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FA Cup at Fleet Town

On Saturday, The Port travel back up the A3 to play Fleet Town from the Combined Counties League in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round. The North Hampshire side play in the Premier Division South which at step 5 is one level above Newport.

Buoyed by their 4-3 win away at Ash United on Tuesday, the Port go into the game with confidence althoughFleet were watching on the touchline so will know more about us than we know about them.

The club are running a coach from Portsmouth which supporters can travel on, it leaves The Hard at 12.15pm and cost is just £10. We should arrive back at Portsmouth in time to get the 19.20 Fastcat.

If the match is a draw after 90 minutes, a replay will be at Smallbrook stadium on Wednesday evening.

No game this Saturday

There will be no game for the Port this Saturday as Chichester City cancelled their visit on Thursday.

Efforts to find a home game proved unsuccessful and it was not viable to book travel away with a reduction in Red Funnel services and School Holiday / Cowes Week traffic.

We begin our league season on Tuesday evening away to Ash United and follow up with our first FA Cup game for three years when we travel to Fleet Town. Again we cannot take a coach from the Island due to logistical issues but we have booked a coach to run from the Hard in Portsmouth leaving 12.15pm. Small charge £10 for the coach but you will need to find your own way to Portsmouth. Team will be travelling on 11.45 Fast Cat.

Gary Streeter joins Management Team

Steve Brougham and Stewart Shepherd are pleased to announce that Gary Streeter has joined their Management Team.

The Veteran keeper was a presence in the dugout during last season whilst he was injured and with his experience he will part of the Management Team which includes both Joint Managers and coach Andy North.

Gary will continue as a player and will fight as hard as ever for the number 1 shirt but when he isn’t in the team he will be in the dugout.

Whitchurch match postponed

Saturdays home match against Whitchurch United has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

With standing water in several places on the pitch and more rain expected before kick off it was decided to postpone the match giving fair warning to our visitors.

The match will be resceduled for later in the season.

Monday 27th Newport v East Cowes Vics

MATCH POSTPONED. On Monday we travel to East Cowes for a home match against East Cowes Vics. The kick off is at 2pm not 3pm as printed in the papaer edition of the IW County Press so please come early and don’t miss kick off as the action usually starts from the first whistle.
It will be good to get back to actually playing football again after all the distractions this week and the Christmas preparations.Newport are expected to be back to full strength with a couple of suspensions served and no known injuries. Let’s hope the Politicians allow us to play in front of a crowd and don’t throw any spanners in the works.

Seaclose plan rejected – we build at the Racecourse

Newport FC will commence the building of their new stadium at The Racecourse this year, as the alternative site at Seaclose Park is ruled out.

Newport FC Chairman Tony Wake released the following statement today;

“I am disappointed it has not been possible to find a way forward with the alternative plan to relocate Newport Football Club to Seaclose. It was a proposal that I – and many others – thought had many advantages for the club, its supporters and the wider community. Nevertheless, we already have permission for a new ground and clubhouse at the nearby Racecourse site. This too will provide an excellent facility for Newport FC and a variety of other users.

There are still one or two issues we need to sort out but we hope to begin work on this high-quality sports stadium by the end of the year and have it ready for use by the summer of 2022.”

Island League Action returns

Island Saturday League football returned last week and Newport Football Club is represented through our A team.

The youngsters have found the Island League Division 2 tough as many of them played their first season of mens football. The enforced break because of lockdown has seen a resurgence as the team have gained their first points in the league. Last Saturday a 2-2 draw away to Yarmouth and Calbourne was followed up midweek with a 3-0 win at home to Wroxall.

On Saturday, the A team continue with a home match against Seaview at Northwood Rec, kick off at 2.00pm. Hopefully we shall all be able to watch a game soon.

Other Newport players have signed Island League forms to play for clubs for the rest of the season. Joe Craig, Martin McDonough, Ryan Hughes and Jake Wright have all signed for Whitecroft and Barton. Connor Kelly has signed for Ryde Saints. Ventnor have signed Neo Lamb and Harrison Yates, others have gone to Carisbrooke United, Niton, Pan Sports and Brading.

This weekend

On Saturday Newport travel to Bristol to resume our FA Vase journey when we play Cribbs FC at The Lawns.

The two sides met two years ago at St. George’s Park when the visitors ran out 2-0 winners with the goals coming in the final 20 minutes. Looking at both squads we see similar names re-appearing in this years fixture with half of Newports squad likely to be the same and several of the Cribbs squad being the same. The tie will be decided on the day, going to penalties if necessary.

There are a small number of seats left on the team coach which departs from St. George’s Park at 8.30am and gets back at 10.15pm. A small charge of £20 covers ferry and coach. These can be booked on 07734581648.

Meanwhile Newport Reserves travel to Bush Hill in Southampton for a Hampshire Combination match.

Newport A are at home to Seaview.