Newburgh open the 2017 – 18 season up with three home games in a row starting this coming Saturday with a visit from Arbroath Vics
Always a close hame between the Burgh and the Vics so well worth the entry fee
Newburgh went into this game having performed well against Super League side Kennoway Star Hearts midweek.
The Newburgh line up had a few changes from Tuesdays game with a few tired legs given time to recover for the first game of the season next weekend.
Newburgh started well keeping the ball on the ground with plenty of energy to give their Premier League opponents some issues early doors.
Thornton got a hold of the game after 10 minutes and started to show the class that earned them promotion from the North League last season.
It was Newburgh who broke the deadlock however when a sweetly struck shot by Josh Wilson caught a slight deflection in the 18-yard box to fox the keeper and give Newburgh the lead.
Newburgh grew into the game and were playing some crisp football moving the ball around the park well.
Thornton’s equaliser came in somewhat contentious circumstances when a shot was blocked on the line by Mark Perrie causing the ‘Burgh defender to impact painfully against the post and land on the ball, Henderson, the Thornton striker, kicked the ball from under the stricken defender and passed it into the unguarded net. Perrie was left with a game ending injury that required treatment before he could leave the pitch.
Blackadder replaced Perrie at right back.
Newburgh continued to play well and were pushing the Hibs back into their own half for much of the remainder of the first period. It was almost half time when Newburgh got their reward for their hard work with a superb goal right on the stroke of half time.
Fraser Wilson broke down the left combining with Saunders to break through the Thornton defence a deftly laid off pass to Fowler gave the big striker time to lift his head and pick his spot to give the ‘Burgh a deserved half time lead.
A stern team talk resulted in a far more dynamic Thornton Hibs side coming out in the 2nd half. Newburgh’s goal was threatened regularly from the start of the second period and a goal looked likely from the off.
With 53 minutes on the clock the game was squared when a Henderson shot beat Robertson in the Newburgh goal to even the game up.
Thornton continued to dominate the second period and were creating chances without threatening the Newburgh goal. Thornton rang the changes with 20 minutes remaining to try and grab a win but the Burgh defence held out for the remainder of the game without conceding.
Asst Manager Mussy Al-Safar was delighted with the result and the team harmony speaking after the game he said “when we set out the pre-season programme we really wanted to test ourselves, we have played the two teams promoted to the Premier last season, a Premier side and a Super League side and we have acquitted ourselves well in every game. There are no egos in the dressing room just a hard working bunch of lads who give it everything for the team whenever they cross the white line”.
Newburgh open their North League campaign next weekend at home to Arbroath VIcs kick off is at 2:30pm.
Numbers 3 – 4 – 20 were drawn today
Click here for match images from Tuesday nights friendly against Kennoway Star Hearts
Alan Fortune has secured another of his signing targets for the coming season with the capture of Mark Perrie.
Mark has played within the amateur leagues with Auchtermuchty Bellevue and most recently Glenrothes Strollers and has decided to take a step up to junior ranks.
“I am delighted to have secured Marks signature as there were a few junior teams in contact with him”.
Tomorrow is the final pre-season fixture for Newburgh before the league campaign begins.
This will be another tough challenge for the new ‘Burgh team with a visit from Thornton Hibs one of the two promoted sides from the North league last season.
Alan Fortune has purposefully charged his newly built team with pre-season fixtures against teams from higher division to test the players.
“We want the team to hit the season running so we looked to challenge ourselves in the pre-season period.
Kirrie Thistle and Thornton Hibs were promoted from our league last year.
Glenrothes are now an established Premier League side and Kennoway Star Hearts have just been promoted to the Super League.
These are the standard of teams that we wanted to test ourselves against to allow the new squad members to get a feel for the challenge that is ahead of us if we want to improve as team”.
“Thornton will prove a real challenge tomorrow again which is exactly what I wanted for the team to get them ready for next Saturdays league opener against Arbroath Vics”.
“We have three home games to start the season and we aim to take points from each of these games to give us a firm foundation for the challenges ahead.
This is almost a newly rebuilt team and the guys have gelled really well. When pre-season is finished he real work begins with the league campaign”.
Newburgh three opening league fixtures are all at East Shore Park
Sat 5/8 v Arbroath Vics 2:30 ko
Sat 12/8 v Lochee Harp 2:30 ko
Sat 19/8 v East Craigie 2:30 ko