Month: September 2020

Vics v Newport Tonight

Somebody said there was a football match on in East Cowes tonight and it was a sell out.

Almost right, there is a game on and there are only 40 tickets left for sale on the gate. The capacity is 300, the doors are locked at that point.

East Cowes Vics v Newport is an unusual game to be an all ticket match, but in these circumstances we live in, nothing seems to surprise any more.

Andy Sampson almost has a full squad to choose from with only Jared Cousins the injury doubt.

All supporters attending are advised to download the Covid 19 Test and Trace app to avoid queues at the turnstiles. Simply scan the QR code and you should be able to enter – far easier than trying to remember your own phone number.

Kick off is at 7.45 but you are advised to attend FAR earlier to ensure you get in for kick off and dont miss any early goals.

Parking is at a premium and once you are past the roundabout at Barton Manor don’t drive past any parking space – you will regret it if you do.

First chance for Newport fans to see the new Vics floodlights which are reported to be very bright.

Please bring a mask which is essential for entering the clubhouse and seeing as all the toilets are in there it could save some embarassment.

Newport 5 Verwood Town 3

Newport 5-3 Verwood Town

The Port win an entertaining and high scoring game against opposition which, despite conceding five goals, never gave up.

Two weeks ago, Newport travelled to Dorset and, despite twice taking the lead, only managed to come away with a 2-2 draw. Five goals, however, proved too great a target for the Potters to match, although, to their credit, they made a game attempt to do so.

The Port made one change to starting line-up that had faced Calne Town in the FA Vase a week previously, with Josh Younie starting in place of Joe Butcher. Spike Pearce and Jacob Reynolds both returned from their respective suspensions and were named as substitutes.

The home side began the game strongly when Joe Craig sent a beautiful through ball to Josh YOUNIE, who dispatched a low shot past Verwood keeper, Tom Rose, from the right side of the penalty area after just six minutes.

However, the pattern of the previous fixture in Dorset was to continue on the Isle of Wight, with Verwood matching the Port goal-for-goal. Just four minutes later, largely against the run-of-play, an unmarked Matt VINING converted a low cross from five yards.

The Port were to restore their lead in the 14th minute when an Alek PRZEPOLEWSKI free kick on the edge of the Potter’s penalty area took a wicked deflection that wrong-footed Verwood keeper, Tom Rose.

Incredibly, the Potters continued to match the Port’s efforts and, sure enough, three minutes later, the Dorset side were themselves awarded a free kick on the edge of the Newport penalty area, in which a Diop EVANS strike took a deflection off the wall and past a despairing Gary Streeter.

The Port nearly took the lead in the 28th minute when Connor Kelly had a goal disallowed. However, there was no mistake when, in the 34th minute, Jordan BROWNE converted a cross from Connor Kelly from five yards out.

The Port then went into half time with a two-goal advantage when Connor KELLY pounced on a Jordan Browne rebound to head home from a couple of yards in front of the goal line.

Half-time: Newport 4-2 Verwood Town

The second half continued in much the same manner as the first: an open, entertaining game dominated by the home side in which the visitors always looked dangerous and capable of scoring themselves.

The Potters got back into the game in the 61st minute after an uncharacteristic blunder by Gary Streeter, who failed to hold a cross, leaving Harry ELSOM to divert the ball into the back of the net from the far post.

Three minutes later, Matt Vining forced a good save from Gary Streeter which, were it not for the veteran keeper’s agility, would have put the Potters on level terms.

The Port then had an opportunity to restore their two-goal advantage in the 73rd minute when Jordan Browne shot over the crossbar from ten yards.

It was Joe CRAIG who finally put the game beyond the reach of the visitors in the 84th minute with a five-yard strike after some good work in the build up from Jordan Browne.

Full time: Newport 5-3 Verwood Town

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Przepolewski (Pearce 80), McDonough, Barron, Kelly, Wright (Taylor 74), Younie (Butcher 68), Browne, Craig

Attendance: 116

Referee: Jordan McRitchie


Newport Reserves drew 2-2 with Fawley Reserves at Cowes Enterprise College. Having gone behind 2-0 in the first half, the second string once again showed great determination to fight back with two goals from substitute Keir Ramage. Former Newport striker Danny Gibbons played against the Port but could not get on the scoresheet.

Newport A team found the going tough away to Seaview where they went down 7-0. Most players are in their teens and this is their first season of mens football. They are learning all the while and we have seen how our reserves have improved once they become accustomed to adult football.

Newport 2 Calne Town 2 (Penalties 5-3)

The Port win a penalty shootout to go through to the second qualifying round of the FA Vase after twice falling behind to visitors, Western League 1, Calne Town.

Newport had two significant players missing from their starting line-up: Spike Pearce and Jacob Reynolds (both suspended).

The Port put the visiting Lillywhites under considerable pressure right from the off, but somehow contrived to go into half time trailing by a single goal.

Newport assaults on the Calne goal began as early as the 3rd minute, when Joe Craig had a shot cleared off the line after being put through by Connor Kelly. In the 11th minute, Ryan Hughes, who made numerous incisive runs for the home side, found Jordan Browne in the middle of the penalty area, but the Newport forward failed to make good contact with the ball. Joe Craig and then Jordan Browne then had further attempts on goal thwarted by the formidable Calne keeper, Adam Clatworthy. In the 18th minute, Jordan Browne found himself played through, but dispatched the ball high over the crossbar.

In the 26th minute, completely against the run of play, the Lillywhites took the lead, when Lewis McCARRON showed considerable skill in lobbing the ball over a Port defender then blasting it past Gary Streeter from just inside the penalty area.

The Port had two clear opportunities to equalize before the halftime break. First, Jordan Browne was put through but blasted the ball at the keeper in a one-on-one chance to score. Then, Joe Butcher was put through by Jordan Browne, but with only the keeper to beat, had his effort saved by the in-form Clatworthy.

Half time: Newport 0-1 Calne Town

The second half continued in much the same manner as the first with the Port dominating the game and creating numerous attacking opportunities and the Lillywhites looking dangerous on the break.

In the 51st minute, centre forward, Joe Butcher was bundled over just outside the penalty area but sent the resulting free kick over the crossbar.

In the 62nd minute, Jake Wright was sent tumbling over in the penalty area, and Connor KELLY confidently converted the resulting spot kick.

The relief for the home support was short-lived, as substitute Jamie WALTERS restored the Lillywhites lead in the 77th minute after converting a rebound.

Matters could have taken a turn for the worse a minute later, when a shot from visiting centre forward, Stuart Windsor, glanced Gary Streeter’s crossbar.

However, the noisy visiting support were soon silenced by Joe CRAIG, who blasted the ball past Clatworthy in the 79th minute.

Andy Sampson then threw on the combative midfielder, Mark Taylor, in an attempt to win the game in the closing stages.

The Port had plenty of chances to avoid the lottery of penalties but were unable to finish off the spirited opposition. In the 85th minute, Ryan Hughes shot over the crossbar. One-minute-from-time, Scott Barron forced the agile Clatterford into making a superb one-handed save. Then, in injury time, substitute, Josh Younie shot over the crossbar.

Full time: Newport 2-2 Calne Town

In the penalty shootout, Gary Streeter stopped the second Calne penalty. The Port calmly converted all their spot kicks, with Neo Lamb placing the fifth and final penalty past the reach of Clatworthy, silencing the visiting supporters for the third and final time.

The Port now face Alton FC in the 2nd Qualifying Round at Beatrice Avenue on October 10.

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Przepolewski (Taylor 79), McDonough, Barron, Kelly, Wright, Butcher (Younie 67), Browne, Craig

Subs not used: Turner, McCormack

Referee: Derek Pratt

Attendance: 151

Photo by Broonpics Sports Photography

Sunday – FA Vase

On Sunday we welcome Calne Town  from Wiltshire in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Vase.

Calne play at the same level as ourselves and have won both of their opening league matches. Newport have had a tough start to the season with three matches all against sides that beat them in the 19/20 season. This week a draw and a penalties cup win showed signs of returning to the form witnessed in the second half of last season. The Port have still only lost one of their last eighteen matches.

Spectator Information

The match kicks off at 3.00pm and gates will open at 1.30.

The match capacity is 300 and gates will be closed if the attendance reaches this number.

There is only parking within the ground for 60 cars so it may be advisable to find the nearest space outside the ground before trying to enter the car park.

Admission is Adult Standard £5.00 and Concessions are £3.00

There will be a three stage entrance to the ground;

  1. Temperature checks will be taken initially
  2. Track and Trace details will be taken, there will be no admission without them being provided.    Groups of up to 6 people can enter as a social bubble and complete and print off our form here to bring along and save time at the turnstile.
  3. There will be a choice of either cash or card payment – if paying by cash, the correct money will be helpful and ease congestion at the turnstile.

Once in the ground Supporters will be expected to socially distance. Guidance markers have been painted on the hard standing at 2 metre intervals and alternate seats have been closed off in the stand.

The clubhouse will operate  a one way system and drinks can only be ordered by table service , there will be no service at the bar.

Hythe & Dibden 1 Newport 1 (Pens 8-9)

Newport progressed to the 2nd round of the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup following a penalty shoot out at the Hythe Garage Stadium last night.

Newport started with a strong line up and just one change from Saturdays draw at Verwood as Joe Craig came in for George Turner who didn’t travel.

Newport produced a significantly improved performance from Saturday and took the game to Hythe & Dibden in the first half. The Port were to take the lead on 40 minutes after having been awarded a penalty, Connor Kelly the scorer. The score remained 1-0 to the Port at half time.

Hythe & Dibden came out for the second half with much more intent and equalised after 62 minutes. Newport managed to get back to their first half levels and pressed hard but couldnt break through and score. A screaming shot from Ryan Hughes tipped around the post by the home keeper was the closest they could come to scoring.

Full Time: Hythe& Dibden 1 Newport 1

The match then went to the dreaded penalty shoot out and some shoot out it was with every player on the field taking a penalty.

Newport eventually coming through 9-8.

Hythe – Scored 8, Streeter saved 3

Newport – Scored 9, Keeper saved 1, hit bar 1.

The winning penalty put away under pressure by Ryan Hughes.

Newport will be at home to Baffins Milton Rovers in the 2nd Round.

Verwood 2 Newport 2

Newport travelled to Verwood with a bare 13 players owing to suspensions and a number of players being unavailable. Jacob Reynolds and Spike Pearce were suspended and also Mark Taylor, Jared Cousins, Scott Sampson were unavailable. In came Alex Przepolewski, Jake Wright, George Turner and Olly McArthur.

The Port had asked for a 2.30pm kick off due to the ferries currently running a temporary timetable with a two hour gap beween 6pm and 8pm. Unfortunately the outgoing ferry landed 30 minutes behind schedule and with a busy journey through the New Forest a short 20 minute warm up time before the revised kick off was all that was available.

The opening stages of the game were quite even but showed two teams who were not yet firing on all cylinders. There was plenty of intent but the final product was not there. Newport had to rearrange their formation to cover for the missing Jacob Reynolds with Neo Lamb moving in to a midfield role and George Turner picking up the left back role.

20 minutes into the match everything came to a standstill. The referee, Declan Skehan had felt a pull in his hamstring and despite treatment he was unable to continue allowing Assistant Stephanie Villiers to move up and take the whistle. A volunteer came from the home supporters to take up the flag for Verwood.

The chance to have a further team talk seemed to settle Newport and on 30 minutes they were to take the lead. Joe Butcher down the left had caused Verwood some problems whilst Connor Kelly had started to have some success down the right hand side and had won a corner. From the resulting kick Scott Barron came through late at the far post to head home.

This also seemed to give Verwood some focus and 6 minutes later they created a good chance in the box but it was crashed against the bar and over. Both teams then started play some decent football but effectively cancelled each other out. A fairly innocent collision left Newport captain Martin McDonough with a dead leg. There were concerns whether the experienced campaigner would be able to continue but following treatment he tried to carry on and get through to half time. It looked as though Newport would head in to the break with a single goal lead but on 44 minutes Verwood got the equaliser they had been seeking. Diop Evans creating his own space inside the box and firing home well.

Half Time : Verwood Town 1 Newport 1

Buoyed by their late first half equaliser Verwood came out for the second half on the front foot and placed Newport under a period of sustained pressure. Despite half time treatment Martin McDonough still looked in discomfort but with no central defender on the bench it looked as though he had no choice but to continue. Newport started to get themselves back into the game as Verwood pressed forward they left gaps at the back and Connor Kelly had a great chance to score on 52 minutes but couldnt keep his shot down. Verwood didnt seem to heed the warning and just seven minutes later Connor Kelly was to get a second chance in front of goal, this time there was no mistake sidefooting comfortably past the keeper.

Newport were on the up, Alex Prez was having a fine game in midfield and Martin McDonough appeared to be recovered. Verwood however were forced into chasing the game and made a couple of substitutions to freshen things up. They also picked up a couple of bookings as players went in for challenges that perhaps they shouldnt have. For a quarter of an hour both teams slipped back into creating great chances but neither could apply the finishing touch.

Andy Sampson brought on Joe Craig for Jake Wright to add more strength to midfield. This was shortly followed by Olly McArthur coming on for Neo Lamb in midfield. With almost 90 minutes on the clock a great chance went begging for Verwood as the ball was played across the front of an empty Newport goalmouth but the incoming striker was inches away from getting on to the end of it.

As the game moved into injury time it looked as though Newport were going to come away with all three points but once again there was a sting in the tail. With 92 minutes on the clock Verwood gained a corner in what would probably be their last chance. The ball was played to the back post and Harvey Elson headed back across everyone into the net to make it 2-2.

There was time for Newport to kick off, a couple of tackles and the referee blew for full time.

FT: Verwood Town 2 Newport 2.

Newport: Streeter, Hughes,Lamb (McArthur),Przepolewski, McDonough, Barron,Kelly, Wright (Craig),Butcher, Browne, Turner.



Newport travel to Verwood looking to get back to winning ways following last Saturdays defeat at home to Andover New Street. An early kick off at 2.30 due to limited ferry timetables at present.

The Port will be without Jacob Reynolds and Spike Pearce (both suspended). Verwood are a difficult team to predict and have been a bogey team for Newport since coming down to Division 1 with the Port yet to record a victory.

Newport Reserves continue in the Hants Combination and Development league with a 2.00 kick off against Quenns Keep Southampton at Cowes Enterprise College 3g.

Newport Reserves –

Newport Reserves overcame Stoneham Development team last night in the John Stimpson Memorial Shield following a tense finish. Trailing by two goals to nil with nine minutes left on the clock, goals from Keelan Walsh and a last minute equaliser from George Holmes took the tie to Penalties. Newport scored four penalties through George Holmes, Alex Prez, Ollie McArthur and Flyn McCabe whilst Alex Ram saved one and another was missed to put Newport through 4-2.

This coming Saturday they take on Queens Keep from Southampton at the Cowes Enterprise College with a 2pm kick off. Spectators can attend and a bucket collection will be held to contribute towards pitch fees.

On Saturday they travelled to New Milton and returned with a 2-2 draw against a strong home side.Having gone two goals behind they fought back in the second half with goals from Jayden Yates and Flyn McCabe to make it 2-2. The young side almost snatched a win at the end as a screamer from Flyn just rose over the crossbar.

Newport 0 Andover New Street 2

Newport lose to a well-organized Andover New Street side in their first Wessex League One fixture of the 2020/21 campaign.

The Port had come into the game having been unbeaten in their five pre-season fixtures. Up until Saturday, they were unbeaten in all their 2020 matches.
The Port put out a strong side for their opening game, including the returning Joe Butcher, who was in the starting line up and other new signings, George Turner and Alek Przespolewski, who were on the substitutes bench. Spike Pearce and Liam Triggs were both unavailable.

The Street started brightly, putting the home side under pressure with a series of high balls, forcing a succession of corners. The visitors were unlucky not to have taken the lead when the ball cannoned off Gary Streeter’s crossbar in the opening exchanges. The Andover team were to take the lead in the 15th minute, when their striker Ally McCracken shot into the Port goal from five yards out, after the ball had spilled from Gary Streeter’s grasp.

The Port also had their chances, but failed to convert any of them, the closest hitting the bar. Their best chance came shortly before the break, when flying full back, Ryan Hughes, broke through after beating a Street defender, but had his shot blocked by Sean O’Brien in the Andover goal.

HT Newport IW 0-1 Andover New Street

The visiting side once again began the half brightly, with Oliver Yates and Shane Lock both shooting wide. Then the Port came back into the game, having their best spell of the match. Connor Kelly shot just past the post, Jordan Browne had a shot stopped by the Andover keeper from a few yards out and then shooting wide from a promising position. Gary Streeter then kept the Port in the game with a good save from a strike by Shane Lock.
The shape of the game completely changed in the 60th minute, when Andover midfielder, Lex Dockree, made a lunging challenge on Jacob Reynolds. There then followed a round of MMA as the pair tussled on the ground finally rising to their feet to square up to each other. After extensive consultations with the linesman, both players were awarded red cards by referee, Lee Nowacki.

The Port went further behind through a 64th minute goal by Shane Lock and were lucky not to be trailing by three goals when an Andover free kick cannoned off Gary Streeter’s crossbar a few minutes later.

Andy Sampson threw on his substitutes in the 75th minute, with Jake Wright, George Turner and Jared Cousins replacing Joe Butcher, Joe Craig and Neo Lamb. Although all three subs put in bright cameo performances, they were unable to change the shape of the game. With three minutes of the game remaining, Jordan Browne came closest to scoring for the Port, but had his effort blocked by the legs of Sean O’Brien in the Street goal.

The Port will be disappointed not to have got on the scoresheet but Sean O’Brien in the New Street goal had an excellent game.

FT: Newport IW 0-2 Andover New Street

Newport: Streeter, Hughes, Lamb (Wright), Reynolds, McDonough (captain), Barron, Kelly, Craig (Turner), Butcher (Cousins), Browne, Taylor

Referee: Lee Nowacki

Attendance: 137

Andover New Street – Match Programme

As yesterdays match programme sold out we have uploaded it for anyone who didnt get to see it.