Month: August 2019

This week’s matches

On Saturday Newport travel to the highly fancied Hythe and Dibden who are unbeaten in 8 competitive matches so far this season.
The Waterside club are still in the FA Cup after two wins against Wessex Premier sides AFC Portchester and Horndean and next Saturday have a plum home draw against Southern League side Kidlington.

Newport go into Saturdays League game refreshed after a 6-1 win at home to East Cowes Vics on Monday and should be at full strength.

Newport Reserves have no match today as Osburn Coburg’s pitch is not yet available.

On Tuesday night Newport play the previously postponed match at home to Bournemouth Poppies at Beatrice Avenue. Kick off is 7.30pm and the tie will be decided on the night.

Newport 6 East Cowes Vics 1

Under baking sunshine the two sides currently playing at Beatrice Avenue took to the pitch in the first Island derby of the season. Newport welcomed back from suspension both Jordan Browne and Mark Taylor,the latter being on the substitutes bench. The Vics welcomed back four players who were unavailable on Saturday, Liam Newbold, Zack Harris, Jimmi Burton and Jordan Chapman.

The match got off to an absolute flyer when on two minutes, Newport conceded a free kick just outside their penalty area and Joe Butcher curled the ball over the wall leaving Gary Streeter flat footed.

On 4 minutes an incident occured that was to change the course of the game and left Vics with 10 men for the remainder of the match. A clash between Zack Harris and Joe Craig resulted in a red card for the Vics defender. Contraversial so early in the match, varied opinions on the decision but the referee was confident with his view of the incident.

Newport were level within two minutes when Scott Sampson headed home a cross.

On 13 minutes the Port took the lead when a ball was fed through to the unmarked Joe Craig who shot firmly past the Vics keeper.

Just past the half hour mark Newport stretched their lead when Scott Sampson pounced to score after Vics keeper Steinbourne-Busse could only parry a Connor Kelly free kick.

It was going to be hard work in the heat for the Vics in the second half.

HT: Newport 3 East Cowes Vics 1

On 55 minutes Andy Samson brought on Mark Taylor for Lewis Wright. With almost his first touch the enigmatic midfielder had flicked the ball over the advancing keeper with the outside of his boot to put Newport 4-1 up.

Newport then brought on Jake Wright for Liam Triggs as they sought to rest players who had also played 90 minutes in the heat at Romsey on Saturday. Then Jacob Reynolds coming on for Martin McDonough in midfield.

The pace was slowing a little as expected although Newport continued to go for goal, a Neo Lamb screamer being pushed around the post by keeper Steinbourne-Busse.

In the final five minutes Connor Kelly was to twice get around the Vics defence and score clinically to make the final score 6-1.

Full Time: Newport 6 East Cowes Vics 1

Newport: Streeter, Pearce, Lamb, Barron, McDonough(Reynolds),Sampson, Kelly, L Wright (Taylor),Craig, Browne, Triggs(J Wright).

Referee: Mr C Waller

Attendance 304

Photo by Graham Brown of Broonpics Sports Photography (Facebook)

Bank Holiday Football

Bank Holiday Monday afternoon sees the “Beatrice Avenue derby” between lodgers Newport and landlords East Cowes Vics.
For 90 minutes the friendliness will be put on hold as both sides strive to win a game that is very close to home. It’s a bit like playing your brother at Monopoly, you just don’t want them to beat you because you will have a constant reminder until the next time.

The kick off is at 3.00pm, please come early, the ground will be open for car parking on the grass on the far side of the pitch as well as normal car parks.

The bar is open for drinks and food before and after the game as well as half time.

Kick off is 3.00pm

Romsey Town 5 Newport 2

Newport suffered a disappointing defeat away to Romsey on Saturday after conceding three early goals at the Bypass ground.
No Mark Taylor due to an accumulation of yellow cards or Jordan Brown for the final game of his suspension, back from absences were Joe Craig and Scott Sampson although both were kept on the sub benches.
The match was to be played in a blistering temperature on a hot sunny afternoon.

Romsey kicked off and were ahead inside 15 seconds. They simply played the ball tight and quickly through the middle of the park and Liam Magee slotted it past Gary Streeter.

The goal certainly woke Newport up and Newport went on the offensive, Jacob Reynolds shooting over the bar. Romsey were however very keen to get the ball forward and put the Newport defence under pressure.

Even though a goal behind, Newport had a fair share of the play for a quarter of an hour but on 21 minutes things were to change dramatically. Louie Morais wide out on the right touchline hit a high shot from all of 35 yards that flew in over Gary Streeter’s head, possibly coming out of the sun unsighting the keeper. Within a couple of minutes Magee was put through one on one with Streeter and scored again to make it 3-0 after just 23 minutes.

Two minutes later Connor Kelly pulled a goal back after twisting and turning to get a shooting position in the Romsey box.

Shortly afterwards everyone took a drinks break and Newport made a substitution, Joe Craig coming on for Ryan Hughes who appeared to have turned an ankle.

After the drinks break things settled down a little although Romsey hit the underside of the bar from close in and the ball bounced down and away to safety. The second goal that Newport urgently needed didn’t come and Romsey saw the half out without too much danger.

HT: Romsey Town 3 Newport 1

The second half continued very much in the vein the first had ended with Romsey comfortably in control but on the hour the game was ended as a competition when the referee awarded a contraversial penalty to Romsey. A Newport defender swung at a ball, a Romsey striker went over but there appeared no contact, even to the Romsey supporter stood alongside me.
Liam Magee slotted home the penalty to complete his hat trick.

At this point Andy Sampson took off Jacob Reynolds and brought on Scott Sampson to play up front.

On 67 minutes Harry Draycott completed a flowing move to put Romsey 5-1 up.

George Holmes came on for Connor Kelly up front. Scott Sampson received a yellow card for an aerial clash that left the Romsey centre half receiving treatment. On 79 minutes Newport pulled a goal back when Lewis Wright dribbled into the box, lifted the ball over the keeper and Scott Sampson was on hand to force the ball home.

At 5-2 Romsey were content to see the time out and take the points from a result that will hopefully get their season moving forward.

FT: Romsey Town 5 Newport 2

Newport : Streeter, Hughes (Craig), Lamb,Barron, McDonough, Pearce, Kelly (Holmes), L Wright, Triggs, J Wright, Reynolds (Sampson).

Referee: J Foster

Attendance 90

A busy weekend

The Port have a busy weekend ahead with matches away to Romsey on Saturday and home to landlords East Cowes Vics on Monday afternoon.

Andy Sampson’sside will welcome back Joe Craig and Scott Sampson although both Jordan Brown and Mark Taylor are suspended for the Romsey match.

Romsey were one of the sides expected to make the running this season after such a good performance last year finishing fourth in the league. They haven’t got the start they wanted and will be looking for improvement as they strive to move up the table.

The match against East Cowes Vics on Monday will be interesting as the Vics are officially the away side. They have had a good seven days getting a point against fancied Bemerton last Saturday and knocking Premier Division side Hamble Club out of the Hampshire Senior Cup on Tuesday, going through on penalties.

Monday’s game is likely to be well attended so if you are coming by car please arrive early so as to get a space.

On Saturday Newport reserves are away to Newchurch in the Island League Division 2 with a 2.00pm kick off.


Ringwood Town 3 Newport 5

Newport travelled to the league leaders on a bright sunny afternoon, hoping to build on their away victory at Andover the previous Saturday. The suspended Jordan Browne was replaced up front by Liam Triggs, after Joe Craig was unavailable at the last minute and Mark Taylor came in for the also unavailable Ben Snow. Apart from ferries running late and heavy traffic in the New Forest, there was no repeat of the previous Saturdays transport issues.

Ringwood started like you would expect a top of the table side to do, urged on by a vocal crowd, they were quick out of the blocks and moving the ball forward at pace. Newport were caught out a little and an early goal was to come on 8 minutes. Ringwood moved the ball down the left side, got past Ryan Hughes and sent in a pinpoint cross for their centre forward to head past Gary Streeter. 1-0 and a bit of a wake up call.

Newport were sparked into action and Lewis Wright almost equalised straight away when he weaved his way into the box and prodded the ball goalwards only for it to be cleared off the line.

The small but noisy home crowd were to be silenced not long after.

A harmless high looping ball fell to Neo Lamb stood about 20 yards out, but only about 10 feet in from the touchline. No thoughts of controlling the ball, he simply hit it on the volley straight down the centre of the goal, over the flailing arms of the home keeper and dipping under the crossbar like a guided missile. 1-1 , 19 minutes played.

The home side were somewhat stunned and started to become irritated by the referee’s decisions and the captain and a defender were pulled aside for a talking to, but no sin bin.

Just past the half hour mark, a Newport through ball appeared to be covered by two Ringwood defenders but in confusion they left it to each other and Connor Kelly was able to nip around them and lift it over the keeper into the net. 2-1 to the Port. From the kick off Ringwood again appeared unsettled and gave the ball away in the centre circle, it was played to Mark Taylor who simply drilled it hard and low goalwards. It had wrong footed the home keeper who appeared to think it was going wide but as he he looked around he saw it trickle just inside the post to make it 3-1. 35 minutes played.

The referee continued to give free kicks to Newport, Liam Triggs playing as an emergency centre forward was shielding the ball so well and the home defence was becoming frustrated. Once more the referee called the captain and a home defender for a chat but again no sin bin.

Newport were able to keep things tight and safely reach half time.

Half Time: Ringwood Town 1 Newport 3

The second half kicked off with a livened up Ringwood going on the offensive and getting several shots on target but Gary Streeter appeared to have glue on his gloves, everything seemed to stick.

Five minutes into the second half Newport broke out of midfield, Ringwood were committed upfield, the ball was played wide left to Connor Kelly who then played an inch perfect ball into the onrushing Liam Triggs who side footed it past the keeper.4-1.

Newport were well in control and were having success on the break with the Ringwood pressing to try and get back in the game. Liam Triggs almost scored a second identical goal when he met a low Connor Kelly cross only for it to go wide of the post.

Ringwood did not give up and continued to try and get some hold back in the game and on 61 minutes scored from a free kick just outside the box that went over the wall and inside the post. 4-2.

Shortly afterwards Mark Taylor was yellow carded for a foul in the middle of the pitch, he continued to advise the referee he was wrong and was sent to the sin bin. Ringwood sensed an opportunity to get back into the game. Surely enough they did and on 68 minutes with some good build up they scored a third. The score now 4-3 the encouraged home support once more urged their team on.

Mark Taylor returned to the pitch with just under 15 minutes to play and the Port were able to continue their attacking stance, once again a superb Connor Kelly cross into the box saw an onrushing Liam Triggs put the ball just the wrong side of the post. Newport took off the tiring Jake Wright and replaced him with Jacob Reynolds slipping into midfield.

Ringwood continued to press forward in an effort to get something from the game and it was obvious there was another goal in the game. That goal did arrive with four minutes on the clock. A clever Taylor ball between defenders allowed Connor Kelly to beat the offside trap, he took the ball to the keepers right, giving an angle on his left foot to shoot into the empty net. 5-3 and effectively ending the game.

Full Time: Ringwood Town 3 Newport 5

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Barron, McDonough, Pearce, Kelly, L Wright, Triggs, J Wright (Reynolds), Taylor.

Referee: Martin Bloor

Attendance: 38

Newport Reserves lost their first league match 4-1 away to Seaview, Jayden Yates scoring for the Port. A tough match against a physical Seaview side but a good learning experience for our young team.


Saturday Preview

Newport travel to the New Forest on Saturday as they take on Port old boy Richard Morse and his Ringwood side.

The home side currently sit atop the fledgling Wessex Div 1 table with two wins and a draw whilst the Port have been improving and keeping two clean sheets in their last two matches.

Joe Craig returns to the Port squad folllowing suspension and is expected to be joined by others who were unavailable for the previous match at Andover. Jordan Browne starts a two match suspension following his dismissal at Andover last Saturday.

Newport reserves commence their league season with an away match at Seaview, kick off is at 2.00pm. The young side have grown in confidence during pre-season making the transition from Youth to Adult football with some ever improving results.


Andover Town 0 Newport 1

Newport travelled to Andover on a wild and windy Saturday, were beseiged by transport problems but doggedly dug out the important first win of the season.

Holidays, work and family committments caused availability problems but the Port were still able to name a strong starting line up that included six teenagers.

Jake Wright (16) getting his first competitive start alongside his brother Lewis (18) in midfield (Cue headlines about the Wright Brothers making Newport fly, it will happen at some point)

The journey was made to Andover in five cars however exhaust problems in one and overheating in another meant that after much seat changing only four cars completed the trip and one is still in Newbury receiving attention.

Newport kicked off with the wind behind them and started well, quick passing and clever inter play put Andover on the backfoot from the get go although not really troubling the home keeper.

Jordan Browne was ordered to leave the pitch as he had blood on his shirt, then the linesman made him change his shorts, then he wanted the new shirt changed and another pair of shorts. By now poor Jordan was left on the touchline whilst coach Stewart Shepherd ran to the dressing room to bring another shirt and shorts. After 4 minutes Jordan could return to the game.

Andover had been working hard to get into the game and this they eventually did however some wayward shooting provided few problems for Gary Streeter. The home side kept at it however and almost took the lead on 19 minutes,threading the ball through the Newport defence finding only Gary Streeter in their way, the forward chipped the ball over the keeper only to see it hit the post and bounce away to safety.

Newport on the other hand went on the attack and on 23 minutes the ball fell to Connor Kelly who struck it crisply into the net from just outside the penalty area, to put the Port in front.

Andover came back on the attack and shot from close to the byeline, hitting the outside of the post and away for a goal kick, although Gary Streeter had it covered.

The remainder of the half belonged to Andover but they were forced to shoot from distance and Gary Streeter had everything covered.

Half Time: Andover Town 0 Newport 1

Andover started the second half well but again a resolute Newport defence kept them at arms length and although the home side had many shots they were mostly wide of the mark.

In an effort to tighten up midfield, Andy Sampson brought on Jacob Reynolds for Ben Snow and pushed Jake Wright forward on the left hand side, later on swapping with Connor Kelly to go wide right.

Newport had now set out their stall to defend their lead, Lewis Wright having a tigerish game in midfield received a yellow card for a series of fouls.

On 81 minutes, Lewis Wright himself seemed to be fouled but the referee gave the decision the other way. Newport captain Martin McDonough questioned the decision and was immediately sent to the sin bin. With only 9 minutes left on the clock there was no way the captain was going to be allowed back into the game.

Newport then had to defend for their lives as Andover pushed everyone forward, bodies were on the line and a fantastic double save from veteran keeper Gary Streeter kept the away sheet well and truly clean.

As the game moved into injury time, Jordan Browne committed a foul in the centre circle and appeared to injure himself in the process. The referee asked him if he required treatment and he said yes. The physio started to walk on to the pitch for about 10 yards but the player changed his mind and said he could see the time out. The physio left the field and then the referee ordered Browne to leave the field even though he had received no treatment. As he was walking off Browne said something to the referee for which he received a straight red card.

Newport were now down to nine men for the remainder of the game. Andover took the free kick which Gary Streeter dealt with harmlessly cleared the ball and the referee blew for full time.

An eventful day, but back to back clean sheets and an excellent team performance to gain our first league win of the season.

Full Time: Andover Town 0 Newport 1

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Barron, McDonough, Pearce, Kelly, Lewis Wright, Snow (Reynolds), Browne, Jake Wright.

Referee: S Hunt

Attendance 91

Newport reserves played their final friendly before their league campaign kicks off beating Whitecroft and Barton reserves 2-0 with goals from Harrison Yates and Jayden Yates.