Resurgent Port cruise to midweek win

By Clare Newman

Friday, March 14, 2014


Resurgent Port cruise to midweek win

Ollie Fleming, left, and Darren Powell, right, both scored for Newport this week.


Newport 1, Whitchurch Utd 1

A LATE header salvaged a point for Newport against Whitchurch Utd in the Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division.

However, the draw was not enough to keep the Islanders in sixth, as they dropped one place in the table.

The game was fairly even to start with but Whitchurch began to get into it, with a close-range shot cleared off the line by Iain Seabrook and then a 20-yard shot fizzing just wide.

The mainlanders thought they had taken the lead in the 39th minute but Cameron Farley managed to gather the ball to safety before it had crossed the line.

However, minutes later they were ahead when Farley was judged to have brought down a Whitchurch attacker and the referee awarded a penalty, which they converted.

In the second half, Newport piled on the pressure as they tried to find the equaliser, though they lacked a killer finish. Eventually though, the breakthrough came when, in the 85th minute, Seabrook curled in a free kick and Ollie FLEMING headed home to make it 1-1.

Despite five minutes of stoppage time, neither side threatened to score a winner and the game — which saw five Newport players booked — ended level.

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

Horndean 1, Newport 3

Newport earned three excellent away points in Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division on Tuesday night, with a comprehensive win over Horndean.

The hosts scored their consolation in injury time, way too late to catch Port, who had three different scorers.

Charlie SMEETON got the Islanders in the lead, turning and scoring from close range after a ball in from the right hand side, following a corner.

They doubled their lead just six minutes later through Scott SAMPSON, and wrapped up the win with half an hour to go, through Darren POWELL.

Iain Seabrook could have made it 4-0 just before going off for Freddie Knowles, when his free kick from the edge of the area rattled the crossbar.

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

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