GARY Streeter once again proved to be the big man for the big occasion as Newport IW booked their ticket to the FA Vase last 32.

The Islanders’ goalkeeper was outstanding in a 1-0 third round victory at Christchurch.

His cool head was just what was needed for Port who, due to player unavailability, had to draft under-18s trio Lewis Wright, Jack Turkington and George Holmes into the squad.

Newport got off to a dream start when Aurele Beya produced a cool finish with just six minutes gone.

Christchurch, who play one level below Newport in Sydenhams Wessex One, had countless chances to equalise, but could find no way past the commanding figure of Streeter.

Priory boss Ollie Cherrett said: “If it had been a boxing match, it would have been stopped after half-an-hour. We did everything but score. Their goalkeeper was the best player on the park.

“Single-handedly, he got them into the next round.”

Paying tribute to “Evergreen Gary”, delighted Newport boss Mike Kelly smiled: “He’s a great big lump – and he’s a titan in goal for us. He had a massive input into getting us a result.

“His hands are fantastic, he’s got vast experience and he’s unflappable.”

Newport's reward for victory is a home tie against Team Solent's conquerors Bradford Town on January 6.