Month: December 2014

Newburgh v Lochore Welfare match report

Newburgh 1 Lochore Welfare 1

Newburgh returned to competitive action last Saturday having not played a competitive match since the 29th of November. A series of call off and a blank week meant this would be Newburgh’s first game in the month of December.
Mike Gow returned to the Newburgh squad which was minus the transfer listed Dylan Honeyman and Dean Elder.
Newburgh started the game the livelier of the two sides and pushed Lochore back with McAdam and Spence in the wide areas causing the visitors some concern with their strong running. Lochore looked a different side to the one that Newburgh convincingly beat in the return fixture in October. Lee Dair has taken over the managerial reigns at Lochore and they have benefited from his vast experience, now looking a well organised outfit that Newburgh were finding difficult to break down.

Wilson defends Newburgh's penalty area
Wilson defends Newburgh’s penalty area

Towards the end of the first half Newburgh had a flurry of chances with McAdam, Spence and Harris all coming close to breaking the deadlock.

Houston clears the danger for Newburgh
Houston clears the danger for Newburgh

The Lochore goalkeeper pulled off some superb saves to deny Newburgh the lead.
With no changes made at half time Newburgh were hoping for as good a start to the first half as the finish they made to the first. It was the visitors however who were to have the better of the opening exchanges. Celetano was linking up well with his midfield and could have opened Lochore’s account if he had steadied himself before unleashing a drive wide whilst un-marked in the box.
The game flowed from one end of the park to the other with neither team cutting out any really clear chances.

Newburgh press for an opening against the stubborn Lochore defence
Newburgh press for an opening against the stubborn Lochore defence

Newburgh’s Ferguson and Davidson were battling well in the middle of the park allowing the wide midfield players to get further forward. A series of corners for Newburgh around the hour mark gave the home side momentum but they still could not break down the well marshalled stubborn Lochore defence.
With both sides protecting the point it looked like there were to be no goals in the game. This all changed in the space of 2 minutes when in the 85th minute McNiven lost possession in midfield allowing a neatly placed pass through between Ross and Gray to find the energetic Godwin who lashed a perfectly placed shot below Houston in the ‘Burgh goal.
Before the visitors had finished celebrating what they must have thought was a much needed away win they were back on level terms. Davidson won the ball well in the centre circle from his opposite number and placed a beautiful pass through to Ferguson on the right. The ‘Burgh midfield maestro drove a wonderful low cross into the danger area which McAdam smashed beyond the keeper to restore parity.

Ferguson drives forward to cross into McAdam's path for the equaliser
Ferguson drives forward to cross into McAdam’s path for the equaliser

Lochore could have retaken the lead with seconds of the game remaining but for a world class save from Houston in the home goal. With the final whistle fast approaching the visitors found a pocket of space down the right flank, Lochore striker Willie Campbell was bearing in on goal looking certain to score. The Lochore striker drove a vicious shot low to the bottom corner of Houston’s goal, the ‘Burgh keeper managed to somehow get his finger tips to the ball turning it round the post.
In his post match comments Manager Graham Nicoll praised his shot stopper for holding on the point “Craig’s save was worth the admission fee on it’s own there are not many keepers who would have been able to change direction and get down so quickly to parry the ball in that fashion”.
Newburgh’s final game of 2014 when they travel to Luncarty on Saturday the 27th where they will be looking to keep up with the teams at the top of the league.

Newburgh: Houston, Ross, Gray, McAdam, Wilson (Gow 76), Hood, Ferguson, Davidson, Harris, Spence, McNiven

Newburgh v Lochore Welfare result

Yesterday’s match finished one goal apiece between the two hard working sides
A draw was a fair reflection of the game where Newburgh had the better of the first half and the visitors were looking the better side in the second period
Two goals separated by a matter of minutes left the game at deadlock with both teams having to settle for a point.
Lochore look a different side under the new management team and will surely climb the table if yesterday’s performance can be replicated in the New Year.
Newburgh visit Luncarty next Saturday for their final fixture of 2014.

Tomorrow’s game

It is looking likely that we may see a game of football tomorrow – shock/horror

The weather forecast looks favourable and there is a strong possibility that Newburgh v Lochore Welfare may have a pre-Christmas fixture to look forward to!

Kick off is 13:30 see you all there….

Games off

Another Saturday Junior fixture card decimated by the weather
What a nightmare of a stop start period of the year this is
Just when you feel that you are getting a wee bit momentum BOOM! Odd week out and then frost.

Today’s Game on or off?

Very cold overnight and not sure if Farquharson Park de-frosts quickly or not.
We will have to wait for a tweet from Scone Thistle’s little birdy to update us on conditions….
Summer football anyone?

No fixture this weekend but no change in League position

Newburgh stay in 3rd position in the North league thanks to Downfield’s win at Brechin Vics. The Vic’s were the only team that could leapfrog Newburgh in 3rd place if they had taken all the points in their home fixture against Downfield. With Blairgowrie being held to a goalless draw against Arbroath Vics Downfield made in roads on their lead at the top of the table reducing the lead to a single point.

Kennoway Star Hearts swapped places with Luncarty with their 3-1 win at Treaton Park. Luncarty also lost a place in the league to Thornton Hibs who trounced bottom of the table Forfar Albion 10-1 at Jubilee Park.

Biggest shock result of the day was at Denfield where Kirkcaldy YM put Scone Thistle to the sword winning 7-1. The young YM team seem to be making progress and may be a team to watch in the coming weeks.

Lochore Welfare continue to make progress under new manager Lee Dair winning by the odd goal on 7 against Lochee Harp at Central park.

East Craigie continued their good run of form winning away at Kirrie Thistle. East Craigie have not lost a match since September and have progressed to 4th in the table witting 1 point below Newburgh.

Next weeks Newburgh travel to Scone Thistle, home of the best steak pies in the league. The ‘Burgh will have to be wary of a side looking to bounce back after yesterdays poor result at Kirkcaldy YM.

This weekends results North Division      

Blairgowrie         0 – 0      Arbroath Vics

Brechin Vics       2 – 3      Downfield

K S Hearts          3 – 1      Luncarty

Kirkcaldy YM       7 – 1      Scone Thistle

Kirrie Thistle       0 – 2      East Craigie

Lochore Welfare 4 – 3      Lochee Harp

Thornton Hibs     10 – 1    Forfar Albion North Division
1 Blairgowrie 14 9 2 3 37 20 17 29
2 Downfield 11 9 1 1 31 11 20 28
3 Newburgh 13 8 1 4 35 22 13 25
4 East Craigie 13 7 3 3 41 22 19 24
5 Brechin Vics 12 8 0 4 36 22 14 24
6 Kennoway Star Hearts 14 6 4 4 45 35 10 22
7 Thornton Hibs 11 6 3 2 44 22 22 21
8 Luncarty 13 6 2 5 32 25 7 20
9 Scone Thistle 14 6 1 7 33 34 -1 19
10 Arbroath Vics 13 4 4 5 24 29 -5 16
11 Lochee Harp 13 5 0 8 27 28 -1 15
12 Kirriemuir Thistle 14 3 4 7 19 34 -15 13
13 Kirkcaldy YM 13 3 2 8 30 47 -17 11
14 Lochore Welfare 14 3 1 10 24 52 -28 10
15 Forfar Albion 14 1 0 13 15 70 -55 3

Forfar Albion v Newburgh match report

Forfar Albion 0 – Newburgh 8

Newburgh travelled to Forfar Albion on Saturday looking to avenge the defeat handed out to them earlier this season by the Albion.

Manager Graham Nicol introduced Daryl Falconer a recent loan signing from East Fife to a largely unchanged squad. Mike Gow and Dylan Honeyman are the only two remaining injured and unavailable players in Nicol’s pool of players.

On a dull and dreary day the game was played on a wet pitch where it would be difficult for Newburgh to play their expansive pacy game. The visitors were on the front foot from the off with the direct play of McAdam and Spence pace putting the visiting defence under severe pressure.

Forfar Albions only real chance of the half came after 10 minutes with a breakaway attack from the nippy striker. ‘Burgh keeper Houston came off his line like a greyhound only to lose his footing and end up on his hands and knees in the penalty box. Much to his relief the Forfar striker’s shot sailed well over the bar.

Houston picks himself up after his slip.
Houston picks himself up after his slip.

A no nonsense defensive style was being employed by the home team and Newburgh won a corners that led to the opening goal
The cross from the corner bobbled about in the penalty area, Newburgh’s Ferguson managed to guide a shot through a forest of legs into the net to make the breakthrough.

Allan Ferguson gets up like a "fish" to power home a header
Allan Ferguson gets up like a “fish” to power home a header

Ferguson doubled his and Newburgh’s tally three minutes later when he rose like the proverbially salmon above everyone to guide a header into the net.

The ‘Burgh midfielder completed a remarkable hat trick after only 32 minutes when he slotted home a majestic free kick over a defensive wall from 22 yards.

Forfar Albion were stunned and could not put together any real passages of play as wave after wave of Newburgh attacks pinned them back into their penalty area.

Newburgh’s new strike partnership of Falconer and Harris were combining well and interplay between them led to Newburgh’s fourth goal. Davidson freed Falconer from midfield with a well-placed pass. Falconer worked space for himself on the right and drove a vicious ball across the penalty area which was met by Harris on the volley to crash in another goal for Newburgh.

The first half onslaught continued and Ferguson turned provider in the 44th minute when a perfectly placed pass out of midfield into the wide area found Gary Spence who was able to deliver a perfect cross for Harris to power a header home for 5-0.

Newburgh’s current top scorer Harris added to his tally grabbing his team’s second hat trick of the game on the stroke of half time. McAdam delivered another corner which the ‘Burgh striker headed home to give Newburgh a six goal lead at the break.

Another near thing from McAdam's corner
Another near thing from McAdam’s corner

Forfar Albion started the second half looking far more organised in defence and managed to stem the flow of goals.

Newburgh manager Nicol with the result well and truly settled shuffled his pack taking off the two first half hat trick scorers, Ferguson and Harris introducing McNiven and Slamman to the team

On the hour mark Daryl Falconer, making his competitive debut for Newburgh, grabbed himself a goal when he broke free from his marker and slotted a nicely placed shot under the advancing keeper.

This goal once again rattled the home side allowing Newburgh to add the final goal of the game on the 64th minute when Gary Spence sailed through the defense and dispatched his low shot beyond the now despairing home keeper.

Nicol was happy with the result “we talked about the previous game in the lead up to today and I wanted a professional disciplined display form the team today and the result reflects that. It is nice to score eight goals but the three points are what satisfy me most from this game”.

Newburgh are the odd team out in the north league this weekend and have no league fixture to play.

Newburgh: Houston, Gray, Ross, Wilson, Hood, Ferguson (McNiven 52), Spence (White 73), McAdam, Harris (Slamman 52), Falconer, Davidson,

Sub: Butters