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Written by Pete Westhorpe   
Friday, 30 September 2011
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Res 0 Dorchester 3

Fawley AFC 3 Newport 1

Another disappointing day for the first team as they succumbed to defeat against Fawley whom they had beaten at home in August. Playing without the suspended Tom McInnes, Corbin Ricketts started up front

Eager to break the current run of defeats they started more positively than in recent games and  had a good share of possession in the early stages. They were matching their mainland opponents early on gradually getting more of the play. On 20 minutes they came closest to taking the lead when a free kick on the left was floated into the box and Harry Ovnik didnt quite connect well enough with a header at the back post. Again on 39 minutes a Harry Ovnik header from a corner caused problems in the Fawley defence but nobody was able to scramble it over the line. There followed one of the most painful moments when John McKie broke into the box, his shot driven hard into the Fawley keepers groin.
The despairing keeper could only throw the ball out of play for the physio to come on and help him out. It was a full three minutes before play could resume.

On 39 minutes Fawley took the lead. On the Fawley left hand side the port should have intercepted the ball but the winger was able to elude his man and get in a cross which was headed in at the back post by an unmarked attacker.
Five minutes later it was 1-1, when from a corner the referee awarded a penalty for a push on Steve Russell which Ross Gregory despatched with the keeper not getting anywhere near.
Overall a fair scoreline at half time.,

Half Time : Fawley AFC 1 Newport 1

Second half Fawley came out fired up and within three minutes they had restored their lead. Clever interchase of passes saw them move through the middle of the Newport defence and Aaron Blaxall drove the ball across the face of the goalkeeper into the far corner.

Newport fought back and a long range shot from John McKie hit the bar, the ball bounced down and out and as Dan Vale went to head the ball back in the Fawley keeper came to punch the ball away but connected with the Newport players head. The referee who was having a torrid afternoon waved play on.

Shortly afterwards Darren Powell had the ball in the net but the referee had seen a push and disallowed the effort. A couple of Newport efforts went across the Fawley goalmouth with nobody able to connect.

Fawley had a shout for a penalty but the referee booked the player for diving and another for complaining.

As the game moved into injury time, the Port were committing to attack to try and salvage a point but in the dying moments of the game they were caught out and conceded their 14th goal in 4 games.

This performance was an improvement on Wednesday nights defeat by Bournemouth which in itself was an improvement on Saturdays defeat by Hamworthy but the Port have slid to 16th place from a position that looked so promising one month ago. 

Full Time: Fawley AFC 3 Newport 1


As summer returned to St Georgeís Park with the temperature touching 25, it was Newport who kicked off attacking the Shide end and within a minute had forced a corner.

After an evenly contested opening passage of play, it was Dorchester that took the lead on 10 minutes when Steve Walker was left unmarked in front of goal and headed in a cross from the left.

Dorchester increased their lead on 19 minutes when Matt Goodland was allowed to run on goal and slipped the ball past John Simpkins.

Newport made an immediate substitution bringing on Sam McInnes for Ross Phelps. Matt Burford received a yellow card for a tackle on Jamie Butler.

Unfortunately Newport had been unable to break through the Dorchester defence to create a chance in the first half.

Half time: Newport 0 Dorchester 2

Newportís best opportunity of the second half fell to Matt Burford who outpaced the defence but his shot across the face of the goal was off target.

After several near misses, Dorchester scored a third on 55 minutes when Anthony Carlisle cut in from the left and drove the ball low into the net. With a three goal lead, Dorchester were able to close the match out. Once again the Reserves had shown plenty of endeavour but had been unable to penetrate to oppositionís defence.


NEWPORT                              DORCHESTER

John Simpkins                          Dan Floyd

Tom Colwill                              Jamie Butler

Ross Phelps (Sam McInnes)   Dan Way

Josh Hibberd                           Craig Mitchie

Nick Anstey                             Steve Walker

Anthony Foreman                   Jack Twyford

Jack Hibberd                           Calvin Brooks (Jake Landers)

John Drakeford                        Alex Godfrey

Matt Burford                            Josh Tennant

Rob Taylor (Sam Dye)            Matt Goodland

Shane Rigby                            Anthony Carlisle

Referee: Craig Robson

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