Newport 7 New Milton 1

Andy Sampson had a full squad to choose from and stuck to the same starting eleven and line up that had produced such a fine performance the previous week at Alton. Welcomed back on the bench were Mark Taylor, Harrison Yates and Alex Ram.

The match kicked off with Newport playing into a stiff chilly South Westerly wind but like the previous week they got off to a flyer. in the 4th minute Ryan Hughes went on a twisting run, put the ball through to Jordan Browne who just managed to squeeze it past the New Milton keeper and into the net. 1-0.

If Rob Beck in the New Milton goal hadn’t already worked out he was in for a busy afternoon, he had by the 10th minute when a good move between Jordan Browne and Connor Kelly resulted in a shot from the latter which brought out a good save from the keeper.

On 18 minutes Newport were forced into an early chance when Jared Cousins took a knock on an old injury and was forced off. Joe Craig came on as a direct replacement.

Newport were to increase their lead on 26 minutes when Lewis Wright gathered a rebound on the edge of the box and curled the ball around the keeper and into the net. 2-0.

Ten minutes later Joe Craig dribbled through a packed penalty area and drive the ball into the net. 3-0.
Newport were straight back on the attack, Ryan Hughes seeing a lot of the ball down the right hand side fired the ball across the box just missing the outstretched leg of Connor Kelly. Just before half time Newport were to make it 4-0. Scott Sampson got on the end of a loose ball in the box and headed over the keeper and into the net.

HT: Newport 4 New Milton Town 0

Within two minutes of the restart, Newport had increased their lead. Connor Kelly picking the ball up on the half way line, raced away from the New Milton players, shooting straight past Rob Beck to make it 5-0.

New Milton went straight back down the other end and almost pulled a goal back when a lob caught Gary Streeter off his line but the crossbar came to his rescue.

Newport continued to pile forward and create chances but New Milton were now defending in numbers and keeping the Port at bay.

Andy Sampson brough on Jake Wright in place of his brother Lewis.

Connor Kelly was now finding room and his pace was causing New Milton problems. A low drilled cross just missed the outstretched boot of Jordan Browne. Connor Kelly then picked up the ball outside the New Milton penalty area, ran through and rounded the goalkeeper to shoot into an empty net to make it 6-0.

Goals were coming thick and fast now and on 71 minutes New Milton pulled a goal back when Joe Petty shot through a crowded goalmouth.

Finally, Connor Kelly wraps things up on 86 minutes with a goal to complete his hat trick.

FT: Newport 7 New Milton Town 1

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Reynolds (Taylor), McDonough, Sampson, Kelly, Pearce, Cousins (Craig), Browne, L Wright (J Wright). Unused subs: Ram, H Yates.

Referee: A Knight

Att 99