Matchday Saturday 18/01/19 – Romsey (h)

Newport continue with another home match on Saturday when Romsey Town are the visitors to Beatrice Avenue. On the back of three straight wins Newport will be keen to get the game on and chase another victory. Friday morning the Beatrice Avenue pitch was borderline playable and as long as sun and wind continue to keep away heavy rain the game is expected to be on. An early morning pitch inspection (9am) is planned for safety but weather forecasts suggest things are more in our favour than against.

Updates will be made through Twitter throughout the day.

Newport reserves match against Osborn Coburg has already been called off as all Council pitches appear to have been.

Tuesday night sees the Div 1 derby between ourselves and East Cowes Vics in which we are the away team.
Kick off is 7.45pm and is likely to be busy, so get there early if you need a parking space as the ground car park is likely to be full by 7.30pm.

Newport 7 New Milton 1

Andy Sampson had a full squad to choose from and stuck to the same starting eleven and line up that had produced such a fine performance the previous week at Alton. Welcomed back on the bench were Mark Taylor, Harrison Yates and Alex Ram.

The match kicked off with Newport playing into a stiff chilly South Westerly wind but like the previous week they got off to a flyer. in the 4th minute Ryan Hughes went on a twisting run, put the ball through to Jordan Browne who just managed to squeeze it past the New Milton keeper and into the net. 1-0.

If Rob Beck in the New Milton goal hadn’t already worked out he was in for a busy afternoon, he had by the 10th minute when a good move between Jordan Browne and Connor Kelly resulted in a shot from the latter which brought out a good save from the keeper.

On 18 minutes Newport were forced into an early chance when Jared Cousins took a knock on an old injury and was forced off. Joe Craig came on as a direct replacement.

Newport were to increase their lead on 26 minutes when Lewis Wright gathered a rebound on the edge of the box and curled the ball around the keeper and into the net. 2-0.

Ten minutes later Joe Craig dribbled through a packed penalty area and drive the ball into the net. 3-0.
Newport were straight back on the attack, Ryan Hughes seeing a lot of the ball down the right hand side fired the ball across the box just missing the outstretched leg of Connor Kelly. Just before half time Newport were to make it 4-0. Scott Sampson got on the end of a loose ball in the box and headed over the keeper and into the net.

HT: Newport 4 New Milton Town 0

Within two minutes of the restart, Newport had increased their lead. Connor Kelly picking the ball up on the half way line, raced away from the New Milton players, shooting straight past Rob Beck to make it 5-0.

New Milton went straight back down the other end and almost pulled a goal back when a lob caught Gary Streeter off his line but the crossbar came to his rescue.

Newport continued to pile forward and create chances but New Milton were now defending in numbers and keeping the Port at bay.

Andy Sampson brough on Jake Wright in place of his brother Lewis.

Connor Kelly was now finding room and his pace was causing New Milton problems. A low drilled cross just missed the outstretched boot of Jordan Browne. Connor Kelly then picked up the ball outside the New Milton penalty area, ran through and rounded the goalkeeper to shoot into an empty net to make it 6-0.

Goals were coming thick and fast now and on 71 minutes New Milton pulled a goal back when Joe Petty shot through a crowded goalmouth.

Finally, Connor Kelly wraps things up on 86 minutes with a goal to complete his hat trick.

FT: Newport 7 New Milton Town 1

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Reynolds (Taylor), McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Pearce, Cousins (Craig), Browne, L Wright (J Wright). Unused subs: Ram, H Yates.

Referee: A Knight

Att 99

Matchday 11/01/20

Newport return to Beatrice Avenue on Saturday in league action against New Milton.

Newport will play 8 of their next 11 consecutive league matches at Beatrice Avenue, in a run that should it go well will bring them back into contention in the promotion race. The Port achieved a fine win away to top 3 side Alton on Saturday and also beating another top 3 side Hythe & Dibden at home in December.

Kick off on Saturday is 3.00pm

Newport Reserves match against Osborne Coburg has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The Reserves have been drawn away in the Hampshire Vase to FC Strawberry who play at Waterlooville.

Alton 1 Newport 3

Newport recorded their first win of 2020 against a 2nd placed Alton side who had won their last 8 matches in 2019.

Andy Sampson had almost a full squad to choose from apart from Mark Taylor who with his partner had an addition to their family over the New Year period.

Newport got off to an absolute flyer when in the 2nd minute, Jordan Browne controlled a ball into the box and drove it past the Alton keeper to put the Port ahead.
If Alton were fired up for this game, it suddenly went up several notches as they had been caught cold and were determined to throw everything at Newport to get back into the game.

Alton pressed forward in wave after wave but a combination of a determined Gary Streeter and some off target shooting kept their scoresheet blank. In fact, in the first quarter Scott Sampson came closest to scoring for the home side as Streeter had to tip over a wayward header and a deflected shot pushed away for a corner.

Alton had a very strong spell leading up to the half hour mark with good efforts just going wide, Streeter making a good save and the crossbar helping out in defence.

There had been one or two niggly tackles in the first half and in the 44th minute Lewis Wright received a yellow card for a foul.

HT: Alton 0 Newport 1

Alton came out where they left off, a lot of effort and pressure but not quite having the quality in front of goal. When they did hit the target Gary Streeter in goal was having a blinder. Sometimes the big man gets in the zone where he appears unbeatable and it was starting to look this way. He was coming for and claiming every cross, he just appeared to be in exactly the right place on every attack.
In the 55th minute it was a Pele – Gordon Banks moment. From a cross the Alton striker at the back post did everything right, he got over the ball and headed it downwards just inside the post, incredibly Streeter got down and pushed it out for a corner.

On 62 minutes Newport made their first substitution, Jake Wright coming on for the tiring Jared Cousins.
Within a couple of minutes Streeter was back to business, going full stretch to tip away a free kick heading for the top corner.

Just coming up to 70 minutes Newport were to extend their lead. A break out of midfield involving Jake Wright and Jordan Browne allowed the striker to hold the ball up then lay the it off to the incoming Jacob Reynolds who drove the ball past the home keeper to make it 2-0 to the Port.

Straight back down the other end and Newport were caught short, leaving Gary Streeter to coming out of his area and tackle the striker between the box and the corner flag. The referee called a foul and Alton shouted for a penalty but it was judged just outside the box.

On the 80 minute mark Newport made their second substitution when Jacob Reynolds came off limping and holding his head. He had played another good game, involved in everything and he seems to be revelling in the defensive midfield role. Scott Barron came on straight in to midfield as replacement.

With five minutes left on the clock there was uproar. A Newport player committed a foul just outside the penalty area, the referee blew his whistle and within half a second an Alton player had driven the loose ball through the crowded penalty area and into the net. There was nothing Alton could do about it, the referee was apologetic but he had blown for the foul and that was the decision.

Gary Streeter resumed normal service keeping out everything that Alton could throw at him in the final few minutes of the half. As the game moved into injury time the referee awarded Alton a penalty. An Alton striker went down under a challenge in the box and the referee pointed straight to the spot. It looked soft but the official had a good view of it. Phil Moore scoring from the spot, hitting the ball down the middle as Streeter dived to his right. 2-1 to the Port.

Was it to be a nervy few minutes of injury time? No absolutely not. Within a minute Newport had lost the ball, then regained it and from midfield broke forward. Lewis Wright took the ball onwards and then from about 25 yards hit an absolute screamer that flew into the net to effectively seal the win.

After the game almost everyone on the pitch and in the dugouts went up to Gary Streeter and congratulated him on his man of the match performance. It had been touch and go if he would have played as he had been ill in bed with flu over New Year period. Reserve keeper Ben Gearing was on the bench in case Streeter hadn’t felt well enough to play. Judging by his performance he obviously did although he may regret it for a couple of days.

FT: Alton 1 Newport 3

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Reynolds (Barron), McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Pearce, Cousins (J Wright), Browne, L Wright. Unused subs, Gearing, Craig.

Referee: Mr C Tanase

Att: 150

It was a good day all round for the club as Newport Reserves reached the last 8 of the Hampshire Vase with a 3-2 win at home against Compton Reserves. Newport raced into a 3-0 lead with goals from Harry Cheek, Reece Wren and Jayden Yates in the first 20 minutes. Compton pulled one back before half time.
A much tighter second half saw Compton get another goal but thePort reserves held on for a 3-2 win and to go through.

Newport 2 Hythe & Dibden 1

Newport made three changes to the side that had lost 2-1 away to Bemerton the previous Saturday, all experienced players returning to take the place of teenagers. In defence, captain Martin McDonough took the place of Harrison Yates; in midfield, Liam Triggs came in for Lewis Wright and George Colson replaced the younger Wright brother, Jake.

The Port began kicking off towards the GKN end on a pitch that had stood up well to recent downpours.

Newport put league leaders, Hythe & Dibden, under pressure right from the kick off. In their first attack, Jared Cousins was bundled over just outside the visitors penalty area. Jordan Browne then stepped up to take the free kick, which ricocheted off the Hythe & Dibden wall back to Browne, who then smashed the ball into the top left corner of the visitors’ net to give the Port a 1-0 advantage in only the second minute of the game.

The home side continued to put the mainland visitors under pressure with Connor Kelly shooting wide in the 4th minute and Jordan Browne shooting across the face of the goal in the 15th minute.

However, disaster struck in the 16th minute when, against the run of play, Rhys Crooks equalised for the visitors from close range.

Newport continued to press and harass the league leaders. In the 18th minute, flying winger, Connor Kelly, rounded the Hythe & Dibden keeper, only to have his shot blocked by a defender. Kelly then had a further shot saved by the keeper in the 23rd minute. Jared Cousins was put through in the 27th minute, but lacked the finishing touch. Finally, Liam Triggs had a strong shot blocked by a defender in the 42nd minute.

HT: Newport 1-1 Hythe & Dibden

While the home side were very much in the ascendancy in the first half in terms of chances, Hythe & Dibden showed their quality after the break, putting their hosts under considerable pressure but without being able to administer the coup de gras. Port had veteran keeper, Gary Streeter to thank for preserving their lead by making a couple of fine saves in the 50th and 53rd minutes of the game. Then, in the 62nd minute, Scott Barron, prevented the league leaders from taking the lead by clearing off the line.

The Port, however, had luck on their side, scoring in the 66th minute against the run of play, when Hythe & Dibden keeper, Josh Cotton, scooped the ball onto the head of his defender, Kelvin Lichowe, to watch in horror as the ball rolled into the back of his own net to give the home side a 2-1 advantage.

Liam Triggs nearly increased Port’s advantage in the 69th minute, when he skilfully weaved his way through the visiting team’s defence, only to have his shot blocked by their keeper.

Hythe and Dibden then laboured in vain to find an equaliser, but profligate finishing and an in form Gary Streeter put paid to their chances of returning across the Solent with a point. After a nervy last quarter of an hour, followed by eight minutes of injury time, the referee finally blew his whistle, to allow Port to take the scalp of the former league leaders and hopefully reinvigorate their season with a memorable win.

FT: Newport IW 2-1 Hythe & Dibden

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Reynolds (J Wright), McDonough, Barron, Kelly (Taylor), Triggs, Cousins (Craig), Colson.

Subs not used: Yates, Gearing

Attendance 90

Referee: Mr M Bloor

Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2 Newport 1

Newport went down to promotion chasing Bemerton by two goals to one after taking an early first half lead.

Andy Sampson’s squad was missing several regulars due to work committments and injuries including captain Martin McDonough, Scott Sampson, Spike Pearce and Mark Taylor. Harrison Yates was brought in at centre back alongside Scott Barron. Lewis and Jake Wright both returned in midfield. Reserve team keeper Alex Ram was on the bench because veteran keeper Gary Streeter had been having back problems during the week.

Newport got off to a flyer and took the lead on 6 minutes when Connor Kelly ran at the Harlequins defence and nobody could stop him putting the ball in the back of the net. The lead was only to last a mere 7 minutes when Bemerton equalised with a free header from a corner.

In an even game Newport went close to regaining the lead when a Jacob Reynolds header went narrowly the wrong side of the post. Jordan Browne produced a shot from the edge of the box which fired narrowly over the Bemerton cross bar. Both sides had chances but neither were able to break the deadlock before half time.

HT: Bemerton Heath Harlequins 1 Newport 1

Newport made a substitution at half time when keeper Gary Streeter was forced off with his back problem and Alex Ram came on to make his first team debut.

Newport had an early chance when a Jordan Browne shot brought a good save out of Bemerton keeper Paddy Creese low down to his left.

On 57 minutes the referee gave Bemerton a free kick on the edge of the Newport area but then changed his decision to a penalty after consulting an assistant.

The league top scorer Justin Bennett took the penalty but young keeper Alex Ram brought off a good save to keep the scores level.

The match continued to be on a knife edge until the 65th minute when a long distance effort from Bemerton just beat Alex Ram to put the Witshire side 2-1 ahead.

On 80 minutes Andy Sampson brought off defender Harrison Yates and brought on striker Zac Sullivan in an effort to get something from the game.

Newport threw everything at it but couldn’t find the net. Bemerton did get the ball in the net again on 90 minutes but the effort was wiped out for offside.

FT: Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2 Newport 1

Newport: Streeter (Ram), Hughes, Lamb, Yates (Sullivan), Barron, Reynolds, Kelly, L Wright, Cousins, Browne, J Wright.

Referee: Mr Jacob Wright

Whitchurch Utd 1 Newport 4

Newport pulled out another fine attacking performance at Longmeadow on Saturday to come away with all three points against high flying Whitchurch United.

Andy Sampson had to make a number of enforced changes with the unavailability of Scott Sampson, Charlie Urry and George Colson. Jacob Reynolds took over the defensive midfield role whilst Martin McDonagh dropped into the back line, Liam Triggs started in midfield and Jared Cousins returned from injury up front.

It didn’t take long for the Port to get in front when a Connor Kelly cross was met with a first time strike from Jared Cousins in the 9th minute.

After the goal, the match turned a little scrappy but Newport stayed on the front foot and continued to look dangerous. Connor Kelly had a great chance to make it 2-0 when through one on one with the home keeper but was unable to find the net.

The Port were punished in the 39th minute when Ryan Long pulled one back for the home side.

Once again it didn’t take long for the Port to get in front with Jacob Reynolds getting up in the six yard box to head home. With only 2 minutes left on the first half clock, the Port saw the time out to go in 2-1 up.

HT: Whitchurch Utd 1 Newport 2

If Newport had started the first half on fire , they turned the heat up even higher in the second half.

In the 46th minute, Liam Triggs picked the ball upin midfield and went on a mazy run, right through the Whitchurch defence and slotted home to give the Port a two goal cushion. Within seconds of the restart Connor Kelly had scored an absolute screamer from 25+ yards out. I will leave it to our mainland correspondent Mike Payne to describe; –

“The goal of this season, last season, and probably many season’s ahead!  Connor’s goal was what would now be described as a ‘Worldy’!  He was sort of in the inside-right position, but a bit wider perhaps, the ball came square to him and he hit a curling shot that flew into the far top corner.  It was magnificent!  ”

Thats 4-1 then and effectively game over.

Newport continued to dominate midfield with both Liam Triggs and Jacob Reynolds having excellent matches in their respective positions.

FT: Whitchurch United 1 Newport 4

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Pearce, McDonough,Reynolds (J Wright), Kelly, Triggs, Cousins, Browne, Taylor.

Referee: Mark Millard

Attendance: 47


Newport Reserves lost 4-0 away at runaway league leaders Oakfield. A tough match that saw the youngsters finish the game with 8 players after late withdrawals and injuries including Caleb Charlesworth going off with a head injury. The players that represented the Port in a difficult situation were a credit to the club.

Newport 2 Andover New Street 3

In a game of two halves, Andover New Street dominated the first half, Newport fought back to level  terms in the second only to lose to an injury time goal once again.

The Beatrice Avenue pitch was judged to be fit to play on Saturday morning, despite heavy rain over the preceding week. A sunny afternoon had been forecast, but the game was played in a constant downpour. No doubt the slippery condition of the pitch was at least partly responsible for the number of mistimed tackles throughout the game, leading to a flurry of red and yellow cards being brandished by referee, Adrian Knight.

Port made a number of changes to the starting line up to the one that had beaten Folland Sports the previous Saturday. Gary Streeter returned in goal in place of Ben Gearing, and Neo Lamb was given the nod in place of Jacob Reynolds. Port’s attacking potential was bolstered by the welcome return of Charlie Urry from suspension. The injured Connor Kelly was an unfortunate absence, and his place was taken by Mark Taylor.

The first half was something of a dour affair, with the Port struggling to create anything in attack. Andover took the lead in the 22nd minute with only their second attempt on goal, when Luke Hooper connected with a long ball to score at the far post.

Missing the pace and creativity of leading scorer, Connor Kelly, it took Port until the 36th minute to manage their first shot on target. The first half ended in controversial fashion, when Ryan Hughes was bundled over in the New Street penalty area by an Andover defender. However, rather than awarding a spot kick, the referee blew his whistle for half time.

Half time: Newport IW 0-1 Andover New Street

Unlike the first half, the second half could not be described as being in any sense dull. Port began with attacking intent, with Mark Taylor being denied by the New Street keeper after a strong run in the 46th minute. However, New Street were to extend their lead in the 61st minute through a long shot by Shane Lock, to give the away side a 2-0 advantage.

Two minutes later, Port responded through a George Colson penalty, after Charlie Urry had been pushed in the penalty area, to make the score 2-1. However, Colson was given his marching orders for a second yellow card shortly after scoring, in what appeared to be a clash of heads with an opponent.
A few minutes later, the visitors were also reduced to ten men, after one of their number clashed with Mark Taylor. Port were now in the ascendency, and created a number of chances. First, Neo Lamb had a free kick acrobatically saved by the New Street keeper, and then Jordan Browne headed just past the New Street post.
Andy Sampson then threw on some fresh legs in an attempt to claw the game back for Port. Liam Triggs replacing Ryan Hughes and Lewis Wright coming on for captain, Martin McDonough. In a game never short on controversy, first assistant manager, the usually mild-mannered Stuart Shepherd was red carded, presumably for being too vociferous with his opinions, then Spike Pearce was sin binned. Despite having a player fewer than their opponents, Port continued to attack.

The home side’s fighting spirit appeared to have earned its reward, when a Lewis Wright cross-cum-shot found its way over the Andover keeper and into the back of the net, equalizing the score at 2-2 and provoking jubilation amongst the home supporters and players. However, jubilation turned turned to despair in the third minute of injury time, when New Street’s Ilyas Warshow popped up in the Port penalty area to score a third goal for the visitors and send the North Hampshire side home happy with a 3-2 victory.

Final score: Newport IW 2-3 Andover New Street

Newport IW: Streeter, Hughes (Triggs), Lamb, Pearce, McDonough (Wright), Sampson, Craig, Colson, Urry, Browne, Taylor Subs not used: Reynolds, Barron

Referee: A Knight

Attendance 94

Defeat leaves Port in 11th place in Wessex League One. Newport travel to 5th placed Whitchurch United on Saturday

Newport Reserves beat Shanklin Reserves 2-1 in the IOW Junior A Cup with two goals from Harrison Yates.


Newport look to bounce back from last Saturdays home defeat against Andover New Street, with a journey to Whitchurch United. The Jamboys current sit above the Port in the league so another six pointer looks set.

The pitch has been passed as fit, soft but playable. Newport will be without George Colson who was harshly treated to two yellow cards last Saturday and will be looking for the return of top scorer Connor Kelly who missed the last game with a hamstring problem.

Newport Reserves are away to Oakfield in the Island League Division 2 with a 2.00pm kick off.