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


FA Vase 1st Round – Non League Day – Game On

**Updated** A pitch inspection took place at first light today by a local referee and was passed fit for play.

Yesterday the pitch was mowed and slitted as an extra precaution. This morning there was light drizzle early on which has stopped** Updated**


Newport continue on the road to Wembley on Saturday with a home tie against Bridgwater Town in the First Round Proper of the FA Vase.

Andy Sampson almost has a full squad to choose from, the only exception being Lewis Wright who was sent off in the third minute of last Saturday’s match for a ‘last man’ foul and has a one match ban.

Bridgwater will be strong opponents having won their last three matches scoring ten and conceding none, lifting them to third in the Toolstation Western Premier League. With East Cowes Vics and Cowes both playing on the mainland. a big crowd is expected with Bridgwater bringing a full coach and several cars, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to get in the ground. It is likely the car park will fill before 2.30pm so if you arrive after this time aim to park on the streets around the ground.

Heavy rain has helped soften the pitch at Beatrice Avenue which has been very firm so far this season. It is likely that a pitch inspection will take place before Bridgwater leave home early on Saturday but the East Cowes pitch is notoriously quick draining and no problems are envisaged.

Saturday is non league day which recognises grass roots football but also supports the Prostate Cancer Charities. We shall be supporting this and the IOW Prostate Cancer Support Group will be in attendance to give advice , raise funds and awareness.

Newport Reserves play at home to Newchurch in The IOW League with a 2.00pm kick off.

The club has obtained some embroidered club baseball caps which we shall start selling at the match on Saturday. They are adjustable in size and cost £10.


New Stadium to be named WightFibre Park

WightFibre Park, the new home of Newport Football Club”

 WightFibre announces sponsorship of new state-of-the-art sports facility – WightFibre Park

  • New home for Newport Football Club with all-new 3G pitch
  • Community sports hub for mens, womens, junior and all-inclusive football


Wightfibre and Newport Football Club are delighted to announce WightFibre’s support for the new, state-of-the-art football and community stadium.

The stadium is also the new home of Newport Football Club.

WightFibre Park, to be located off The Racecourse, has been designed to maximise community use by offering top-class facilities including a grandstand, clubhouse and a new 3G all-weather pitch enabling Newport to play all the way up to Southern Football League Division 1.

There is already interest in developing women’s and junior football at the new stadium while the IW College and the Island’s public health service are also looking to use the facility for sports coaching courses and to encourage participation in football and other activities as a means of staying healthy.

Work on the stadium can begin once planning permission for the retail park at Newport FC’s former ground at St George’ Way is granted. This development will fund the relocation and the application is due to go before IW Council planners in October.

Announcing the provisional sponsorship of the new stadium, WightFibre chief executive John Irvine said: “As a local island company, WightFibre cares deeply about giving back to the Island. We are proud to put our name to what will be a fabulous, new, sporting venue that will benefit our Island community”

“WightFibre Park will be a real hub bringing together people of all abilities and uniting them in the name of sport.”

WightFibre Park’s new club house will have space for public and business use including a conference/function room to host community, private and business events on non-match days. There is also a disabled/vulnerable persons viewing room intended for use by families and individuals from local disability and age charities along with Mountbatten hospice.

Paul Spreadbury, Newport FC supporters trust chairman, said: “As a business that is all about connecting people, WightFibre is the perfect company to partner us in what we are trying to achieve.

“Our vision is to establish Newport FC as a club at the very heart of the community and we know that Wightfibre have similar values. As well as being a home that the club can be proud of, WightFibre Park will be a vibrant venue based around healthy activity that the whole community can be part of and benefit from.

“Inclusive community uses include child and under 16’s football while we also have interest from local physical and learning disabilities clubs and charities while Newport FC will itself be coaching at least four disabled football teams. There are local football clubs looking to use the facility as well as schools and 5-a-side football teams.

“We are looking also to set up a female 5-a-side league in the first season and hope to grow this into at least one, if not two, full-size ladies teams in the second season.

“We really are excited about creating a community sporting hub and we are thrilled to have WightFibre on board as an important part of the team.”

Downton 4 Newport 0

The day started badly as in the morning we lost two players to illness and injury meaning a bare twelve made the journey to Downton. Scott Barron was a welcome returner in defence but the absences meant that several players had to play out of position. Mark Taylor slotted in at right back to cover the ill Ryan Hughes, Neo Lamb moved to centre half to cover the absent Spike Pearce who had pulled a back muscle.

Newport started well gaining a corner in the first minute but the home side were able to clear the attack.

There followed a period when both sides nervously weighed each other up and consequently both teams made mistakes as they tried to settle into a rhythm. Newport were having success out wide and a Connor Kelly cross was just headed over by Liam Triggs. On 20 minutes Downton themselves went on the attack and only a desperate challenge blocked a shot and deflected the ball out for a corner kick. The resulting corner turned into a goalmouth scramble and eventually Downton put the ball in the net to take the lead.

From the restart Newport went on the attack and the home keeper was forced to block a Connor Kelly shot when through on goal. On 28 minutes Newport got the ball into the Downton penalty area, Jake Wright dribbled towards goal but had his legs taken from under him. The referee blew for a foul but it was against Jake Wright and he was yellow carded for a supposed dive. That wasn’t the opinion of most people in the ground including the Downton supporters around me. Ollie McArthur was then booked for a strong challenge.

Newport continued to press and try and get back in the game and in a goalmouth scramble a Downton defender was forced to clear the ball off his own goal line. The final action of the first half enraged the home fans. Downton broke from the half way line and were three attackers on three defenders only for the referee to blow for half time mid move.

HT: Downton 1 Newport 0

During the half time break several Downton supporters commiserated with Newport fans that the dive incident should have been a penalty, however it was cold comfort to the travelling fans.

Downton started the second half stronger and doubled their lead on 55 minutes when an attacker was given too much space to get his shot off and although Gary Streeter got a hand to it he couldn’t keep the ball out, 2-0.

Newport were struggling and several players had picked up injuries, with only one substitute it was a case of who was going to come off. In the end it was Mark Taylor who needed to come off first and was replaced by Reece Wren.

The Newport players battled on were creating chances but still were not able to break down the Downton defence. A Connor Kelly shot crashed against the bar and Jordan Browne reacted first but headed the ball wide of the goal.

By now the Port had players struggling all over the pitch and on 88 minutes Downton broke away to score a third and on 90 minutes Newport gave the ball away in midfield and Downton were able to drive through and add a fourth.

The Port finished the game with one injured player substituted and four others continuing but struggling. A couple will have a week off due to suspensions but will be back in time for the FA Vase game.

Full Time: Downton 4 Newport 0

Newport: Streeter,Taylor (Wren), Timbrell, McArthur, Barron, Lamb, Kelly, Triggs, Craig, Browne, J Wright.


Cowes Sports 3 Newport 2

Newport crashed out of the Sydenhams League Cup on Wednesday night, at the hands of local rivals Cowes Sports, in an incident packed match.

Andy Sampson was forced into formation changes as the Port went into the match with only one available centre back due to suspensions, injuries and unavailability. He was able to field a strong attacking line up, however, with the inclusion of Charlie Urry alongside Jordan Browne and Connor Kelly.

Cowes started brightly with the first shot on goal but Gary Streeter was alert to make the save.

Newport took the lead not long after when Dom Sexton unfortunately sliced the ball over Ed Hatt, into his own net. It only took Cowes a couple of minutes to find an equaliser, a ball into the Newport box following a free kick, was put away by Jez Conway to make it 1-1.

Newport moved straight down the other end and a Charlie Urry effort is just tipped over the bar by Ed Hatt.

Referee Mr Pratt was dealing out yellow cards all round which would ultimately have a hand to play in events later in the game.

In pretty much end to end stuff, the best chance fell to Michael McEnery but the Cowes striker shot well over the bar. Just past the half hour mark and Charlie Urry was booked for dissent and sent to the sin bin.

Cowes probably finished the stronger of the two teams but the players went in at half time all square.

HT: Cowes Sports 1 Newport 1

Buoyed by their first half performance Cowes came out on the front foot and Gary Streeter was immediately called into action stopping a striker through on goal. Cowes then took the lead when Ashley Brett volleyed in from a corner.

Within five minutes Michael McEnery was issued with a second yellow and was sent off. Three minutes later Newport’s Ben Timbrell suffered the same fate as the game became 10 a side.

Andy Sampson brought on Joe Craig for Jake Wright as he sought to get his side back in the game.

Things then went from bad to worse as Mark Taylor received a second yellow card for a foul on Jimmy Wykes and the Port were reduced to 9 men.

With Cowes now looking in the ascendancy, Newport were forced back but nothing could stop a Jimmy Wykes screamer to put the home side 3-1 up, in the 78th minute.

Newport were to have one last hope as Neo Lamb pulled a goal back with three minutes on the clock, but it was too little too late as Cowes saw the time out to progress to the next round.

FT: Cowes Sports 3 Newport 2

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Timbrell, J Wright (Craig), Pearce, Lamb, Kelly, L Wright, Urry, Browne, Taylor.

Referee: Mr Pratt

Attendance 228


Newport 3 Andover Town 0

Newport were back at Beatrice Avenue for the second time in a week following the 6-0 defeat at the hands of Sholing.

Andy Sampson made a number of changes to the side who had a hard game in midweek, Cameron Farley coming in between the sticks for Gary Streeter, Scott Barron and Neo Lamb were rested as Spike Pearce returned as captain, Mark Taylor returned in place of Connor Kelly and Charlie Urry came in for Joe Craig.

Newport started well and kept good possession, Mark Taylor narrowly putting the ball wide after a mazy run. Andover were to have some chances but first blood went to the Port.On 14 minutes Charlie Urry dribbled into the box and squared to Jake Wright to fire the ball into the net.

Andover came forward and had chances but nobody was able to put the ball in the net. The Port came back on the attack and almost scored a second as Jake Wright and Charlie Urry combined but nobody was able to finish off the move.

Andover again came forward shooting narrowly over the bar.

HT: Newport 1 Andover Town 0

The second half started much the way the first half ended although Andover were increasingly getting closer to scoring an equaliser. Newport almost gifted an equaliser when a cross into the penalty area was headed against his own crossbar by a Newport defender. Things changed on 64 minutes when Newport were awarded a free kick just outside the Andover penalty area. Charlie Urry took the kick and the keeper could only parry it into the path of Liam Triggs who buried his header to make it 2-0.

As the clock wound down, Andy Sampson started to make substitutions bringing off Charlie Urry and Jake Wright to be replaced by George Holmes and Jared Cousins. On 89 minutes Newport brought on young striker Bradley Thompson to make his first team debut in place of Jordan Browne. The teenager was to make an instant impact by scoring in the third minute of injury time to make it 3-0 to Newport.

FT: Newport 3 Andover Town 0

Newport: Farley, Hughes, Timbrell, L Wright, Reynolds, Pearce, J Wright (Cousins), Triggs, Urry (Holmes), Browne, Taylor.

Attendance 83

Devizes Town 1 Newport 3

The Port came back from behind with a strong second half performance to go through into the 1st Round proper of the FA Vase.

A sloppy pass in defence gave the ball to a home striker who shot past Gary Streeter to put Devizes ahead. Newport were to get the ball in the net but the effort was ruled out for offside.

The turning point came in injury time of the first half when the referee awarded a penalty to Devizes.

Gary Streeter pulled off the save that kept the club in the game and the Port went in at half time 1-0 down.

A good shake up at half time and the team came out with a determination to get the game back. Joe Craig had been a thorn in the side of Devizes all game and quickly scored two breakaway goals. Firstly he shot past the keeper and second time he lobbed him to put the Port in the driving seat.

A bizarre situation from a corner led to a third goal for the Port from a corner. Newport took it but the linesman flagged to say it wasn’t in the corner spot. It was taken again and Scot Sampson got on the end of it to head home. 3-1 and the Port were more comfortable. Scott Sampson was then shown  straight red card that even Devizes felt was no more than a yellow.

The Port then held on with ten men to go through to the next round on October 12th.

The winners receive £725 and the losers £250. The draw for the first round Proper will be made on Monday around lunchtime.

Newport reserves won 11-0 at home to Yarmouth and Calbourne. The goal scorers were Danny Mew 3, Brad Thompson 3, Harry Cheek 2, Ashton Moss – Simmonds 2 and Adrian Voigt.

On Tuesday,  Newport take on Southern League side Sholing in a Hampshire Senior Cup tie at Beatrice Avenue. Kick off is 7.45pm


Devizes travel arrangements

Travel arrangements for the ALS team coach to Devizes on Saturday 14th September 2019 are;

0930 :   Coach depart from Coppins Bridge Car Park, Newport (Top level behind Cineworld)

1030 :   Red Funnel Ferry from East Cowes to Southampton

1130 :  Depart Southampton to Devizes SN10 3DX (estimated arrival time 1315)

Match with possibility of extra time but not penalties.

1800 :   Depart Devizes to Southampton (estimated arrival time 1945)

2015 :   Red Funnel Ferry from Southampton to East Cowes

2115 :   Arrive East Cowes

2135 :   Return to Coppins Bridge Car Park

We currently have 20 places reserved for Team and Management and a further 23 booked supporters. If you  are in any doubt about whether you have a place booked please contact info@niowfc.com as soon as possible.

Pewsey Vale 1 Newport 4

Newport made the long journey to Pewsey Vale on Saturday and returned with all three points but were made to work hard by a competitive home side.

Following the cup exploits in midweek, Gary Streeter returned in goal, Jacob Reynolds and George Holmes retained their places, whilst Ollie Macarthur who has featured for the reserve team this season was named as a substitute.

A lively opening as Pewsey showed they would be no pushover and Newport were forced into defensive action early on. The Port soon began to get control however and opened the scoring on 10 minutes when a quick break out down the left-hand side was centred for Liam Triggs to score.

The goal didn’t affect Pewsey’s determination and they continued to get the ball forward but struggled with the end product as chances went wide or high. The home side were making things difficult for the Port as too many high balls forward were won by a Pewsey central defender. Gary Streeter was called into action to block a home striker through on goal.

Again, Newport weathered the storm and began to get more chances themselves. Jordan Browne got away from the last man and into a shooting position, the keeper blocked the shot which then hit a defender and ran across the face of the goal where George Holmes finished off the move at the back post.

Pewsey got going again and a good move down the left-hand side was centred and an incoming striker slid in and scored at the near post.

From the restart, Newport broke with the ball and fed it to Connor Kelly who raced away from the home defence and slotted it past the home keeper to restore the two-goal advantage.

HT: Pewsey Vale 1 Newport 3

The second half continued in very much the same way, Pewsey chasing the game and Newport coming forward on the break. A number of chances were wasted by the home side who could not find the right time to shoot. They either tried to get to close to the goal and were shut down or they shot from long distance and went high or wide. Frustratingly they could not find a shot on target at the right time.

Newport brought on Jake Wright for a tiring George Holmes who is working his way back to full fitness.

Pewsey had a shout for a penalty in the 75th minute but the ball seemed to hit Scott Barron in the stomach rather than arm and the referee waived it away. Newport brought on Ollie MacArthur for his first team debut to replace Jacob Reynolds in midfield.

Ryan Hughes was starting to get some joys with runs down the right-hand side and after interplay with Connor Kelly he swung in a pinpoint cross to Jordan Brown whose goal bound header was saved acrobatically by the home keeper.

As the game drew to a close, Newport returned to their quick passing game and a great move down the left-hand side saw the ball squared to Liam Triggs who made no mistake from 18 yards to finish off the match.

A score line that didn’t really reflect the closeness of the match, the difference was in the final third of the pitch.

FT: Pewsey Vale 1 Newport 4

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Barron, Pearce, Reynolds (Macarthur), L Wright, Triggs, Kelly, Browne, Holmes (J Wright).

Referee: Mr B Dufill


A neutral view from Groundhopper West Country Football https://wcf.home.blog/2019/09/07/do-pewsey-what-i-see/#more-341

Newport Reserves travelled to AFC Wootton and came away 4-2 winners. The goalscorers were Jayden Yates 2, Zak Sullivan and Harry Cheek.

Saturday 7th Sept – Pewsey Vale

Newport make the longest journey of the league season today, as they travel to Pewsey Vale in Wiltshire. Pewsey Vale were moved by the FA, to the Wessex League from the Hellenic League, at the start of this season.

The mainland side have not had the best of starts to the season, as they sit bottom of the table with one point from five matches. Newport will look to build on their midweek cup victory, when they overcame Premier side Bournemouth Poppies in a penalty shoot out. Incredibly, the Pewsey Vale ground is only ten miles up the road from Devizes Town, who Newport play in the FA Vase next Saturday, however Devizes play in the Toolstation Western League !

Newport Reserves continue their league season when they play against AFC Wootton, the match at Wootton Rec kicks off at 2.00pm.