Month: February 2018

Newport 2 Team Solent 4 – Match report


27 February, 2018.

Newport made two changes to the side that drew nil-nil against Shaftesbury on Saturday: Jacob Reynolds replacing the injured Will Quigley at right back, and regular centre forward, Charlie Urry, taking the place of Lewis Wright in the starting line-up.

Newport began the game kicking towards the allotments end on a hard pitch in sub-zero temperatures.

In what was to be very much a game of two halves. Team Solent’s first goal came in the fifteenth minute, with Jim Orvis crossing from the right, the cross connecting with the head of Tyrell Mitford, who sent the ball flying into top right hand corner of Andy Payne’s goal to give Team Solent a one-nil lead. The second for the visitors came just two minutes later, when, in the 17th minute, Jamal Wiseman dispatched a hard low strike from inside the area into the net. A quarter-of-an-hour later, in the 32nd minute, the sharp and impressive Hisham Kashimu pounced on a fumble by a Newport defender to give the away side a seemingly unassailable 0–3 lead.

Newport also had their chances in the first half. Their best came in the 22nd minute, when a Connor Kelly lob narrowly missed the Team Solent right-hand post, was redirected towards the goal by a Newport player, but was then saved off the line by a Team Solent defender.

Half time: Newport (IoW) 0–3 Team Solent

‘The Port’ made one half time change to their starting line-up, Lewis Wright replacing Spike Pearce.

The nature of the game changed dramatically in the fiftieth minute, when Connor Kelly sent a lob-come-cross towards the far corner of the Team Solent goal, that was completely missed by their ‘keeper, to reduce the home teams deficit to two goals, making the score 1–3 to the visitors. For the rest of the half, ‘the Port’ were to apply relentless pressure, only for their efforts to ultimately go unrewarded. In the 62nd minute, Aurele Beya, who had shown good touches and control throughout the match, scored with a fine volley from outside the area to make the score 2–3 and reduce the deficit to one. From trailing 0–3, it was now very much ‘game on’ for ‘the Port’.

Team Solent had by now lost some of their composure, and Ryan Dacres-Smith was lucky not to have been sent off when he deliberately brought down Aiden Sainsbury with his arm while lying in a prone position, leading to an altercation between the two players, both receiving yellow cards.

‘The Port’ continued to press: in the 68th minute, Aurele Beya found himself clean through, but was thwarted by the linesman’s flag, in the 70th minute Charlie Urry nearly connected with a Connor Kelly cross, but still failed to find the vital, equalizing goal.

Liam Newbold appeared to have pulled a hamstring, and was replaced by Darren Powell in the 80th minute.

The island side had set up camp in their opponent’s half. In the 82nd minute, Andrew Payne was forced to make a fine save to deny Tyrell Mitford the goal that would have made the game safe for the students.

‘The Port’ continued to press: Liam Triggs forcing a save from the Team Solent keeper from a long shot in the 84th minute, Charlie Urry breaking through the Team Solent defence in the 87th to be denied by the linesman’s flag.

Then came the final blow for ‘the Port’ in the second minute of injury time, when Team Solent’s impressive No 9, Hisham Kashimu, sent a low, powerful shot into the right-hand side of Andrew Payne’s goal, to make the final score 2–4 for the visitors.

Full time score: Newport (IoW) 2–4 Team Solent

Goals: Newport: Kelly (50), Beya (62) Team Solent: Mitford (15), Wisemann (17), Kashimu (31, 90+2)

Newport (IoW): Payne, Newbold (Powell 80), Reynolds, Sainsbury, Wetherick, Pearce (Wright 45), Taylor, Triggs, Urry, Kelly, Beya.

Attendance: 59

Newport 0 Shaftesbury 0 – Match report

Newport (IoW) 0–0 Shaftesbury – match report:

24 February, 2018 ‘The Port’, winless in the Wessex league since early December, endured another frustrating afternoon at St George’s Park.

Newport made four changes to the side that had lost two-one away to Baffins in midweek: Newbold taking the place of Reynolds at left-back, Quigley coming in for Holmes at right-back, with Liam Triggs and Mark Taylor playing in midfield in the absence of Charlie Urry and Emerson Tattersall (both suspended). The absence of regular Newport centre forward and top scorer, Charlie Urry, resulted in Jared Wetherick moving from central defence to an attacking role.

‘The Port’ began the game attacking the Shide end in the late winter sunshine.

Unfortunately, Mike Kelly’s side suffered an early blow, when Will Quigley was forced off the field injured in the twelfth minute, to be replaced by Jacob Reynolds.

‘The Port had three clear chances to earn three points in the first half. Jared Wetherick had the first clear chance in the 23rd minute, when he rounded the Shaftesbury keeper, only to shoot into the side-netting from a sharp angle. In the 27th minute, Conor Kelly almost scored direct from a corner, the ball being headed off the goal line by a Shaftesbury defender. The last chance of the half for Newport came at the stroke of half-time, when ‘the Bear’ (Aurele Beya) found himself clear in the 45th minute, only to be blocked by ‘the Rockies’ keeper, allowing the north Dorset side to go into the half-time break with a clean sheet.

Half-time: Newport (IoW) 0–0 Shaftesbury

The second half saw ‘the Port’ continue to attack in what was a relatively open game, with Conor Kelly making a number of promising runs up front, but with the absence of regular centre-forward, Charlie Urry, and combative midfielder Emerson Tattersall, Newport appeared to lack a cutting edge. Three times in the second half Conor Kelly found himself clear: in the 50th, 78th and 82nd minutes, but each time was unable to get past the Shaftesbury goalkeeper. In the 60th minute, ‘the Port’ finally managed to bundle the ball into the away side’s net, but the goal was disallowed for a foul on the keeper. Aurele Beya attempted a number of long range efforts: forcing a good save in the 66th minute – but all his other attempts went high and wide. Jared Wetherick had two good chances to score during the final minutes, again rounding the keeper in the 88th minute, and again hitting the side netting from an acute angle, and then a minute later with a header, but it was all to no avail.

Shaftesbury also had their chances, with shots being cleared off the Newport goal line in the 85th and 90th minutes. However, the game was destined for a no-score draw.

The second half also saw two cautions for the home side, with Spike Pearce and Jacob Reynolds both being yellow carded.

Final score: Newport (IoW) 0–0 Shaftesbury

Cowes’s match at Amesbury was postponed, leaving ‘the Port’ now nine points adrift of the nineteenth placed team, with one game in hand.

Newport’s next opportunity to make up the deficit comes on Tuesday the 27th, when Team Solent come to St George’s Park. Let’s hope the game against the students does not fall foul of the weather.

Newport (IoW) 0–0 Shaftesbury

MOM for Newport – Andrew Payne

Newport: Payne, Newbold, Quigley (Reynolds), Sainsbury, Pearce, Taylor, Wright, Triggs (Powell), Wetherick, Kelly, Beya Sub not used: Holmes

Attendance: 103

Baffins 2 Newport 1 – Match report


20 February, 2018. ‘The Port’, winless in 2018, fail to hold on to a lead for the second game in succession.

On Tuesday, Newport, lying in 21st position in the Wessex Premier League, travelled to Portsmouth to play mid-table Baffins Milton Rovers.

The island side made four changes to the one that had lost at home to Hamworthy United: Andrew Payne replacing the injured Gary Streeter in goal, Jacob Reynolds taking the place of Turkington at left-back, George Holmes coming in for Will Quigley and the formidable Belgian striker Aurele Beya replacing Liam Triggs.

Baffins gave ‘the Port’ a battering throughout a one-sided first half, yet somehow avoided putting the ball in the net. The puzzling inability of the home side to score was largely due to the woodwork in Payne’s goal – which was hit on no less than three occasions – and the heroic efforts of the Newport keeper, who made goal-stopping saves in the 20th and 31st minutes. Were in not for the goal posts, cross bar and the fine first-half performance of the keeper, Baffins could well have gone into the break with a five goal lead.

At the other end of the pitch, Newport top scorer Charlie Urry was unusually anonymous, the main threat from ‘the Port’ coming from runs by Emerson Tattersall. However, goal scoring opportunities were few and far between for the away side, with the Baffins keeper, Tony Male, largely being a spectator to proceedings at the other end of the pitch.


The second-half started badly for Newport, with Emerson Tattersall being forced to limp off, to be replaced by Radford.

Then, in the 53rd minute, completely against the run of play, ‘the Port’ took the lead: giant Belgian striker Aurele Beya scoring a fine strike from outside the area into the bottom left-hand corner of the Baffins goal to beat an outstretched Male.

Newport then made a substitution to strengthen their midfield, with Darren Powell replacing Charlie Urry. However, this change was insufficient to prevent Baffins from dominating the game. In the 57th minute, Freeman Williams finally succeeded in turning dominance into goals, with a strike into Payne’s right-hand corner to equalize for Baffins. Then, in the 69th minute, Payne could only block a shot from Stockford, which Achard then dispatched to the back of the net to give Rovers a 2–1 lead. In truth, Baffins could have breached the away sides defence on at least a further two occasions, with Payne making further fine saves, and Aurele Beya and Jacob Reynolds both having to clear off the goal line.


Newport now lie ten points behind Cowes, who are in nineteenth place, but still have two games in hand over their island rivals. Had Cowes not suffered a 0-1 home defeat to Brockenhurst, the points difference would be even greater.

‘The Port’ now have a number of home games to win in order to reduce the deficit and reach safety, starting with Shaftesbury on Saturday, the 24th, and Team Solent on Tuesday, the 27th. Let’s hope the Newport public turn out to support their home town team.

Newport (IoW): Payne, Reynolds, Pearce, Wetherick, Holmes, Wright, Sainsbury, Kelly, Urry (Powell), Tattersall (Radford), Beya Sub not used: Butt

Baffins Milton Rovers: Male, Seibou, Leigh, Stockford, Saunders, Cornish, White, Boam, Neal, Dart, Williams

Goals: Baffins Milton Rovers: Williams (57), Archard (69) Newport: Beya (53)

Newport 1 Hamworthy Utd 2


‘The Port’ beaten in their first home Wessex League fixture of 2018.

On Saturday, 17 February, Newport, lying in 21st position in the Wessex League table, faced third placed Hamworthy United in their first home league game of 2018, all previous home fixtures having fallen victim to the wet weather.

Newport made three changes to the team that had lost away to league leaders, Andover Town, the previous Saturday: the youngster,Jack Turkington, replacing Liam Newbold in defence, Jared Wetherick returning after surgery in place of Mark Taylor and Liam Triggs coming in for the the Belgian striker, Aurele Beya.

Before the match, veteran keeper Gary Streeter received an award from chairman Stuart Ross for his 300th appearance in a Newport shirt.

The game saw little action of note in the first half, but sprang to life in the second minute after the break when the returning Jared Wetherick scored a blinding header.Unfortunately, ‘the Port’ were unable to hold onto their lead, with ‘the Hammers’ scoring two goals in reply, from Nathan Walker and Dan Cann. Newport threw on three substitutes, Reynolds, Holmes and Beya, but ‘the Bear’ found his efforts insufficient to regain any points for the home side. Even when the Dorset side had found themselves reduced to ten men, after one of their number had been sent off for a second yellow card, the home team still found themselves unable to find an equalizer.

The referee had an excellent game, being unafraid to take the difficult decisions – unfortunately, one of these was to book Emmerson Tattersall – which will result in his missing the following two games, having reached the total of ten yellows for the season.

Full time score: Newport (IoW) 2–1 Hamworthy United

19th placed Cowes Sports won at home to Bournemouth, meaning they are now nine points above Newport, although ‘the Port’ have two games in hand.

On Tuesday, 20 February, Newport travel to Portsmouth to play Baffins Milton Rovers, and on Saturday, 25 February will face Shaftesbury, the first of many home games. Let’s hope we start to reduce, and then overcome, this points deficit.

Newport: Streeter, Turkington, Quigley, Sainsbury, Pearce, Wetherick, Wright, Triggs, Urry, Kelly, Tattersall

Substitutes: Beya, Reynolds, Holmes

Substitute (not used): Powell

Attendance: 93

Andover 2 Newport 0 – Match report


‘The Port’ lose on the road to Wessex League leaders, Andover Town.

Lying in 21st position in the league, and without a win in 2018, Newport travelled to North Hampshire to play a team unbeaten since the start of December.

The island team made three changes to the side that lost 3–0 to Alresford on 30 January: the giant Belgian, Aurele Beya replacing the veteran striker, Tom McInnes, up front, Lewis Wright coming in for Jack Turkington, and Emmerson Tattershall making a welcome return in place of Liam Triggs.

The game was played in less than perfect conditions: on an icy pitch in driving rain.

The game started badly for ‘the Port’, with their keeper, Gary Streeter, sustaining a head injury in the 3rd minute following a clash with Joe Wright, requiring a stoppage for medical intervention. Things got worse in the 8th minute, when ‘the Bluebirds’ went one–nil up through a shot by George Hallahan. The home team then doubled their lead through a Mike Gosney free-kick in the 16th minute – his 24th goal of the season so far.

At the other end of the pitch, Newport midfielder Emmerson Tattershall made a number of lively runs, almost scoring early on, but without being able to provide the finishing touch. Shortly before the half-time break, Emmerson provided a great chance for Aurele Beya, but the giant Belgian was unable to beat the Andover keeper.

HT Andover Town 2–0 Newport (IoW)

The second half was a frustrating affair for both teams, with ‘the Bluebirds’ failing to add to their lead, and ‘the Port’ unable to reduce the deficit. Andover’s best chance in the second half came in the 66th minute, when experienced Newport keeper Gary Streeter denied Andover’s Adam Costello a headed goal. Charlie Urry proved to be a thorn in Andover’s side, but found himself constantly thwarted by the linesman’s offside flag. The away side’s inability to make a breakthrough led to a loss of discipline, leading to the referee showing a flurry of yellow cards to the island team.

Full time: Andover Town 2–0 Newport (IoW)

‘The Port’ now have a run of home games, starting with a Wessex League Cup fixture against Sholing on Tuesday, 13 February. Let’s hope the weather stays fine, and that there are no further postponements.

Newport: Streeter, Newbold, Quigley, Sainsbury, Pearce, Taylor, Wright, Beya (Holmes), Urry (Turkington), Kelly, Tattershall

Attandance: 167

Variety Show 2018

The club is holding a Variety Show fundraiser at St. George’s Park on Saturday 24th February starting at 7.30pm.
Please show your support for the club by coming along to see the show of local acts. All money raised will go towards football club funds. Tickets are £8 each and can be bought from behind the club bar or in the ground on match days.

Alresford Town 3 Newport (IW) 0


‘The Port’ slump to a three-nil defeat in their first Wessex League game of 2018.

Newport travelled to North Hampshire having played only one game since drawing two all away at Lymington on 23 December (the 0–1 FA Vase defeat to Bradford Town) all other games having been called off due to the atrocious weather.

Alresford Town, lying fifth in the Wessex League Premier, have, by contrast, managed an almost full programme in January, and came into the game on the back of a 4–3 home win against Baffins Milton Rovers, on 27 January.

The island side made four changes to the side that lost on 13 January, with the two Liams, Newbold and Triggs, replacing Scott Sampson and Darren Powell in midfield, and the welcome return of top scorer, Charle Urry, and veteran, Tom McInes, who replaced Josh Younie and Lewis Wright up front.

The match was played in driving rain on a heavy pitch, which had been cut up during Saturday’s game against Baffins.

Lacking match fitness, ‘the Port’ took around a quarter of an hour to get into their stride, by which time they were already facing the uphill task of a two goal deficit. The first blow came as early as the third minute, when Manuel Yeboah crossed across Gary Streeter’s goal, for Sam Burt to slot home from five yards, and give ‘the Magpies’ an early one-nil lead. David Omperon then added a second for Alresford in the sixteenth minute, with a long, floating lob from thirty yards out, which may have left the Newport keeper unsighted because of the floodlights.

After going two-nil down, Newport found their rhythm, and began to create a serious threat to the Alresford goal. In the seventeenth minute, Conor Kelly came close, but Charlie Urry was unable to take advantage of the rebound. In the nineteenth minute, Jack Turkington managed a powerful shot from outside the area, which the Alresford ‘keeper found difficult to control. However, ‘the Magpies’ safely preserved their two–nil lead until half-time.

Half-time: Alreford Town 2–0 Newport IoW

The second half began relatively quietly, with neither side dominating. Newport, however, gradually increased the pressure on the home side, with their best chance coming in the 63rd minute from a Charlie Urry header, which was parried by ‘the Magpies’’ keeper, but unfortunately Liam Triggs was unable to dispatch the rebound. Charlie was, by now, becoming a thorn in the Alresford defence, again coming close in the 68th minute. However, ‘the Port’ had by now began to lose either their composure or their balance in the tricky conditions, with Aiden Sainsbury and then Liam Newbold both being booked for rash challenges.

Newport manager, Mike Kelly, then attempted to change the pattern of the game by employing his substitutes, with first Lewis Wright (51m), then Aurele Beya (74m) and finally George Holmes (79m), coming on to the field of play, but neither the giant Belgian, nor the fresh young legs, were able to make much impression on the home defence. Meanwhile, ‘the Port’ going forward had left themselves exposed at the back, with Gary Streeter making a fine save to block Crossley Cema in the 86th minute. A late goal by Magpies’ substitute Adam Cripps in the ninetieth minute was to ensure ‘the Port’ returned to the island pointless.

Full time: Alreford Town 3–0 Newport IoW

Newport next play away at Sholing on Saturday, 3 February, providing the pitch is in a suitable condition.

Newport: Streeter, Turkington (Wright 51), Quigley, Sainsbury, Pearce, Newbold, McInes, Triggs, Urry, Kelly, Taylor
Att: 40