Free Seats on the Team Bus to Verwood

As most people are aware we will not be playing at Smallbrook, home to Verwood this Saturday as the match has been switched to Potterne Park in Verwood. There are a number of reasons for this, primarily the Smallbrook pitch still had standing water on before last Saturday night’s rain and it was even worse this Monday. With East Cowes Vics at home this coming Saturday a call had to be made on Saturday and we opted to travel to Verwood.

In light of this we have decided that we will offer 20 free seats to supporters who want to make the journey with us and get behind the team. The offer will cover coach travel and ferry travel to Verwood. You will be liable for any other expenses you incur including ground entrance unless you are a Newport season ticket holder in which case that will be covered for you ( we only have 5 Season Ticket holders anyway).

The coach will leave St.Georges Park at 11.10am and get back about 8.45pm travelling with Kardan Coaches and Red Funnel via East Cowes.

To book a seat you will need to make a phone call to 07734581648. It will be strictly limited to 20 places. We are giving people a bit of time to think about it and make their mind up as we only want people to call if they are definitely travelling

We will take your calls from 9am tomorrow and the first 20 will be guaranteed seats.

Downton match switched to East Cowes Vics ground

Saturdays match against Downton has been switched to East Cowes Vics Beatrice Avenue ground.
Anybody who lives in the Ryde area will know how wet the ground has become since Christmas and the Smallbrook area is particularly so.
Our players have not had a match for nearly a month and it is vital they resume playing. In order to ensure that happens we have arranged to play at East Cowes where there is a much smaller risk of the game being postponed.
Kick off will still be at 2.00pm as that fits the travel arrangements of both Downton and the match officials who have already made their plans.

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.

Press Release

Newport FC have called for independent mediation to settle a dispute that could see them have to play all their remaining games away from home this season.
The club has been hit with an eviction notice by Ryde Saints FC with whom it has been sharing Smallbrook Stadium this season.
After taking expert legal advice, Newport says the eviction notice is invalid and has called for fresh negotiations between the two clubs to reach a compromise. If that fails then they have said they would welcome the chance for mediation.
The dispute has arisen because, as part of the original ground-share arrangement, Newport FC agreed to undertake a £4,700 upgrade of the floodlights at Smallbrook.
But the quote on which that agreement was struck has since been found to be flawed with the true cost closer to £40,000. While the cost is far higher than originally envisaged by all the parties, the problem is that the only way to supply Wessex League compliant lighting would require new stanchions at the arena which Island Speedway – the principal leaseholders at Smallbrook – will not allow for safety reasons.
Newport currently pays a match fee to both Ryde Saints and Island Speedway and has agreed to purchase the club a container for storage use.
Newport has also offered a financial compensation package but this has been rejected by Ryde Saints who have issued Newport a notice to quit leaving them homeless and facing the prospect of having to fulfil remaining fixtures by travelling to the mainland as the ‘away’ team.
Pete Westhorpe, secretary, Newport (IW) FC Supporters Trust said he was shocked to read about the notice to quit on social media before receiving an official letter.
He said: “I do not believe Ryde Saints have the right to do this. We are in this position because the plan to upgrade the floodlights to the required standard – which was agreed with Ryde Saints and Island Speedway – has sadly proven to have been flawed.
“This is not something we envisaged or intended as an outcome, and as we have told Ryde Saints and Island Speedway, we certainly would not have entered the groundshare agreement if this was known at that time.
“The simple fact is the original proposal is unworkable as it won’t meet Sydenhams Wessex League requirements and an alternative solution we have explored is not possible because Island Speedway would not allow it – quite rightly – on safety grounds as it would make the track dangerous for speedway.
“This leaves us in a situation where we are contractually obliged to do something that cannot be done.
“The best solution for all parties is to sit down and negotiate a new arrangement to the benefit of all using goodwill. Newport leaving Smallbrook will mean lost revenue for Ryde Saints and also Island Speedway. That’s not productive for anyone.”

Ringwood this Saturday

On Saturday the Port travel to Ringwood Town for their next league encounter.
Richard Morse , the Ringwood Town Manager is a former Port player and always makes sure his team puts up a strong performance against his old club.
There are seats available on the team coach leaving St. George’s Park at 11.15am and returning approx 9.00pm. Cost f travel is just £15.00.

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.