Month: April 2018

Joe Ellis Charity Team v Arsenal Charity Team

The big Charity match kicks off at 1.00pm today at St. Georges Park.

The Arsenal Charity Team are managed by former Gunner, Brian Hornsby and include players Kenny Sansom, Steve Williams, Paul Wood and others. The team also includes celebrity Arsenal supporters such as Tommy Walsh from Groundforce, actors Giles Anderson and Matt Mansfield.
Gates open 12.00 noon and there will be lots to do as well as the match. There is a bouncy castle, tombola, hot food, ice cream, all designed for everyone to have a good time and raise money for both The Joe Ellis Trust and the Arsenal charities that they support.

The clubhouse will be open from 12.00.

Programme and Memorabilia Fair – Sat 28th April 11am-5pm

On Saturday 28th April the club are holding a memorabilia sale in the downstairs bar at St. Georges Park.
The club will have for sale approx 1000 football programmes covering many clubs from non league football as well as league clubs. These are not just matches involving Newport. From £1.00

In addition we have 200 ORIGINAL (not copies) autographs of professional sport personalities (mostly from football) including legendary names such as Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Kevin Keegan, Nat Lofthouse, etc etc

There are also almost 100 match used Newport shirts and kit for sale with about 14 different kits ranging from a couple up shirts up to a full 17 man kit ! Prices from £7 upwards, discount available for bulk purchases.

Doors open 11am until 5pm. Bar open from 12-4. Food available from 12-2pm.

Newport 2 Petersfield 2

Newport made just one change to the starting line-up that beat Bournemouth Poppies on Saturday, with Connor Kelly returning to take the place of Liam Triggs.

Before the game Charlie Urry received his award for ‘Player of the Season’, decided by a vote of the supporters on Saturday. The award was presented by interim manager, Derek Ohren.
‘The Port’ began kicking towards the Allotments End on a good pitch in mild but breezy weather.
Newport started the game with attacking intent when, in the fifth minute, Petersfield ‘keeper, Luke Eaton was forced to pull off a good save from Mark Taylor from outside the area. Then ‘the Rams’ began to apply some pressure, with the young Newport ‘keeper, Ryan Hall being forced to make a fine save from a free kick on the edge of the area in the 21st minute, and Ryan Llewelyn heading just over the bar a minute later.

Then came Newport’s opportunity to show some decisive finishing when, in the thirtieth minute, Connor Kelly sent a fine cross to the far post, to be met with a screaming header by Martin McDonough to give the home side a one-nil advantage.

Four minutes later, a Petersfield defender nearly scored a spectacular own goal, forcing his ‘keeper to make a spectacular one-handed save to his back-pass-come-lob—the referee awarding an indirect free kick, well inside the penalty area, to the Port, which was almost converted by Jared Wetherick. In the thirty-eighth minute, Connor Kelly almost created another goal for Neo Lamb, who shot into the side netting.

‘The Rams’ applied a great deal of pressure at the other end, which only served to showcase the talents of Ryan Hall, who made three good saves, against Essai in the 33rd and 36th minutes, and Billy Connor in the 44th minute.


The second half was a good, open, entertaining game of football, with chances for both sides. The first clear chance fell to ‘the Rams’ when Billy Connor broke through, but he was only able to hit the side-netting.

In the 60th minute, Derek Ohren decided to throw on some fresh legs, with Aiden Radford coming on to replace Jack Turkington.

In the 62nd minute, Jared Wetherick had a golden opportunity to make the game save for ‘the Port’, but, unfortunately, found himself unable to connect with a Charlie Urry pass that ran across the face of the Petersfield goalmouth. The missed opportunity was punished by ‘the Rams’ four minutes later, when Billy CONNOR finally beat Hall with a strong shot, to equalise for ‘the Rams’, and make the score one-one. The game then went even more pear-shaped for the home side, when the impressive Will ESSAI gave ‘the Rams’ a one-two lead in the 75th minute, with a shot from the middle of the penalty area.

Derek Ohern then made a couple of substitutions in an attempt to save the game, with Lewis Wright coming on for Darren Powell, and Harrison Yates replacing Neo Lamb. When it appeared that ‘the Port’ might suffer the indignity of losing to the bottom side in the Wessex Premier, player of the season, Charlie Urry, came to the rescue. First, Mark Taylor, who had had an impressive game, was brought down by ‘the Rams’ substitute, Orepo, in the penalty area. Charlie URRY then blasted the spot kick directly at Luke Eaton, who dived to his left, to equalise the score at two-two in the 84th minute.

By now it was an end-to-end battle, with both sides going all out for the win. In the 88th minute, Ryan Hall spared Newport’s blushes with another great save, again to Essai. A minute later, Connor Kelly broke through with one of his incisive runs, but his shot was blocked by the ‘keeper’s legs.


Newport: Hall, Sampson, Turkington (Radford), Taylor, McDonough, Powell (Wright), Lamb (Yates), Charlesworth, Urry, Kelly, Wetherick

Referee: Nathan Cook

Attendance: 81

Newport 2 Bournemouth 1

Newport made four changes to the team that had lost 0–3 to Brockenhurst midweek. Possibly the most surprising was the absence of veteran goalkeeper and captain, Gary Streeter, who had injured his foot in the match against Porchester. His replacement was young Island teenager, Ryan Hall, borrowed from the Aldershot development side. Further absences were Liam Newbold, Aiden Radford and Connor Kelly; Scott Sampson; Mark Taylor and Liam Triggs all returned to the side.

Newport began attacking the Allotment End on a good pitch in showery weather.

The first half was mostly quiet, but sprung to life six minutes before the interval, when ‘the Port’ took the lead. Charlie Urry, who seems to have developed a good understanding with Jared Wetherick, did some excellent work on the left flank, getting past two Bournemouth defenders, before floating the ball across the ‘the Poppies’ goalmouth, where it was met by a grateful WETHERICK, leaping high above the defender to divert the cross into the back of the net, and give Newport a one–nil advantage.

Only three minutes later, Newport were to increase their lead. From a corner on the left, Scott Sampson rose the highest to head the ball forward to DARREN POWELL on the far post, who then headed the ball into the back of the net, and give the home side a two-nil advantage.

‘The Poppies’ came close to pulling a goal back shortly before half-time, but were saved by replacement ‘keeper Hall, who made a spectacular, athletic, one-handed save to a powerful volley.


‘The Port’ started the second-half in the manner they ended the first—very much on the front foot. In the 46th minute, Mark Taylor got past a couple of players on the right, to cross the ball to Wetherick, who was only able to head the ball at the keeper. Two minutes later, Charlie Urry made a powerful shot inside the penalty area, which appeared to have been blocked by the arm of a Bournemouth defender, but no penalty was given.

There then followed a couple of minutes of drama, which had little to do with footballing skills. In the 56th minute, Bournemouth defender, C. Khider appeared to have tried to head-butt Newport centre-forward, Charlie Urry, for which the referee, had little hesitation in awarding him a straight red. There then followed a period of verbal altercations involving the Bournemouth bench, following which the Bournemouth physiotherapist was ordered to the dressing room as well.

In the 65th minute, Jared Wetherick nearly scored an individual goal, but, after dribbling past the ‘keeper, had his shot saved off the goal line. A period of sustained Bournemouth pressure followed, with Fawzi Saadi leading the charge for the visitors, coming close to scoring in the 66th and 68th minutes. Then, in the 72nd minute, Poppies substitute, Okoma KULISEWA, scored from the middle of the penalty area, following a goalmouth scramble, to reduce the deficit to two-one.

Bournemouth’s chances of earning a point from the encounter were then squandered through ill-discipline on their part, when Falkhal was sent off, apparently for making untoward comments towards the referee. Facing a team of nine men, ‘the Port’ saw out the final minutes in comparative safety.


Newport (IoW): Hall, Turkington, Lamb (Yates), McDonough, Charlesworth, Sampson, Powell (Radford), Taylor, Triggs (Holmes), Urry, Wetherick

Referee: Sean Jenkins
Attendance: 91

Newport 0 Brockenhurst 3

Newport made three changes to the starting line-up that lost seven–nil away to Porchester on Saturday. Absent were George Holmes, Liam Triggs and Tony Potts, replaced by Darren Powell, Charlie Urry and Jared Wetherick. Goalkeeper and captain Gary Streeter had been injured towards the end of the game against Porchester, and appeared not to have fully recovered, needing the assistance of an outfield player to take goal kicks.

Newport began by attacking the Allotments End in mild weather, on a pitch in relatively good condition.

The early pressure came mainly from ‘the Badgers’, with their winger, Will Tickle proving a handful for ‘the Port’ defence, coming close in the fourth and eleventh minutes. In the fourteenth minute, Tickle went on a long mazy run, eventually being brought down by a Newport defender inside the area, with the referee having little hesitation at pointing to the penalty spot. Tickle stepped up to take the penalty himself, blasting the ball straight at Newport keeper Gary Streeter, who saved with his legs.

Was this to be the stroke of luck needed to turn round the fortunes of the home side? Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. In the thirty seventh minute Matt Sheedy was to score Brockenhurst’s opener with a low volley from inside the penalty area, and send the away side into half time with a 0–1 advantage.


Newport made one change during the half time break, with George Holmes coming on to replace Aiden Radford.

The second half began promisingly for ‘the Port’, with Charlie Urry shooting just wide from a low shot within the area. The home team were pushing men forward, leaving themselves vulnerable on the break. In the fifty-fourth minute, Matt Sheedy took advantage of the gaps in defence to score his second of the game after a break from the halfway line, to make the score 0–2 to Brockenhurst. Sheedy almost managed his hat-trick when he went on to hit the post in the fifty-sixth minute. In the sixtieth minute, ‘the Badgers’ were to put the game beyond the reach of ‘the Port’, when their centre forward, Mitchell Speechley-Price lobbed the ball over a despairing Gary Streeter, to give the visitors a 0–3 lead.

Then came an unfortunate incident, when the Brockenhurst player, Matt Vokes, fell badly, requiring him to be stretchered off, to be replaced by Falodi. Newport also made two substitutions, with Jack Turkington being replaced by Charlie Butt and Tony Potts coming on for Charlie Urry.

The fresh legs for Newport failed to provide a cutting edge to the home side, although Jared Wetherick came close at the end of the match, but shot wide,.


Newport: Streeter, Turkington (Butt), Lamb, McDonough, Charlesworth, Newbold, Radford (Holmes), Kelly, Wetherick, Urry (Potts), Powell

Attendance: 50

AFC Portchester 7 Newport 0

On a beautifully sunny day in Portchester, Newport embarked on their third league game in seven days, having picked up three points from the earlier two matches this week. Following the disappointment of the loss at home to Fareham on Thursday, Port had a difficult job in hand, facing a team placed fifth in the league who had previously netted seven times in the encounter at St George’s earlier this season.

Port travelled without a number of first team players, many out with injuries we hope won’t see them out for long. However, there was a positive vibe from the team on the journey over, mostly led by the manager Derek Ohren, who saw player absenteeism as an opportunity to showcase the future of Newport Football Club through the selection of many youth and reserve players.

Sadly for them, against an experienced and unforgiving Portchester side, there was little opportunity for the Port’s future talent to shine, at least not on this occasion.
From the off, Portchester dominated and whoever was responsible for the social media updates must have been cursing both teams as shots and chances pummelled the Newport goalmouth relentlessly. Portchester got their break on 18 mins from Baldacchino and the lead was quickly doubled on 23 mins when Birmingham pounced on a misplaced back pass and slotted the ball into an empty net.

Newport showed some good movement late in the first half but shots were just not hitting the target. However, Gary Streeter remained the most troubled of the two keepers and produced some fine saves to keep the scoreline at 2-0 at halftime.

Portchester kept up the pressure in the second half and despite efforts from Martin McDonough and fine clearances from the solid Liam Newbold, Portchester scored their third on 52 mins, courtesy of
a Stone header at the back post from a dangerous corner.

Portchester went on to grab four further goals and despite some admirable defending and fine Gary Streeter saves in the second half, the scoreline matches that at St George’s earlier this season.

Late on Streeter collided with a Portchester player and spent the last third of the second half hobbling on one foot, Port having used all their substitutions. Hats off to him for his bravery for remaining on the field and let’s hope he’s back for the last of the season’s games over the next two weeks.

Despite the scoreline, spirits remain high in the Newport camp which is testament to the dedication, camaraderie and commitment of the team. Who knows how the season will end; we never say never at Newport and if things eventually don’t go our way we will only come back stronger. UTP

Newport 2 Fareham 5

Newport made four changes to the starting line-up to the team that beat Bashley earlier in the week. Newbold and Sampson came in to replace Triggs and Turkington in defence, with Mark Taylor and Darren Powell replacing McDonough and Radford in midfield.
Newport began kicking towards the allotments end on a heavy pitch in relatively mild weather.
‘The Port’ began brightly, with Charlie Urry and Aiden Radford both looking dangerous. In the ninth minute, Radford broke through, but was blocked by a last-ditch tackle well inside the penalty area, and in the twelfth minute, Charlie Urry shot over the bar from the edge of the penalty area.
Then, in the fourteenth minute, Radford was in the thick of the action again, when he appeared to have been pushed inside the box — the referee having little hesitation in awarding the penalty for the home side. Connor Kelly stepped up to take the penalty, which he efficiently dispatched into the top left-hand corner of the goal, to make the score 1–0 to ‘the Port’.
Unfortunately, the home team were unable to hold on to their goal advantage. In the eighteenth minute, a Fareham corner led to a goalmouth scramble, the end result of which was the ball falling to Sammy Kesseck, who shot the ball past Gary Streeter into the bottom right corner of the net, to equalise for Fareham and level the score at 1–1.
Things then took a turn for the worse, when, in the twenty-second minute, the ball was needlessly given away in the Newport penalty area, for Ashley Tattershall to pounce and give Fareham a 1–2 advantage.
Then came an incident that probably destroyed ‘the Port’s’ hopes of earning any points from the encounter. In the thirty-first minute, Spike Pearce made a clumsy two-footed tackle, possibly having slipped on the tricky surface. The referee, unfortunately, did not view this incident in a charitable manner, and to the astonishment of the crowd, harshly awarded the Newport defender a straight red card.
Being reduced to ten men did not break the determination or spirit of the home side, ‘the Port’ continued to press ‘the Creeksiders’, with Radford unlucky not to score in the thirty-sixth minute, when he headed wide from just five yards. The players were having trouble timing their tackles on the slippery pitch, with Mark Taylor being booked just before half-time.


The second half was an open game, with chances for both teams, but Fareham’s one man advantage was ultimately too difficult to overcome for the home side.
Fareham score the first goal in the second-half in the forty-ninth minute, when, after a goalmouth scramble, the ball fell to Callum Laycock, who put the ball past Gary Streeter, to give Fareham a 1–3 advantage.
Newport centre-forward, Charlie Urry, appeared to have picked up an injury in the first-half, and was replaced by Martin McDonough, and the lively Aiden Radford was substituted by the promising George Holmes.

In the fifty-seventh minute, Conor Kelly, gave ‘the Port’ renewed hope, with a fine strike from the left hand of the penalty area to reduce the deficit to 2–3.
With Charlie Urry having come off the pitch, it was left to Jared Wetherick to lead the line. In the fifty-seventh minute he had a great opportunity to equalise after being put through by Connor Kelly, but was unable to beat the Fareham ‘keeper in a one-on-one situation.
Then, in the fifty-eighth minute, Callum Laycott put the game beyond Newport’s reach with a strike from the edge of the penalty area, to make the score 2–4 to the away side.
There was time for one more Newport substitution, when Jack Turkington came on in place of Darren Powell, and one more Newport booking, when McDonough saw his name in the referee, Jacob Wright’s book.
‘The Creeksiders’ wrapped up their victory in the eighty-fifth minute with a fine goal by Scott Hamilton.
Jared Wetherick nearly scored a consolation goal for Newport at the death, but shot across the face of the goal after being put through by Mark Taylor.


Newport: Streeter, Turkington, Pearce, Sampson, Charlesworth, Taylor, Powell (Turkington), Wetherick, Urry, (McDonough) Kelly, Radford (Holmes)

Fareham: GAME ON. 8pm Kick Off

Pitch inspection passed, not really in doubt but better to be safe than sorry.
Don’t forget kick off is at 8pm tonight.



Derek Returns to the Port

Newport Football Club has appointed former player Derek Ohren as its new manager.

Ohren returns to the club in his second spell as manager following the resignation this week of Michael Kelly. Michael, who has been first team manager since 2017, has decided to leave his post due to work commitments which see him based on the mainland for much of the week.

Newport FC chairman Tony Wake said: “I would like to thank Michael and his assistant Andrew Rimmer for their enormous dedication and hard work. The commitment they have shown to the team and the club has been brilliant and on behalf of everyone at Newport FC I would like to place on record our sincere appreciation for their contributions. They leave not only with our thanks but with our very best wishes for the future.

“At the same time I would like to welcome Derek Ohren, who fans will know, as manager for the rest of the season.

“We are entering an exciting new phase for Newport FC and I am delighted that in Derek we have someone on board who already understands the club. We hope to have a bright and sustainable future in a new purpose-built ground.”

Mr Wake said the club was also working to shortly appoint a new vice-chairman who would be responsible for football matters at Newport FC.