Month: December 2017

FA Vase 4th Round Preview


On Saturday, 6 January, at 3.00 pm, Newport face their biggest challenge of the season so far: a home tie against Western League outfit, Bradford Town, in the fourth round of the FA Vase.

Victory will take ‘the Port’ to within four games of reaching Wembley (semi-finals are played on a home-away basis), thereby emulating their previous best performances in the Vase, having reached the fifth round in 1991–92 and 1992–93.

The winning team will be the richer to the tune of £1,875. Current odds (Bet Victor) give Newport a 6/4 chance (40%) of winning the tie over ninety minutes, with Bradford Town odds-on favourites at 10/11.

Let’s look at the league position and form of both sides to see whether we can pick a winner, starting with the island team.

Newport currently lie in 20th place in the Wessex Premier league. Current form is indifferent, with the home side not having won since 9 December (3-2 v Hamble) in a run of two defeats followed by a creditable away draw against high flying Lymington Town. Furthermore, ‘the Port’ will be going into the game following a two-week break due to the weather: the Boxing Day fixture against Cowes having fallen foul of the weather. It remains to be seen whether the enforced rest will recharge the batteries or leave the team short of match fitness. Newport will be without two key players: Liam Newbold in defence and Liam Triggs in midfield, both, regrettably, cup-tied.

Fortunately, ‘the Port’ have shown far stronger form in various cup competitions, having reached the quarter finals of the Wessex League cup, and having had a run of five straight victories in the Vase itself. One of these victories came at the expense of one of Bradford Town’s rivals, Hengrove Athletic, who play in the same league and division as ‘the Bobcats’, and were comprehensively beaten 6-2 in the second round.

Bradford Town (also known as ‘the Bobcats’) have had a more impressive season than Newport in their respective league, and are currently second in the Western Premiership. Their form has not been so impressive of late, having drawn their last match 3-3 (30 December) against mid-table Bitton, and lost the game before that (26 December) 1-3 against local rivals, Melksham Town.

‘The Bobcats’ best performance in the FA Vase came in 2014–15, when they reached the 5th round. Their 3rd round game in the Vase saw them beat Wessex League Team Solent 4-0 on 2 December. Coincidentally, Newport had beaten Team Solent less than two weeks previously, by the same 4-0 scoreline, which suggests the two sides may be evenly matched.

Let’s hope for a great atmosphere for the game with a 200+ crowd. Fans of ‘the Bobcats’ will certainly be making their presence felt, with the team coach having been sold out for supporters, and others, according to Bradford Town’s web-pages, making the journey down from the West Country by road and rail.

Could ‘the Port’ or ‘the Bobcats’ go all the way. Please note that our local rivals Sholing did so only four years ago, actually lifting the Vase at Wembley. Impossible is nothing.

The respective journeys of the two sides to the 4th round are shown below:

First Qualifying Round
Newport IoW 5-2 Fleet Spurs (Wessex 1)

Second Qualifying Round
Newport IoW 2-1 Alresford Town (Wessex Premier)

First Round
Newport IoW 5-0 Bovey Tracey (Peninsula 1)

Second Round
Newport IoW 6-2 Hengrove Athletic (Western Premier)
(Western Premier) Buckland Athletic 1-2 Bradford Town

Third Round
(Wessex 1) Christchurch 0-1 Newport IoW
Bradford Town 4-0 Team Solent (Wessex Premier)

****UPDATE – 05/01/18****

St Georges Park was subject to a 3:30pm pitch Inspection today (5th) where the pitch has been deemed to be in an unsafe playing condition/waterlogged due to the adverse weather the Isle of Wight has suffered over the past week or so.

The 4th Round FA Vase game against Bradford Town will now be rescheduled to Saturday 13th January for a 3pm kick off.

Island football derby at St Georges Park


The biggest fixture in the island football calendar, Newport FC v Cowes Sports, will now kick off on TUESDAY 16th JANUARY, AT 7:45pm. The game had been scheduled to take place on Boxing Day, but a waterlogged pitch led to the game being rescheduled. Why not come down to St George’s park to cheer on the two biggest local island sides?

At the time of writing, Cowes stand five points above Newport in nineteenth place, with a game in hand. In the reverse fixture, on the August bank holiday Monday, ‘the Port’ were comprehensively beaten by two late goals in a somewhat ill-tempered match, with two Newport players given their marching orders. However, Newport FC, under the regime of new manager Mike Kelly, have been much improved of late: in terms of performances, results and discipline. Having now clawed their way up from the bottom of the table, the home side should feel reasonably confident of reducing the points deficit against Cowes by three points, thus earning local bragging rights.

Newport come into the game on the back of a highly creditable 2-2 draw away to high-flying Lymington Town. Cowes, by contrast, lost their last fixture, on 23 December, 3-2 away to Team Solent, a team thrashed 0-4 at home by ‘the Port’ in November.

Let’s hope for some decent weather between now and then. To avoid disappointment, please check the website for an update on the pitch before travelling to the game.

See you all there.

Urry bags a brace for The Port to earn an away point


23 December, 2017. Newport earn a valuable away point at Lymington to ease closer to their Island rivals Cowes Sports FC who sit 19th in the table.

Third-from-bottom Newport came into the match on the back of two narrow defeats: 3-2 away at Bemerton Heath the previous Saturday, after an earlier narrow 0-1 home reverse against Sholing. By contrast, Lymington Town’s last game had seen them thrash Petersfield Town 8-1 at home. The reverse fixture at St George’s Park on 31 October, resulted in a narrow 1-2 victory for the away side.

Newport made two changes from their line up against Bemerton Heath Harlequins, with Jared Wetherick replacing Scott Sampson in central defence, and the youngster Lewis Wright standing in for Mark Taylor.

Lymington started by far the brighter of the two sides, with Newport lucky not to have gone behind in the 5th minute, when a curling shot from Nathan Hurst hit Gary Streeter’s crossbar. Meanwhile, at the other end, Connor Kelly and the in-form Charlie Urry proved to be a constant menace for the Lymington defence. However, disaster was to strike for ‘the Port’ just before half-time, when Steve Walker blasted into the net in the 44th minute of the game, to give Lymington a 1-0 lead.

Half-time: Lymington Town 1-0 Newport

Whatever had been added to the half-time dressing room tea appeared to have had the desired effect, as Newport came into the second half the sharper and more aggressive of the two sides.

Just five minutes into the second half, Charlie Urry blasted the ball from close range into the left-hand corner to equalise for ‘the Port’ in the 50th minute. He was then booked in the 57th minute by the somewhat fussy and officious referee. To cap an eventful ten minutes, Charlie struck again in the 60th minute, heading a Connor Kelly cross into an open goal, his eighth goal in eight games, giving Newport a 2-1 lead.

Lymington then kept Newport penned back in their half, although Connor Kelly looked very threatening on the break – without being able to provide the finishing touch – missing a good chance in the 75th minute, and having a shot blocked in a one-on-one chance by the Lymington keeper in the 80th minute. Eventually, however, the Lymington pressure paid off, when Sam House scored in the 82nd minute of the game.

Newport then came under immense pressure in the final ten minutes of the game, and have experienced keeper Gary Streeter to thank for not suffering a further late 3-2 loss, when he made a remarkably agile save to tip the ball over the crossbar in the 86th minute.

All in all, a good hard-fought point for ‘the Port’, away from home against strong opposition.

Things are looking promising for ‘the Port’ in their Boxing Day derby against local rivals Cowes, and the 4th round FA Vase tie against the strong Western League outfit, Bradford Town in the New Year, on 6 January. Let’s hope for a bumper crowd for both games.

Full time: Lymington Town 2-2 Newport FC

Newport FC: Gary Streeter, Liam Newbold, Will Quigley, Aiden Sainsbury, Jared Wetherick, Spike Pearce, Lewis Wright, Liam Triggs, Charlie Urry, Connor Kelly, Darren Powell
Subs: Jacob Reynolds, Jack Turkington, Scott Barron

Bemerton 3 Newport 2

Newport went down 3-2 at Bemerton on Saturday conceding an injury time goal after coming back from 2-0 down.
Bemerton scored early and increased their lead just past the half hour mark. Connor Kelly snatched a goal back just before half time.

Half Time: Bemerton 2 Newport 1

In form striker Charlie Urry got an equaliser soon after the restart and the Port looked to be heading for a vital away point before conceding the late goal.

Newport: Streeter, Newbold, Quigley, Sainsbury, Sampson, Pearce, Powell, Taylor, Urry, Triggs, Kelly. Sub: Beya

Newport 0 Sholing 1

Newport suffered a one goal defeat tonight on a heavy pitch against sixth place Sholing. Will Quigley returned to the side in place of Liam Newbold in defence whilst Aurele Beya came in for Scott Sampson.
The opening passage of play was evenly contested as neither team could gain any supremacy.
Newport creating some good chances and after 14 minutes Connor Kelly picked up a loose ball and fired in a shot on the run but it was straight at Ryan Gosney. Newport continued the pressure and a curling 20 yard shot from Aurele Beya was well saved underneath the crossbar by Ryan Gosney. Five minutes later Aurele Beya charged through the defence but with only the keeper to beat he shot just over.

Gradualy Sholing started to look more dangerous but were unable to get a shot on target to trouble Gary Streeter. Their best chance of the half came on 34 minutes Dan Mason outpaced the Newport defence but despite two attempts was unable to beat Gary Streeter.

The first half had been end to end in difficult conditions

Half Time Newport 0 Sholing 0

Newport made a substitution at half time replacing Darren Powell with Liam Newbold. The deadlock was broken on 52 minutes when Sholing took the lead.The Newport defence failed to clear a Sholing attack down the right and in the skirmish Marvin McLean scrambled the ball into the net. For a while Sholing subdued Newport but as the match ebbed towards the conclusion, Newport began to exert more pressure. Aurele Beya slipped the ball through to Connor Kelly who cut in but blasted over.

At the other end Gary Streeter was called into action again to deny Dan Mason at the near post. Despite Newport’s late surge, Sholing managed to defend their slender lead to take all three points.

Final Score Newport 0 Sholing 1

Newport: Streeter, Quigley (Wright), Triggs, Sainsbury, Wetherick, Pearce,Powell (Newbold), Beya, Urry, Kelly, Younie.

Sholing: Gosney, Cuthbertson, Mclean, Castle, Miller, Roundell, Brewster (Wort), Byron Mason, Dan Mason, Sawyer, Smith (Bulpitt).

Referee: Adam Hillier Attendance 87

Newport 3 Hamble Club 2

Newport continued their good recent form with an excellent win against ninth placed Hamble Club at St. George’s Park on Saturday.
Mike Kelly made five changes from the side that started last Saturday at Christchurch, bringing in Liam Newbold and Liam Triggs alongside last weeks unavailable players Scott Sampson, Aiden Sainsbury and Josh Younie.

There was an early scare for the Port in the 2nd minute when Mo Nyang backheeled a shot in the penalty area and Gary Streeter had to get down smartly to save.

The game was very open with both sides having a share of the play but Newport were the first to break the deadlock on 12 minutes. Charlie Urry did well down the left side working enough space to get a shot in. Hamble keeper Anderson was able to block it but the ball fell straight into the path of Connor Kelly who tucked it away with ease.

The game continued to be played openly with both sides keen to get the ball forward, Hamble probably having the better of the chances. On 31 minutes their work was rewarded when River Smith made space for himself in the penalty area and placed a shot just inside the post.

Newport had a good chance towards the end of the half as an interchange of passes allowed Josh Younie to run at the defence but his shot was straight at keeper Anderson.

Half Time: Newport 1 Hamble Club 1

The second half continued in much the same vein with both sides trying to play open attacking football and on 58 minutes Newport were to score again, in much the same way as their first goal. Charlie Urry doing great work down the left hand side and squaring the ball to Josh Younie who dummied the last defender and shot across goal, the ball just going in clipping the inside of the post.

Inside five minutes Newport scored again when Charlie Urry capped a fine personal performance with the goal of the match. Once again picking the ball up on the left side he cut in and from 20 yards unleashed an unstoppable shot into the corner of the net.

Newport continued to press forward and Aiden Sainsbury from distance shot against the corner of the goalframe.

On 73 minutes Hamble Club pulled a goal back when a defensive backheader was under strength and Doug Rowe got to the ball first and shot past Streeter.

Newport continued to press forward and in the space of 5 seconds had two shots cleared off the line one by the keeper and one by a defender although some Newport players and supporters behind the goal felt the second effort was over the line.

In injury time Newport gave away a free kick just outside their own penalty area. This led to a nervy finish although the resulting free kick was not a good effort and flew well over the crossbar.

Charlie Urry was named Newport’s Man of the match after scoring his sixth goal in the last seven matches.

Full Time: Newport 3 Hamble Club 2

Newport: Streeter, Newbold, Triggs, Sainsbury, Wetherick, Pearce, Powell, Sampson, Urry, Kelly, Younie.
Unused Subs: Holmes, Walsh, McDonough, Beya.

Hamble Club: Anderson, Bull, Nyang (Blake), Wagstaffe, Byrne, McCarthy, McLean (Rowe), Kempler (Magookin), Lynch, Smith, Cox.

Referee: Brian White

Attendance 119

Christchurch 0 Newport 1

Newport fought their way into the last 32 of the FA Vase with a determined performance to keep out favourites Christchurch, after The Port had snatched an early lead.
Forced into a number of changes due to unavailability or illness, Mike Kelly brought in under 18’s Lewis Wright, Jack Turkington and George Holmes, all of whom were to figure in the match.
Newport won the toss of the coin allowing them to play uphill first half but crucially downhill in the second.

Christchurch came out of the blocks at full pelt immediately putting the Port under sustained pressure but Newport were to score with almost their first chance in the 6th minute. Charlie Urry and Connor Kelly had worked the ball into the box from the left hand side and the ball broke to the incoming Aurele Beya who struck a cool finish with the outside of his boot into the corner of the net.

This of course caused Christchurch to push even further forward and Newport were put under sustained pressure again but this was Gary Streeter’s match. The big keeper likes a big game and once again was outstanding. Catching under pressure, I lost count of the number of times he claimed the ball as Christchurch threw the kitchen sink at him.

At the other end any time Newport got forward they were on the end of some hefty challenges and although fouls were given and words exchanged no cards were issued. One of these challenges occurred at the end of the half and ended Mark Taylor’s involvement in the match.

Half Time: Christchurch 0 Newport 1

Newport brought on George Holmes for Mark Taylor and took up the same right wing position.
The second half was more or less the same as the first although Newport had more of the ball kicking downhill.
As Christchurch pushed more and more players forward, gaps began to open at the back and a quick break down the right hand side saw George Holmes break into the box but a Christchurch defender just delayed him pulling the trigger.
A nervy final twenty minutes once again saw Gary Streeter dominant in the Newport box but by then Christchurch were a spent force. The strikers started to show their tiredness and some of the shooting was high and wide.

All in all a great cup tie, a great day out with plenty of singing on the short coach journey back.

4th round draw on Monday at 1.00pm.

Christchurch 0 Newport 1

Newport: Streeter, Turkington, Quigley, Powell, Wetherick, Pearce, Taylor (Holmes), Beya, Urry, Kelly, Wright Other Subs: O’Carroll, McDonough

Christchurch: Tewkesbury, Wright, Jackson, Senior, Douglas, Legg, Cooper, Blake, Satterly, Wilcock, King.

Referee: Alex Fisher

Attendance: 92 (approx 30 Newport)

Click on the football highlights section on the homepage to watch full coverage of Newport’s victory over Christchurch FC in the Buildbase FA Vase 3rd round.