Month: November 2019

Newport 2 Andover New Street 3

In a game of two halves, Andover New Street dominated the first half, Newport fought back to level  terms in the second only to lose to an injury time goal once again.

The Beatrice Avenue pitch was judged to be fit to play on Saturday morning, despite heavy rain over the preceding week. A sunny afternoon had been forecast, but the game was played in a constant downpour. No doubt the slippery condition of the pitch was at least partly responsible for the number of mistimed tackles throughout the game, leading to a flurry of red and yellow cards being brandished by referee, Adrian Knight.

Port made a number of changes to the starting line up to the one that had beaten Folland Sports the previous Saturday. Gary Streeter returned in goal in place of Ben Gearing, and Neo Lamb was given the nod in place of Jacob Reynolds. Port’s attacking potential was bolstered by the welcome return of Charlie Urry from suspension. The injured Connor Kelly was an unfortunate absence, and his place was taken by Mark Taylor.

The first half was something of a dour affair, with the Port struggling to create anything in attack. Andover took the lead in the 22nd minute with only their second attempt on goal, when Luke Hooper connected with a long ball to score at the far post.

Missing the pace and creativity of leading scorer, Connor Kelly, it took Port until the 36th minute to manage their first shot on target. The first half ended in controversial fashion, when Ryan Hughes was bundled over in the New Street penalty area by an Andover defender. However, rather than awarding a spot kick, the referee blew his whistle for half time.

Half time: Newport IW 0-1 Andover New Street

Unlike the first half, the second half could not be described as being in any sense dull. Port began with attacking intent, with Mark Taylor being denied by the New Street keeper after a strong run in the 46th minute. However, New Street were to extend their lead in the 61st minute through a long shot by Shane Lock, to give the away side a 2-0 advantage.

Two minutes later, Port responded through a George Colson penalty, after Charlie Urry had been pushed in the penalty area, to make the score 2-1. However, Colson was given his marching orders for a second yellow card shortly after scoring, in what appeared to be a clash of heads with an opponent.
A few minutes later, the visitors were also reduced to ten men, after one of their number clashed with Mark Taylor. Port were now in the ascendency, and created a number of chances. First, Neo Lamb had a free kick acrobatically saved by the New Street keeper, and then Jordan Browne headed just past the New Street post.
Andy Sampson then threw on some fresh legs in an attempt to claw the game back for Port. Liam Triggs replacing Ryan Hughes and Lewis Wright coming on for captain, Martin McDonough. In a game never short on controversy, first assistant manager, the usually mild-mannered Stuart Shepherd was red carded, presumably for being too vociferous with his opinions, then Spike Pearce was sin binned. Despite having a player fewer than their opponents, Port continued to attack.

The home side’s fighting spirit appeared to have earned its reward, when a Lewis Wright cross-cum-shot found its way over the Andover keeper and into the back of the net, equalizing the score at 2-2 and provoking jubilation amongst the home supporters and players. However, jubilation turned turned to despair in the third minute of injury time, when New Street’s Ilyas Warshow popped up in the Port penalty area to score a third goal for the visitors and send the North Hampshire side home happy with a 3-2 victory.

Final score: Newport IW 2-3 Andover New Street

Newport IW: Streeter, Hughes (Triggs), Lamb, Pearce, McDonough (Wright), Sampson, Craig, Colson, Urry, Browne, Taylor Subs not used: Reynolds, Barron

Referee: A Knight

Attendance 94

Defeat leaves Port in 11th place in Wessex League One. Newport travel to 5th placed Whitchurch United on Saturday

Newport Reserves beat Shanklin Reserves 2-1 in the IOW Junior A Cup with two goals from Harrison Yates.


Newport look to bounce back from last Saturdays home defeat against Andover New Street, with a journey to Whitchurch United. The Jamboys current sit above the Port in the league so another six pointer looks set.

The pitch has been passed as fit, soft but playable. Newport will be without George Colson who was harshly treated to two yellow cards last Saturday and will be looking for the return of top scorer Connor Kelly who missed the last game with a hamstring problem.

Newport Reserves are away to Oakfield in the Island League Division 2 with a 2.00pm kick off.

Newport 6 Folland Sports 0

After a long series of postponements, Port get their push for promotion on track with a superb 6-0 home win against Follands Sports at Beatrice Avenue.

Port made two changes to the side that had lost 0-1 away at New Milton the previous Saturday, with Ben Gearing replacing the injured Gary Streeter in goal, and Joe Craig starting in place of Mark Taylor.

Port put the planemakers under pressure right from the start of a game in which they would have scored more than six were it not for the heroic efforts of Follands keeper, Ash Downs. Port’s best chance in the opening period came in the 15th minute, when a George Colson free kick was parried by Downs in the Folland’s goal, falling to Jordan Browne, who missed an open goal. Port then converted pressure and possession into a goal, when a George Colson cross was met by a flying Jordan BROWNE header, to give Port a 1-0 advantage.

Port extended their lead in the 28th minute when Jared COUSINS scored from close range, with Jordan Browne being the provider. Port then had numerous opportunities to extend their 2-0 lead, all of which were blocked by the in form Folland’s keeper, who stopped a Ryan Hughes effort in the 31st minute, a magnificent header from Joe Craig in the 31st minute, a header from Jordan Browne in the 36th minute, a curling shot from Connor Kelly in the 42nd minute and a long shot by Jacob Reynolds in the 45th minute.

Half time: Newport IW 2-0 Follands Sports

The second half began with a rare attack by the Follands Sports, who had a shot rebound off the post in the 50th minute. However, the relentless Port pressure led to tempers getting frayed for the away side, with one of their players being sin binned. The pain for the planemakers was to get worse in the 60th minute, when flying winger Connor KELLY dispatched a magnificent long range effort into the bottom left corner of the away side’s net to give Port a 3-0 cushion. The referee evened things up by sending Scott Sampson to the sin bin for ten minutes.

In the 74th minute, the in form Kelly nearly added to his goal tally, when another of his long range efforts bounced off the crossbar. In the 82nd minute, Port went 4-0 up, after a Jordan BROWNE effort was deflected into the Follands goal. Joe CRAIG added a fifth for the home side in the 86th minute, poking the ball into the back of the net after a Connor Kelly effort was cleared off the line by a Folland’s defender. Finally, George COLSON, who had had a magnificent home debut for the Port, added a sixth from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.

Final score: Newport IW 6-0 Follands Sports

Newport: Gearing, Hughes, Reynolds (Lamb), Pearce, McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Colson, Cousins (Taylor), Browne, Craig

Referee: R Walczak

Attendance 87

Photographs from the match can be seen on the Broonpics Sports Photography page on Facebook.


Newport Reserves progressed to the third round of the Hampshire FA Vase with a 4-3 win over Mayflower FC from Southampton. The goalscorers Newport were Zak Sullivan 2, Harry Cheek and Brad Thompson. The Reserves now have a home tie against Hook to be played on 7th December.


It’s Saturday and there is no rain expected, which is a bonus after the weather we have had in recent weeks.

Newport Reserves have already had a pitch inspection and their Hampshire Vase match against Mayflower is ON at Northwood Rec with a 1.00pm kick off. If you are quick you might be able to take in most of their match(unless it goes to extra time) and still see most of the first team game.

Newport first team take on Folland Sports in the Sydenhams Div 1 at Beatrice Avenue with a 3.00pm kick off. The Planemakers started the season with two wins but since then they haven’t registered another win in fifteen games. They have however scored in four of their last five games, so if anything is to be learnt from last weeks defeat at New Milton, it is that if you don’t score you won’t win and you will most probably lose to an unexpected late winner.

Follands made a number of well known signings at the start of the season including Kevin Brewster who played many seasons for Sholing FC. Newport themselves have made some signings in the last ten days including George Colson formerly of Salisbury and Ryan Oatley of Blackfield & Langley. Both players have been playing this season for Island League side Brading Town. Both players will remain on Island League forms for the Romans .

The Groundsman has gone in early at Beatrice Aveue this morning and the pitch is good to go.


Football at last ?

Hopefully both our adult teams will see footballing action this week as the weather has become drier although some rain is expected later today.

The first team travel to the BBX Stadium at New Milton for a Sydenhams League match against a home side that has conceded heavily in their last two matches despite having been on a good run prior to that.

The Linnets seem to get on the scoresheet in most games though and have beaten both East Cowes Vics and Totton & Eling at home during October. A close game can be expected.

Newport Reserves travel to Hamble to take on Mayflower FC in the Hampshire Vase, a cup match that has been rescheduled from last Saturday. That game has an earlier kick off so we may be able to give you updates during our twitter feed this afternoon.

Last night there was an upset as high flying Andover New Street lost away to Laverstoke & Ford. Today sees a couple of matches between teams above or around us as Alton take on US Portsmouth, Andover Town take on Downton and Hythe & Dibden are at home to Romsey Town. It is still pretty tight at the top.