Sunday – FA Vase

On Sunday we welcome Calne Town  from Wiltshire in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Vase.

Calne play at the same level as ourselves and have won both of their opening league matches. Newport have had a tough start to the season with three matches all against sides that beat them in the 19/20 season. This week a draw and a penalties cup win showed signs of returning to the form witnessed in the second half of last season. The Port have still only lost one of their last eighteen matches.

Spectator Information

The match kicks off at 3.00pm and gates will open at 1.30.

The match capacity is 300 and gates will be closed if the attendance reaches this number.

There is only parking within the ground for 60 cars so it may be advisable to find the nearest space outside the ground before trying to enter the car park.

Admission is Adult Standard £5.00 and Concessions are £3.00

There will be a three stage entrance to the ground;

  1. Temperature checks will be taken initially
  2. Track and Trace details will be taken, there will be no admission without them being provided.    Groups of up to 6 people can enter as a social bubble and complete and print off our form here to bring along and save time at the turnstile.
  3. There will be a choice of either cash or card payment – if paying by cash, the correct money will be helpful and ease congestion at the turnstile.

Once in the ground Supporters will be expected to socially distance. Guidance markers have been painted on the hard standing at 2 metre intervals and alternate seats have been closed off in the stand.

The clubhouse will operate  a one way system and drinks can only be ordered by table service , there will be no service at the bar.

Hythe & Dibden 1 Newport 1 (Pens 8-9)

Newport progressed to the 2nd round of the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup following a penalty shoot out at the Hythe Garage Stadium last night.

Newport started with a strong line up and just one change from Saturdays draw at Verwood as Joe Craig came in for George Turner who didn’t travel.

Newport produced a significantly improved performance from Saturday and took the game to Hythe & Dibden in the first half. The Port were to take the lead on 40 minutes after having been awarded a penalty, Connor Kelly the scorer. The score remained 1-0 to the Port at half time.

Hythe & Dibden came out for the second half with much more intent and equalised after 62 minutes. Newport managed to get back to their first half levels and pressed hard but couldnt break through and score. A screaming shot from Ryan Hughes tipped around the post by the home keeper was the closest they could come to scoring.

Full Time: Hythe& Dibden 1 Newport 1

The match then went to the dreaded penalty shoot out and some shoot out it was with every player on the field taking a penalty.

Newport eventually coming through 9-8.

Hythe – Scored 8, Streeter saved 3

Newport – Scored 9, Keeper saved 1, hit bar 1.

The winning penalty put away under pressure by Ryan Hughes.

Newport will be at home to Baffins Milton Rovers in the 2nd Round.

Verwood 2 Newport 2

Newport travelled to Verwood with a bare 13 players owing to suspensions and a number of players being unavailable. Jacob Reynolds and Spike Pearce were suspended and also Mark Taylor, Jared Cousins, Scott Sampson were unavailable. In came Alex Przepolewski, Jake Wright, George Turner and Olly McArthur.

The Port had asked for a 2.30pm kick off due to the ferries currently running a temporary timetable with a two hour gap beween 6pm and 8pm. Unfortunately the outgoing ferry landed 30 minutes behind schedule and with a busy journey through the New Forest a short 20 minute warm up time before the revised kick off was all that was available.

The opening stages of the game were quite even but showed two teams who were not yet firing on all cylinders. There was plenty of intent but the final product was not there. Newport had to rearrange their formation to cover for the missing Jacob Reynolds with Neo Lamb moving in to a midfield role and George Turner picking up the left back role.

20 minutes into the match everything came to a standstill. The referee, Declan Skehan had felt a pull in his hamstring and despite treatment he was unable to continue allowing Assistant Stephanie Villiers to move up and take the whistle. A volunteer came from the home supporters to take up the flag for Verwood.

The chance to have a further team talk seemed to settle Newport and on 30 minutes they were to take the lead. Joe Butcher down the left had caused Verwood some problems whilst Connor Kelly had started to have some success down the right hand side and had won a corner. From the resulting kick Scott Barron came through late at the far post to head home.

This also seemed to give Verwood some focus and 6 minutes later they created a good chance in the box but it was crashed against the bar and over. Both teams then started play some decent football but effectively cancelled each other out. A fairly innocent collision left Newport captain Martin McDonough with a dead leg. There were concerns whether the experienced campaigner would be able to continue but following treatment he tried to carry on and get through to half time. It looked as though Newport would head in to the break with a single goal lead but on 44 minutes Verwood got the equaliser they had been seeking. Diop Evans creating his own space inside the box and firing home well.

Half Time : Verwood Town 1 Newport 1

Buoyed by their late first half equaliser Verwood came out for the second half on the front foot and placed Newport under a period of sustained pressure. Despite half time treatment Martin McDonough still looked in discomfort but with no central defender on the bench it looked as though he had no choice but to continue. Newport started to get themselves back into the game as Verwood pressed forward they left gaps at the back and Connor Kelly had a great chance to score on 52 minutes but couldnt keep his shot down. Verwood didnt seem to heed the warning and just seven minutes later Connor Kelly was to get a second chance in front of goal, this time there was no mistake sidefooting comfortably past the keeper.

Newport were on the up, Alex Prez was having a fine game in midfield and Martin McDonough appeared to be recovered. Verwood however were forced into chasing the game and made a couple of substitutions to freshen things up. They also picked up a couple of bookings as players went in for challenges that perhaps they shouldnt have. For a quarter of an hour both teams slipped back into creating great chances but neither could apply the finishing touch.

Andy Sampson brought on Joe Craig for Jake Wright to add more strength to midfield. This was shortly followed by Olly McArthur coming on for Neo Lamb in midfield. With almost 90 minutes on the clock a great chance went begging for Verwood as the ball was played across the front of an empty Newport goalmouth but the incoming striker was inches away from getting on to the end of it.

As the game moved into injury time it looked as though Newport were going to come away with all three points but once again there was a sting in the tail. With 92 minutes on the clock Verwood gained a corner in what would probably be their last chance. The ball was played to the back post and Harvey Elson headed back across everyone into the net to make it 2-2.

There was time for Newport to kick off, a couple of tackles and the referee blew for full time.

FT: Verwood Town 2 Newport 2.

Newport: Streeter, Hughes,Lamb (McArthur),Przepolewski, McDonough, Barron,Kelly, Wright (Craig),Butcher, Browne, Turner.



Newport travel to Verwood looking to get back to winning ways following last Saturdays defeat at home to Andover New Street. An early kick off at 2.30 due to limited ferry timetables at present.

The Port will be without Jacob Reynolds and Spike Pearce (both suspended). Verwood are a difficult team to predict and have been a bogey team for Newport since coming down to Division 1 with the Port yet to record a victory.

Newport Reserves continue in the Hants Combination and Development league with a 2.00 kick off against Quenns Keep Southampton at Cowes Enterprise College 3g.

Newport Reserves –

Newport Reserves overcame Stoneham Development team last night in the John Stimpson Memorial Shield following a tense finish. Trailing by two goals to nil with nine minutes left on the clock, goals from Keelan Walsh and a last minute equaliser from George Holmes took the tie to Penalties. Newport scored four penalties through George Holmes, Alex Prez, Ollie McArthur and Flyn McCabe whilst Alex Ram saved one and another was missed to put Newport through 4-2.

This coming Saturday they take on Queens Keep from Southampton at the Cowes Enterprise College with a 2pm kick off. Spectators can attend and a bucket collection will be held to contribute towards pitch fees.

On Saturday they travelled to New Milton and returned with a 2-2 draw against a strong home side.Having gone two goals behind they fought back in the second half with goals from Jayden Yates and Flyn McCabe to make it 2-2. The young side almost snatched a win at the end as a screamer from Flyn just rose over the crossbar.

Newport 0 Andover New Street 2

Newport lose to a well-organized Andover New Street side in their first Wessex League One fixture of the 2020/21 campaign.

The Port had come into the game having been unbeaten in their five pre-season fixtures. Up until Saturday, they were unbeaten in all their 2020 matches.
The Port put out a strong side for their opening game, including the returning Joe Butcher, who was in the starting line up and other new signings, George Turner and Alek Przespolewski, who were on the substitutes bench. Spike Pearce and Liam Triggs were both unavailable.

The Street started brightly, putting the home side under pressure with a series of high balls, forcing a succession of corners. The visitors were unlucky not to have taken the lead when the ball cannoned off Gary Streeter’s crossbar in the opening exchanges. The Andover team were to take the lead in the 15th minute, when their striker Ally McCracken shot into the Port goal from five yards out, after the ball had spilled from Gary Streeter’s grasp.

The Port also had their chances, but failed to convert any of them, the closest hitting the bar. Their best chance came shortly before the break, when flying full back, Ryan Hughes, broke through after beating a Street defender, but had his shot blocked by Sean O’Brien in the Andover goal.

HT Newport IW 0-1 Andover New Street

The visiting side once again began the half brightly, with Oliver Yates and Shane Lock both shooting wide. Then the Port came back into the game, having their best spell of the match. Connor Kelly shot just past the post, Jordan Browne had a shot stopped by the Andover keeper from a few yards out and then shooting wide from a promising position. Gary Streeter then kept the Port in the game with a good save from a strike by Shane Lock.
The shape of the game completely changed in the 60th minute, when Andover midfielder, Lex Dockree, made a lunging challenge on Jacob Reynolds. There then followed a round of MMA as the pair tussled on the ground finally rising to their feet to square up to each other. After extensive consultations with the linesman, both players were awarded red cards by referee, Lee Nowacki.

The Port went further behind through a 64th minute goal by Shane Lock and were lucky not to be trailing by three goals when an Andover free kick cannoned off Gary Streeter’s crossbar a few minutes later.

Andy Sampson threw on his substitutes in the 75th minute, with Jake Wright, George Turner and Jared Cousins replacing Joe Butcher, Joe Craig and Neo Lamb. Although all three subs put in bright cameo performances, they were unable to change the shape of the game. With three minutes of the game remaining, Jordan Browne came closest to scoring for the Port, but had his effort blocked by the legs of Sean O’Brien in the Street goal.

The Port will be disappointed not to have got on the scoresheet but Sean O’Brien in the New Street goal had an excellent game.

FT: Newport IW 0-2 Andover New Street

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb (Wright), Reynolds, McDonough (captain), Barron, Kelly, Craig (Turner), Butcher (Cousins), Browne, Taylor

Referee: Lee Nowacki

Attendance: 137

Andover New Street – Match Programme

As yesterdays match programme sold out we have uploaded it for anyone who didnt get to see it.

Andover New Street

On Saturday, Newport get their league season under way at home to Andover New Street, one of last seasons leading sides in the Division.

This match kicks off early at 2.00pm and attendance is capped at 150 so please come early or you may be locked out, especially if the weather is nice.

Track and Trace procedures are in place for all so be prepare to give your info in order to gain admittance.

Newport are expected to be at full strength, following a string of local friendlies. Andy Sampson will be looking to get off to a good start, following last seasons curtailment of the season and four promotion places are expected to be available for the top sides this year.

Contactless payment can be made in the bar but we are not yet able to do so at the turnstile, we aim to have this in place for our next match. If you can bring the correct money for admittance on Saturday it would be appreciated.
Entrance fees this year are £5 Adult Full Price and £3 for Concessions.
We shall be making season tickets available but have been keen to avoid taking payments until we know the season is likely to complete.
We are introducing Flexi Tickets which allow 6 league matches to be bought for the price of 5. (£25 and £15)
Unfortunately we are unable to run our usual matchday raffle at present due to spacing restrictions however we will be producing a small number of 16 page programmes for sale. If you are not happy purchasing a paper copy, you can view a 4 page demo below giving a list of our fixtures and teamsheet for Saturday.

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How we shall return to Football with Spectators

We are sure all of our spectators are excited at the prospect of the return to competitive football here on the Island.

Whilst this return is welcome , it will also be different to the event we have all grown to know and love. Both Newport and East Cowes Vics Football Clubs have completed Risk Assessments to form a basis of how we can provide safe conditions for players, officials, staff and supporters to enjoy football again. There risk assessments have been posted on our individual club websites.

You must not attend any match if you have Coronavirus (Covid 19) or a member of your household has Coronavirus or if you develop symptoms associated with Coronavirus.

We will be requiring everybody who enters the ground to provide contact details so that we can notify them through Track and Trace should there be any occurrence of Covid 19 affecting any person who attends the same match. These details will be taken before anyone reaches the turnstiles, we will also use head thermometers to test people entering the ground. This will all slow down entry to the ground, however on our website we have uploaded here a form that can be printed off and completed with contact details for up to 6 people, the maximum a group can attend together as a “social bubble”. This would be helpful in reducing queues at turnstiles. For those with smart phones we have placed QR codes around the ground that can be scanned and recorded on the Track and Trace site.

Volunteers may be wearing gloves, masks or visors, we shall also provide hand sanitiser stations throughout the ground and clubhouse.

We ask that social distancing measures be followed in the ground and particularly in the clubhouse.

Markers have been painted on the hard surface around the pitch to denote 2 metre distances and we ask that you use these as a guide to assist social distancing. No more than 6  people should stand in a “social bubble” group and should still socially distance as much as possible. In the grandstand, alternate seats have been taped off to provide socially distances seating. Please do not remove these tapes.

The clubhouse will operate a one way system that returns you to the ground and tables are placed at appropriate distances. Please do not move from table to table. The bar area is screened off and drink orders must be taken at your table and brought to you in plastic containers. Half time drinks can be pre-ordered and paid for in advance and will be ready for you at half time when you enter the club. There are reduced numbers of tables inside but East Cowes Vics have purchased a number of picnic benches that allow food and hot drinks to be enjoyed sat down outside. These can be purchased form the usual window, please ensure you adhere to the socially distanced markings.

Toilets are in the clubhouse and have restrictions on the number that can enter at any one time, follow the markings to queue socially.

Tables, chairs door handles etc will have been cleaned at the start of the day and at intervals throughout the day depending on use.

During the match we ask that supporters do not touch the match ball should it come their way. By all means kick it back but please avoid touching it. We all value your support but please avoid shouting when facing each other, this also applies to coughing and sneezing.

Finally, we appreciate this is considerably different to what we have all experienced before, but it is better than matches behind closed doors and please don’t blame the volunteers, they simply want to allow supporters to watch matches in safety.

Shanklin Friendlies

Newport sent two sides over to Shanklin on Saturday in the last friendlies before the respective league seasons take off.

The Port’s first team took the lead in their match on 27 minutes when Joe Butcher curled the ball over the keeper into the top corner to score his first goal since returning to the club.

Both teams were intent in attacking and Shanklin had their share of the attempts on goal. Neither team were able finish off any more chances in the half and the Port took a 1-0 lead into the half time break.

Shanklin came out on the attack in the second half and from a corner former Newport player Kyle Drew connected sweetly with the ball and volleyed through the crowded penalty area to score.

Both sides had their share of attempts to win the game but the match fizzled out to a 1-1 draw.

Newport reserves proved to be too strong for their opponents and ran out 4-0 winners with teenage striker Flynn McCabe getting a hat trick and Ollie MacArthur scoring direct from a corner.

All in all a pleasant afternoon in the sunshine, a decent pitch and welcoming facilities and hosts.