Football set to return on 5th December

The Port first team look set to return to action on Tuesday 8th December when Hythe & Dibden will be the opposition at Beatrice Avenue with a 7.45pm kick off.

Fingers crossed everything locally stays as  it is, with the Island in Tier 1, a provisional programme of matches has been released up until Christmas.

New management team Stewart Shepherd and Steve Brougham will be in charge (although technically they were for the last home match against Totton and Eling). Players have been keeping fit by holding their own 5k challenge through the lockdown. Each player individually doing their weekly runs and recording their results on Strava. Anyone not completing their run has paid a fine. The first club training session will be held on Thursday 3rd December at Cowes 3g and hopefully a friendly on Saturday 5th as yet to be confirmed.

Newport Reserves and Newport A return on Saturday 5th December in their respective leagues, Reserves away to Lymington Town, A team to be confirmed.

Club statement

Newport (IW) FC first team manager Andy Sampson has decided to stand down from his post.

Unfortunately he feels he cannot continue to give the role the time and effort, he rightly believes it requires, due to other committments.

Everyone at Newport would like to place on record their thanks to Andy for the work he has done over the past two and a half years in assembling the current squad of players. We wish Andy the very best and look forward to seeing him at some of our upcoming matches this season.

Assistant Managers Stewart Shepherd and Steve Brougham will move up to take over the running of the first team squad as Joint Managers with immediate effect. We are confident they will continue to build on what is a fantastic squad and the Port will push for a promotion spot this season.

Tuesday night football

Tonight Newport are at home to Totton and Eling at Beatrice Avenue.

Due to the recently announced lockdown, this is likely to be the last match on the Island for the next four weeks.

Kick off is at 7.45pm not 7.30pm as previously advertised.

There are no concerns about the East Cowes Vics pitch following Saturdays match there. Rich Newberry the groundsman completed his restoration yesterday and was even able to mow the pitch.

Please ensure you follow the latest Covid 19 guidance if you attend the match tonight. On arrival please have your contact details ready or be prepared to use the Track and Trace App. Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance and around the ground. Face coverings must be worn in the clubhouse unless seated and eating/drinking. Social distancing around the ground will be expected and enforced.

If you can’t make it tonight , we look forward to seeing you when we resume.

Cribbs 4 Newport 3

Newport went down by the odd goal in seven at Cribbs on Saturday. The match was played in difficult blustery conditions but both sides provided the fans with entertaining football.

Highlights of the match can be viewed here

Newport line up was: McCormack, Hughes, Lamb, Przepolewski, Pearce, Barron,Kelly, Wright, Butcher, Browne, Craig.

Unused subs: McCabe, Turner, Walsh, Streeter.

Goals: Kelly, Browne 2.

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 0 US Portsmouth 3

The Port made two changes to the starting line-up that had faced Bashley in midweek: Scott Barron and Joe Butcher taking the places of Spike Pearce and Jake Younie.

The Port performed in the first half in a manner similar to the way in which they had played in the second half of their last game against Bashley: creating chances that they failed to convert and being punished for their profligacy in front of the posts by clinical and well-organized opponents.

Newport’s early chances fell to the much-improved Jake Wright. In the home side’s first attack, Jake played a sharp one-two into the box and then hit a strong, low shot from eight yards out that the keeper somehow saved. Five minutes later, Jake sent a further strong strike from outside the penalty area that was again blocked. In the 20th minute, Jordan Browne headed just over the crossbar.

Despite most of the early pressure coming from the home side, it was United Services who broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute, when James FRANKLYN received a long ball in the middle of the Newport half, carried the ball forward, went past Keeper, Joe McCormack, and scored from an acute angle. Some spectators had suspected offside, but the linesman’s flag stayed down.

The Port had a golden opportunity to equalize in the 36th minute, when Josh Younie had a low, curling free kick parried by the US Portsmouth keeper, which then fell into the path of the luckless Connor Kelly, who was only able to hit the woodwork from close range.

Half time: Newport 0-1 US Portsmouth

The Port began the second half calamitously with Tyler MORRET sending a powerful strike past Joe McCormack from the middle of the penalty area just four minutes after the restart.

Worse was to follow in the 51st minute, when the unlucky Jake Wright chested a corner into his own goal.

Facing a strong, well-organized counter-attacking side, the Port now had a mountain to climb to get back into the game. Andy Sampson threw on a couple of substitutes late in the game, with Flynn McCabe replacing Joe Butcher and Reece Wren coming on for Alek Przepolewski, but Newport were unable to wrestle a three-goal advantage from resilient opponents.

Fortunately, the game ended with no serious injury problems or dismissals for the home team, who should be in good shape for the tough away fixture at Western League Cribbs in the FA Vase on Saturday.

Full time: Newport 0-3 US Portsmouth

Newport: McCormack, Hughes, Lamb, Przepolewski (Wren), Reynolds, Barron, Kelly, Wright, Butcher (McCabe), Browne, Josh Younie

Subs (not used): Pearce, Craig, Streeter

Attendance: 126

Newport 2 Bashley 3

Newport fail to reach the quarter finals of the Wessex League Cup after being knocked out by Wessex Premier League side, Bashley.

The Port made three changes to the side that had lost 0-2 at Petersfield on Saturday. Captain, Martin McDonough was absent, having been red carded in the previous fixture; Scott Barron was unavailable and Joe Butcher was unable to play because of sickness. The trio were replaced by Ryan Hughes, who returned after injuring his finger, Jake Younie and Jacob Reynolds.

Bashley began brightly and had the ball in the Newport net after 12 minutes through a header from a corner, but the referee gave the home side a reprieve and disallowed the goal.

Five minutes later, came a moment of controversy that defined the game when Jacob Reynolds was sent off for a “reckless” challenge on a Bashley player that most observers viewed as a harsh decision. The general consensus of opinion was that both players had gone for the ball and that the Bashley player had come off worse and that there had been no malicious intent on the part of The Port midfielder. Reynolds, who had recently come back into the side after serving a suspension, was devastated by the decision, as was manager Andy Sampson, who was subsequently booked for dissent.

Incredibly, ten-man Newport reacted to the decision by first taking, then doubling, their lead and were very unlucky not to have been three-nil up at the half time break.

The Port’s first goal came on the half hour mark when a Connor Kelly corner was met by the head of Jake YOUNIE, who directed the ball into the back of the Bashley net via the inside of the far post.

A second followed a minute from half time when Jordan BROWNE powerfully converted a further Connor Kelly corner.

The Port then came close to putting the tie beyond Bashley’s reach when, with the last kick of the half, Connor Kelly directed a powerful half-volley at the Bashley goal, but, on this occasion, the woodwork saved the away side.

HT: Newport 2-0 Bashley

Premier League Bashley began the second half with plenty of attacking intent, hoping to take advantage of playing against ten men.

In the 55th minute, Joe McCormack pulled off a fine save to deny Bashley’s Lewis Ross. However, Lewis ROSS made no mistake five minutes later when he sent a powerful shot beyond the reach of McCormack.

Bashley continued to attack, hoping to force an equalizing goal, but a resilient defence and a fine performance from keeper McCormack kept the New Forest side at bay until the final minutes of the game.

With Bashley camped in Newport’s half, flying winger, Connor Kelly, had numerous opportunities to finish off Port’s opponents late in the game, but, having found himself in promising positions, was unable to provide the finishing touch.

In the 80th minute, Kelly managed to round the Bashley keeper, Harry Gravett, but the ball was cleared off the line by the outstretched foot of a defender. A minute later, Kelly again attempted to round Gravett, but the resourceful keeper got his hand to the ball. Soon after, McGrath miscued the ball which fell to the feet of Kelly, but Gravett saved Kelly’s shot with his feet. Finally, in the 88th minute, Kelly found himself in a further one-on-one situation with Gravett, but the keeper’s legs once again came to the rescue of the away side.

The Port’s profligacy in front of the posts was punished punitively when Harry MCGRATH popped up in the Port penalty area to score the equalizing goal a minute from the end of normal time.

The New Forest based side then added a second in the fourth minute of injury when Jamie WEBBER pounced on a ball that had rebounded off McCormack.

Further controversy was to follow in injury time. First, Bashley keeper Gravett handled the ball, rolled it along the ground, then picked it up again, and offence that should have resulted in the Port being awarded an indirect free kick in the middle of the Bashley area.

Finally, Josh Younie directed the final kick of the game towards an opponent shielding the ball close to the Newport corner flag, for which he was awarded a straight red card.

Full time: Newport 2-3 Bashley

Newport: McCormack, Hughes, Lamb, Przepolewski, Pearce, Jake Younie, Kelly, Wright, Josh Younie, Browne, Reynolds

Substitutes: McCabe, Wren, Turner

Attendance 133

Report: Warren Whitmore

League Cup action tonight

Newport return to League Cup action tonight at Beatrice Avenue as they take on Premier Division side Bashley in the 3rd Round.

Kick off is at 7.30pm and the match will be decided on the night. If the scores are level at 90 minutes, the tie goes straight to penalties.

An away tie in the Quarter finals is guaranteed for the winners, who will travel to face either Amesbury Town, Horndean or Follands.

Please bring a mask in order to enter the clubhouse and toilets, make sure you socially distance and give space to others. Please use the hand sanitiser upon arrival and provide contact details or use the Covid Track and Trace App.

Petersfield Town 2 Newport 1

Newport slipped to their second defeat of the year, away to Petersfield Town in a match that the home side dominated for most of the second half.

Newport’s line up saw Spike Pearce come in for Ryan Hughes at right back following the teenager’s hand injury picked up in midweek against Fawley, Alek Przepolewski and Josh Younie returning to midfield and on the bench Liam Triggs and Jake Younie making their first appearances of the season.

Petersfield were looking for their first point at home in the league this season and stuck to the same side that got a draw midweek at Alton.

Newport got off to a flying start after only 6 minutes when Petersfield’s Jordan Sullivan conceded an own goal whilst trying to defend a cross. The defender dived to head the ball out for a corner only to send it powerfully past his keeper into the net.

Newport’s lead was not to last for long – 3 minutes in fact – when the tricky Bailey Newbury shot across goal and found the corner of the net.

The match then continued at a frantic pace with a lot of endeavour from both sides but neither really creating a good scoring opportunity.

On 39 minutes the match was to turn in favour of the hosts following an off the ball incident. Home player Harry Nightingale caught Newport’s Martin McDonough late with a tackle. The Port’s captain reacted by trying to head butt the Petersfield player in the back. The result was a yellow card for Nightingale and a red for McDonough.

Newport were forced to rearrange on the field but carried on with the same remaining players and saw time out to half time without any major problems.

HT: Petersfield Town 1 Newport 1

Newport had clearly come up with a game plan at half time and started off with the same line up, clearly wanting to save their substitutions for the inevitable tired legs that would follow in the later stages. The game now was all about Petersfield and would they be able to find a winner.

Most of the play now was through high balls. Petersfield getting wide and firing balls into the Newport box and the Port hitting long balls to Jordan Browne either to hold up or chase down. Neither side were getting much joy and the game became somewhat scrappy as both defences were coping with what was thrown at them. At the back for Newport, they coped well with the aerial attack with Joe McCormack, Scott Barron and Alek Prez winning everything in the air. Similarly, most Newport attacks broke down and another wave of Petersfield attacks would follow. Both sided started to eat into their substitutions, Jacob Reynolds came on for Newport to replace Josh Younie. Spike Pearce picked up a yellow card and was quickly replaced by Jake Younie and finally Liam Triggs came on for Joe Butcher.

As full time edged nearer it looked as though Newport might just get something out of the game but a final twist was to come in the 4th minute of injury time. Another aerial attack for Petersfield looked to have proven fruitless but this time the ball fell to Ryan Kennedy on the edge of the box, who drove it through a crowded area into the back of the net.

There was little time on the clock, enough for one more Newport attack but the full-time whistle blew to a massive cheer from the home supporters. The first home points of the season and probably the relief of breaking down the stubborn Newport defence as much as anything lifting the home team and supporters.

FT: Petersfield Town 2 Newport 1

Newport: McCormack, Pearce ( Jake Younie), Lamb, Prezpolewski, McDonough, Barron, Kelly, Wright, Butcher (Triggs), Browne, Josh Younie (Reynolds).

Referee:Mr A. Rush-Fear

Attendance: 145 (20 Newport)

 

 

Weekend action

This Saturday Newport travel to Petersfield in search of more league points as they look to build on six straight wins.

Petersfield are an unpredictable side, on their day can beat anyone but have been dropping points at home and their better results have been on the road. It will not be easy for the Port but Andy Sampson’s men are playing well and confidence is high.

Kick off at the Surefix Home Improvements stadium is at 3pm and updates will be available on Twitter (which will also copy to the club website. There are a small number of spaces left on the team coach which departs St. Georges Park at 1100 am to catch the 1200 ferry from Fishbourne returning on the 1900 from Portsmouth. A small charge of £15.00 is made to cover ferry and coach.

Newport Reserves are at home in the Hampshire Combination Challenge Cup against Clanfield Reserves. The match is at Cowes Enterprise College 3g and kicks off at 2pm. Spectators are welcome at the ground and there is plenty of free parking. Clanfield are currently bottom of the Eastern Division so The Port will be hoping to win this one and go through to the next round. Newport Reserves are currently looking for sponsors to help with the purchase of new match and training balls. If you are able to help in any way please speak to someone at of the club’s matches and we can put you through to the right people.

Newport A are away To Wootton in the Harwoods IOW League Division 2. The match is at Wootton recreation ground and kicks off at 2pm. Supporters are welcome and parking is available at the ground.