The current league table after Saturday results
This McBookie.com North Division match sees Arbroath Vics, currently in eighth place entertain fourth place Newburgh at Ogilvy Park. The last time these sides met was in the McBookie.com North Division match back on 17 August 2013 at East Shore Park where Newburgh beat Arbroath Vics 3-1.
From their last 6 matches Arbroath Vics have taken 10 points, having won 3, lost 2, drawn 1 scoring 16 goals and conceding 11, while the visitors have taken 13 points with 4 wins, 1 defeats and 1 draws, scoring 15 goals and conceding 9.
The form favours the visitors but this could be a close match.
Newburgh 1 – Dundee North End 2
Dundee North End secured promotion and have the league title well within their sights after defeating Newburgh 2-1 at East Shore Park on Saturday.
‘Burgh manager Graham Nicol was forced to name a triallist on his bench on Saturday with Newburgh struggling through injuries and work commitments.
A large home and away support watched the opening exchanges between good footballing sides as both teams probed for an opening. The visitors were first to see goal mouth action as McCommiskie drove a shot over the bar from 12 yards out on the angle. Newburgh were coping well with the pace and direct front to back play that North End employed whenever they had the opportunity. Chris McLeish came close for the home side on the 30th minute with his shot beating the keeper before slicing just wide of the post.
Still deadlocked and nearing half time the visitors through a long diagonal ball forward to McLeod who drove in on goal. Houston came off his line and challenged for the ball with McLeod going over the top of the keeper. The referee to everyone’s surprise behind the goal pointed to the spot and awarded a penalty. The resultant spot kick was converted by McCommiskie to give the league leaders the advantage at the break.
The second half began with Newburgh pressing through Ferguson and Elder in the wide channels probing for an opening. McLeish and Honeyman were making a nuisance of themselves for Newburgh but still the home side couldn’t find an opening. North End’s defence was coping with all that Newburgh could throw at them.
North End doubled their advantage on the 60th minute when a slick passing move caught out the Newburgh midfield allowing Ritchie to get into the penalty area to slam home a fantastic cross from the right.
Nicoll shuffled his pack and introduced Harris, Spence and triallist, Jones to push for an opening. Spence and Harris combined almost immediately creating a chance for McLeish but his header was saved at the near post. Newburgh’s determination paid off in the 75th minute when a superb run by Ferguson resulted in a low driven cross which Honeyman got to in front of the keeper to turn over the line giving the ‘Burgh a much needed foothold in the game.
Unfortunately for the home side they could not craft an equaliser with North End holding on for what on the balance of play was a deserved victory.
Nicoll commented after the game “their experience just edged us out today, they are a good side with a nice mix of experience and youth throughout their team”. On next weeks trip to Arbroath “this and every game from now on is important for us if we have aspiration of finishing the season still challenging for the remaining promotion place. Arbroath are difficult to beat at their ground so we will need to get the guys lifted and up for next week at training”.
Newburgh’s fixture on Saturday is at Ogilviy Park Arbroath with kick off at 14:30.
Newburgh: Houston, Ritchie (Jones 62), McAdam (Spence 62), Moon, Davidson, R Gray, D Gray (Harris 62), Elder, Ferguson, McLeish, Honeyman
Dundee North End secured promotion and most likely the league title with a 2-1 over Newburgh at East Shore Park on Saturday.
Newburgh welcome league leaders Dundee North End to East Shore Park this weekend in what could be a season defining fixture.
North End are in pole position to win the East region McBookie.com North league and require 4 points from their remaining 3 fixtures to secure the title
Newburgh on the other hand are currently 4th in the league with several games in hand over the 2nd and 3rd places teams. Kennoway Star Hearts and Blairgowrie respectively.
Newburgh v Dundee North End
McBookie.com North Division
This McBookie.com North Division match sees Newburgh, currently in fourth place entertain first place Dundee North End at East Shore Park. The last time these sides met was in the McBookie.com North Division match back on 28 December 2013 at North End Park where the sides drew 2-2.
From their last 6 matches Newburgh have taken 16 points, having won 5, lost 0, drawn 1 scoring 16 goals and conceding 7, while the visitors have taken 18 points with 6 wins, 0 defeats and 0 draws, scoring 20 goals and conceding 3.
The form favours the visitors but this could be a close match.
Match Stats (Last 6 Games)
Newburgh Dundee North End
Points 16 18
Wins 5 6
Losses 0 0
Draws 1 0
Goals for 16 20
Goals Against 7 3
Goal Diff 9 17
Dundee North End WWWWWW
This is a game where both teams have a lot to play for.
Newburgh Juniors current position in the League table
This weekends round of results
|Arbroath Vics||3 – 2||Luncarty|
|Brechin Vics||2 – 3||Newburgh|
|Downfield||2 – 0||Blairgowrie|
|Forfar West End||5 – 1||Lochee Harp|
|Kennoway Star Hearts||2 – 1||Forfar Albion|
|Lochore Welfare||0 – 1||Dundee North End|
|Thornton Hibs||2 – 0||East Craigie|
Brechin Vics 2 Newburgh 3
Newburgh travelled to further outpost of the North region league on Saturday to take on Brechin Vics. This was considered a must win fixture for Newburgh to keep them in the hunt for promotion.
Manager Graham Nicoll had a full squad to choose from and was determined that his team gave their all as the league reaches the most important phase of the season, “every game is a must win for us now and we cannot become complacent playing teams that are at the lower end of the table, the Vic’s gave us a tough game at home scoring two goals in the last 5 minutes to grab a draw”.
Newburgh started the game on the front foot pushing Brechin back forcing a series of corners one of which led to the opening goal. With only 8 minutes on the clock Scott Finlay delivered an out swinging cross from the corner which was met perfectly by Allan Ferguson rising unchallenged to bullet a header into the net from 10 yards out.
Newburgh’s possession and pressure continued to cause the home side problems with some last gasp defending being called for to keep the visitors at bay. With 18 minutes on the clock a clumsy challenge on the energetic Chris McLeish led to a free kick 23 yards from goal. The Brechin wall lined up in front of Finlay who delivered a driven shot low through the crowded penalty box. The shot deflected off Vic’s defender MacKay sending his keeper the wrong way allowing the ball to trickle over the line.
Newburgh continued to press and created several chances, the best of which being a McLeish snap shot that rattled the crossbar. With 10 minutes of the first period remaining Brechin hauled themselves into the game and asserted their first period of sustained pressure on the Newburgh goal. With only 5 minutes remaining to half time a Brechin corner was met by MacKay who looped a header high up and over Houston in the Burgh goal to give the home side a lifeline in the game.
The second half was only just started when Newburgh were reduced to ten men with a tough Finlay challenge being deemed a straight red card offence by the officious referee. Within five minutes of the dismissal Brechin drew level. A bad bounce of the ball just inside the penalty area caused the ball to strike Moon’s arm when under no pressure from the attacking side.
The resultant spot kick was converted by Dunn.
Newburgh appeared to be spurred on from this point and battered the home goal holding almost all of the possession reducing the home side to break away chances that were being easily dealt with by the ‘Burgh defence.
The home side lost two players to red cards within a five minute spell, the first for throwing the ball at a Newburgh player and the second for a poor challenge on McLeish.
Time was running out and Newburgh were throwing everything that they had at Brechin without managing to secure the vital breakthrough. It was well into stoppage time when a sublime Elder strike from the angle beat the home keeper to give Newburgh the thoroughly deserved three points.
Nicoll was happy to take the three points back down the A90 “at this stage of the season the most important thing is the three points and we showed some real desire to keep going right to the bitter end out there today. Brechin do not concede a lot of goals so it was always going to be a difficult fixture for us”.
In the game of the day in the North league current leaders Dundee North End visit East Shore Park on Saturday, kick off is at 14:30
Newburgh: Houston, Ritchie (Spence 80), McAdam, Davidson, Moon, R Gray, Finlay, Elder, Ferguson (D Gray 76), McLeish, Honeyman