Month: April 2019

Saturday 27/04/19 Gold Cup and Presentation Night

A lot happened on Saturday, starting with the Gold Cup Final followed by the Presentation night, so I have rolled it all into one post to avoid anyone missing anything.


Port were at full strength for the Gold Cup final with the return of captain Martin McDonagh and Scott Sampson being available to play.

Port’s opening goal came after just 30 seconds, when Mark Taylor passed to Connor Kelly, who put in a good cross from the left to the edge of the six-yard box, for Jordan BROWNE to turn his marker and direct the ball into the corner of the net.
Port then doubled their lead in the third minute of the game with a Mark TAYLOR strike from the edge of the penalty area.

W&B then started to come back into the game, and reduced the deficit to one in the 17th minutes, when the ball hit the post to be bundled in by John BILTON.
The Island league side then came close to equalising, after Josh Appell found himself free in the penalty area, only to shoot weakly at Gary Streeter.
However, it was then all one way traffic for Port. First, Joe Craig forced a double save from Gareth True in the W&B goal. Then Connor Kelly had a shot parried by True. However, in the 34th minute, Ryan Hughes floated a free kick into the penalty area for Mark TAYLOR to direct the ball into the corner of the net.

A minute before half-time, Connor KELLY tapped in a Joe Craig cross from a few yards out, to
make the score 4-1 to Port.
Then, in first half stoppage time, Lewis WRIGHT got Port’s fifth with a glancing header from a

Half time: Newport IW 5-1 Whitecoroft & Barton

The second half began in much the same way as the first when, just two minutes after the restart, Connor KELLY sent a magnificent left-footed curling strike into the W& B goal.

At six-one up, Port then seemed to take their foot of the gas. Substitute, Jared Cousins had a good chance to get Port’s seventh towards the end, but had his shot stopped by True in a one-on-one situation. Finally, defender Neo Lamb found himself unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with two minutes to go, when he curled a shot a few inches wide of the left-hand post.

Final Score: Newport IW 6-1 Whitecoroft & Barton

Goals: Newport: Browne 1; Taylor 3, 34; Kelly 43, 47, Wright 45 W & B Bilton 17

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Barron, McDonagh, Sampson, Kelly (Cousins), Wright
(Powell), Craig, Browne (Wetherick), Taylor

Referee: Liam White

Man-of-the-match: Connor Kelly


The winners of awards for the 2018/19 season are as follows:-









It’s Gold Cup Final day

This afternoon sees the final match of Newport’s season as we compete for the Isle of Wight Senior Cup against Whitecroft and Barton Sports at Beatrce Avenue.

Hopefully Storm Hannah won’t get in the way of what promises to be an entertaining match. The Gold Cup final usually draws a big crowd so Beatrice Avenue should be a busy place this afternoon, come early to ensure you can find parking and get into the ground before kick off.

This evening Newport are holding their end of season presentation night at St. George’s Park, the bar opens at 7.30pm and supporters are welcome to come along and see who the award winners are.

Newport finish the league in 6th position

Following yesterdays postponed match against Alton FC, The Sydenhams League Management Committee have awarded the three points to Newport Fc and the match will not now be played.

This takes the club to 53 points and move up to finish in 6th place and (unless there is a very strange result in the one remaining game) be one of only six sides with a positive goal difference.

This season has been an opportunity to develop our young players and build a new team, with over 250 appearances from players who were under 18 when they signed forms in June 2018. We look forward to the opportunity of working with all of our players again next season.

Tonight we host the semi final of the Isle of Wight Senior (Gold) Cup as Cowes Sports play Whitecroft and Barton Sports for a place in the final. Kick off is 7.30pm but a large crowd is expected so please don’t leave it until the last minute.

Alton Match Off

We have been contacted by Alton FC this morning to inform us that they cannot raise a team for todays match.

This is a disappointing way for our league season to come to an end, particularly as today was a date suggested by Alton themselves following the postponed match in March when they also couldn’t raise a side.

We await the Sydenham League Management’s decision.

Newport 3-1 Andover Town

Port made four changes to the side that had lost by a single goal at Downton the previous
Ryan Hughes replacing Jacob Reynolds at left-back, Jared Wetherick and Scott Barron taking up positions in central defence in place of Caleb Charlesworth and Martin McDonagh, and Scott Sampson coming in for Joe Craig in midfield.
Port kicked off towards the allotment end on a sunny Spring day on a good pitch, although with a cool breeze.

Port started brightly, with Connor Kelly beating the offside trap in the 9th minute to go clear, but lacked the control to take the ball past the Bluebird’s keeper. Then, in the 10th minute, a curlingshot-cum-cross from Mark TAYLOR free kick completely eluded the Andover defence and keeper to land in the opposition goal net.

Andover attempted to strike back, with Gary Streeter having to pull off a great save to deny the Bluebirds at the quarter-hour mark. Then, in the 24th minute, Jordan BROWNE headed just wide, but two minutes later, he was gifted the ball in the penalty area after a mix-up in the Andover penalty area to score from ten yards.

Jared Wetherick then had a couple of opportunities shortly before half-time, first having a shot blocked by the Bluebird’s keeper, then heading just over the bar from the resulting corner. Port were, however, unable to add to their lead, going into halftime with a 2-0 advantage.

HT: Newport IW 2-0 Andover Town

The second half began with Port soaking up pressure from the away side. However, in the 62nd minute, Connor Kelly broke free to cross from the left for Jared COUSINS to slot in from five yards.
Andover continued to press, hitting the bar in the 78th minute. Then, in the 80th minute, Will GREEN stole the ball off Gary Streeter, which he promptly dispatched into the Port goal.
The Bluebirds however never looked likely to return to North Hampshire with a point, and Port finished strongly, with Mark Taylor shooting across the face of the goal in the 82nd minute.

Final score: Newport IW 3-1 Andover Town

Goals: Newport IW: Taylor, Browne, Cousins Andover Town: Green

Newport IW: Streeter, Hughes (Charlesworth 79), Lamb, Wetherick (Yates 67), Barron,
Sampson, Kelly (Snow 79), Wright, Cousins, Browne, Taylor Sub not used: Powell

Referee: Tom Baines

Attendance: 104

Weekend Round Up

Newport travelled to Downton on Saturday and were unlucky to go down by a single goal.

The Downton shot hitting the post then rebounding to hit Gary Streeter on the back and bounce into the net. In an otherwise equal match it was harsh to lose in that way. Newport slipped to ninth but still have a game in hand.The Port need to get back to winning ways with their final three games against sides in the lower part of the division.

At St. George’s Park, Newport Under 17’s progressed to the final of the Mid Solent Junior B Cup against unlucky East Lodge Mustangs. The Portsmouth side took the lead in the first half only to concede an unfortunate own goal in the second. The score finishing 1-1 at 90 minutes and straight to penalties. Mustangs missed one and Port keeper saved one giving the away side three out of their five spotkicks however Port scored all of their first four to progress 4-3.

On Sunday afternoon a Charity Football Match is took place at St. George’s Park to raise funds for former Prison Officer Ben Rothwell who is suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. The game was between HMP Isle of Wight and the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

A close match of a reasonable standard resulted in a 1-0 win for the Prison staff who walked off with the trophy.
Several players on the pitch had played Wessex League standard of football so an exciting game was enjoyed by the near 300 supporters. The days events are expected to raise over £1000 which will be used to make much needed adaptions to the Rothwells house and make things less difficult for Ben and his family.

Newport 0 Hythe & Dibden 2

Port made four changes to the starting line-up that had impressively beaten East Cowes Vics in the Gold Cup semi-final a week ago:

Joe McCormack replacing Gary Streeter in goal, Caleb Charlesworth taking the place of Jake Younie in central defence, Scott Sampson returning to replace Scott Barron in central defence and Jared Cousins starting instead of Mark Taylor. Opponents, Hythe and Dibden, featured former Norwegian international and Saints player, 47-year-old Jo Tessem, in their starting line-up.

Port began brightly against their third-placed opponents, with Jordan Browne shooting powerfully past the post in the second minute of the game. The first half was good, evenly-matched, open contest. In the tenth minute, Hythe’s Sam Woodward shot across the face of the goal. In the 21st minute, Connor Kelly shot across the Hythe goal from a well-placed position. Then, in the 29th minute, Jacob Reynolds was forced to head the ball off the line for Port. In the 32nd minute, Joe Craig had a shot fisted over the bar by Hythe man-mountain keeper, Ellis Grant. However, it was Hythe who were to reach half-time with a 0–1 advantage, when Wayne O’DELL headed in a corner.

Half-time: Newport IW 0–1 Hythe and Dibden

The away side began to show their class and experience after the break, having the lions share of the chances. In the 58th minute, Joe McCormack was forced to parry the ball for a corner. Port attempted to hit back, with Joe Craig shooting just over the crossbar in the 66th minute. However, Hythe made the game safe for themselves in the 75th minute, when Ben NGWA scored from close-range after a defensive mix-up in the Port penalty area.
The score could have been worse for the home side, after Sam Woodward broke through for Hythe in the 78th minute, but could not control the ball well enough to score.

Final score: Newport IW 0–2 Hythe and Dibden

Newport: McCormack, Reynolds (Barron 67), Lamb, Charlesworth, McDonagh (Snow 76), Sampson, Kelly, Craig, Cousins, Browne, Wright Subs not used: Yates, Powell, Barron

Referee: Harry Redman

Attendance: 63

Newport Man-of-the-match: Scott Sampson