Match Report - Premier Division
Match Report - , by Ian Craig
Newport (IOW) v Sholing
NEWPORT (IOW) 1 SHOLING 0
Jared Wetherick 77
Date: 10th December 2016 St Georges Park Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division
NEWPORT (IOW): Gary Streeter, Liam Newbold, Keelan Sainsbury (Connor Kelly), Spike Pearce, Martin McDonough; Scott Sampson, Darren Powell (500 appearances presentation) Liam Triggs, Tom McInnes (Jared Wetherick), Aidan Sainsbury, Joe Butcher Unused Subs: Ryan Thomas
Yellow Cards: None
SHOLING: Ryan Gosney, Corey Cherrett, Owen Roundell, Dan Miller, Marvin McLean, Barry Mason (Zac Mouland 70) Byron Mason, Kevin Brewster (Nick Yeomans 86), Jamie Bulpitt, Dan Mason, Lee Wort Unused Subs: Marc Diaper Jake Hoole Jordan Brooks
Yellow Cards: Ryan Gosney
Referee: Anthony Smith Assistant Referees: Sam Lee & Andrew Jones
Man of the Match:
Preparation for our oversea trip was disjointed with a delayed trip on the Red Jet meaning an arrival at St Georges Park 30 minutes before kick-off.
TEAM NEWS: Dave Diaper made three changes from the midweek win at AFC Portchester with Alex Sawyer away Kevin Brewster returned along with Dan Mason and cup tied Corey Cherrett were recalled at the expense of Zac Mouland & Kieran Winman.
A Jared Wetherick goal two minutes into his Newport debut was enough to ensure Sholing crashed to an unfortunate 1-0 defeat on the Isle of Wight. The Boatmen hit the crossbar twice through Kevin Brewster and Byron Mason in a largely poor game as the Port took their first home win of the season. Wetherick, on his debut for Newport, struck a decisive blow when he nodded in from two yards after an impressive move from the hosts.
In a first-half that wasn’t awash with goalmouth action, Sholing could have led after just two minutes through a superb Kevin Brewster free-kick. Brewster rattled the bar from 20 yards after Jamie Bulpitt was barged over by Spike Pearce.
After that Newport started to get a foothold in the game and defender Scott Sampson headed just over from a corner. Darren Powell, who was the subject of a presentation before the match after reaching 500 appearances for Newport, then forced a fine save from Sholing goalkeeper Ryan Gosney. Newport should have taken the lead on ten minutes when Joe Butcher was put through down the left but under pressure from Sholing defenders he blazed high and wide from a good position.
On twelve mins a Sholing corner was cleared away from the Newport goal line. On twenty four minutes Sholing won another corner when Marvin McLean’s cutback to Barry Mason was deflected away. Sholing then reasserted themselves without creating any gilt-edged chances, although striker Dan Mason headed just wide from an excellent Lee Wort cross on thirty seven minutes and Barry Mason also shot wide as the first half ended goalless.
Newport started fast in the second half and it took a spectacular block from Marvin McLean to stop landmark man Powell from putting them ahead.
Lee Wort fired narrowly wide from distance on the hour mark as Sholing exerted pressure on the Newport defence, while Dan Mason had a tame shot smothered by Gary Streeter.
On 77 minutes Newport got what was always going to be a vital breakthrough through substitute Jared Wetherick. A fine passing move ended with a floated left wing cross that found the big striker two yards out, and he had the simple task of nodding into the corner.
The Boatmen responded immediately as almost straight from the kick-off from a right-wing cross Dan Mason looped a header just wide at the far post.
The did however have Ryan Gosney to thank for keeping them in the match on 80 minutes, as substitute Connor Kelly caught the Sholing defence up field. Kelly looked for all the world as if he would put the game beyond doubt but wanted too much time and Gosney was able to make a fantastic block from the winger.
Gosney was then adjudged to have handled outside the penalty area as a high looping ball forward was held up in the wind and landed almost on the line for the unfortunate keeper, who was booked.
Sholing applied more late pressure as Gary Streeter was forced to make a double save in the Newport goal from Lee Wort’s stinging shot, before a tame rebound was blocked with five minutes left on the clock.
They then hit the bar again as another wonderful set-piece from Kevin Brewster on eighty six minutes found Captain Byron Mason, and his excellent glanced header hit the top of the crossbar. This was the midfielder’s last piece of action and was replaced by Nick Yeomans.
In stoppage time Ryan Gosney prevented Newport doubling their lead from a long range shot. Centre-half Dan Miller was hauled down in the penalty area in the final act of the game, as the referee blew instead for full-time.
Report by Jack Prentice