Month: October 2018

Newport 3 Totton & Eling 1

Port made five changes to the starting line-up that drew 2–2 with Ringwood Town a fortnight ago: youngster Ryan Hall replacing veteran Gary Streeter in goal, sixteen-year-old Ryan Hughes taking the place of Alex Harmer as right-back, Spike Pearce coming in for Mark Taylor in central defence, Martin McDonough returning from injury to take the place of Lewis Wright in midfield and Louie Fleming replacing Liam Triggs on the wing.

Port kicked off facing the allotments end on a cold afternoon on a good pitch.

Totton & Eling started the brightest, Ryan Hall being forced to punch the ball away twice in the first five minutes. However, it was Port who were to score first, after Jared Wetherick had been fouled in the penalty area, for which the referee awarded a corner (the first of a series of confusing decisions by referee, Tim Godfray). Justice was served, when—in the 19th minute—after a goalmouth scramble, the ball fell to Joe CRAIG, who dispatched the ball into the back of the net from ten yards.

Jared Wetherick was then involved in a number of physical incidents with the Totton players—including one in which he was hit in the face by both feet of an opponent—all of which went unpunished, before he himself was booked for a seemingly innocuous challenge.

It was the Millers who were now having the lion’s share of the chances, with Sam Vidler missing a sitter in the 25th minute, and Neo Lamb stopping a powerful shot on the line from Joe Selby in the 40th minute, before the away side inevitably equalized on the stroke of half-time, Luca Cordeddu sending a low shot past Ryan Hall in the 45th minute.

HT Newport (IoW) 1–1 Totton & Eling

The Millers were to apply further pressure in the second half: Cordeddu shooting narrowly past the post in the 51st minute and Hall pulling off stunning save in the 59th minute. However, it was Port—largely against the run of play—who were to take the lead, Jared Wetherick directing a header across the face of the goal for Joe CRAIG to divert into the back of the net with a bullet header in the 62nd minute. Andy Sampson then threw on his substitutes: Mark Taylor and Lewis Wright replacing Darren Powell and Harrison Yates. Taylor was only on for a couple of minutes before being booked for another seemingly innocuous challenge. Totton then hit the crossbar with a shot many of their players believed had crossed the line. However, now it was Port applying most of the pressure, having two shots stopped on the line, and Louie Fleming almost scoring when he won the ball off the Totton keeper with an aerial challenge.

Eventually, Newport scored a third after a goalmouth scramble, when Jared WETHERICK—in the thick of the action throughout the afternoon—pounced in the 77th minute to make the score 3–1 to Port. Newport then received their third mystery booking of the game—this time the victim being Spike Pearce—Totton hit the post from a free kick, and full back Ryan Hughes almost scored, shooting the ball just over the bar.

Final Score: Newport (IoW) 3–1 Totton & Eling

Scorers: Newport: Craig 19,62, Wetherick 77 Totton & Eling Cordeddu 45

Newport: Hall, Hughes, Lamb, Pearce, McDonough, Barron, Powell (Taylor), Harrison Yates (Wright), Wetherick, Craig, Fleming (Jayden Yates)

Referee: Tim Godfray

Newport man of the match: Ryan Hughes

Attendance: 90

New Milton Match

Saturdays match against New Milton was abandoned following a serious injury to Newport winger George Holmes and will have to be replayed.

Newport had started the match looking dangerous but on 10 minutes New Milton were first to score when a shot came back off the post and was slotted into the net past the wrong footed Gary Streeter. New Milton doubled their lead 15 minutes later when their Island based player Dan Radford was on hand to score.

On 40 minutes things took a turn for the worse when George Holmes was breaking away with the ball but went down in obvious distress. Physio Matt Ohren was quick on the scene but it was clear that the knee injury required more treatment than could be delivered on the pitch. An ambulance was called and the game halted for half time .

after 1 hour of the injured player being on the ground the referee had no option but to abandon the match.

The ambulance arrived 20 minutes later and George was taken to Southampton General Hospital.

Everybody at the club wish George well and would like to thank Matt Ohren, the New Milton staff and the Newport players and Management who assisted George whilst he was injured on the pitch.

No date has been set for the match to be replayed.

UPDATE: George was released from Hospital on crutches late Saturday night. He will continue his treatment on the Island.

Weekend Preview

Newport travel to New Milton on Saturday as they face the Linnets for the first time in a few years.

New Milton are manager by former Cowes player Patrick Wilson so he will not want to lose to the Port and a tough game is envisaged.

The Port will look to get back to winning ways having been held to a draw last Saturday by Ringwood Town when they conceded a late equaliser. Spike Pearce has returned from holiday and so is available for selection.

FA Vase 2nd Round Draw

Newport have been drawn at home to Western Premier League side Cribbs FC in the 2nd Round of the FA Vase.

Cribbs beat Brimscombe & Thrupp 3-2 on Saturday to earn their place in the next round. Newport have yet to play in the Vase this season due to our successful run last year earning us a bye to the 2nd Round.

Cribbs FC are from the Cribbs Causeway area of Bristol.

The tie is scheduled to take place on Saturday 3rd November.

Newport 2 Ringwood Town 2

Port made four changes to the starting line-up that won at Fawley midweek. Veteran goalkeeper, Gary Streeter, replaced teenage goalkeeper, Ryan Hall; Mark Taylor returned in place of Jake Younie in defence; and, in midfield, teenagers George Holmes and Louie Fleming were replaced by the experienced Darren Powell and Liam Triggs.

The game was played in autumn sunshine on a good pitch, with Newport attacking the Shide End in the first half.
Ringwood began the match the brightest, shooting over the bar in the first minute, and forcing Gary Streeter to punch off the line in the seventh. However, it was Liam TRIGGS who was to open the scoring with a superb individual goal, dribbling through the penalty area to fire a low shot into the right-hand side of the goal to give Port a 1–0 advantage.

Newport continued to press ‘the Peckers’ with Joe Craig breaking through and coming close to scoring in the fifteenth, twenty-fourth and twenty-sixth minutes. In the 33rd minute, Mark Taylor collided with Darren Powell, and had to be carried off the field of play injured, to be replaced by Mitchell Rickets. The first half ended with a period of Peckers pressure, when they forced a succession of corners. Darren Powell was forced to head one Ringwood effort off the line, and Ringwood No 7, Rob Okumu, wasn’t quite tall enough to head a certain goal, had he connected on the Newport line just before half time.

HT Newport (IoW) 1–0 Ringwood Town

‘The Peckers’ continued to pile on the pressure early in the second half, with Jack Ormiston equalizing in the 53rd minute.

In the 63rd minute, Ringwood could have gone into the lead, but for a magnificent one-handed save from Newport veteran keeper, Gary Streeter.

At this point, Newport manager, Andy Sampson, made another of his inspired substitutions, pulling off Harrison Yates to be replaced by the nippy Louie Fleming. The substitution almost paid off within two minutes, when, after a great run, Fleming passed to Joe Craig, who shot narrowly wide. Then, in the 68th minute, Jared Wetherick put Louie FLEMING through, to round the keeper, and give Port a 2–1 advantage.

Unfortunately, Port were unable to hold onto their lead, a defensive blunder gifting the ball to Rob Okumu to score from close range. ‘The Peckers’ were unlucky not to return to Dorset with all three points when one of their players rounded the Newport keeper in injury time, but the referee awarded a foul to the home team, even though Gary Streeter appeared not to have made contact.

Final Score: Newport 2–2 Ringwood Town

Goals: Newport: Triggs 10, Fleming 68 Verwood Town: Ormiston 53, Okumu 87

Newport: Streeter, Harmer, Lamb, Taylor (Mitchell), Barron, Powell, Wright, Triggs, Wetherick (Drew), Craig, Yates (Fleming)

Substitutes not used: Marchbank, Gwilliam

Referee: David Morey

Newport man of the match: Scott Barron

Attendance: 99

Non League Day

Saturday 13th October 2018 is National Non-League football day.

Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.

Always scheduled to coincide with an International football break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.
As well as raising awareness of grass roots football it also aims to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. The football world has supported the “Man of Men” badge worn by players , managers and TV pundits alike, to raise awareness of the disease that kills a man every 45 minutes.

On Saturday Newport Football Club will offer free admission to their Wessex League match against Ringwood Town to anyone from the following groups;

Members of the Armed Services
Members of the Emergency Services including Lifeboat and Coastguard
Employees of the NHS

Instead of paying admission to enter the ground, all these people have to do is show their workplace ID such as badge, warrant card, id card. etc.

In addition the club will be raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK throughout the afternoon.

Fawley 0-2 Newport Live

Our line up tonight. Ryan Hall, Alex Harmer, Neo Lamb, Scott Barron, Jake Younie, Harrison Yates, Lewis Wright, Joe Craig, Jared Wetherick, George Holmes, Louie Fleming. Subs: Darren Powell, Mitchell Ricketts, Ryan Marchbank, Josh Gwilliam, Ben Snow.

Kicked off 7.45pm

Still no score after 15 minutes. Port facing a strong wind this half. George Holmes came close with a shot on the turn but the home keeper made a good save.

Half Time : Fawley 0 Newport 0

With the wind behind them now, can Newport convert the advantage into goals ?

On the bench for Newport tonight is 16 year old Ben Snow. Ben joined Newport Youth as a 9 year old and has been at the club ever since . Last year he was a member of our all conquering Hampshire under 16 Champions side.

67 mins still no score, yellow card for Harrison Yates.

5 minutes to go, we must hope that it’s not a repeat of Hythe & Dibden.

GOAL ! 86 mins Wetherick volley 1-0 to the Port

GOAL ! 90 mins another Wetherick screamer from outside the box 2-0

Full Time : AFC Fawley 0-2 Newport

Fawley away match and other news

Tonight (Wednesday) The Port travel to Fawley for their third consecutive away match in eight days.
Andy Sampson has this week has signed Josh Younie on dual registration with Brading Town as he has already done with Jake Younie who played against Hythe & Dibden last week.

Kick off tonight is 7.45 and we hope to bring you updates from Twitter.

On Monday evening the Supporters Trust held an extraordinary General Meeting and Paul Spreadbury was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Supporters Trust, Tony Wake remains Chairman of Newport FC. Paul is the owner of Pit Stop motorcycle training which hires the club’s car park for his business. Paul has sponsored a reserve team kit for a couple of years and last year bought a new engine for the main pitch lawnmower. He has grown attached to the club and wants to play a part in it’s future.

Sadly I have to inform you that our Reserve Team have withdrawn from the Island League Division 1. A series of events led players to leave for other clubs. We withdrew our A team from the combination league in an effort to keep the reserves going however this has proved unsuccessful and we were unable to field a side last Saturday. We shall use the next few months to get a more stable set up in place that will allow our junior teams to participate successfully next season in whatever league we enter.

This Saturday is National Non League day and the Port are at home to Ringwood Town. National Non League day always coincides with a break in Premier League football and whilst International matches take part. It is designed to raise awareness of grass roots football and also aims to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. Every 45 minutes a man dies somewhere from Prostate Cancer.

On Saturday Newport Football will offer free admission to their match against Ringwood Town to any of the following groups;

Members of the Armed Services
Members of the Emergency Services
Employees of the NHS

Instead of paying admission to enter the ground, all these people have to do is show their workplace ID such as badge, warrant card, id card. etc.

In addition the club will be having a donation collection for Prostate Cancer UK.

Romsey 4 Newport 0

Newport travelled to Romsey with a youthful line up that only included experienced campaigners Gary Streeter, Darren Powell and Mark Taylor. The unavailability of Scott Sampson, Spike Pearce and the injured Martin McDonough meant that no experienced centre half was available so Darren Powell dropped into the back four. No Jared Wetherick or Joe Craig up front meant that Kyle Drew came into the centre forward role and no Liam Triggs allowed Lewis Wright to return from injury in midfield.

The Port started brightly and had the first meaningful attack of the game, Louie Fleming getting away from his marker and delivering the ball into the box. Kyle Drew and Mark Taylor both had attempts on goal but were crowded out and the ball eventually went for a goal kick.

Romsey started to gain control of the ball and for the next 15 minutes were camped around the Newport goal. Gary Streeter had a busy period saving a near post header and tipping over a curling strike that was heading for the top corner. The pressure eventually told and Pearce Farren put Romsey ahead on 20 minutes with a back post header from a corner.
Play quickly returned to the Newport penalty area and 3 minutes later following an almighty goalmouth scramble in which The Port had at least two opportunities to clear their lines, Tom Cotillard eventually put the ball in the back of the net to go two ahead.

Skipper Gary Streeter let his team know what he thought and the Port went straight up the end and a foul in the box on Mark Taylor brought the Port a penalty. Lewis Wright stepped up to take the spot kick and although well hit just inside the post, Romsey’s 16 year old keeper Charlie Philpott got down to push it away and the ball was cleared. This was probably the turning point of the game, the Port started to give the ball away too much and although working hard they allowed Romsey to get the upper hand again. If they could have gone in at half time 2-1 down with the wind at their backs in the second half they would have been in with a shout. This wasn’t to be as on 42 mins Tom Cotillard shot from the edge of the box to score.

Half Time: Romsey Town 3 Newport 0

The second half was very much of the same with Gary Streeter the busier of the keepers. On 66 minutes Newport brought on Alex Harmer for the tiring Harrison Yates, the youngster having played two games in 4 days.

On 70 minutes Romsey scored a 4th goal with another Pearce Farren header from a free kick.

Romsey then made a triple substitution and Newport made two substitutions with Ryan Marchbank coming on for Louie Fleming and Mitchell Ricketts coming on for Mark Taylor.

On 86 minutes Josh Gwilliam was booked for an innocuous challenge.

The final minutes still left time for Gary Streeter to make a fine save low down and for George Holmes to have a shot which the young Romsey keeper did well to save with his feet.

Newport MOM was probably Gary Streeter but Lewis Wright made an encouraging return from injury and although his penalty was saved he did well for the full 90 minutes.

Full Time Romsey 4 Newport 0

The Port have had a tough run of games over the last three weeks. It looks like the league will split into three breakaway groups, top 6 , bottom 4 leaving a middle 9. Romsey , US Portsmouth and Hythe & Dibden all look as though they will be in the top 6 along with Amesbury, Stoneham and Verwood. The top 6 are all fielding much more experienced players who have been together a while, physical teams, mostly paying good wages. Against these sides and the higher league teams we have played, our younger players have found it hard but have given everything considering the numbers of teenagers we have fielded in any one team. Realistically it looks like we will finish in the middle group of 9 and we should aim to be as high as possible in that group.

Newport: Streeter, Gwilliam, Lamb, Barron, Powell, Wright, Yates (Harmer), Taylor (Ricketts), Drew, Holmes, Fleming (Marchbank).

Referee: Lewis Ward

Weekend look ahead

The Port continue on the road this weekend as they travel to play Romsey Town on Saturday afternoon.

Anyone interested in travelling, Red Funnel have a special offer on for £9 return and Romsey is a short train ride with the station approx 800 yards from the ground.Return train fare is approx £4.

Newport Reserves match against Binstead COB is now POSTPONED.