Presentation Night 2018

This years End of Season Presentations took place at the club on Saturday night.

The winners were;

1st team Managers Player and 1st team Players Player; GARY STREETER

1st team Supporters Player and Top Goalscorer; CHARLIE URRY

Reserve Team Managers Player; TONY POTTS

Reserve Team Players Player; SCOTT BARON

Reserve Team Top Goalscorer; GEORGE HOLMES
Young Player of the Year; LEWIS WRIGHT

A Team Managers Player; GARY RICHARDSON

A Team Players Player; LAURENCE CHICK

A Team Top Goalscorer; GARY RICHARDSON

The Hilton Bunday Award; DEREK OHREN

Newport in Wessex Division 1 next season

No surprise there really although we will be joined by Amesbury Town, Petersfield Town and Andover Town who finished second in the Wessex Premier last season. The North Hants club having been promoted to the Southern League then had to withdraw due to a significant loss of staff and sponsorship and have been placed at level 6.
We also renew acquaintances with former Premier clubs, Alton Town, Downton, Fawley, Follands, Laverstock and Ford, New Milton Town, Romsey Town, Totton and Eling, Verwood Town and Whitchurch United. Not forgetting of course we will once again have a local derby but this time around it is with East Cowes Vics.
Our reserves will play in IOW Division 1 which is an excellent result as they will not be affected by players playing in the FA Cup or Vase which would bar them from playing in Division 2. We will have an A team in IOW Combination 2 which will be our starting point for Youth players progressing to Adult football.
Andy Sampson has already started work on building his squad for next season, one newcomer so far, Craig Castle who was at the Bournemouth Academy and went on to play for Aldershot Reserves as a teenager. Craig has been out of the game for a while but still only 26 and having moved to the Island, he is keen to get back playing. A pacy winger / striker he is looking forward to playing on the spacious St. George’s pitch.
The club presentation night is next Saturday 2nd June 2018 at St. George’s Park, we shall be kicking off at 7.30pm (Bar open from 7pm). All supporters are welcome, there will be hot food (a choice between curry or chilli) and supporters wanting food will need to advise ahead of the event. Please email info@niowfc.com with your details if you will be wanting food on the night. There is a nominal charge of £5 for food but those who just want to attend and have a drink are welcome.

Andy Sampson returns to lead the Port

Newport football Club have chosen Andy Sampson to be their new first team manager for the new season. The club received many applications which were of an extremely high calibre.

Following the applications the club held rigorous interviews with candidates. Following interviews, the club deliberated for some time over who would be the best Manager to take the club forward bearing in mind it’s plans to relocate to their new stadium. This included the aim to become highly inclusive of all ages genders and abilities within the community.

Tony Wake, Chairman of NFC said:.”Andy is well known and respected by the players and fans and showed great interest and passion in our plans moving forward. We are very pleased that he has taken on the job.

“We were also impressed to have so many high-quality applicants for the position. Some of the applicants have also offered their help over the next season in other positions which is fantastic.”

Andy Sampson said: “I am pleased to be given another opportunity to manage Newport FC. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead of returning Newport FC back in to the Wessex Premier League.

“With the new ground on the horizon and a strong youth set the future is looking very good for the club.”

Andy will replace Derek Ohren who kindly agreed to manage the club until the end of the current season.

Joe Ellis Charity Team v Arsenal Charity Team

The big Charity match kicks off at 1.00pm today at St. Georges Park.

The Arsenal Charity Team are managed by former Gunner, Brian Hornsby and include players Kenny Sansom, Steve Williams, Paul Wood and others. The team also includes celebrity Arsenal supporters such as Tommy Walsh from Groundforce, actors Giles Anderson and Matt Mansfield.
Gates open 12.00 noon and there will be lots to do as well as the match. There is a bouncy castle, tombola, hot food, ice cream, all designed for everyone to have a good time and raise money for both The Joe Ellis Trust and the Arsenal charities that they support.

The clubhouse will be open from 12.00.

Horndean v Newport – Match Postponed

Tonights match against Horndean has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Programme and Memorabilia Fair – Sat 28th April 11am-5pm

On Saturday 28th April the club are holding a memorabilia sale in the downstairs bar at St. Georges Park.
The club will have for sale approx 1000 football programmes covering many clubs from non league football as well as league clubs. These are not just matches involving Newport. From £1.00

In addition we have 200 ORIGINAL (not copies) autographs of professional sport personalities (mostly from football) including legendary names such as Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Kevin Keegan, Nat Lofthouse, etc etc

There are also almost 100 match used Newport shirts and kit for sale with about 14 different kits ranging from a couple up shirts up to a full 17 man kit ! Prices from £7 upwards, discount available for bulk purchases.

Doors open 11am until 5pm. Bar open from 12-4. Food available from 12-2pm.

Newport 2 Petersfield 2

Newport made just one change to the starting line-up that beat Bournemouth Poppies on Saturday, with Connor Kelly returning to take the place of Liam Triggs.

Before the game Charlie Urry received his award for ‘Player of the Season’, decided by a vote of the supporters on Saturday. The award was presented by interim manager, Derek Ohren.
‘The Port’ began kicking towards the Allotments End on a good pitch in mild but breezy weather.
Newport started the game with attacking intent when, in the fifth minute, Petersfield ‘keeper, Luke Eaton was forced to pull off a good save from Mark Taylor from outside the area. Then ‘the Rams’ began to apply some pressure, with the young Newport ‘keeper, Ryan Hall being forced to make a fine save from a free kick on the edge of the area in the 21st minute, and Ryan Llewelyn heading just over the bar a minute later.

Then came Newport’s opportunity to show some decisive finishing when, in the thirtieth minute, Connor Kelly sent a fine cross to the far post, to be met with a screaming header by Martin McDonough to give the home side a one-nil advantage.

Four minutes later, a Petersfield defender nearly scored a spectacular own goal, forcing his ‘keeper to make a spectacular one-handed save to his back-pass-come-lob—the referee awarding an indirect free kick, well inside the penalty area, to the Port, which was almost converted by Jared Wetherick. In the thirty-eighth minute, Connor Kelly almost created another goal for Neo Lamb, who shot into the side netting.

‘The Rams’ applied a great deal of pressure at the other end, which only served to showcase the talents of Ryan Hall, who made three good saves, against Essai in the 33rd and 36th minutes, and Billy Connor in the 44th minute.

HALF-TIME NEWPORT (IoW))1–0 PETERSFIELD UNITED

The second half was a good, open, entertaining game of football, with chances for both sides. The first clear chance fell to ‘the Rams’ when Billy Connor broke through, but he was only able to hit the side-netting.

In the 60th minute, Derek Ohren decided to throw on some fresh legs, with Aiden Radford coming on to replace Jack Turkington.

In the 62nd minute, Jared Wetherick had a golden opportunity to make the game save for ‘the Port’, but, unfortunately, found himself unable to connect with a Charlie Urry pass that ran across the face of the Petersfield goalmouth. The missed opportunity was punished by ‘the Rams’ four minutes later, when Billy CONNOR finally beat Hall with a strong shot, to equalise for ‘the Rams’, and make the score one-one. The game then went even more pear-shaped for the home side, when the impressive Will ESSAI gave ‘the Rams’ a one-two lead in the 75th minute, with a shot from the middle of the penalty area.

Derek Ohern then made a couple of substitutions in an attempt to save the game, with Lewis Wright coming on for Darren Powell, and Harrison Yates replacing Neo Lamb. When it appeared that ‘the Port’ might suffer the indignity of losing to the bottom side in the Wessex Premier, player of the season, Charlie Urry, came to the rescue. First, Mark Taylor, who had had an impressive game, was brought down by ‘the Rams’ substitute, Orepo, in the penalty area. Charlie URRY then blasted the spot kick directly at Luke Eaton, who dived to his left, to equalise the score at two-two in the 84th minute.

By now it was an end-to-end battle, with both sides going all out for the win. In the 88th minute, Ryan Hall spared Newport’s blushes with another great save, again to Essai. A minute later, Connor Kelly broke through with one of his incisive runs, but his shot was blocked by the ‘keeper’s legs.

FINAL SCORE NEWPORT (ioW))2–2 PETERSFIELD UNITED

Newport: Hall, Sampson, Turkington (Radford), Taylor, McDonough, Powell (Wright), Lamb (Yates), Charlesworth, Urry, Kelly, Wetherick

Referee: Nathan Cook

Attendance: 81

Newport 2 Bournemouth 1

Newport made four changes to the team that had lost 0–3 to Brockenhurst midweek. Possibly the most surprising was the absence of veteran goalkeeper and captain, Gary Streeter, who had injured his foot in the match against Porchester. His replacement was young Island teenager, Ryan Hall, borrowed from the Aldershot development side. Further absences were Liam Newbold, Aiden Radford and Connor Kelly; Scott Sampson; Mark Taylor and Liam Triggs all returned to the side.

Newport began attacking the Allotment End on a good pitch in showery weather.

The first half was mostly quiet, but sprung to life six minutes before the interval, when ‘the Port’ took the lead. Charlie Urry, who seems to have developed a good understanding with Jared Wetherick, did some excellent work on the left flank, getting past two Bournemouth defenders, before floating the ball across the ‘the Poppies’ goalmouth, where it was met by a grateful WETHERICK, leaping high above the defender to divert the cross into the back of the net, and give Newport a one–nil advantage.

Only three minutes later, Newport were to increase their lead. From a corner on the left, Scott Sampson rose the highest to head the ball forward to DARREN POWELL on the far post, who then headed the ball into the back of the net, and give the home side a two-nil advantage.

‘The Poppies’ came close to pulling a goal back shortly before half-time, but were saved by replacement ‘keeper Hall, who made a spectacular, athletic, one-handed save to a powerful volley.

HALF-TIME: NEWPORT 2–0 BOURNEMOUTH

‘The Port’ started the second-half in the manner they ended the first—very much on the front foot. In the 46th minute, Mark Taylor got past a couple of players on the right, to cross the ball to Wetherick, who was only able to head the ball at the keeper. Two minutes later, Charlie Urry made a powerful shot inside the penalty area, which appeared to have been blocked by the arm of a Bournemouth defender, but no penalty was given.

There then followed a couple of minutes of drama, which had little to do with footballing skills. In the 56th minute, Bournemouth defender, C. Khider appeared to have tried to head-butt Newport centre-forward, Charlie Urry, for which the referee, had little hesitation in awarding him a straight red. There then followed a period of verbal altercations involving the Bournemouth bench, following which the Bournemouth physiotherapist was ordered to the dressing room as well.

In the 65th minute, Jared Wetherick nearly scored an individual goal, but, after dribbling past the ‘keeper, had his shot saved off the goal line. A period of sustained Bournemouth pressure followed, with Fawzi Saadi leading the charge for the visitors, coming close to scoring in the 66th and 68th minutes. Then, in the 72nd minute, Poppies substitute, Okoma KULISEWA, scored from the middle of the penalty area, following a goalmouth scramble, to reduce the deficit to two-one.

Bournemouth’s chances of earning a point from the encounter were then squandered through ill-discipline on their part, when Falkhal was sent off, apparently for making untoward comments towards the referee. Facing a team of nine men, ‘the Port’ saw out the final minutes in comparative safety.

FULL TIME: NEWPORT 2–1 BOURNEMOUTH

Newport (IoW): Hall, Turkington, Lamb (Yates), McDonough, Charlesworth, Sampson, Powell (Radford), Taylor, Triggs (Holmes), Urry, Wetherick

Referee: Sean Jenkins
Attendance: 91

Newport 0 Brockenhurst 3

Newport made three changes to the starting line-up that lost seven–nil away to Porchester on Saturday. Absent were George Holmes, Liam Triggs and Tony Potts, replaced by Darren Powell, Charlie Urry and Jared Wetherick. Goalkeeper and captain Gary Streeter had been injured towards the end of the game against Porchester, and appeared not to have fully recovered, needing the assistance of an outfield player to take goal kicks.

Newport began by attacking the Allotments End in mild weather, on a pitch in relatively good condition.

The early pressure came mainly from ‘the Badgers’, with their winger, Will Tickle proving a handful for ‘the Port’ defence, coming close in the fourth and eleventh minutes. In the fourteenth minute, Tickle went on a long mazy run, eventually being brought down by a Newport defender inside the area, with the referee having little hesitation at pointing to the penalty spot. Tickle stepped up to take the penalty himself, blasting the ball straight at Newport keeper Gary Streeter, who saved with his legs.

Was this to be the stroke of luck needed to turn round the fortunes of the home side? Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. In the thirty seventh minute Matt Sheedy was to score Brockenhurst’s opener with a low volley from inside the penalty area, and send the away side into half time with a 0–1 advantage.

HALF-TIME NEWPORT 0–1 BROCKENHURST

Newport made one change during the half time break, with George Holmes coming on to replace Aiden Radford.

The second half began promisingly for ‘the Port’, with Charlie Urry shooting just wide from a low shot within the area. The home team were pushing men forward, leaving themselves vulnerable on the break. In the fifty-fourth minute, Matt Sheedy took advantage of the gaps in defence to score his second of the game after a break from the halfway line, to make the score 0–2 to Brockenhurst. Sheedy almost managed his hat-trick when he went on to hit the post in the fifty-sixth minute. In the sixtieth minute, ‘the Badgers’ were to put the game beyond the reach of ‘the Port’, when their centre forward, Mitchell Speechley-Price lobbed the ball over a despairing Gary Streeter, to give the visitors a 0–3 lead.

Then came an unfortunate incident, when the Brockenhurst player, Matt Vokes, fell badly, requiring him to be stretchered off, to be replaced by Falodi. Newport also made two substitutions, with Jack Turkington being replaced by Charlie Butt and Tony Potts coming on for Charlie Urry.

The fresh legs for Newport failed to provide a cutting edge to the home side, although Jared Wetherick came close at the end of the match, but shot wide,.

FINAL SCORE NEWPORT 0–3 BROCKENHURST

Newport: Streeter, Turkington (Butt), Lamb, McDonough, Charlesworth, Newbold, Radford (Holmes), Kelly, Wetherick, Urry (Potts), Powell

Attendance: 50

AFC Portchester 7 Newport 0

On a beautifully sunny day in Portchester, Newport embarked on their third league game in seven days, having picked up three points from the earlier two matches this week. Following the disappointment of the loss at home to Fareham on Thursday, Port had a difficult job in hand, facing a team placed fifth in the league who had previously netted seven times in the encounter at St George’s earlier this season.

Port travelled without a number of first team players, many out with injuries we hope won’t see them out for long. However, there was a positive vibe from the team on the journey over, mostly led by the manager Derek Ohren, who saw player absenteeism as an opportunity to showcase the future of Newport Football Club through the selection of many youth and reserve players.

Sadly for them, against an experienced and unforgiving Portchester side, there was little opportunity for the Port’s future talent to shine, at least not on this occasion.
From the off, Portchester dominated and whoever was responsible for the social media updates must have been cursing both teams as shots and chances pummelled the Newport goalmouth relentlessly. Portchester got their break on 18 mins from Baldacchino and the lead was quickly doubled on 23 mins when Birmingham pounced on a misplaced back pass and slotted the ball into an empty net.

Newport showed some good movement late in the first half but shots were just not hitting the target. However, Gary Streeter remained the most troubled of the two keepers and produced some fine saves to keep the scoreline at 2-0 at halftime.

Portchester kept up the pressure in the second half and despite efforts from Martin McDonough and fine clearances from the solid Liam Newbold, Portchester scored their third on 52 mins, courtesy of
a Stone header at the back post from a dangerous corner.

Portchester went on to grab four further goals and despite some admirable defending and fine Gary Streeter saves in the second half, the scoreline matches that at St George’s earlier this season.

Late on Streeter collided with a Portchester player and spent the last third of the second half hobbling on one foot, Port having used all their substitutions. Hats off to him for his bravery for remaining on the field and let’s hope he’s back for the last of the season’s games over the next two weeks.

Despite the scoreline, spirits remain high in the Newport camp which is testament to the dedication, camaraderie and commitment of the team. Who knows how the season will end; we never say never at Newport and if things eventually don’t go our way we will only come back stronger. UTP