the 31st minute, Whitchurch centre forward, Lloyd Thompson, saw his effort narrowly miss the post. In the 34th minute, George Bishop had a strong shot blocked by Gary Streeter.. Finally, just before half time, Charlie Plumley sent a strong header just past the Newport post. A composed Newport defence soaked up the pressure to reach half time with a goal advantage over their North Hampshire visitors.

HT: Newport IW 2-0 Whitchurch United

The second half continued in much the same manner as the first, with the Jam Boys having plenty of possession and territorial advantage, but unable to provide a real threat to Gary Streeter in the Newport goal. The Port appeared far sharper up front, with Connor Kelly a constant thorn in the side of the Whitchurch defence and centre forward Jordan Browne showing some deft touches. In the 56th minute, Browne came close to scoring, after showing some skillful control in the Whitchurch penalty area, following which his flying kick was parried by Szymaniak in the Whitchurch goal.

The North Hampshire visitors came closest to scoring in the 57th minute, when a misplaced Scott Barron back header forced Gary Streeter into making an acrobatic save. In the 67th minute, Ryan Hughes saw a cross-shot touched onto the crossbar by Szymaniak, following which Scott Barron saw his header fly past the Whitchurch post from the resulting corner. The second goal for the Port came in the 75th minute from livewire winger, Connor Kelly. First, Kelly saw a powerful shot rebound off the Whitchurch crossbar. Then, he lobbed the ball over a flailing Szymaniak to give the home side a decisive two goal advantage.

Newport were content to see out the final 15 minutes, Andy Sampson brough on two substitutes, Jake Wright and Flyn McCabe who made yet another promising debut from a 16-year-old in Newport colours.

FT: Newport IW 2-0 Whitchurch United

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, H Yates, Reynolds (Wright), McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Barron, Craig, Browne, Cousins (McCabe)

Scorers: Newport: Craig 7, Kelly 75

Attendance: 94

Matchday 22/02/20 Whitchurch United

Newport return to action on Saturday as they take on Whitchurch United at Beatrice Avenue. Andy Sampson will be keen to get his team back in action and keep the momentum going with their eight game unbeaten run. There are no injury problems for the Port although Mark Taylor starts a suspension following his yellow card at Follands.

Whitchurch returned to form in their last match beating title chasers Downton a fortnight ago following a run of defeats.

The quick draining Beatrice Avenue pitch was firm and playable on Friday morning and providing there is no more rain, no inspection is expected.

Newport Reserves take on Yarmouth & Calbourne in the Memorial Cup at Northwood Rec with a 2.00pm kick off.

Signed Saints Shirts and Level 42 tickets to be won.

It’s a case of rock ‘n’ goal as Level 42’s Mark King and Southampton Football Club team up in support of Beaulieu House.

Mark has donated four tickets to Level 42’s forthcoming gig at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on November 1 while Southampton FC have given two framed shirts signed by the first team. Both shirts will now be auctioned along with two tickets for the concert to raise funds for Beaulieu House in Newport which provides a home and overnight respite for children and young people with severe and challenging disabilities.

The Saints shirts have been donated by Jonathan Woodhouse who works as a strength and conditioning coach with the club’s under 18 and under 23 teams and his dad Dave, a past captain of the Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club. “Jonathan got the Saints first team to sign the shirts, and both him and Dave agreed that they would like to present them to Beaulieu House so that they can be auctioned to raise some funds for the charity,” said Tony Wake, Beaulieu chairman.

“Added to that. Mark has also given two free tickets for the forthcoming Level 42 gig to go with each shirt. Given the strong ties between the Island and Level 42 and the Saints, I think this is a fantastic lot which I hope will raise lots of money for Beaulieu House.” Jonathan said: “Myself and my dad are delighted to be supporting Beaulieu House – it is a magnificent charity providing a vital service.”

Mark, who is a patron of the charity said: “What a fantastic gesture from Dave and Jonathan for our young ones at Beaulieu House. The least I could do was to donate two pairs of signed tickets for the forthcoming show.” The shirts will be kindly auctioned from Thursday 20th February until the 15th March by Dean Hodges at Starsignings IOW free of charge. Bids will be taken on his Twitter account @ludowhufc in his shop in Newport, and also on the charities Facebook page, Beaulieu Respite Isle of Wight.

The monies raised will go towards day trips on and off island for the children and young people at Beaulieu during school holidays.

The photograph of the home shirt includes back row, Lynn Burford, Mark King, Dave Woodhouse, Lillie Fettes.

Front row Harrison Hutchcraft, cameron Gunton – Bunn, Maggie Feltham.

Away shirt back from left, Jonathan Woodhouse, Cameron Gunton – Bunn, Dave Woodhouse.

Front row, left Chloe Barnaby and Jonathan Thorpe.