Away victories make it a bumper Easter for Port

By Clare Newman

Friday, April 25, 2014


Away victories make it a bumper Easter for Port

Giancarlo Giancovich scored twice on Saturday. Picture by Robin Crossley.


Lymington Town 0, Newport 2

NEWPORT completed an Easter extravaganza with another away victory in the Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division.

The opening goal came after 19 minutes when Jake YOUNIE’s header was blocked on the line by Martyn Randall but he gathered the rebound and slammed it home.

The Islanders started the second half brightly with chances for Matt Evans and Iain Seabrook, before Charlie SMEETON beat the offside trap to run onto a through ball from Scott Sampson, before rounding the keeper and running the ball into an empty net.

The win means Newport need only a point from this weekend’s game to finish in the top four.

Newport: Streeter, Younie, Oatley, Sainsbury, Fleming, Sampson, Powell, Seabrook, Evans, Knowles, Smeeton. Subs: Scovell, Holmes, McInnes.

Bemerton Heath Harlequins 0, Newport 2

Newport held their nerve in a very physical encounter to come away from Bemerton Heath with all three points on Saturday.

The hosts had a bright start and would have scored were it not for a goal line clearance from Jake Younie.

But Newport started to take control of the match they took the lead with a sweeping move on 24 minutes, when Iain Seabrook released Charlie Smeeton, who broke away and squared for Giancarlo GIANCOVICH to steer the ball home.

A nasty incident occurred shortly afterwards when a Bemerton striker was booked for what appeared to be an elbow on Steve Russell, who needed treatment for a cut eye and a damaged nose.

The second half kicked off exactly as the first half had ended with a Bemerton foul, and Newport pounced.

Seabrook struck a great 25-yard free kick, which the keeper couldn’t hold and GIANCOVICH stabbed the ball home for his and Newport’s second of the afternoon.

Newport were well in control now and any hope Bemerton had of getting back in the game disappeared on 77 minutes when two Bemerton players were sent off within seconds.

Both strikers, Joe Sanger and Jack Slade, were sent off for what appeared to be violent conduct, on Russell again.

Newport, with the two-man advantage, comfortably played out the remainder to take victory.

Newport: Streeter, Younie, Oatley, Scovell, Holmes, Russell, Powell, Seabrook, Giancovich, Sainsbury, Smeeton. Subs: Knowles, Farley, McDonough, Young.

Newport Reserves 3, Horndean Reserves 0

NEWPORT Reserves finished their Wyvern Combination League season with a victory at St George’s Park on Saturday.

They took the lead on nine minutes when Matt Gane set up Matt FOREMAN to score, and they increased their lead in the second half through a free kick from Alex BOIRAND and a penalty from John DRAKEFORD.

Horndean went down to ten men with half an hour left.

Newport: Procter, McInnes, Couling, Flux, A. Foreman, Drakeford, Gane, Boirand, Balchin, Payne, M. Foreman. Subs: Kelly, Hadcroft, Deacon.

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