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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.


Newport IW 3 Downton 5

In the absence of both first team goalkeepers—Gary Streeter injured and Ryan Hall unavailable—Port squandered a two-nil advantage to lose three-five to the visitors from Wiltshire.

Newport made three changes to the side that had lost 0–4 to Stoneham the previous Saturday: Ashley Wright replacing Joe Winchcombe in goal (after a ten-year break from the team), Neo Lamb returning to replace Harrison Yates at left back and Darren Powell taking the place of Joe Craig.

Newport kicked off towards the allotments end on a slippery pitch in driving rain. It didn’t take long for the home side to open the scoring, with Jared COUSINS getting his first goal for the club in his third start in the third minute, striking the ball low past the Downton keeper from the edge of the penalty area.
By the fourteenth minute, Port were two–nil up, Liam TRIGGS (who had been booked two minutes earlier for a hard challenge) latching onto a beautiful through ball from Neo Lamb to slot it past the Downton keeper at the near post.

The Robins pulled a goal back in the 26th minute with a screamer from the edge of the penalty area by Matt STEER, that left Ashley Wright in the Newport goal flat-footed.
Jared Cousins then had three opportunities to extend Port’s lead: in the 30th minute, he had his shot blocked by the keeper’s legs; in the 32nd minute, he again broke through, but shot high over the crossbar; in the 36th minute, he had a header cleared off the line. However, it was Downton who were to equalize in the 43rd minute, with a magnificent spinning shot from the edge of the penalty area by Tom MOSELEY, to leave the score level at 2–2 at half-time.

HT Newport IW 2–2 Downton

The second half began with a penalty appeal by the Robins, that was turned down by the referee. However, in the 56th minute, Matt Steer got past Ashley Wright in the Newport goal, who raised his arm to bring him down. Wright was yellow-carded, but fortunately remained on the field of play. However, he was unable to block the resulting penalty, struck hard to his right by Tom MOSELEY, which gave the Robins a 2–3 advantage.

Jared Cousins, who had been very influential in the first-half, then came off with what appeared to be a groin strain, to be replaced by sixteen-year-old Ben Snow. In another of Andy Sampson’s inspired substitutions, SNOW promptly scored with his second touch of the game, lobbing the ball over the Downton ‘keeper in the 59th minute, to level the score at 3–3.

Six minutes later, the Robins regained their lead, Louis RENDALL tapping the ball in from five yards, to make the score 3–4.

In the 68th minute, Liam Triggs was tripped on the very edge of the Downton penalty area, with the Downton defender fortunate not to have been red-carded. Spike Pearce shot the resulting free-kick just over the crossbar. Andy Sampson then threw on two more substitutes in the 78th minute: Robbie Shepherd and Alex Harmer replacing Darren Powell and Lewis Wright. Unfortunately, however, there was to be no happy end for Port. In the 89th minute, Tom Moseley was to intercept a poor goal kick to pass the ball to Matt STEER, who then redirected the pass into the back of the Newport net and ensure the Robins returned to Wiltshire with all three points.

Full Time: Newport IW 3–5 Downton

Goals: Newport: Cousins 3, Triggs 14, Snow 59 Downton: Steer 26, 89, Moseley 43, 56 pen, Rendall 65

Newport: A Wright, Hughes, Lamb, Pearce, McDonagh, Sampson, Powell (Shepherd), Triggs, Cousins (Snow), L Wright (Harmer), Fleming.

Subs not used: H Yates, Barron

Referee: Harry Redman

Newport Man-of-the-match: Ryan Hughes

Attendance: 83

Newport 4-2 Bemerton Heath Harlequins

Newport recovered from being two nil down after half an hour to beat Bemerton Heath Harlequins 4-2 and register their first home league win of the season.
Newport included Connor Kelly, who has recently re-signed from Sholing, in their starting line up as Josh Younie was on the substitutes bench along with Darren Powell who was replaced by Martin McDonough.

Newport kicked off attacking the Allotment end and in the first minute Emerson Tattersall managed to get in a shot but it was straight at Lewis Watch.

It was Bemerton who took the lead on eight minutes from a corner on the right. Scott Hassell raced into the goal area and headed in from close range.
After a period of Newport pressure when they created a few chance without seriously testing Lewis Watch, Bemerton had a chance to increase the lead but a close range header from Harry Prisk was well saved by Gary Streeter..

Bemerton Heath increase the lead on 28 minute, following a needless trip by Emerson Tattersall. Jamie Waters penalty low to Gary Streeter’s right was well save by the keeper but the Bemerton player reacted first to the rebound to bundle the ball into the net.

The game swung Newport’s way with three goals in five minutes just prior to half time.
From a free kick, the Bemerton defence failed to clear the ball and in the melee, Jared Wetherick blasted it into the net from close range. Shortly afterwards the ball broke to Emerson Tattersall in the penalty area and he was able to drive in a low shot into the corner of the net. Then Connor Kelly marked his return by running on to a defence splitting pass before slotting the ball past Lewis Watch.

Half Time Newport 3 Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2

Newport started the second half looking lively and both Jared Wetherick and Emerson Tattersall went close before Emerson Tattersall scored the fourth squeezing the ball in by the post in the 55th the Bemerton defence failed to clear a free kick.

Newport made a substitution bringing on Josh Younie for Connor Kelly then five minutes later Darren Powell came on for Emerson Tattersall. Finally with 15 minutes remaining Jared Wetherick gave way to Lewis Wright.

The fourth goal deflated Bemerton as Newport gained superiority and with a two goal advantage were able to see out the final minutes without any scares to move up two places to seventeenth.

Final Score: Newport 4 Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2

Newport:Gary Streeter, Will Quigley, Jacob Reynolds, Aidan Sainsbury,Martin McDonough, Spike Pearce, Connor Kelly (Josh Younie), Mark Taylor, Charlie Urry, Jared Wetherick (Lewis Wright), Emerson Tattersall (Darren Powell)

Bemerton:Lewis Watch, Charlie Young, George Plank, Jamie Waters, Scott Hassell, Alex Haynes, Tom Farrell, Jake Burgess, Jordan Matthews, Harry Prisk, Jake Rawkins

Referee: Jack Birch Attendance 90