Month: April 2017

Charity battle between the emergency services at St Georges

St Georges Park will host a charity match between the IOW Police and the IOW NHS on Sunday 30th April for a 4pm kick off.

This is the first ever game to be played for the Joe Ellis Trust trophy and is an event organised jointly by the two emergency services to raise as much money for a fantastic cause.

Both teams have been training tirelessly over the past seven weeks in preparation for this fixture so although this will be a friendly game there’s no doubt it will have its competitiveness.

The day will feature other activities within the ground for all families to enjoy with a chocolate tombola for the children and raffles to win the match ball and 2 x adult IW Festival weekend camping tickets. Make sure you’re at the ground before kick-off to enjoy a special surprise as the players are cheered out onto the pitch.

Newport IW FC’s clubhouse sports bar will be open from 2pm which is showing all live sports and football on the BIG SCREEN in HD as well a variety of beers, wines and spirits on sale that can be taken into the ground whilst you’re watching the game out on the main pitch.

The clubs snack shack will be open throughout the afternoon for hot food and drinks.

At 3:15pm the gates into the ground will be open to spectators with a kind donation of £3 for adults and £1 for children. All monies raised on the day will be for the Joe Ellis Trust.

The expected rain will not stop play so please come along to support both emergency services and enjoy a family and fun packed afternoon at Newport IW FC, St Georges Park.


Newport come from behind to reach the Cup Final

Newport IW FC travelled to a mutual ground at Westwood Park to face W&B Sports in the Semi Final of the IW Senior Gold Cup.

Newport were finding it difficult to get into the game early on with the majority of possession dominated by W&B sports.

The breakthrough for the WAB came on 17 minutes when The Ports keeper Gary Streeter brought down Josh Appell in the 18 yard box conceding a penalty. Up stepped Wayne Newnham wrong footing Streeter to make it 0:1.

The Port again struggled to keep hold of the ball with W&B pressing hard and moving the ball around comfortably between themselves. Connor Kelly tested the WAB keeper on 30 minutes but could not see the back of the net.

As the WAB pressed deep in Newports half the ball was played out to the right hand side of The Ports 18 yrd box and drilled low and hard into the far left hand corner of the goal beating Streeter. 45 minutes and W&B sports were now 0:2 up with the first half drawing to a close.

Half time score: Newport IW FC 0:2 W&B Sports

Newport came out in the second half a different team with an early goal from Tom Mcinness who headed home a cross from the left by Mark Taylor. Newport 1 WAB 2.

The WAB looked stunned and it was noticeable with The Port now dominating possession and pressing high in their opponents half.

The Port levelled the scores at 2:2 with a cross coming in from the left. It appeared a bit of a mele on the edge of WAB’s 6 yrd box but Joe Butcher managed to get his head on the cross as W&B’s keeper came out to punch it away.

On 65 minutes W&B’s Wayne Newnham kicked out at Spike Pierce right in front of the referee which saw him get a straight red card and down to 10 men.

W&B were all to familiar going down to 10 men in their previous Hants Intermediate Cup Final earlier in the month so this was still going to be a tough final 25 mins for The Port.

But it was The Port who took full advantage of the WAB’s 10 men playing some nice football and looking comfortable as they moved the ball around the pitch with ease.

Connor Kelly looked lively out on the left and was threatening to the WAB’s substitute left back Paul O’Connor.

On 84 minutes Connor Kelly picked up the ball from an error by the WAB keeper who failed to clear his box having come out to retrieve it. Two other WAB defenders could be seen laying on the ground with their defence now all out of shape. Connor remained calm looking up and slotting the ball with ease around the bundle of players on the ground to put The Port in the lead 3:2. Huge celebrations followed from The Ports players on the pitch.

Newport then saw the remaining time out of the game keeping possession deep in WAB’s half where they were unable to create anything further.

The final whistle blew with Newport winning 3:2 and securing a place in the IW Senior Gold Cup Final on Saturday 12th May 2017 at Westwood Park.

Newport will face either Binstead COB or Cowes Sports FC in the final.

The Port unable to spoil the party

Newport travelled to Moneyfields FC on Saturday (22nd) for their last league game of the season and up against The Moneys who were looking to secure top spot in the Premier Division.

Moneyfields had a shot on target on 23 minutes but couldn’t find the back of the net and with not much more action from both sides the first half ended 0:0.

Both sides dominated possession at times and on 56 minutes The Moneys tested GK Gary Streeter but were unable to the advantage in this fixture.

Moneyfields looked the dominant side on 68 minutes with The Port on the back foot. On 73 minutes a shot on goal from The Moneys still wasn’t enough.

The Port had a free kick on 74 minutes with Aiden Sainsbury stepping up to take it however it wasn’t going to be Newport’s day or be Premier Division side to upset what has been a terrific season for Moneyfields FC.

With the league title starting to slip away from The Moneys as Portland Utd were winning at home to Bemerton Heath Harlequins their dominated possession paid off and the break through coming on the 76th minute with Moneyfields taking that all important lead 1:0.

Moneyfields could have made it two but they missed a penalty on the 87th minute.

The Port were not able to get anything more out of their last game or push Moneyfields FC off that top spot. The game finished 1:0 to The Moneys securing them the league title and promotion to the Southern League.

Newport IW FC end the 2016/17 season finishing 15th in the Sydenhams Wessex Football League table.

Portland win battle of the Islands

Newport’s final home league match of the season saw them entertain title chasing Portland United, in front of their biggest gate for mainland opposition this season. Prior to kick off, Club Chairman StuartRoss presented the Supporters Player of the Year trophy to Gary Streeter.

Newport attacked the Allotment end in the first half and after two minutes Connor Kelly fired in a curling shot that narrowly missed the post.

Portland took the lead from an Alex Halloran free kick on 15 minutes when the ball was played into the penalty area where Lewis Whyton was unmarked in front of goal and he had plenty of time to place the ball in the net.

Newport had a chance to equalise shortly afterwards when Liam Triggs put the ball across the face of the goal but Alex Harmer racing in blasted it over from close range.

On 39 minutes Ed Bastick found Alex Godfrey unmarked in the penalty area. Fortunately Gary Streeter produced a fingertip save to turn his shot around the post for a corner.

Both teams had created chances in the first half but it was Portland who held a slender lead at the interval.

Half Time Newport 0 Portland United 1

Portland continued to attack in the opening period of the second half, keeping Newport penned in their own half. They made a substitution on 63 minutes bringing on Jamie Beazley for Ross Doidge.

Newport brought on Scott Sampson for Alex Harmer on 68 minutes and straightaway he went into attack. An excellent run by Connor Kelly saw him set up LewisWright for a shot but a defender managed to block it. Newport were beginning to have some success down the left and a surging run from Liam Newbold forced a corner. With ten minutes remaining and play now more end to end, Newport introduced Joseph Wangige in place of Keelan Walsh. Newport’s final substitution saw Will Quigley swap with Keelan Sainsbury.

In the final minutes, Newport pressurised Portland as the visitors desperately hanged on to their lead. Joseph Wangige crossed from the right and Scott Sampson got in a header that narrowly went over the crossbar then a cross from Connor Kelly landed on the top of the net. However despite Newport’s efforts, Portland managed to protect their slender league and remain second whilst Newport remain thirteenth.

Final Score: Newport 0 Portland United 1

Newport: Streeter, K Sainsbury (Quigley), Newbold, A Sainsbury, Pearce, West, Walsh (Wangige), Wright, Triggs, Kelly,  Harmer (Sampson).

Portland United, Lillington, A Smith, Clarke, Bessant, Whyton, Doidge (Beazley), Bastick, Halloran, Buckler, Godfrey, McKechnie.

Referee: Robert Ablitt.                          Attendance: 144

W&B take Challenge in penalty shootout thriller

There was a large crowd at St George’s Park for the Isle of Wight Challenge Cup Final between Ventnor and W&B Sports that needed a penalty shoot out to separate two evenly matched teams.

The first half was evenly contested with both sides creating chances but it remained goalless. W&B’s best chance came on 25 minutes when Joe Rayner outran the Ventnor defence but his shot was charged down by Dan Russell. The ball fell to Luke Lambert but he shot over the crossbar. Charlie Urry had Ventnor’s best chance on 38 minutes when the ball fell to him about 15 yards from goal but he hooked it wide.

There were yellow cards for W&B’s Joe Rayner and Ventnor’s Emerson Tattersal in the first half.

On 54 minutes a foul by Harry Mulholland earned him a yellow card and in the commotion that followed Emerson Tattersall of Ventnor and Josh Appell of W&B were shown  red cards reducing both teams to 10 men.

It was W&B that broke the deadlock when Alex Przespolewski was allowed to run along the edge of the penalty area before driving in a low shot to Dan Russell’s right.

Ventnor made three substitutions with ten minutes remaining when Jack Groundsell, Kyle Drew and Steven Gee all came on within a minute replacing Keiron Ford, Charlie Urry and Jamie Brenchley as they sought an equaliser.

Two minutes into stoppage time Ventnor were awarded a penalty when Harry Mulholland was brought down and Robert Gee hit low into the corner of the net. W&B’s response was to make a substitution bringing on John Bilton for Darren Whillier. With no extra time any more, both teams were desperately seeking a winner but the match finished as a draw and a penalty shoot out to decide the winner.

Full Time Ventnor 1 W&B 1

And so to penalties and W&B shooting first. The first penalty each was converted but Ventnor seized the inititive when Wayne Newnham shot over. When Alex Przespolewski missed W&B’s fourth it meant that Ventnor were one kick away from victory with two kicks remaining. Now if you are a goalkeeper you can only become a hero in penalty shoot outs. Up stepped Henry Mulholland to win the match only to be denied when Kev Mitchell tipped his shot onto the bar. Still a penalty behind Kev Mitchell then took W&B’s fifth and duly scored. Back he went in goal and this time palmed Jake Balentyne’s penalty over the bar to level the scores at 3-3.

Sam Yelland put W&B back in front and when Steven Gee missed his penalty the trophy belonged to W&B.

Alan Marriott from the Isle of Wight County Press presented the trophies and Jake Balentyne was awarded the man of the match

Referee: Tom Berry

Attendance 295

Photo: IOW County Press

Newport’s future secured in last minute talks

The future of Newport IW Football Club has been secured after the owners of St George’s Park have agreed to allow the club to remain at its home. This will enable the club to maintain their football status in the Sydenhams Wessex Football League Premier Division for the 2017/18 season.

The club had been given notice to quit the ground by land owners South Coast Leisure who are looking to build a new development that will create around 250 local jobs. South Coast Leisure has also been exploring plans to create a new purpose-built football ground away from the site as part of the deal.

Newport IW FC chairman Stuart Ross said “On behalf of Newport IW FC I want to thank South Coast Leisure for allowing us to remain at St Georges Park until the middle of May 2018. Their commitment to our club and the wider Isle of Wight Community has been exemplary allowing one of the oldest football clubs in the country of 129 years to continue its football at a high level whilst ensuring a community facility for the Island is maintained for which so many people are part of or connected to in some way.”

“The Isle of Wight Council, its leader Dave Stewart, other IW Councillors and Newport Parish Council have supported and assisted Newport IW FC throughout the whole process of negotiations so I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for our club. I look forward to maintaining a strong working relationship with them all as we progress on to secure the clubs long term future”

“My thanks also go to the Sydenhams Wessex Football League, Hampshire FA, Sport England and the Isle of Wight Divisional FA for their continued support to help save Newport IW FC.”

Tony Wake, South Coast Leisure shareholder, said: “As someone who has grown up on the Island I am well aware of the fine history of Newport Football Club and its role within the local community. South Coast Leisure has been extremely supportive of the club in recent years including allowing it to occupy St George’s Park at a peppercorn rent.”

“I am pleased to have reached this agreement with the club. As part of our planned development of the site South Coast Leisure will be providing replacement sporting facilities elsewhere and we hope to have some exciting plans in this respect in the near future.”

Speaking after confirmation of arrangements between South Coast Leisure and Newport, Council Leader Dave Stewart said:

“This has been a hard and challenging road but I am so pleased that all parties have been able to agree a way forward and thank both Tony Wake (South Coast Leisure) and Stuart Ross (Chairman of Newport IW FC) for their flexibility and commitment which has enabled them to secure a future for the club and help to inspire future generations of young Island footballers. I am pleased to have been able to help facilitate this outcome and wish all parties well as they move forward. They will have my continued support as they develop their future.”

Newport IW FC and South Coast Leisure are working together to progress a number of potential sites that will provide a home and long-term future for the club.

Club chairman Stuart Ross added “A new home for Newport IW FC is looking even more possible as each day goes by which will secure a long term future for our club.

“Our 2017/18 pre-season fixtures at St Georges Park have been planned which will bring something for everyone here on the Isle of Wight, further details on these will be announced soon.”

“Newport IW FC will be leaving its home in twelve months however there are exciting times ahead at the clubs new facility that will provide huge sporting benefits to our children, schools and the wider community.”

“We will play our last home league game of the season on Saturday 15 April against Portland Utd for a 3pm kick off at St Georges Park. I’m asking for the whole of the Island’s community and supporters from across the country who are or have been connected to our club over the years to come together to show your support for Newport IW FC and to celebrate our exciting future.”

Lymington 1 Newport 1

An unchanged Newport side earned their 17th draw of the season when they travelled to Lymington Town this afternoon. Former Newport player, Dave Lewis, now manager of Lymington made five changes to the team that won at Andover last week.

The first chance fell to Lymington from a throw in when the ball was played across the edge of the penalty area before Jake Odam blasted over.

Newport’s best chance fell to Joe Butcher but his shot across goal narrowly missed the far post.

Five minutes before the interval Lymington took the lead in a bizarre manner. A long ball was punted upfield and with neither Gary Streeter or Oliver West taking responsibility to clear it, the ball rolled towards an empty net before being steered in by an advancing forward. (Half the numbers on the Lymington shirts were washed out so the scorer could not be identified).

Half Time Lymington Town 1 Newport 0

On 60 minutes, Newport were awarded a penalty when Joe Butcher was fouled on the edge of the penalty area. Despite Connor Kelly striking the penalty well, Ross Casey was able to palm it away. The keeper was in action five minutes later with a fingertip save to again deny Connor Kelly.

In a Lymington attack down the left, Charlie Willett was able to chip Gary Streeter but the ball struck the crossbar and was scrambled away. Shortly afterwards Lymington were awarded a penalty when Alex Harmer brought down an attacker but Ashley Jarvis’ shot struck the post and when the same player played the rebound, a free kick was given to Newport.

Newport’s equaliser came five minutes from the end when Jared Wetherick fired in a low cross and an unmarked Connor Kelly was at the far post to knock the ball in the net.

On a hard pitch against a tall physical side it was an away point well gained.

Final Score: Lymington Town 1 Newport 1

Newport: Streeter, Harmer, Newbold (K Sainsbury), A Sainsbury (Taylor), Pearce, West, Walsh (Wangige), Triggs, Wetherick, Kelly, Butcher.

Lymington: Casey, Davies, Benali, Stephenson, Bottomley, Tate, Jarvis, Page, Willett, Odom, Strickland

Referee, Anthony Cross                                                     Attendance  59

Newport 2 Blackfield & Langley 2

Newport surrendered a two goal lead in the final minutes as they were held to their 16th draw of the season by Blackfield at St George’s Park

Newport made four changes from the side that started on Saturday. Blackfield included former Newport player, Ryan Oatley, in their starting line up

Blackfield kicked off attacking the Shide end and although they started off looking the better side, as the game progressed, Newport began to match them in terms of possession and attacking play.

A loose ball intercepted by Jared Wetherick set up a Newport attack that ended when Aiden Sainsbury just shot over from twenty yards. Another Newport break finished when Connor Kelly drove in a low cross from the right but Aiden Sainsbury shot straight at Brad Snelling.

Blackfield were reduced to ten men on 37 minutes when Steve Walker was shown a red card for stamping which also saw Jared Wetherick receive a yellow card.

From a corner, a Blackfield corner narrowly went wide of the post. It was an entertaining first half that just lacked a goal.

Half Time:Newport 0 Blackfield 0

Blackfield made a half time substitution bringing on Owen Hurst in place of Luke Winsper. Keelan Walsh received a yellow card for a foul on Harrison Fay. Newport had started the second half looking the better side and Joe Butcher outpaced the defence but lost out in a one to one with the keeper.

On 55 minutes, Newport broke the deadlock when Joe Butcher broke down the left then drove in a low cross that eluded everybody except Connor Kelly at the far post who blasted it into the net from close range.

Newport extended their lead on 68 minutes when Connor Kelly raced through on goal and although originally he was thwarted by a defender, the ball broke loose and he was able to guide it into the net.

Newport too were reduced to ten men when Keelan Sainsbury, who had only been on the field for seven minutes, was involved in a midfield fracas with Jordan Ngalo. The equalisation of numbers inspired Blackfield who desperately tried to reduce the deficit and from a corner, Kane Daysh rose above everybody at the far post but headed straight into Gary Streeter’s hands. Newport’s second substitution saw Connor Kelly replaced by Caleb Charlesworth.

The lead was reduced on 85 minutes when a 25 yard freekick from Manni Soetan gave Gary Streeter no chance. As the clock approached 90 minutes, Blackfield scored the equaliser from a throw in. The Newport defence failed to clear the ball which fell to Sam Poole who rifled the ball into the net from about 15 yards.

Certainly the performance was considerably better than the previous two matches but it was two points squandered for Newport as they remain in twelfth place. For Blackfield a draw puts pay to any outside chance of challenging Moneyfields.

Final Score: Newport 2 Blackfield 2

Newport: Streeter, Harmer, Newbold, A Sainsbury, Pearce , West, Wetherick, Walsh (K Sainsbury), Triggs, Kelly (Charlesworth), Butcher.

Blackfield & Langley: Snelling, Ngalo, Oatley, Walker, Poole, Hoare, Winsper (Hurst), Daysh, Jackson, Soetan, Fry.

Referee : Jake Topp                             Attendance 68

Port fall to late goal

A late goal earned Fareham Town all three points as Newport fell to their first home defeat since early January

Newport made three changes from the side that started on Wednesday, against Portchester. In defence Scott Sampson came in for Alex Harmer, Mark Taylor replaced Keelan Walsh in midfield and Tom McInnes came into the attack replacing Jared Wetherick who limped off on Wednesday.

Newport kicked off attacking the Shide end into a stiff breeze. Within a minute Newport had the lead when Tom McInnes played a ball through the defence and Joe Butcher slipped it into the net nutmegging Luke Douglas.

In a Fareham counterattack, Simon Wood broke through the Newport defensive line but shot straight at Gary Streeter.

Fareham were awarded a penalty on 35 minutes when Ashley Tattersall was upended and Curt Robbins scored from the spot.

Play during the first half was end to end with neither team able to dominate for any considerable period.

Half Time: Newport 1 Fareham Town 1

Fareham started the second half iooking the livelier side and Simon Woods was given the Newport defence a few problems. He appeared to have a clear shot at goal before being closed down by Scott Sampson and shooting straight at Gary Streeter.

Injury forced Tom McInnes off after 58 minutes to be replaced by Josh Maloney. Fareham made a double substitution a few minutes later bringing off Eliot Roberts and Sam Martin replacing them with Aaron Grimshaw and Jason Cordice who was soon in action producing a good close range save from Gary Streeter.

Newport began to press more and Aiden Sainsbury’s attempt to force the ball over the line was thwarted by Luke Douglas.

With five minutes remaining Fareham used their final substitute bringing on Adal Aduzeid for Jay Ripiner. Newport swapped Aiden Sainsbury for Keelan Sainsbury and pushed Scott Sampson into attack. The space left n defence was exploited by Simon Woods who outfought the defence and slotted the ball past the advancing Gary Streeter to win the match for the visitors.

Despite the defeat, Newport remain in twelfth place whilst Fareham move up two places to thirteenth.

Full Time: Newport 1 Fareham Town 2

Newport: Streeter, West, Newbold, A Sainsbury (K Sainsbury), Pearce, Sampson, Taylor, Triggs, McInnes (Maloney), Kelly, Butcher.

Fareham: Douglas, Roberts (Grimshaw), James, Martin (Cordice), Pittman, Barker, Holmes, Tattersall, Woods, Robbins, Ripiner (Adal Aduzeid).

Referee: Ross Murphy                                         Attendance 119

Newport v Fareham 3.15pm Kick Off

Today Newport take on Fareham Town in the second of three home matches in a seven day period.

Kick off will be at the unusual time of 3.15pm.

Andy Sampson will be without Jared Wetherick who picked up a knock against AFC Portchester on Wednesday night.

Come along and support the boys on what hopefully will be a bright, warm and sunny afternoon.