It was a memorable night for Newport Football Club as they welcomed Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight in a pre-season friendly.

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It’s the first time the teams had met for ten years.

Around 2,000 people – including hundreds of Island based Portsmouth fans – packed into St George’s Park.

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In the end the League One side’s class shone through as they ran out 8-0 winners against a spirited Island side.

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Man of the match – Nicke Kabamba – bagged five goals, with Jamal Lowe (2) and Milan Lalkovic also netting for the visitors.

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The game was refereed by Isle of Wight man and Football League official James Linington.

 

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Despite the result, Newport Chairman – Stuart Ross – was thrilled with how the evening went:

“It’s been a wonderful experience for everyone involved with Newport Football Club.

“Pompey played magnificently. At times, our players were chasing the ball around, but it was a great experience for our players.

“It’s our last season at St George’s Park, as everyone knows, and welcoming Pompey is a fitting way for us to mark the occasion.

“We must thank everyone who showed up to show their support for both teams tonight. Our season starts on 5 August and we hope Islanders will turn out to support the club.”

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