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.”

New Milton 4 Newport 4

Newport travelled to New Milton on Saturday and returned with a respectable draw after a second half fightback.

Newport started with three loan players from Gosport Borough, Ryan Hughes, Jake Wright and Paul Agbeseyi. Gary Streeter returned from injury in goal and others returning included Joe Craig and Aaron Burford.

Newport started on the front foot and took an early lead on 4 minutes through Joe Craig and were unlucky not to increase that score during the first quarter of an hour. It was to be New Milton who found the net on 15 minutes through Chris Long.

The Linnets then took control of the rest of the half after the Port fell foul of some referring decisions and disciplinary issues. Tyrell Sampson putting the home side up on 27 minutes and Newport player Liam Triggs sent to the sin bin for dissent.

Shortly before half time, Scott Barron needed lengthy treatment for concussion after a bang of heads and then New Milton were awarded a hotly disputed penalty in the added time. Tyrell Sampson stepped up to score his second and put New Milton 3-1 up at the break.

HT: New Milton 3 Newport 1

Newport came out for the second half shaken but not stirred and it was that man again Joe Craig getting on the end of a Connor Kelly cross to pull a goal back.

The Newport joy wasn’t to last for long as New Milton were awarded a second penalty on 55 minutes and Port keeper Gary Streeter was sin binned. Tyrell Sampson stepped up to score and restore the Linnets two goal lead . Aaron Burford had taken over in goal for the sidelined Gary Streeter. It wasnt long before Burford was called upon to make a great save and keep Newport in the game. Newport appeared to be inspired and debutant Paul Agbeseyi smashed home an unstoppable third for Newport’s third goal.

Streeter returned with 20 minutes left on the clock as Newport pressed for an equaliser. New Milton looked to have been home and hosed against a Newport side that had made things difficult for themselves and as the game moved towards injury time it looked as though the hosts would see time out. Newport were not dead yet and stand in captain Jordan Browne would not accept defeat and slotted home the equaliser as the game moved into injury time.

FT: New Milton 4 Newport 4

Newport : Streeter, Hughes, Lamb, Agbeseyi, Barron, Triggs, Kelly, Wright, Browne, Craig, Butcher. Subs: Burford, McCormack, McArthur, Reynolds, Younie.

Bank Holiday weekend round up

Newport travelled to Downton on Saturday but could not produce anywhere near their recent form and went down by two goals to nil.

The Port lost Spike Pearce to injury half way through the first half and were unable to breakthrough the Downton half. In the second half Downton raised their game and took the lead. The Port were unable to penetrate the hime defence and the final minutes packed everyone forward for one final attack. The ball was cleared and Downton broke away to score a late second.

Full time: Downton 2 Newport 0

Newport Reserves travelled to Ventnor and found the former Division one side to be too good.

The final score being Ventnor 7 Newport Reserves 1.

On Bank Holiday Newport made the short trip to East Cowes for the first Island Wessex 1 derby. The Port proved too strong for the hosts coming away with a 5-0 win. The Port goals coming from Connor Kelly 2, Jacob Reynolds, Liam Harper and Joe Butcher.

Full time: East Cowes Vics 0 Newport 5


Totton & Eling 1 Newport 5

On Tuesday night Newport edged to the top of the Wessex Division 1 table with a clinical display of finishing against Totton & Eling.

Managers Brougham and Shepherd changed the line up slightly from Saturdays win at Petersfield Town, with Scott Barron coming in at right back allowing Josh Younie to move across to left back replacing the injured Neo Lamb.

Newport were out of the blocks right from the start and took the lead with just five minutes on the clock , Jordan Browne finishing off an excellent passing move between Younie, Reynolds and Craig. Within three minutes Browne had got his second with a close in header placed back across the keeper. Totton and Eling responded quickly and equalised when Jack Nicholas hit a shot from 20 yards that just beat Gary Streeter low down. Three minutes later a hard driven shot from a Newport player hit something hard in the penalty area, cries of handball went up and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Difficult to say if it was a clear cut handball but the referee had a better view. Connor Kelly stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and make it 3-1 to the Port. Totton & Eling ended up with two players in the sin bin for their protestations.

Despite Newport’s numerical advantage, the game was evenly contested for the rest of the half but neither side could convert their chances created. Play got a little niggly and from Newport’s side yellow cards were issued to Connor Kelly and Jacob Reynolds.

HT: Totton & Eling 1 Newport 3

Newport made a substitution at half time, taking off Jacob Reynolds and bringing on Ollie McArthur. Totton and Eling came out with attacking intent and a firm strike at goal was pushed away for a corner by Gary Streeter in the Newport goal.

The pace of Newport up front contiued to cause problems for Totton & Eling. A rapid break through the middle by Joe Butcher looked to have caught out the home defence but a late linesmans flag brought the move to an end. The warning wasn’t taken on board by Totton & Eling and minutes later another Joe Butcher break left the defenders standing and the striker ran on to slot the ball past the keeper and make it 4-1 to the Port.

Newport introduced Liam Harper and the returning Ryan Hughes and took off Connor Kelly and Joe Craig. The substitutes soon set up an understanding and several attacking moves resulted from the combination. Martin McDonagh picked up a yellow card whilst tussling for the ball.

Chances came and went for Newport as they kept the pressure on the home defence. The Port were given a free kick just outside the Totton & Eling penalty area. Josh Younie hit a fierce curling shot which cracked against the crossbar but the following in Jordan Browne was first to the ball and hit it first time to complete an excellent hat trick.

In the dying minutes of the game Newport suffered a set back as Aaron Burford lost his footing when chasing a ball in the corner of the pitch. It was clear all was not well as the midfielder stayed down and was obviously in a lot of discomfort. The Newport player was stretchered off and the Port saw out the remaining minutes with 10 men after having used all of their substitutes.

FT: Totton & Eling 1 Newport 5

Newport: Streeter, Barron,Younie, Burford, McDonagh, Pearce, Kelly (Harper), Reynolds (McArthur), Browne, Craig (Hughes), Butcher.

Injury news – Aaron Burford has strained ankle ligaments and will be out for a few weeks.



Petersfield Town 1 Newport 4

The Port produced another assured display on Saturday to beat Petersfield Town at Love Lane. The free scoring play of pre-season continued into their second league match and enabled the win that was harder than the scoreline might suggest.

The starting line up was the same as had been used at Smallbrook the previous week and Liam Harper was included on the subs bench following his spell of isolation last week.

The Port got off to a flyer from the kick off with chances falling in the first minute to both Jacob Reynolds and Connor Kelly but both efforts failed to find the back of the net. Petersfield were quick to recover from the opening affray and started to move the ball around themselves.

The breakthrough came just after the quarter hour mark as a superb cross from Aaron Burford to the back post found Jacob Reynolds with a firm header back across the keeper into the corner of the net. The Newport midfielder scoring in his second consecutive match. Newport continued on the offensive and Connor Kelly had a shot which home keeper Jackson could only keep out with his legs.

A drinks break allowed both teams to have a few words with their management and it was Petersfield who returned to the pitch the stronger. Bailey Newbury managed to steal the ball from a Newport defender and slotted it out of Streeters reach and into the net for an equaliser.

It wasn’t long before the Port regained their lead however when a slick move between Reynolds and Browne was turned into the net by Joe Craig. As the game approached half time Petersfield spurned a glorious opportunity to go in on equal terms when a low cross squirmed through the six yard box without anybody able to get a touch on it.

HT: Petersfield Town 1 Newport 2

Once again the Port were sharp out of the blocks coming from the dressing room and within two minutes had extended their lead. A Joe Butcher cross was perfectly directed to the head of Jordan Browne who made no mistake from inside the six yard box.

From this point the game opened up and chances went begging for both teams, for Newport both Jordan Browne and Connor Kelly had chances that went close. Gary Streeter reacted well to a Petersfield free kick that appeared to be heading  for the top corner but the big keeper showed his agility to push the ball away from danger.

Newport were now looking to manage the game and contain the Petersfield attack who were limited to shots from distance.

As the game moved into injury time Connor Kelly broke away with the ball and his low shot beat the keeper but hit the post only for the ball to fall to the onrushing Joe Craig who knocked it into the back of the empty net.

FT: Petersfield Town 1 Newport 4

Newport: Streeter, Younie (McArthur), Lamb (Barron), Burford, McDonagh, Pearce, Kelly, Reynolds, Browne, Craig, Butcher(Harper).


Saturday Round Up

Newport return to league action today (Saturday) as the first team travel to Petersfield Town.

Always a competitive match at Petersfield the Port squad will be very keen to repeat last weeks performance and result achieved against Romsey Town. There are no known injuries and the full squad is expected to be at Steve Brougham’s disposal. Stew Shepherd misses the match today as he is away.

Newport Reserves start their Harwoods Island League Division 2 match with an away trip to Wroxall. This time last year the young squad were venturing out on their first season in men’s football so with that season’s experience behind them they should know what is ahead. Kick off at Wroxall is 2pm.

Newport 4 Romsey Town 1

Newport got their league season off to a flying start on Saturday with a convincing 4-1 win against Romsey Town at a very wet Smallbrook.

Starting with the side that had featured in most of the pre-season friendlies – only Liam Harper was missing due to having to isolate – Newport took on a familiar attacking look.

The opening exchanges were relatively even, although the better of the chances went Newport’s way with Reynolds and Butcher going close. In the 19th minute Connor Kelly broke away with the ball and took it past the visitors keeper but a defender reacted in time to put the resulting shot behind for a corner. Amends were swiftly made from the corner kick as Jacob Reynolds was on hand to force the ball home and put the Port in front.

Newport continued on the front foot and were to double their lead within five minutes. A Newport move in the Romsey penalty area was thwarted but the referee had identified Aaron Burford had been held back in the process and awarded Newport a penalty. Connor Kelly stepped up to make it 2-0 despite a valiant effort by the Romsey keeper.

Reacting to this setback Romsey were then able to step up a gear and bring the fight back to Newport. A number of good chances went begging for the visitors before John Cole pulled one back with a fine shot.

In what was to be a see-saw final 10 minutes of the first half Newport were to extend their lead when Spike Pearce scored with an excellent volley from just inside the Romsey penalty area. The attacking threat of Newport was clear to see as the difference between the two teams.

Half Time: Newport 3 Romsey Town 1

 The second half was to continue in much the same vein as the Port went on the attack from the kick off. The pace of Kelly and Butcher up front proving to be a real handful for the overworked Romsey defence. Chances were starting to line up for the home side but it took until the hour mark before Newport could extend their lead. Once again Connor Kelly broke down the right hand wing before crossing to Joe Butcher who took a touch and drove the ball past the exposed Romsey keeper.

Newport started to introduce their subs with Scott Barron, Ollie McArthur and Jared Wetherick all getting a run.It was to be Wetherick who had the best of the chances to score in the closing minutes with a pair of headers, one going narrowly wide and one hitting the crossbar.

Full Time: Newport 4 Romsey Town 1

Newport: Streeter , Younie , Lamb , Burford , McDonough , Pearce , Kelly , Reynolds (McArthur) , Browne (Wetherick) , Craig (Barron), Butcher .

League Season Countdown

The Wessex League Division 1 season kicks off on Saturday7th August and we will be at home to Romsey Town.

This is where the action starts for real following successful results in pre-season friendlies.

Kick off at Smallbrook is 3pm, bar will be open from 2pm and snack bar open from kick off. Printed Programmes for sale courtesy of our friends at Beardsalls Newport .

We are now opening up for player sponsorship. The proposal is the same as last season, £30 for one player or £50 for two. Ask about player sponsorship on Saturday or email and pur Player Sponsorship in the subject.

This season we will be trialling a coach service direct from St. George’s Park Newport  to Smallbrook and return after the game. This will begin on Saturday 21st August, unfortunately it may appear in the County Press that it’s starting this Saturday 7th August but that has changed since sending the article to press.

Final friendly of pre-season

Today we cross over to Portsmouth for our final friendly of pre-season as we take on Paulsgrove at Marsden Road.

Paulsgrove were strong contenders in last seasons Hampshire Premier League, keeping pace with the likes of Infinity and Millbrook (Bush Hill) who have been promoted to the Wessex League this season.

Kick off is at 3pm.